Semester at Sea - Fall semester 2022

Deadline: July 31, 2022

Program Starts: September 09, 2022

Program Ends: December 22, 2022


Summer & Winter Schools Trainings & Fellowships


  • Cape Verde
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea, South
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • South Africa
  • Vietnam


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


Embark Sep 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Morocco Sep 15 - Sep 19 Morocco 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.

Sep 24 - Sep 26 Cabo Verde Port of Praia

Cabo Verde, also called Cape Verde, country comprising a group of islands that lie 385 miles (620 km) off the west coast of Africa. Praia, on Santiago, is the capital. The overwhelming majority of the population of Cabo Verde is of mixed European and African descent and is often referred to as mestiço or Crioulo. Although Portuguese is the official language and is used in formal situations, Crioulo, one of the oldest of the Portuguese creole languages, is by far the most widely spoken.

Oct 1 - Oct 5 Ghana Takoradi: Oct 1 - 2, Tema: Oct 3 - 5

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.

Oct 13 - Oct 17 South Africa 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!

Mauritius Oct 24 - Oct 26 Mauritius 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.

India Nov 3 - Nov 7 India 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.

Malaysia Nov 15 - Nov 18 Malaysia 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.

Nov 21 - Nov 25 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City

(Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam is known for its lush, emerald green mountains, outstanding cuisine, and welcoming citizens. Here you can explore the Cu Chi Tunnels where Viet Cong soldiers lived and fought, travel by boat through the Mekong Delta, sample world-class pho, or bike through small villages. Students often enjoy a three-day trip to Cambodia from Vietnam to interact with an NGO that educates and trains disadvantaged locals in rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry.

Hong Kong Nov 29 - Dec 1 Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong

Hong Kong was governed by Great Britain for decades, but retained many traditional Chinese features. Visit some of the monuments, heritage buildings and historical sites that help give Hong Kong its unique atmosphere. Explore the famous local markets including the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market, and Jade Market. The Man Mo Temple dates back to 1847 and is the oldest temple in the city. Visit to Aberdeen, home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community. Ride the tram up to Victoria Peak for a birds-eye view of the city before taking the funicular tram downhill. 

Japan Dec 6 - Dec 9 Japan Port of Kobe

This stop on our itinerary brings us to another Pacific archipelago, and the port of Kobe, Japan. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in the Harborland district in Kobe.

South Korea Dec 13 - Dec 16 South Korea 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).

Disembark Dec 22 Tokyo, Japan



Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate

Semester at Sea requires students to meet our standards to cultivate a learning experience worthy of traveling the world. We welcome students of any sex, gender identity, race, disability status, veteran status, nationality, or ethnicity, to apply  for admission.  Please take a moment to review what we are looking for in a student.

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university (domestic or international)
  • Students must have completed at least 12 credits at the post-secondary level
  • Students must demonstrate a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing, although in some cases, additional evidence of academic support may be requested to review an application holistically.  Such as an Academic Explanation and an Academic Action Plan
  • Students may not be on disciplinary probation at time of embarkation
  • Student essay is optional
  • An unofficial copy of university transcripts from current or most recent college or university
  • Students must have their school’s judicial affairs office complete a disciplinary clearance form post admission


Deadline: July 31, 2022

Program starts:

September 09, 2022

Program ends:

December 22, 2022

Program Starts: September 09, 2022

Program Ends: December 22, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

Financial aid


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.

International students are welcome to apply for any ISE scholarships. We ask that you submit a statement of your parent’s income, with an English translation and conversion to US dollars, in lieu of the FAFSA and tax forms.

Student Program Fees Include:

  • Tuition—up to 15 semester credits
  • Housing (price varies by cabin category)
  • Travel to multiple countries
  • All meals aboard the ship
  • All academically required field classes
  • Comprehensive Travel Health Insurance
  • Full-time, on-site residential student services staff
  • Advisement and assistance by ISE Program Administration
  • Fuel Fee – Expenses are subject to change depending on global cost fluctuations.

Cabin Types Fees

  • Adventure Double Bunk $26,874
  • Discovery Triple Inside $26,874
  • Discovery Double Inside $29,874
  • Ocean Triple Outside $29,874
  • Ocean Double Outside $32,874

Other Costs To Keep In Mind

  • Overnight stay prior to embarkation
  • Flights to embarkation/from debarkation
  • Travel visas
  • Textbooks
  • Any appropriate vaccinations
  • Between-meal food & beverages while on board
  • Laundry
  • SAS Field Programs & personal travel in-country
  • Fuel Surcharge (if applicable)
  • Program Fee Refund Plan
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