Semester at Sea, Where You Want To BE! Past Review

By (Higher and Postsecondary Education, Arizona State University) - abroad from 06/01/2011 to 08/31/2015 with

Semester at Sea Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Friends and experiences that last a lifetime!

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes are difficult, but manageable. Go to class, put what you learn into practice while you're in the different countries. That's real world experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Perfect roommate match.

* Food:

The food was like dorm food. Not good, not bad. However, I did lose weight on the trip because of the consistency of Salad, protein, cards etc...

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You can go out and party all the time, or you can take some of the explorations where you are learning and immersed in the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Doctors on the ship. It's great!

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I was on a budget for sure, and there are tons of students who are! You can go back to the ship at almost every port to eat if you don't want to spend money on food. Where it gets tricky is some of the explorations are costly.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always eat breakfast and dinner on the ship. Lunch out is good and still affordable. Plan your excursions so you don't miss every meal on the ship.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Exploring different countries
  • Meeting new people
  • Seeing the world!
* What could be improved?
  • Food options on the ship
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will be in a bathing suit alot! Workout before you go ;)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.