A Ship Full of Promise

Life at Sea

Creating Global Citizens

We define a “global citizen” as a person who is aware of one’s self, mindful of cultural influences, engaged in learning about and accepting of all people and places, has empathy toward others and has developed a global understanding of how we are all connected. We hope that students who sail will embrace and aspire toward these ideals.

SAS Attracts the Best Students

Semester at Sea students are bright, thoughtful, and involved young thinkers. We attract undergraduate scholars in international studies, business and liberal arts—but when the world is your learning laboratory, students of all backgrounds have found the program relevant to their educational degree paths.

We Believe in Our Participants

We believe that our participants will be the future leaders who will make the world a better place. Our goal is to create a program that will empower you to be a thought leader and change maker, that will improve our planet and our relations with one another. The lasting effects of this program inspire many toward a life of service and creating social good. We believe in what you will become.

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

In all of human history, less than 1% of people have sailed around the world. What an extraordinary opportunity for your future! We hope that students realize the impact they could have on the world and we hope this program inspires students to do great things in life.

Ubuntu is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong. It speaks about wholeness, it speaks about compassion. A person with ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm, and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole.”

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu Semester at Sea Alumnus and Trustee