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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 study abroad experience was way mor than worthwhile. It was the happiest, most confident,interesting, engaging, exciting semester I have ever had and I wish that I could participate int he program for my entire college career. I gained a global perspective unlike any other because we went all around the world. I gained a sens... - University of Northern Colorado View Entire Review
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It was definitely worth while. It is difficult to explain the new prospective Semester at Sea gave me. It changed the way I view other people and cultures and especially changed my overall outlook on life. I have never considered myself a very cultured person and never really could look at situations from the other peoples pe... - Rice University View Entire Review
ABSOLUTELY. From Semester at Sea, I gained insight on myself and my place in this world. My morals , personality and outlook on the world has completely changed and I find myself feeling incredibly lucky to be able to experience the things that I did. Doing SAS was the single most important and life changing choice I have eve... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
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Yes it was worthwhile. I'm still registering it all. - Providence College View Entire Review
It was beyond worthwhile. I gained a new sense of independence, even though I have always been an independent person. I learned to appreciate the world in a way I never have before, recognizing how both big and small the world is and how interconnected people are. I realized that one person really can make a difference. My l... - Arizona State University View Entire Review

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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 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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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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