Admission & Aid

Preparing for Your Most Valuable Semester

There is a lot to consider before studying abroad. Here are a few things to consider in advance of sailing on Semester at Sea:

Take good classes on your home campus.

Studying on a ship can present some challenges in addition to those in the course syllabus. The best preparation is demonstrated by your past success in the classroom.

Meet with your home school’s study abroad office.

Find out if your school requires any separate admission processes or documentation. Your study abroad advisor can also provide important direction in terms of meeting internal deadlines or making arrangements to transfer Semester at Sea credits back to your home campus.

Apply early.

Participating in a voyage of this magnitude takes considerable preparation. It’s best to give yourself as much time as possible to make all of the necessary arrangements.

Meet with a Semester at Sea representative on your home campus.

Meet a visiting Admission team counselor at your home school’s study abroad fair or outreach event to learn first-hand about Semester at Sea.

Talk to your school’s financial aid office.

Trained professionals in the financial aid offices at your university are there to assist you with all of the financial questions you may have. Contact them as soon as possible to  discuss your financial situation.

Visit the ship.

Come to an Open Ship event in San Diego in January to get to know the program from the perspective of seeing our floating campus, the MV World Odyssey.

Talk with your family.

Participating in Semester at Sea is a big decision that also impacts your family. Spend plenty of time discussing the various logistics of the Semester at Sea program and ways that you will be able to remain in contact while abroad.

Download the Admissions Checklist to help you navigate the process, and contact the Admissions Team for support along the way.