This book is the account of a unique set of experiences in American higher education in which 11-12 graduate students in the sciences applied to participate in the International Indian Ocean Expedition of 1964 aboard the R/V Te Vega, a 134 foot schooner. The cruises were organized around the normal quarter-system academic calendar of Stanford University. Four faculty members participated in the training of the graduate students in marine biology and oceanography. Each student was encouraged to pursue an individual research project that might be carried back to his or her home institution to serve as the basis for a graduate degree. In addition, all the faculty and students collaborated in the publication of an original research paper based on the scientific results of Cruise 5.