Because of Semester at Sea I have learned to believe in myself regardless of the challenges, and I now fully embrace differences and view them in a positive way. SAS was just the beginning of the voyage of a lifetime for me and how I will impact this world. —Maureen Ocholla, Spring 2017

Ways To Support SAS

  • Make a Gift

    Semester at Sea/Institute for Shipboard Education is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Semester at Sea is completely dependent upon enrollment revenues and philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, friends and other corporate sponsors.

    Learn More

  • Get Involved

    Connect with shipmates through reunions, shipboard and regional events, philanthropic opportunities and other activities.

    Learn More

  • Tell Your Story

    Alumni stories are the most important way that people understand the true impact of the Semester at Sea program. Read stories from fellow shipmates and learn ways in which you can help spread the word about SAS.

    Learn More

Latest Community News View All


“Just Be At Sea”: The Impact of Semester at Sea

Each voyage touches and shapes every student differently, but for Ari Gootnick, the Fall 2015 voyage was particularly life changing. His experience inspired him to document how the voyage has […]

Semester at Sea Announces Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Institute for Shipboard Education is pleased to announce Dr. Scott Marshall as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Marshall brings with him a strong background in academic leadership […]

92-year-old alumna recalls voyage as foreign service spouse

Margaret pulled out her old Semester at Sea photo album with a glimmer in her eye, anxious to recollect the ship that had forever changed her, and then she paused. […]

Storytelling contest winner Cameron Hahn

“What is a Traveler?” Storytelling Contest Winner

Students, Staculty, and Lifelong Learners onboard the Spring 2017 Voyage competed in a storytelling contest, all trying to answer the question, “What is a traveler?” On April 7, voyagers had the […]

Maureen Ochalla

Scholarship recipient Maureen Ocholla encourages diversity

  From a children’s home in Nairobi, Kenya to a cabin aboard the MV World Odyssey, International Student Advancement Scholarship recipient Maureen Ocholla has an incredible story—one she is determined […]