Why choose Semester at Sea for your gap year?
Give your future a kick start
The broad exposure of Semester at Sea provides a comparative global education experience. This is incredibly valuable for gap year students in narrowing their field of study, choosing a major, and thinking about future opportunities to study, volunteer, or work abroad. Click here to explore some of the other personal, academic, and career benefits of Semester at Sea.
Define Your World
As a gap year student on Semester at Sea, you will get a taste of the entire world as you explore 8-12 international ports and communities, attend classes on global topics with students from around the world, and take part in service projects and cross-cultural opportunities in port. You will then be more prepared to head off to college with a defined sense of the world and a clearer understanding of your own strengths and interests.
Prepare for College
Some options for additional support for gap students include an seminars on preparing for college, informal mentoring with upperclassmen, academic tutoring, access to shipboard faculty, involvement in student clubs and activities, and reflection activities after each port and at the end of the voyage.
On Semester at Sea voyages, gap year students are fully mainstreamed in with the shipboard community, but we do offer some additional support that students can choose to utilize. The Living Learning Coordinator for Academic Success will provide support for gap students throughout the voyage. This LLC will set up an initial meeting to give gap students the opportunity to connect with their peers, ask questions, and explore common interests. After this initial gathering, the students can decide whether or not they wish to continue meeting as a group.
Application requirements for gap year students:
- Check out the gap year admissions checklist
- Fill out the application for a voyage
- Demonstrate at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
- Be in good academic and judicial standing at time of application
- Demonstrate writing skills in a 300-500 word essay as indicated on the application
- Provide proof of admission at an accredited college/university
- Provide all high school and any college level transcripts
- Provide all SAT, ACT, and/or AP score reports
- Provide at least one academic recommendation
- Provide a signed Disciplinary Clearance Form completed by your high school. Your signature provides the release for this information. The existence of a disciplinary record does not preclude your admission, but it will be considered in the overall evaluation of your application. If you have a disciplinary record, please submit a written statement explaining the events on your record.
- Submit an additional 300-500 word essay that responds to the following question:
- Why do you wish to participate in Semester at Sea as a gap year student and how does it fit into your long-term academic plan?