Semester at Sea Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus

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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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I had the fortune of being able to compare the cultures of 12 different countries. 100% worthwhile. - Bentley University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself while learning a lot about what the rest of the world had to offer - Bentley University View Entire Review
I gained a much better understanding of the world, and how different countries are connected. - Bentley University View Entire Review
It was totally worthwhile. I had an amazing time. I learned a lot about many different people and cultures. - Wheelock College View Entire Review
Achieved a true global perspective, learned a lot about myself, made lifelong friends, gained new goals and objectives - Bentley University View Entire Review
Academic, cultural, intellectual, personal and emotional growth at a wide variety of levels. - Bentley University View Entire Review
I learned how different our country really is. Each location was totally different from the others it was an amazing experience to be able to witness so much culture. This experience changed my life and it continues to be one of the greatest experiences in my life - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
I can say that the experiences had, and the international business knowledge learned has been one of the biggest contributors to starting my own business and running it successfully. Don't believe me? Take a look at www.g-tags.com - University of Denver View Entire Review
It wat eh most owrhtwile thing a person can do. I learned abotu the world in a first-hand way, had discussions about apartheid with young south african university students, and all kinds of memorable and unique experiences - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
Past Review Awesome
learned how to be a global citizen and adapt to cultures. Everybody should do it. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Was able to see the world...how many people really get to say that? - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Absolutely. I wish I could go back and do it all over again. I learned that the world is a much bigger and smaller place all at the same time. This program made me realize that my life dream of traveling the world is possible and we are all more inter-connected than we think. It also made me realize that while I may spend a week... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Learned an enormous amount about the world through sheer EXPERIENCE. In four months I was able to go around the world, and learned an enormous amount about topics that I came home and continued seeking knowledge about. Studying abroad was only the beginning ... - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review
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 View Entire Review
I started a company and was able to see the world. I learned more here than I have ever before about culture, the world and life. - Bentley University View Entire Review
Past Review Best Trip Ever
I gained an wealth of global knowledge and understanding - Bentley University View Entire Review
Cross Cultural Confidence and Understanding. Absolutely worthwhile - Bentley University View Entire Review
learned so many aspects of myself along with how bug the world really is, absolutley worthwhile - Bentley University View Entire Review
International awareness, different global perspectives, self-identity, intercultural knowledge, openness to different cultures and mindsets, history and politics of different countries, the degree of the current globalization in the world. It was definitely worthwhile. - Bentley University View Entire Review
I am a totally changed person. It opened up my view of the world, and gave me a true global perspective. It was the best decision I have ever made. I reworked my schedule so I could study abroad with Semester at Sea a second time! - University of Cincinnati View Entire Review
Sememster at Sea gives you a deep appreciation for the world as a whole. I've studied abroad on other programs and think highly of single country immersion programs, but they can't compete with Semester at Sea. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything. - College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University View Entire Review
totally worth it, I learned I need to be more adventurous - SUNY - Albany View Entire Review
Everything. I learned so much from people on the ship, from people in other countries, my eyes were opened so wide, I learned so much about so many different cultures, I'm more open minded. It was the most worthwhile experience I've ever done. I wish everyone could experience Semester at Sea and I wish I could do it again so bad... - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Seeing all of these amazing places is truly unbelievable. I have a better perspective of my position in the world. - Pace University View Entire Review
I learned to travel better independently as well as how to better communicate with locals in foreign places. The experience has inspired me to travel more, particularly to non-western places. It has not influenced my academic interests or my future career other than the fact that I now may want to take a few years off of working... - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review

About

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 Colorado State University to your home college or university. Semester at Sea 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 over 125 voyages, educated more than 69,000 alumni from 1,700 institutions, and traveled to more than 60 countries.

UPCOMING VOYAGES

Fall 2024: Europe, Africa, and Asia
Embark: Sep 9, IJmuiden, The Netherlands
Disembark: Dec 22, Bangkok, Thailand
Itinerary: Portugal, Morocco, Ghana, Mauritius, India, Hong Kong, Vietnam

Spring 2025: Asia, Africa, and Europe
Embark: Jan 5, Bangkok, Thailand
Disembark: Apr 20, Bremerhaven, Germany
Itinerary: Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Spain

Learn more about your most valuable college semester at Semester at Sea's Website!
 
SAS credit easily transfers back to your home university. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Writing, General
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Business
  • International Business
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1963
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Semester at Sea Scholarships

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is pleased to offer a $10,000 scholarship for students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to participate in spring or fall Semester at Sea voyages. All participants receive a full semester’s worth of undergraduate credits from the Colorado State University. ISE believes that international exposure is a critical element in today’s undergraduate education, offering students a real-life global education experience that will give them an edge in this highly competitive job market. The program is open to students, regardless of their major.

$10,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

Students may apply for merit-based aid if they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additional consideration will be given to those students demonstrating leadership within their campus or community. Awards range from $250 to $2,500. Award ranges are based on GPA, quality of essay and demonstrated leadership experience.

