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Semester at Sea is the only study abroad program of its kind in the world. Using a ship as our floating campus, Semester at Sea's around-the-world and regional itineraries offer courses for all majors, field explorations in amazing destinations, e... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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The entire semester program was about global awareness as we went around the world. The experiential learning is unmatched. - University of Central Florida
Saying that Semester at Sea was worthwhile is a understatement. It was the most important, inspirational and incredible adventure I've ever been on. I learned so much about the world and about myself. Its hard to put this kind of experience into words because of how truly amazing every aspect of my voyage was. - Clemson University
That America is in its own little world. The trip was absolutely worthwhile - Trinity University
I learned about the immensely diverse cultural aspects of the rapidly globalizing world. It was certainly worthwhile. - University of Maine
I learned a lot about culture shock, that's for sure. I met a lot of great people that live all over the US and even in other countries that I'm still talking to, and it -was- worthwhile, but for the program expenses not so much. - University of Maine
globally cautious and aware street smart responsibility patience appreciation - Bentley University
Totally worthwhile - Indiana University - Bloomington
I learned the ways that cultures and histories interact to create the world that we live in. I met a monk in Burma who taught me about Buddhism, saw first hand the slave dungeons in Ghana, and a revolutionary water treatment system in Singapore. I learned tidbits of almost a dozen languages, and learned a lot about international... - Trinity University
I learned so much! I learned that you may think you know a country but you really don't until you set foot in that country. I enjoyed my experience abroad and got to appreciate the ocean since I was on it half of the time or more while abroad. I learned so much about ships, culture, food, languages, and even say "Hi" and "Thank ... - Bentley University
A student studying abroad with Semester at Sea: Traveling - Semester at Sea
05/24/2013 Indescribable.
I learned about myself as a person; I became more independent and realized I can do anything I set my mind to. I gained so many new friends from around the world, and the whole thing just made my wanderlust - University of Florida
Hugely increased my global perspective and made me a more confident traveler. - Truman State University
Learned a lot about many cultures - Bentley University
The most worthwhile semester I've ever had. I'll never forget all the things i've seen, done, and people i met. - Bentley University
I learned so much in different disciplines, but the biggest lesson I learned was that I am part of something so much bigger than myself. I do believe I gained a more global perspective after completing a Semester at Sea. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
06/17/2014 Life Changing
Learning about multiple cultures better prepared me for the expanding global economy. - Webber International University
04/29/2014 Wow
This program was so worthwhile, seeing the world from a whole new perspective. - University of Maine
A student studying abroad with Semester at Sea: Traveling - Semester at Sea
Stay outside your comfort zone. Learn from your mistakes. Leave nothing behind. Most worthwhile experience I have ever had. - University of Scranton
American reputations abroad are there for a reason. - Ithaca College
Words cannot describe how much I gained/learned from Semester At Sea. If it was up to me, I would make everyone embark on this voyage. Definitely worthwhile and far beyond! - Indiana University
Yes definitely worthwhile. The things i learned on semester at sea will benefit me more than anything in the future - Bentley University
So much. I am world-wise in a way that only direct experience can give. There is nothing more worthwhile. - Trinity University
It's impossible to put into words what I learned. I've learned how big the world is, but also how small it is. I've learned that one person can make a difference. I learned that it's important to fight for what you're passionate about and to not take no for an answer. I learned that it's important to keep asking questions and to... - Western Washington University
Yes, first part was very difficult, homesick, seasick, not a ton to do but then once you get into the countries its the greatest experience. - Bentley University
I have the best globabl perspective a 21 year old could ask for. Who else can compare the political issues, economical struggles, and varying cultures of 12 countries from just one experience! - Bentley University
I had the fortune of being able to compare the cultures of 12 different countries. 100% worthwhile. - Bentley University

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Semester at Sea is the only study abroad program of its kind in the world. Using a ship as our floating campus, Semester at Sea's around-the-world and regional itineraries offer courses for all majors, field explorations in amazing destinations, engagement with global leaders and experts, and service opportunities in as many as 15 countries in one semester. Credit earned is fully transferable by the University of Virginia to your home university. SAS offers more than $4 million in financial aid each year. Don't miss the boat on our SAS scholarships and grants.

Since 1963, Semester at Sea has launched 110 voyages, educated more than 55,000 alumni from 1,700 institutions, and traveled to more than 60 countries. Learn more about your most valuable college semester at Semester at Sea's Website!

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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Gap Year
Traveling/Tours/Non-credit Excursions
Traveling/Tours/Non-credit Excursions
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Major(s):
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • Anthropology
  • Biology, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing and Related Services
  • Communication, Journalism and Related Programs
  • History
  • Political Science and Government
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Year Founded:
1963
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08/28/14 - Joshua Weisberg
Who is Fall 2014?
The 117th voyage of Semester at Sea is underway but who is aboard the MV Explorer? The Fall 2014 voyage enrolled 629 students from 251 colleges and universities.  The average student grade point average is 3.3 and student-declared majors number over 50.  One-quarter of students are business-related majors, 15% are communications-related majors, and 7% report […] Read More
08/27/14 - Jessica Quinlan
Classes that Count
Whether contributing toward their major, minor, or lifelong passion, students selected from 77 courses offered on the Fall 2014 voyage to make every minute of their schedules count. The semester opened aboard the MV Explorer with classes as diverse as the students attending them. With concentrations in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business curriculums, the […] Read More
Painting a vivid image of land fading slowly into the distance, Kelly Adams-Smith recalls her own departure with Semester at Sea in Fall 1988 – an experience the shipboard community would echo only hours later. As Adams-Smith opened as keynote speaker for the Fall 2014 voyage she candidly recalls emotions of nervousness and excitement from […] Read More
The Port of Southampton was abustle with incoming voyagers on August 23rd. From around the world, 629 college students traveled to England ready to embark on the Fall 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea. The 108 day voyage will take students, lifelong learners, faculty, and staff to 16 countries across the Atlantic Ocean. With smiles […] Read More
Editor’s Note: At the end of each SAS voyage, a convocation is held in the Union to celebrate the end of a successful semester. For the Summer 2014 voyage, faculty chose Sarah Lindner to deliver a speech on behalf of the student body. Here’s what she had to say about overcoming fears and pursuing dreams: […] Read More