Spring 2019 Academic Calendar

January 21 — Arrival day and opening dinner
January 27–February 6 — Offshore Field Seminar: Puerto Rico to St. Croix
February 11 – Classes resume
February 13 — Maritime Skills classes begin
February 24 — Chili cookoff
March 9–16 — California Field Seminar
March 19 — Optional SCUBA session at UCONN, Avery Point
March 20 — Classes resume
April 1–5 — Louisiana Field Seminar
April 8–12 — Moot Court week
April 13 — Family and Friends Day
April 25 — Community dinner, followed by an evening presentation on whaling and chanteys by chantey skills instructors
April 26 — Interdisciplinary whaling panel
May 6 — Last day of maritime skills classes
May 10 — Last day of classes
May 13–17 — Final exams and final exercises
May 16 — Field day and closing dinner
May 17 — Departure day

Each Williams-Mystic semester is 17 weeks. Fall semesters begin late August and end mid-December; spring semesters run from late January through mid-May.

In both the fall and spring semesters, students, staff, and faculty travel together on three interdisciplinary field seminars, including an Offshore Voyage and two land-based trips to the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast. For our Fall 2019 Pacific Coast Field Seminar, we will be embarking on our first-ever Alaska-Washington Field Seminar.

Dates are subject to change. Students will receive a more comprehensive schedule once the semester begins, which will include day trips, class meeting times, and other events.

2019-2020 Semester Dates

Fall 2019

August 26 — Arrival day and opening dinner
August 29–September 6 — Inaugural Alaska-Washington Field Seminar
September 22–October 2 — Offshore Field Seminar: Gulf of Maine
October 21–25 — Louisiana Field Seminar
December 20 — Departure day

Spring 2020

January 20 — Arrival day and opening dinner
January 26–February 5 — Offshore Field Seminar: Caribbean
March 1–9 — West Coast Field Seminar
March 23–27 — Louisiana Field Seminar
May 15 — Departure day

Fall 2020

August 24 — Arrival day
December 18  — Departure day

Spring 2021

January 25 — Arrival day
May 21 — Departure day