Explore, Discover, Succeed

Semester at WHOI

Why a Semester
at WHOI?


If you are a junior or senior undergraduate who wants to study with the best while conducting independent research, then spend a semester at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and see what the ocean has to teach you.

  • Immerse yourself in a semester-long research project with a WHOI scientist or engineer.
  • Learn from top scientists and graduate students motivated to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.
  • Take on new challenges in graduate-level courses.
  • Make yourself stand out in applications for jobs and graduate school.

Megan Behnke, '16 St. Olaf College
2015 Semester at WHOI student

Through a student's eyes

When I became a member of the community of international scientists and students in Woods Hole, I learned I could thrive in graduate classes and work harder than I thought possible on my own research—and still enjoy the process. Late-night music and campfires on the beach and the strong sense of community here made my experience even better. I now feel prepared to take on graduate school and the challenges of a long-term research project.

Be among the best

WHOI is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives.

Why Woods Hole?

WHOI stands at the center of a vibrant scientific community in a seaside village on Cape Cod where scientists and students from around the world come to learn, to ask difficult questions, and to look to the ocean for answers.

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