Semester at Sea
Term: Fall, Spring, Summer, May-term
Semester at Sea gives you a taste of the entire globe as you travel more than 24,000 nautical miles to as many as 13 off-the-beaten-path international destinations ... or to a single fascinating world region for intensive exploration.
Semester at Sea sails four voyages per year for academic credit on the MV Explorer, a modern passenger liner converted into a state-of-the-art seafaring campus.
Since 1963, more than 50,000 students from colleges and universities around the world have studied with Semester at Sea, traveling to non-traditional destinations in 60 countries. The Institute for Shipboard Education administers the program, and the University of Virginia, the #2 ranked public institution in the U.S., is the academic sponsor. Students choose from more than 70 courses in a variety of disciplines. Professors on the program are internationalists who integrate course content with field practice. The program is open to anyone from any major and any accredited college or university.
- Global Studies
- Choose from a 110-day fall/spring voyage around the world, a 68-day summer regional program
to the Mediterranean & North Africa, and an intensive 26-day May-term program to Central America
- Study with 700 undergraduate students, representing over 250 schools
- Apx. 70 courses offered in a variety of disciplines
- Faculty with international expertise
- Itineraries focused on the non-Western and developing world
- Program is open to all students in good standing at any accredited college or university
Semester at Sea is much more than another semester at school; it is a life-altering learning adventure. Our itineraries take you to the four corners of the world, making our campus truly global in scope.
Semester at Sea's campus, the MV Explorer, is a 25,000-ton passenger liner that has been specially outfitted as a floating university. It includes classrooms, a library, a computer lab with wireless Internet, a student union, and two dining rooms. It also includes a swimming pool and fitness facilities. Cabins are available in double, triple, and quad occupancy.
Semester at Sea is often called a Voyage of Discovery. The opportunity to spend as many as three and a half months outside of your own culture - investigating new lands, new peoples, and new curricula - is a both an immeasurable educational privilege and an invitation to grow.
Participants repeatedly report that Semester at Sea changed their lives in a positive way, including:
- Improved understanding of the world
- Greater awareness of cultural difference
- Improved self-confidence and autonomy
- Improved flexibility and understanding of multiple perspectives
- Better understanding of own culture
- Greater acceptance of others and their own opinions
- Ability to live in close community
Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
· African Studies
· Art History
· Art/Fine Arts
· Asian Studies
· Biology (General)
· Business Admin. & Mgmt.
· Comparative Literature
· Creative Writing
· English Literature
· Environmental Studies
· Journalism / Broadcasting
· Liberal Arts
· Marine Science
· Political Science/Politics
· Religious Studies
· Social Sciences
· Theater, Drama, Dance
· Women's Studies
Cost: Please visit our website for rate information.
Tuition, Room and Board, gratuities, shipboard email account, and health insurance. Financial Aid is available. Travel to the port of embarkation, travel from the port of disembarkation, in-country travel, and discretionary spending additional.
*Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for this program is more expensive than housing at BW. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Scholarships are Available. - Federal grants and financial aid from your home institution may apply. SAS also distributes its own financial aid. Types of assistance offered by SAS include need-based work grants, need-based monetary grants, and monetary grants based on a combination of need and merit. Scholarships up to full tuition.