Semester At Sea: A Guide

Imagine a dorm room with a view of the ocean. Waking up to a different shore. University classes with people from all over the world. Seeing the world for class credit.

Semester At Sea is definitely not your typical university experience. As the name suggests, students spend a semester on board travelling to various countries, while taking classes on the arts, sciences, humanities, business, and much more. There are also student clubs, various activities (on boat and on shore), student and health services, and much more.

Semester At Sea is partnered with the University of Virginia, which grants academic credit for all participants. While their main programs focus on undergraduate students, they also have programs for continuing education (non-uni students and seniors), law and education students, as well as teachers. They have programs in the fall, spring, and summer. To qualify for the undergrad programs, students need to already have done at least a semester study in their university and earn a minimum 2.5 GPA.

BootsnAll Travel, a fantastic resource for travellers (especially those of the unusual variety), is publishing a series on getting ready for Semester At Sea. Part One covers applying and preparing – forms, visas, packing, and much more. Check it out to see how to get ready for an experience at Semester at Sea – or any other similar multicountry program.

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  1. This article makes me so very reminiscent of my old uni days. I had the option to go on a Semester at sea but decided that I needed to take more academic classes. Oh well. I heard from the others that it was just awesome.

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