Semester at Sea - Spring 2020 - A Voyage Around the World


Summer & Winter Schools

Location (s):

  • China
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • South Africa
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam


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.


A Voyage of Discovery- 106 Days, 11 Countries, 13 Cities, 4 Continents 

Visiting North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and this voyage gives participants a truly global comparative experience as the ship journeys through various cultures around the world. 

  • Embark: Jan 4, San Diego, CA, United States
  • Disembark: Apr 20, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  • Itinerary: Hawaii, United States, Japan, China, Việt Nam, Malaysia, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco

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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. 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? 
  • Are you a Gap Year student? 
  • Do you wish to sail as a post-graduate student? 


Deadline: October 03, 2019

Program Starts: January 04, 2020

Program Ends: April 20, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:

What's Included

  • Semester's Tuition

    Semester at Sea allows you to earn up to 15 Colorado State University credits to be transferred to your institution.

  • Meals

    All meals aboard the ship are included. Even on days in port.

  • Housing & Amenities

    Cabins are included with the fees as well as access to the gym, pool, spa, and other amenities. Prices vary by cabin.

  • Travel to Destinations

    Over the course of the semester you will sail to 10-12 destinations.

  • Premium Health Insurance

    All participants are automatically enrolled in a Premium Health insurance plan for the voyage. This includes access to the shipboard medical clinic, mental health center and in-port emergencies.

  • Academic Field Classes

    All students are automatically enrolled in one Field Class, or in-country educational trip, for each of their courses.

  • Full-time, On-site Residential Student Services Staff

    Throughout the voyage, students will have shipboard support of a Student Life team including Resident Directors, Academic Dean, Executive Dean, Field Office Director, and a Medical Team.

  • Advisement and Assistance by ISE Program Administration

    To help you prepare for you voyage, ISE will give you step-by-step guidance to apply for visas, gain medical approval, and complete all other pre-voyage requirements.


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.

Please note: Semester at Sea scholarship review committees will review applications based on the criteria and terms established for each individual award. Scholarships will be awarded only if a fully qualified applicant is identified by the committee. Semester at Sea is not obligated to award any scholarship if a qualified candidate is not identified by the scholarship review committee.

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