We are happy to announce that the SAIL 2016 course will be again organized by the Baltic University Programme. Please notice that this year students participating in this course will NOT receive any credits. We can however assure that it will not influence on an academic quality of the course. Students will again benefit from the knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm of those 8 teachers onboard available for them during two weeks SAILing.
Now we are looking for the BUP students who are motivated, active, open minded, ambitious, with a good knowledge of English and curiosity to try something new, ready for a hard work and ready for their life´s adventure! We know that there are many such students and we want to award some of them with this trip!
The SAIL (Sustainability Applied in International Learning) course is an undergraduate Baltic University Programme course conducted at sea on-board the tall ship Fryderyk Chopin. The SAIL course is based on the participating teachers’ areas of competences and experiences. This means that each year the SAIL course is different with focus on different thematic areas of sustainability, such as: Environment; Energy; Climate; Technology; Economy; Social science; Education, etc.
The SAIL 2016 course will start on 14th of August in La Coruna (Spain), and end on 28th of August in Blyth (England). The Captain, the SAIL coordinator, and the BUP secretariat will decide on the exact sailing route.
In addition to 8 teachers, we have 30 places available for students on board. To secure participation of students from all BUP's member countries, we ask our BUP's Centers to select and send us names of 3-4 students from each country.
Students from BUP's members universities will have priority for participation.
If you are interested to take part in SAIL with us, please, read information below and fill two documents in attachment - an application form including a letter of motivation and a health statement.
Some important information to consider before applying:
Please be aware and consider the special nature of the course - you should be aware that sailing a tall ship is physically demanding. Our experience is that you will be physically exhausted, deprived of sleep, and definitively out from your normal comfort zone. You will be living very close to many new people in a very restricted space. We should also mention that you may experience seasickness, which can be a rather unpleasant experience.
On board the sailing vessel all students (and teachers) will act as a working crew. You will be divided into one of three watches that will be assigned 4 hours rotating duties (navigation, deck, and kitchen) - around-the clock! Please keep in mind that in spite of the weather conditions, and in spite of your condition, you should participate in your watch duties. You should also be aware that sailing a tall ship means pulling lines, climbing masts to set and haul sails in the old-day fashion. Fryderyk Chopin is a brigg-rigged tall ship with two 38 m high masts, which need to be climbed! Students and teachers are expected to work together in the watches to fulfil their sailing duties, which in our experience is an excellent tool for team building and to create a dynamic learning environment. Moreover, as crew member you must also do other duties on-board, in addition to your sailing and course duties. This includes cleaning, cooking meals, washing dishes, and maintenance work. All this you are expected to do in addition to your course duties that come as a priority number one! To your help there will be 8 professional crew members on board so you can feel safe!
Despite these words of “warnings”, or perhaps because of them, we can promise you extraordinary new experiences filled with feelings of togetherness and teamwork, meeting with new friends, being close to nature, and in the hands of the powerful forces of nature, and exploring places you never been to before. You will be part of a team creating and experiencing a unique course, and feel the joy of being part of a truly stimulating learning environment with hopefully enthusiastic students. And not the least: you will explore yourself and push your limits to new levels.
Please keep in mind that the course is very popular - each year the number of applying students exceeds by far the number of available places so make sure that your application will impress on us :-)
Important - all students are obliged to fulfill all the course steps – starting from the preparation process, followed by active participation on board, and ending with the final paper that will be checked by the teachers.
Students who will fulfil all requirements and pass the course on board will receive:
*Baltic University Programme diploma for the course
*special certificate confirming their sailing skills issued by the Captain of the “Fryderyk Chopin” sailing boat
and a memory for life, new friends from many countries in the Baltic region, incredible adventure, and hopefully more confidence and self knowledge.
Costs of participation
Students will not have any costs in connection to the course – meals and accommodation on board during those two weeks of sailing will be covered by the Baltic University Programme.
However we would like you to know that a cost for this two weeks long sailing course is estimated to 1200 Euro per person. We want you to remember that in return for getting this incredible gift of two weeks free of charge course and SAILing, we expect every participating student to work hard with the course requirements and to fulfill all duties on board.
Travel costs to and from the boat will be the responsibility of the participants.
For those who need visas (multiplied Schengen visa will be needed for this trip): invitations will be issued by the BUP secretariat in Uppsala.
* application to the SAIL course and cruise is binding – cancellation in the last minute without any important and documented reason will be reported to authorities of student's university and department
* for the sake of security ONLY students with very good communications skills in English will be selected Students applications should be sent to the BUP centers in every country (http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/bup-centres) no later than Wednesday, 27th April.
We expect all lists from national centers to be sent to the BUP coordinating secretariat/Maria Hejna no later than Monday, 2nd of May 2016. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact: