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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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My time with Semester at Sea was the most incredible thing I have ever done - I made the best friends I have ever had, saw the most beautiful, unknown places, fell in the love with the most unexpected countries, realized that people are people and love is love no matter where you are in the world, have a never ending itch to kee... Niki T - Vanguard University of Southern California
My experience was absolutely worth while. I learned a lot about education systems around the world that I keep in mind while training to become a teacher in the US. I also learned many insights about lots of different countries and was able to learn how different places interact. I also learned a ton from listening to my peers s... Jade M - University of Maine - Orono
A student studying abroad with Semester at Sea: Traveling - Semester at Sea
Friends and experiences that last a lifetime! Kristina E - Arizona State University
October 15, 2014 Financial Aid
Different cultures Angela m - CUNY - Hunter College
August 15, 2014 Once In A Lifetime
I learned so much from my experience abroad especially about the cultures and the places we visited. It gave me a much better world view. Kacey M - Plymouth State 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. A student - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
June 17, 2014 Life Changing
Learning about multiple cultures better prepared me for the expanding global economy. Shirley T - Webber International University
April 29, 2014 Wow
This program was so worthwhile, seeing the world from a whole new perspective. Maj R - University of Maine at Orono
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. Wade D - University of Scranton
American reputations abroad are there for a reason. Karla L - 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! James F - Indiana University - Bloomington
Yes definitely worthwhile. The things i learned on semester at sea will benefit me more than anything in the future A student - Bentley University
So much. I am world-wise in a way that only direct experience can give. There is nothing more worthwhile. Samuel J - Trinity University
I gained many things from my semester at sea but what I learned that I think will stick with me is how universal this world is. It was amazing to see how easy it was too connect with people from other cultures. I have gained more of a want to learn about the different cultures and communities that make up our world and I am inte... Yarden A - Indiana University - Bloomington
What I gained can't even be put into words. I gained confidence in myself, the best relationships I've every had, a love of the world around me, and so much more. cami h - Saint Louis University
I gained exposure to the world A student - None
i learned how to be myself. i found the courage to travel and talk to locals and make friends. I had to throw my self into this program 100% to get everything from it. A student - University of Maine at Orono
The entire semester program was about global awareness as we went around the world. The experiential learning is unmatched. Thomas R - 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. Zach U - Clemson University
That America is in its own little world. The trip was absolutely worthwhile A student - Trinity University
February 16, 2014 The World Is Our Campus
I learned about the immensely diverse cultural aspects of the rapidly globalizing world. It was certainly worthwhile. Jay K - University of Maine at Orono
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. gunsbeforeroses - University of Maine at Orono
globally cautious and aware street smart responsibility patience appreciation Jude S - Bentley University
Totally worthwhile A student - 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... Katelyn C - Trinity University


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
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations
  • Sociology
  • International Business
  • Business
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
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The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Loren Crabtree to president of the organization. He will succeed current president, T. Kenn Gaither, effective August 1. Dr. Crabtree’s affiliation with Semester at Sea began with his teaching on the S.S.Universe in Fall 1980, and continued with three stints as […] Read More
A proud cornerstone of the Semester at Sea program is its promotion of cultural immersion in each country that allows students to experience the world in a global comparative context. ISE intends for students to walk away from their voyage with a deeper understanding of some of the most pressing global issues having closely interacted […] Read More
The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), nonprofit parent organization of world-renowned study abroad program Semester at Sea (SAS) announced today that President and CEO T. Kenn Gaither will not renew his contract to spend time with his growing family. Gaither, the fourth president in the program’s 51-year history, successfully helped ISE secure a new vessel, […] Read More
The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is joining with Colorado State University as the new academic home for Semester at Sea, in a partnership of two organizations focused on providing students with a college education that is a true voyage of learning and discovery. A five-year agreement was signed on June 3, 2015 by Colorado […] Read More
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Semester at Sea’s second annual Day of Giving! Not only did we meet our goal—we exceeded it! In a 24-hour window, together we raised $158,748.43 for the Semester at Sea Annual Fund. Anonymous (19) Jennafer Abrams Nancy Ackelson and James Van Arsdel Suzanne Tedesko and William T. Affolter Stephanie […] Read More