Semester at Sea: Study Around the World

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There is no age requirement, but you must have graduated from high school in order to participate.

Yes!! Just be aware the cost is in American Dollars so be aware of your countries conversion rate as it can be pricey!

As long as you were enrolled as a full-time student the semester immediately before your voyage, and you have proof of admission to the university you are transferring to (such as an admission letter) after your voyage, then you should be all set!

The criteria for teaching are set by Bhutan's Ministry of Education and include fluency in English, at least 3 years of teaching experience and a degree in education. All three are required in order to be considered for a teaching position. Thanks.

Yes there are options for people with specific dietary restrictions. I had a friend who had some and you just need to let them know before you begin (you can call the ISE/SAS office too). The chefs work with you to determine your needs. Since the ship picks up food along the way, they do their best to accommodate with what they have. Just know going into it that you may be eating a lot of the same...

All courses are taught in English. To help prepare you for in-port experiences, SAS will give you a cheat sheet of common phrases for the local language in each country. Additionally, sometimes brief language sessions are taught by visiting lecturers prior to arrival in each country.

Yes. There is a salad bar and vegetables at every meal. Also their are potatoes that are meat free and typically the pasta and soup served were vegetarian as well. My roommate was vegetarian and had no problem with the options available.

The classes were very comparable to what I experienced at my home university. I attend the University of Southern California, so my classes are quite rigorous, however my teachers on Semester at Sea were from Harvard, UNC Chapel Hill, and Wesleyan, and they used the curriculum for their classes on the ship as they would at their home universities. Each class had 2 midterms and a final and 2 papers...

Yes, there was much time to interact with local communities. As Kevyn said, it is a personal choice as to the amount of interaction you have with the locals. However, with everything you did whether it be sit down at a local restaurant or ride on the subway, you had the opportunity to reach out and communicate with the people around you. Even though many people do not speak English fluently, they...