ABOUT Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea is a multiple country study abroad program open to students of all majors emphasizing comparative academic examination, hands-on field experiences, and meaningful engagement in the global community. A wide variety of coursework from 20-25 disciplines is integrated with relevant field studies in up to a dozen countries, allowing for a comparative study abroad experience that is truly global. Colorado State University is Semester at Sea's academic partner. Students from 250-300 colleges in the United States and the world participate on Semester at Sea each term. Credit earned is transferable to a student’s home institution.
Our mission is to educate students with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. With the world as our classroom, our unique shipboard program integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experiences for meaningful engagement in the global community.
Our mission, vision, strategy, and core values are rooted in student success and global comparative education. We take pride in our participants’ achievements, spanning back to our first voyage in 1963.
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Semester at Sea gives you a taste of the entire globe as you travel more than 24,000 nautical miles to as many as 13 off-the-beaten-path international destinations ... or to a single fascinating world region for intensive exploration.
Since 1963, more than 50,000 students from colleges and universities around the world have studied with Semester at Sea, traveling to non-traditional destinations in 60 countries. The Institute for Shipboard Education administers the program. Students choose from more than 70 courses in a variety of disciplines. Professors on the program are internationalists who integrate course content with field practice. The program is open to anyone from any major and any accredited college or university.
- Global Studies
- Choose from a 110-day fall or spring voyage around the world
- Study with 700 undergraduate students, representing over 250 schools
- Apx. 70 courses offered in a variety of disciplines
- Faculty with international expertise
- Itineraries focused on the non-Western and developing world
- Program is open to all students in good standing at any accredited college or university
Semester at Sea is much more than another semester at school; it is a life-altering learning adventure. Our itineraries take you to the four corners of the world, making our campus truly global in scope.
Semester at Sea is often called a Voyage of Discovery. The opportunity to spend as many as three and a half months outside of your own culture - investigating new lands, new peoples, and new curricula - is a both an immeasurable educational privilege and an invitation to grow.
Participants repeatedly report that Semester at Sea changed their lives in a positive way, including:
- Improved understanding of the world
- Greater awareness of cultural difference
- Improved self-confidence and autonomy
- Improved flexibility and understanding of multiple perspectives
- Better understanding of own culture
- Greater acceptance of others and their own opinions
- Ability to live in close community
Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
· African Studies
· Art History
· Art/Fine Arts
· Asian Studies
· Biology (General)
· Business Admin. & Mgmt.
· Comparative Literature
· Creative Writing
· English Literature
· Environmental Studies
· Journalism / Broadcasting
· Liberal Arts
· Marine Science
· Political Science/Politics
· Religious Studies
· Social Sciences
· Theater, Drama, Dance
· Women's Studies
Cost: Please visit the Semester at Sea website for rate information.
Tuition, Room and Board, gratuities, shipboard email account, and health insurance. Financial Aid is available. Travel to the port of embarkation, travel from the port of disembarkation, in-country travel, and discretionary spending additional.
Scholarships are Available. - Federal grants and financial aid from UAF may apply. SAS also distributes its own financial aid. Types of assistance offered by SAS include need-based work grants, need-based monetary grants, and monetary grants based on a combination of need and merit. Scholarships up to full tuition.