Semester at Sea: Study Around the World

Video and Photos

About Program

Semester at Sea is a unique opportunity to travel around the world with a cruise ship as your campus and an ever-changing scenery as your view. On board the MV World Odyssey, our seven deck, 590-foot ship, you will have the opportunity to select from 70-72 courses across a wide range of disciplines. In one semester, you will get exposure to 10-14 countries across multiple continents, earn 12-15 credits from Colorado State University, and transit over 20,000 nautical miles.

Go to class while sailing the sea, watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean or stare up at the Mediterranean stars. Whether in class, studying, or engaging in shipboard activities, you’re always a few steps away from friends, the ocean and a global perspective.

Program Highlights
  • Earn 12-15 academic credits from Colorado State University
  • Explore 10-14 countries around the world
  • Maximize your time in-country through Field Programs

About Colorado State University

Scholarships

Semester at Sea Scholarships
Semester at Sea Scholarships & Financial Aid

We at Semester at Sea are committed to our students and understand the financial burdens placed on students to earn the best education possible. This is why Semester at Sea awards $5 million in scholarships and grants annually.

Value
$500 - $10,000

Popular Programs

Fall Voyage

Embark: Sep 9, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Disembark: Dec 22, Tokyo, Japan
Itinerary: Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea

Spring 2022 Voyage

Embark: Jan 5, Tokyo, Japan
Disembark: Apr 20, Bremerhaven, Germany
Itinerary: China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena, Brazil, Morocco, Spain

Program Reviews

9.73 Rating
based on 156 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 93.59%
  • 7-8 rating 5.77%
  • 5-6 rating 0.64%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.3
Showing 1 - 8 of 156
Default avatar
Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Voyage of Discovery

Semester at Sea had a profound impact on my life. By the time I boarded the MV Explorer, I had been to 15 countries and participated in three study abroad programs, but SAS impressed an intrepid traveler like me. Few programs can compare with SAS: a dozen or so ports of call, 100+ days of sailing and exploring the world, a multitude of classes in a variety of subject areas, a floating campus complete with extracurricular activities, and a global community like no other. While the price is steep, this is an investment in your future that you can't afford to skip. For some, the cost is comparable and, in some cases, less than a semester at some colleges. For others, scholarships, financial aid, and careful budgeting may help as they did for me. It may have taken me a decade to pay off my SAS student loan, but the memories, knowledge, perspective, and friendships I gained are priceless.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing is that we left India on the day the US initiated war with Iraq. Our departure from India was the beginning of 14 days at sea with no clear destination due to the spread of SARS. We ultimately skipped Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia and added an extra stop in Japan and Seward, Alaska instead. Taking a helicopter ride to hike on a remote glacier was a highlight for me! No matter what is happening in the world, SAS is able to pivot and plan voyages that are safe, responsible, and fun!
Default avatar
Allison
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The journey is the destination

In 2016, I took the journey of a lifetime. I was able to visit 12 countries and 26 different cities that all made a lasting impact on my education and future endeavors.

If you want to go on a multi-country study abroad program, I highly recommend you take the opportunity and sign up for a semester at sea right now. This 106-day voyage around the world will allow you to discover the history of each location your visit, dive deep into their rich cultures, and expand your knowledge of the world around you. You truly become a traveler and not a tourist.

I will cherish my memories and friendship for the rest of my life. This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you WON'T regret it.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Deciding to take the leap and travel independently to join Semester at sea. I was so nervous and didn't know anyone, but the reward was worth the fear! I wouldn't change it for the world!
Default avatar
Jenna
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester at Sea Spring 2010 Voyage

Interesting program model and well-facilitated! Such a unique academic experience to learn about a place in your courses then to arrive there by ship to experience it first-hand. Since time at port can vary from a couple days to a week in each country, one must be intentional about how to spend the time. Shipboard community was strong and the alumni community continues to be too.

This was a fun and enriching journey but if you're looking for an immersive cultural experience, it's not what I would recommend.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This program is fast-paced with a packed travel and educational schedule. It can be tempting to fill port time with an equally intense itinerary. Don't feel pressure to do everything in the tour book! Take time to rest and to be present with the experience and the host cultures.
1 person found this review helpful.
Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

17 years later...totally transformed my trajectory

As the Director of Global Routes, an innovative high school and college abroad program in it's own right, facilitating profound international experiences, I can honestly say I would not be here without my own transformative experience on Semester at Sea. I can not say enough.

In 2002, I walked onto a ship in Vancouver as a typical fun-loving college boy, and stepped off in Florida, 100 days later with a deep understanding of empathy, compassion, global issues, and my role in the world. I went on to pursue a career as a global educator,

The faculty were outstanding. The community was extraordinary, and the fine level of support and freedom in-port was out of this world. If you're reading this, and considering a semester in England, or Spain, or France, or New Zealand, change your plans and jump on board SAS for a rich tapestry experience that will forever alter your perspective of the world and your place in it.

What would you improve about this program?
Not a single thing! The journey is the destination.
5 people found this review helpful.
Default avatar
Courtney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a Lifetime

As soon as I heard of Semester at Sea, I knew it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. My voyage had the opportunity to visit 11 countries while taking classes on the MV World Odyssey; who else can say they have done that? There was lots of work leading up to it, and of course I had my doubts that it would live up to my dreams. But it did that and more! The community on the ship is one that you cannot experience with any other program. This is absolutely the best way for college students to study abroad.
My advice to anyone considering Semester at Sea: DO IT. Do not think too much about it, just go and everything will work itself out, and most importantly: you will have the trip of a lifetime.

4 people found this review helpful.
Melayna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Transformational, Life-Changing Experience

Semester at Sea takes you to 11 countries and 4 continents, giving cultural immersion, a new global perspective, and a truly global comparative experience. For me, it was absolutely life changing. I learned more in one semester about myself and the world than I ever had in my life. It is true hands-on, experience-based learning. It isn't simply studying from a textbook and then forgetting everything a month later. All my SAS experiences will stay with me forever.

SAS taught me that there is so much that we don't know about the world. There is so much left to learn. Other study abroad programs make you come home and say "that was fun," but Semester at Sea makes you say "What's next? How can I change the world for the better?" You truly leave inspired.

If you are looking for a study abroad program to challenge your views and expose you to the unknown, do Semester at Sea. Learn what the US education system doesn’t teach us. See the things the US media doesn't report on. Do rather than just see. Connect with the cultures you interact with across the globe and begin to understand how we fit into this large world.

My hope is that more students will look into Semester at Sea. For me, I decided to seize the opportunity, knowing once I graduate and begin work, I may not have this opportunity again. A lot of people’s dreams to see the world, and Semester at Sea makes it possible.

What would you improve about this program?
Having more time on land versus at sea.
5 people found this review helpful.
Default avatar
Peyton
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 4 months of my life!!!

Semester at sea was BY FAR the best semester I have ever had! Meeting 600 students can be a little overwhelming but you quickly find your friends and hang out with everyone! We were able to experience so many different parts of the world and all with your new best friends! To be completely honest, you will have some of the worst experiences but also some of the best. I made friends that will last a lifetime and came back with some crazy stories to tell.

6 people found this review helpful.
Jessica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester at Sea

I absolutely loved my time on Semester at Sea. It is a great way to see the world in such a short time frame. I have met and made friends with people from all over the world. I highly recommend this program to anyone that is remotely interested in studying abroad. This program does a great job of ensuring everyone's safety and making sure students feel prepared to enter each of the countries on the itinerary.

5 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

No, we only offer undergraduate courses.

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!