$250 – $2,500

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
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These esteemed positions are available for industrious students with the necessary experience to be successful in their assignment. Students will be expected to work two hours per day while at sea. There will be no work expectations while in port. Work-Study grants are $4,000. Students are only eligible to apply for one position per voyage. Select a position below for more information and application instructions.

$4,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is pleased to offer a $10,000 scholarship for students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) or Predominately Black Institutions to participate in spring or fall Semester at Sea voyages. All participants receive a full semester’s worth of undergraduate credits from the University of Virginia. ISE believes that international exposure is a critical element in today’s undergraduate education, offering students a real-life global education experience that will give them an edge in this highly competitive job market. The program is open to students, regardless of their major.

$10,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

Members of the Diversity Abroad community are eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to students from diverse backgrounds (African-American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Students with Disabilities, First Generation, Hispanic/Latino, Low-Income, LGBTQ, Native American, Multiracial). Four scholarships will be awarded per voyage.

$5,000 + flights

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

The C.Y. Tung Program in Sino-U.S. Relations is in honor of C.Y Tung, who was instrumental in the founding of Semester at Sea. Tung, a Chinese shipping magnate, founded the world’s first global shipboard educational program in 1963. Tung was a visionary global leader in the critical importance of multi-country study abroad and cross-cultural understanding among young people. The curriculum focuses on the socio-cultural, policy and economic interactions between Chinese and Americans to prepare future leaders to better understand each other’s cultures and work together for mutual benefit. The program intends to build on, and to fulfill, program founder C.Y. Tung’s original vision for shipboard education. The program is led by a distinguished faculty in residence and includes rigorous courses on Chinese and American relations, history, culture, economics and diplomacy; visits from distinguished Chinese and American lecturers; excursions to educational and cultural sites in China; and scholarships for Chinese and American students. The C.Y. Tung Program on Sino-US relations underscores Semester at Sea’s commitment to global understanding and international exploration and offers a timely and integrated study of China-one of the world’s most influential global powers-and its relations with the United States. It brings together students, scholars, and prominent figures to explore the history and cultures of China and the United States, and to consider how to ensure productive economic and diplomatic relationships between the two in the future. Each spring voyage, a minimum of two students, attending U.S. universities and five Chinese national students, attending Universities in China, are awarded a $20,000 scholarship.

$20,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
- Avaliable for spring voyages only. - Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

These grants are awarded by the Institute for Shipboard Education to help make the program a reality for all students regardless of financial status. Awards range from $250 to $10,000. Award ranges are based on EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) from FAFSA (pending verification of submitted information).

$250 – $10,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

These awards are made possible by the generosity of gifts from our alumni. Students will be expected to correspond with the donor if selected. Students must have a 3.25 GPA or have exhibited personal leadership. Awards range from $500 to $10,000.

$500 – $10,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Visit Semester at Sea website for more information.

Semester at Sea is committed to offering unique service opportunities while sailing on a voyage. As such, the IMPACT scholarship has been established to recognize students demonstrating a commitment to service in their community and home institution and a desire to continue this commitment during a voyage. This competitive scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of students. Recipients will receive a scholarship up to $3,500 plus funding toward 5 SAS service programs (up to a $500 value). Scholarship recipients will select 5 service learning opportunities from the list of IMPACT opportunities provided by the Semester at Sea field office (see list below for examples). Students will work directly with the Field Office to register for chosen trips. Recipients will be required to work with the Communications office to create posts for the News from the Helm voyage blog. IMPACT Scholars will work with an onboard staff designee during the voyage.

$3,500

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
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The Semester at Sea Global Journalism & Integrated Communications Fellowship is an opportunity for students to hone their reporting, digital storytelling, and critical thinking skills over the course of a Semester at Sea voyage. Students will pitch and author articles for their host university newspaper. Selected fellows will need to work closely with their home campus newspaper editor- in-chief to approve and publish a series of articles during their voyage. Students currently pursuing a degree in journalism, communications, English, or similar are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected fellows will receive a $5,000 grant towards their SAS program fees.

$5,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
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This scholarship is intended to help international students who study outside of the US. This aid is awarded based on academic achievement, leadership experience, and financial need. Students are asked how they will participate in the shipboard community in order to help bypass barriers between cultures and to facilitate a respectful and inclusive environment. Award recipients will be strongly encouraged to conduct an Explorer Seminar on the ship and are required to serve as a Global Ambassador once they return to their home university.

$1,500-$10,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
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Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars are eligible to apply for this award. Requirements and application are available online. One $10,000 award is available per voyage. - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/admission-aid/financing-aid-scholarships/scholarships/nscs-scholarship-scholar-at-sea/#sthash.sSz1xZ3r.dpuf

$10,000

Deadlines:
Typically 120 days before the voyage embarkation day.

Guidelines/Requirements:
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