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Frequently asked questions about SDG200

Here you can find a selection of common queries about the course SDG200.

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Am I eligible for admission to SDG200? 

Note that admission is only open for students from the University of Bergen and a few selected partner universities. Partners will be announced consecutively. You must have a valid study right at UiB or your home university at least until and including the autumn semester 2022. You must also have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS on university level at the time of admission. The course must be approved in your study plan at UiB or by your home university if you are not a UiB student. Talk to your study advisor right away. Applicants must also document good physical shape and submit a seafarer’s medical certificate before boarding.

Is there any required previous knowledge?

None

How do I apply? 

Here you can find information about how to apply for SDG200 

Tentative dates: 

  • September 20th: Søknadsweb opens
  • October 18th: Application deadline
  • December 1st: The result of your application will be published at Søknadsweb and by email
  • December 15th: Deadline to accept offer

What is the reading list for the course?

The reading list consists of rapports, research articles and book chapters, including relevant popular scientific books.

Which teaching methods will be used?

This course is based on active learning methods where the students play a key part in their own learning experience. The students will work in smaller groups and solve both individual and group tasks. This means that there will be given less traditional lectures and more collaboration through discussions, critical thinking, and assignments/tasks.

I do not have a valid study right during the autumn semester 2022, can I volunteer as an assistant or help? 

No unfortunately, we have enough staff members signed up already.

I will finish my bachelor’s degree spring semester 2022, and plan to start on my master’s in the autumn 2022. Can I apply? 

You can apply but remember that it may be challenging to follow up ongoing applications due to poor or no Internet connection during the trip.

It will be hard to stay away for the whole period, is it possible to take parts of the course? 

No, you must be able to attend the whole course period.

The course starts before my exam period ends in the spring and ends after the next semester has begun the following autumn. How will this be arranged for?

You are responsible yourself to apply to your UiB department or home university to make any necessary arrangements to avoid delays in your studies.

What is the exact route for the sailing ship during the course period? 

Valparaíso – Tahiti 01.05.22-06.06.22  

Tahiti – Cook Islands 08.06.22-13.06.22  

Cook Islands – Fiji 15.06.22-26.06.22  

Fiji – Samoa 30.06.22-07.07.22  

Samoa – Tonga 09.07.22-13.07.22  

Tonga – Fiji 15.07.22-19.07.22  

Fiji – Solomon Islands 21.07.22-02.08.22  

Solomon Islands – Palau 04.08.22-25.08.22 

What personal items do I need to bring? 

There is limited space on board for personal items, so only bring those that are highly necessary. You will be assigned a locker with keys and a chest for your personal belongings. There is limited space on board, and we strongly recommend that you pack your things in soft luggage or bags than can easily be stowed away during the voyage. Please avoid bringing large and bulky suitcases.

Remember to bring: 

  • A sleeping bag and (and pillow if needed 

  • Warm windproof clothes for cold nights on deck. It gets quite windy and colder than expected. 

  • Comfortable and solid work clothes 

  • Good quality rain gear: waterproof jacket and pants 

  • Good shoes: sneakers/trainers and waterproof shoes/rubber boots  

  • Gloves  

  • Towel and toiletries 

  • swimwear 

  • Diving mask/snorkel 

  • Leisure wear  

  • Camera 

  • Personal medications, contact lenses etc. for the whole period. 

Note that it is mandatory to bring a passport that is valid at least until six months after the course/trip has ended 25 August 2022.

Can we go ashore during every stop along the route?

Yes, everyone should be able to go ashore at every port, with reservations relating to the corona virus situation and potential local restrictions. 

What about visa requirements? 

You are responsible to check visa requirements for each country and procure any necessary documentation.

Which meals will be served on board? 

There will be served three main meals during the day. 

  • Breakfast between 07:20–08:30
  • Lunch between 11:20–12:30
  • Dinner between 17:30–18:30

A night snack will be available for the night’s watch group. 

There are two coffee, tea and snack break every day at 10:00 and 15:00

Are alcohol and cigarettes allowed onboard?

It is strictly prohibited to consume alcohol onboard during the sail as well as below deck after arrival in ports. The Captain may grant permission to use alcohol on deck when docking. Cigarettes are allowed and there are ash trays on allocated places on deck. Cigarette buds must never be thrown overboard. 

Is it possible to buy snacks on board?  

Yes, «Slappen» is the ship kiosk and tax-free shopping and carries a simple selection of kiosk goods and hygienic articles. You may purchase the legal quota of alcohol and tobacco. The goods must be stored and declared according to rules on board and at the destination port.

I have coeliac disease or other condition that requires dietary restrictions. Will this be taken into consideration?

Yes. We always try to accommodate different dietary requirements within reasonable limits. Cases of extreme allergies that can lead to hospital treatment must be considered in collaboration with a seafarer’s doctor and Statsraad Lehmkuhl. In general, all diseases and allergies must be reported in due time.

I am a vegetarian, will there be vegetarian food served? 

Yes. 

I get tired from being awake at night. Am I allowed to only be on day watch?

Everyone must contribute to the assigned watch group. The groups may change during the trip.

Trainees are divided into three watch groups who get their training according to their watch.

  • Blue 8-12/20-24
  • Red 12-4/24-04
  • White 04-08/16-20

I am used to working out regularly, how can I stay in shape?

There are no training facilities on the ship. However, the work performed during your watch entails quite a bit of physical activity during the day. There are also large areas available on the ship where it is possible to do exercises. 

Are there toilets and showers on the ship? 

Modern sanitary facilities are available, both toilets and showers. There are several separate showers available. 

I have a chronical condition/disease, can I still participate?

Applicants must document good physical shape and submit a seafarer’s medical certificate before boarding. UiB will cover the expenses for their own students. Read more on the Norwegian Maritime Authority’s own website. 

I am pregnant, can I still participate? 

No, pregnant persons cannot attend this course, even if you have an approved seafarer’s medical certificate.

How is daily life on board the ship?

The students will study, work, and live onboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl for the duration of the course. Read more on Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s own website. In this video you get some information about the daily life on board the ship: 

Life On Board Statraad Lehmkuhl

Can I book a bunk/cabin?

We do not offer private cabins, and you will be assigned your own hammock for the duration of the voyage. Although the accommodation is very basic, you will experience that hammocks are very practical and quite comfortable, especially when the ship is at sea.

How much does it cost?

The course itself is free of charge, but you must cover travel expenses for the trip to Valparaíso and return trip from Palau, including room and board expenses which amount to NOK 250 per day. In total this will add up to approximately NOK 55.000.

Responsibility on board and on shore

It is important to remember that everyone is responsible for the safety on board, as well as the safety of the entire group. 

When you travel with One Ocean you have a greater responsibility than yourself. You will be an ambassador for your institution, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, and One Ocean. We expect our students to follow local rules and regulations, and show respect for the people and cultures of every country.

Is there a dentist on board?

No, there is no dentist on board Statsraad Lehmkuhl. Therefore it is recommended to get a dental check before departure.

Do you still have unanswered queries? Send an email to oneocean@uib.no