Semester at Sea - A Voyage Around The World (Fall 2017)

July 31, 2017

Opportunity begins:

Sep 09, 2017

Opportunity ends:

Dec 23, 2017

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Location (s):

  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • Panama
  • Spain
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America


A Voyage Around the World: 106 Days, 11 Countries, 13 Cities, 4 Continents. Visiting Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, this voyage gives participants a truly global comparative experience as the ship explores various cultures around the world. 


Semester at Sea is a multiple country study abroad program open to students of all majors emphasizing comparative academic examination, hands-on field experiences, and meaningful engagement in the global community. A wide variety of coursework from 20-25 disciplines is integrated with relevant field studies in up to a dozen countries, allowing for a comparative study abroad experience that is truly global. The University of Virginia is the program’s academic sponsor. Students from 250-300 colleges in the United States and the world participate on Semester at Sea each term. Credit earned is transferable to a student’s home institution.

Embark: Sep 9, Bremerhaven, Germany

Disembark: Dec 23, San Diego, CA

Itinerary: Spain, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Myanmar (Burma), Việt Nam, China, Japan, Hawaii, United States


Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Students from all majors regularly enroll in Semester at Sea. More than 40 majors are typically represented on any given voyage

Semester at Sea requires students to meet our standards to cultivate a learning experience worthy of traveling the world.  Please take a moment to review what we are looking for in a student.

Traditional Undergraduate Student Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited college/university (domestic or international)
  • Students must have completed at least one full term at the post-secondary level
  • Students must demonstrate at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing
  • Students must have their school’s judicial affairs office complete a disciplinary clearance form at time of application
  • Students must demonstrate their writing skills in a 300-500 word essay as indicated on the application

Non-Traditional Student Requirements

  • Are you an International Student? Click here for application steps and resources.
  • Are you a Gap Year student? Click here for your admissions checklist.
  • Do you wish to sail as a post-graduate student? Click here for eligibility and application information.


Deadline: July 31, 2017

Program Starts: September 09, 2017

Program Ends: December 23, 2017

Cost/funding for participants:


Included in your program fee:

  • Tuition—up to 15 semester credits
  • Housing (price varies by cabin category)
  • All meals aboard the ship
  • All academically required field labs
  • Full-time, on-site residential student services staff
  • Advisement and assistance by ISE Student Services


To be eligible, students do not necessarily need to qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses. Applicants are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA and submit the Student Aid Report to ISE along with tax returns from the most recent tax year and any supplemental information that might be helpful in our review.

Deadline for scholarship application: April 19, 2017

For more info about scholarships, see here.

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