Semester at Sea - A Voyage Around The World (Fall 2020) - Europe, Africa, and Asia


Summer & Winter Schools Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • China
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Korea, South
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • South Africa
  • United Arab Emirates
Europe, Africa, and Asia


A Voyage Around the World: Europe, Africa, and Asia. 105 Days, 10 Countries, 12 Cities, 3 Continents.


Exploring countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia, this voyage gives participants a truly global study abroad experience on our floating campus!

Embark: Sep 9, Hamburg, GermanyDisembark: Dec 22, Shanghai, China


  • Morocco,
  • Ghana,
  • South Africa,
  • Mauritius,
  • India,
  • United Arab Emirates,
  • Malaysia,
  • China,
  • South Korea.




Sep 9 - Hamburg, Germany


Sep 15 - Sep 19 - Port of Casablanca

In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century.

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara


Sep 27 - Oct 1- Takoradi:

Located in West Africa, the nation of Ghana is of rugged, sub-saharan beauty bursting with a unique and thriving culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy treks through the Accra plains and neighboring reserves, while those seeking an authentic village immersion experience can make homestay arrangements through SAS field programs. Tour the infamous Cape Coast Castle and Slave Dungeons for a historical African perspective on the 17th century slave trade, easily accessible from Takoradi.

South Africa

Oct 9 - Oct 14 - Port of Cape Town

Whether hiking Table Mountain for one of the world’s best views, riding horseback on safari, or engaging with local entrepreneurs in Cape Town, students always fall in love with South Africa. Full of adventure and captivating sights, Cape Town offers countless opportunities for cultural and natural exploration. Cape Town is also home to world-renowned social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who students just may have the opportunity to meet as he is a member of the Institute for Shipboard Education Board of Trustees… and a big fan of Semester at Sea!


Oct 22 - Oct 24 -Port Louis

A small African island nation in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical paradise and the wealthiest African nation. The ship will dock in the capital city of Port Louis, home to the mountain known as Le Pouce, first summited by Charles Darwin and well worth the hike for great panoramic views of the island.


Nov 1 - Nov 6 - Port of Mumbai

As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.

United Arab Emirates

Nov 10 - Nov 14 - Port of Dubai

United Arab Emirates, federation of seven emirates along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The largest of these emirates, Abu Dhabi (Abū Ẓaby), which comprises more than three-fourths of the federation’s total land area, is the centre of its oil industry and borders Saudi Arabia on the federation’s southern and eastern borders.

The port city of Dubai, located at the base of the mountainous Musandam Peninsula, is the capital of the emirate of Dubai (Dubayy) and is one of the region’s most vital commercial and financial centres, housing hundreds of multinational corporations in a forest of skyscrapers. The smaller emirates of Sharjah (Al-Shāriqah), ʿAjmān, Umm al-Qaywayn, and Raʾs al-Khaymah also occupy the peninsula, whose protrusion north toward Iran forms the Strait of Hormuz linking the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. The federation’s seventh member, Al-Fujayrah, faces the Gulf of Oman and is the only member of the union with no frontage along the Persian Gulf.


Nov 23 - Nov 27 - Port Klang/Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is a multiracial, cultural and linguistic state. The Malays are the largest communities that play the most important role in national politics. Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia), is the main language of the country. Minangkabau, Bugis and Javanese people can be classified as "Malay" in accordance with the constitution definition, but also can speak in their native language. English is also widespread in major urban areas.


Dec 3 - Dec 8 - Port of Xiamen

China presents a spectacular array of historic traditions, stunning landscapes, and magnificent architecture including its vast and iconic Great Wall. Cultural opportunities are endless with the chance to meditate in a Tibetan monastery, converse with Buddhist monks, or practice the Chinese art of Tai Chi at sunrise while overlooking the bustling city of Shanghai.

South Korea

Dec 12 - Dec 15 - Port of Busan

South Korea, country in East Asia. It occupies the southern portion of the Korean peninsula. The country is bordered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north, the East Sea (Sea of Japan) to the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west; to the southeast it is separated from the Japanese island of Tsushima by the Korea Strait. South Korea makes up about 45 percent of the peninsula’s land area. The capital is Seoul (Sŏul).4


Dec 22 - Shanghai, China

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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?

SAS operates on a rolling admission basis; therefore, there are no set application deadlines. However, we recommend applying as early as possible. A completed application includes an optional 300-500 word essay and a non-refundable application fee of $50.


Deadline: August 31, 2020

Program Starts: September 09, 2020

Program Ends: December 03, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:


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.

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