Semester at Sea Study Abroad: Make the World Your Campus
- Location(s): Barcelona, Spain: Cape Town, South Africa: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Cochin, India: Takoradi, Ghana: Casablanca, Morocco: Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Mumbai, India: Penang, Malaysia: Port Louis, Mauritius: Porto, Portugal: Mombasa, Kenya: Antwerp, Belgium: Bangkok, Thailand: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dubrovnik, Croatia: Greece: Jordan: Malta: Hong Kong (SAR)
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Gap Year
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
yes. I look at the world completely different and it was the most valuable experience of my life Jack M - Providence College View Entire Review
Um...was it ever! I now want to travel all around the world and continue my learning experience. And they have also made me want to partake in making a difference in this world! Aubree L - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
yes Patrick M - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned how much I love all countries in the world! I thought I would like the countries that I was going to but I didn't think I would love them and want to go back but I was wrong. I want to go back to every country I went to and do all the things I didn't have enough time to do! I also learned how unimpressed I am with co... Hannah S - Trinity University View Entire Review
I became more comfortable with myself. I feel like I am able to handle myself in any type of situation because I found myself in some strange places while traveling. I understand the similarities among all of the people in our world. I was frequently shocked by the compassion of people in seemingly every country I went. My exper... Nathan H - Providence College View Entire Review
ABSOLUTELY. It has changed the course of my life. I now have several new goals I didn't even consider before and I have solidified my decisions for my professional life now as well...all because of Semester at Sea. Savannah A - Trinity University View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned so much about myself and about the world. I will be traveling abroad for sure and have already started applying to the Peace Corps. Michael Y - Trinity University View Entire Review
Semester at sea challenged my worldview by exposing me, first hand, to the realities of the world. It changed my future by givening me an interest in international affairs and making me consider a minor in international studies. It changed my perspective to be more aware of my personal impact on the planet and to be more consci... Nick P - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Yes, worth every penny and all the hard work it took to get their!! At first it may seem like its not possible , but with careful planning and perseverance it is doable. Maury L - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review
I learned how to be open minded and to remember that everyone is not like me. We are all different and important. I learned that its nice to listen to people stories. Sharmel J - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review
Yes, without a doubt! A student View Entire Review
YEs Kathryn R - Ithaca College View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was much different from most due to previous study/work abroad experiences. Semester at Sea provided me with the opportunity to explore and learn about a multitude of different cultures and their interrelatedness. My experience further confirmed my future plans to work internationally upon graduating f... Casey K - Trinity University View Entire Review
i am more outgoing, speak up for myself, assertive and aware of the things going on around me. Tori W - University of Hartford View Entire Review
YES YES YES!!! I feel more open to the possibility of living abroad and starting a career somewhere other than the US. I feel more empathetic and flexible. I do not need every second of my life planned out and I know that no matter what life brings me I can handle it. Life is complex and I am ready to take on everything...the go... Diana C - Trinity University View Entire Review
Semester at Sea gave me a good preview of many different countries. It gave me a more educated idea of where I would want to travel back to as well as what I would want to do at these places. Meghan H - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes, it changed my perspective on the world, and now I put America in a completely different context within the world. William C - Trinity University View Entire Review
I definitely grew as a person and I learned more about what I want to do in the future. I learned to be more flexible and about so many different cultures around the world. I've definitely become more aware of the world around me and I have more concrete goals for my future. Jena D - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained so much more knowledge of other cultures in a fun, safe environment. Hannah R - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Brenna B - Indiana University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
my experience on Semester at Sea has shaped my entire life. The adventure of being a world traveller and learning so much about so many other countries, cultures, and people spawned an unquenchable thirst for more in my life. When the voyage ended, my life voyage began. When I graduated college, I moved 3000 miles away, acros... Heather K - Whitman College View Entire Review
Worldly knowledge Samantha L - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I've seen incredible things, met lifelong friends, and gained a true sense of becoming a traveler instead of a tourist. Megan W - Trinity University View Entire Review
Absolutely! I gained independence and motivation to travel. As well as confidence in my ability to navigate the world and to interact with people from a variety of different cultures. Nikki H - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
I think I'm more sure of myself. I had to learn how to deal with things on my own and I really did enjoy learning how strong I could be. Leah H - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Fall 2023: Europe, Africa, and Asia
Embark: Sep 9, Antwerp, Belgium
Disembark: Dec 22, Bangkok, Thailand
Itinerary: Morocco, Malta, Spain, Greece, Suez Canal Transit, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, India, Malaysia, Vietnam
Spring 2024: Asia, Africa, and Europe
Embark: Jan 5, Bangkok, Thailand
Disembark: Apr 20, Bremerhaven, Germany
Itinerary: Malaysia, India, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Portugal
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
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
- Social Sciences
- International Relations
- Political Science and Government
- Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
- International Business
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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