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The Citadel at Sea Spring 2018

Term To Study: Spring 2018
Application Deadline: Dec 13, 2017
Program Starts: Jan 10, 2018
Program Ends: May 01, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $500
Link 1: The Spirit of South Carolina
Link 2: The Citadel at Sea Short-Term Fall 2017 Sail
Contact Phone: 843-953-7083
Contact Name: Dr. Zane Segle
Contact Email:
What is Included: In order to fulfill the objective of making study abroad feasible for all students, the total cost of the Citadel at Sea program is the same as a semester of tuition and fees at The Citadel + a $500 program fee.

The Citadel at Sea Tuition and Fees Cover:
-Textbooks and class materials
-Meals on ship
-Onboard Orientation
-Sailing Instruction

What is not Included: Passport Fees
Program Description

The Spirit of South Carolina is a two-masted pilot schooner modeled after the Frances Elizabeth, a vessel that was originally built by Samuel J. Pregnall & Bros. Shipyard in Charleston in 1879. Plans for the Frances Elizabeth were found at the Smithsonian Institute within their extensive collection. The Spirit of South Carolina was built in downtown Charleston's Ansonborough Field by Sea Island Shipwrights. Upon completion in 2007, the vessel was towed across the street into the port terminal compound using a custom-engineered cradle and was lowered into the water in approximately the same spot where Samuel Pregnall's shipyard once stood. The Spirit of South Carolina operates as a United States Coast Guard certified Sailing School Vessel and Passenger Vessel throughout the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Canadian Maritimes. The mission of Spirit of South Carolina is to offer effective, unique educational opportunities for students focusing on history, math, science and literature of South Carolina's water resources and encouraging personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of environment. As a powerful, alluring icon for South Carolina, this ship brings its student crewmembers into contact with people from diverse communities and destinations.

Length Overall: 140 feet
Length on Deck: 90.7 feet
Waterline Length: 88 feet
Draft: 10.3 feet
Gross Tons: 150 feet
Main Mast: 125 feet
Fore Mast: 104 feet
Beam: 23.7 feet
Sail Area: 5,198 square feet
Hull Speed: 12.5 knots
Designers: Tri-Coastal Marine


*Cayman Islands
*Dominican Republic
*Puerto Rico

During the semester-long Spring 2018 Citadel at Sea program, students will live aboard the Spirit of South Carolina and sail to various Caribbean islands. By living on the Spirit of South Carolina, students will have the opportunity to learn to sail and be a part of the crew for the duration of the voyage. As the program progresses, students are given increasing levels of knowledge and consequently, responsibility for running the ship. Each participant is challenged with the task of organizing and running their watch, taking on leadership roles in an environment they are still trying to understand themselves. Students will also have the opportunity to visit various port-of-calls in the Caribbean where they will experience the various cultures of each island.


Social, Political and Economic Aspects of the Caribbean Island States This interdisciplinary course provides a unique survey of the diverse cultures and economies of the Caribbean island states, building on the sailing experience of the Citadel at Sea program. Students will have the opportunity to examine first-hand the challenges and opportunities of this region in both a classroom setting as well as with extensive field experiential learning.
Students will complete pre-assigned readings on board the Spirit of South Carolina in preparation for the five ports of call. At each port, Dr. Sparks will deliver a lecture, lead a discussion and join the group at the briefing at the US Embassy on current political and economic developments in that country. In each port, students will visit (pre-arranged) either a social institution (eg, place of worship, museum, a local school), a political institution (eg, a national parliament, city council) or an economic institution (eg, a factory, a small business). Students will earn 9 credits of independent study for this course. This course has been pre-approved to substitute for BADM 490; BADM 795; PSCI 433; PSCI 463 and PSCI 520.

In addition to the 9-credit hours of the above-listed course, students will have the opportunity to earn credit for Biology, Leadership and Sailing by participating in the program.

INTD 350/650 - 9 credit hours
BIOL 412: Special Topics: The Natural History of the Caribbean Islands - 3 credits
LDRS 433: Leadership Abroad - 3 credits
REPD: Sailing


Dr. Donald Sparks
Baker School of Business

Dr. Sparks has extensive experience studying island economies and has completed consultancies for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and for the US Department of State (where he also served in the Foreign Service as a regional economist in the Office of Economic Analysis. He holds BA from the George Washington University and an MA and PhD from the University of London.

Quick Facts

Population: 313847465
Capital: Washington, DC
Per-capita GDP: $ 49000
Size: 9826675 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 05:00 hours) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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