Learning Opportunities & Programs

Lifelong Learner

The SAS Lifelong Learning Program provides adult learners the opportunity to join the SAS academic community. Lifelong learners participate in undergraduate courses, attend field excursions, serve as mentors to undergraduates, conduct seminars in their respective areas of expertise, and add a valuable generational element to class discussions.

Lifelong Learner Program Coordinator

The Lifelong Learner program is coordinated by a staff member who serves as a liaison with the crew, faculty, staff and students. The coordinator assists Lifelong Learners with their needs both pre-voyage and during the extent of the trip. The coordinator also organizes activities specific to the Lifelong Learners population.

Experts, Lectures, and Seminars

Lifelong Learners participate in nearly all programs offered to the undergraduate community, including Explorer Seminars which are learning opportunities—lectures, workshops, or slideshows—covering a variety of topics relevant to the voyage. Topics may include cultural and historical information regarding upcoming ports, student development matters, current events, areas of expertise, interesting life events and anything else that may be of interest to others.

In-Country Programs

Semester at Sea works with a close network of international scholars and local experts to construct in-country programs—a diverse range of cross-cultural explorations for each country on the itinerary. In-country programs are organized trips to popular cultural, historical and recreational sites led by qualified and licensed local guides. In addition to providing engaging learning opportunities, all in-country programs bring to life the historic, political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of each host country and provide the opportunity for meaningful engagement with local populations.

In-country Program Topics Include:

  • Natural and Manmade Wonders
  • Elements of Natural History
  • Community Explorations and Home Stays
  • First-Hand Interaction with Host Nationals
  • Service Visits
  • Exchanges with Students at International Universities

Extended Family Program

Lifelong Learners, faculty, staff and students have the unique opportunity to join the “Extended Family Program” on each voyage.  The program allows lifelong learners to “adopt” a group of students, with the intent of serving as mentors, providing support and establishing an extended family on ship. The lifelong learners, faculty and staff create, organize and initiate “family activities. For example: meeting as a family for meals, games nights, ice cream socials ect.

The Extended Family program has resulted in many long-standing friendships and areas of support long after voyages have concluded.

Pre-Port Sessions, On-Arrival Diplomatic Briefings, Post-Port Reflections

Prior to arrival in port and again at departure, the entire shipboard community attends various sessions and briefings to ensure successful and safe visits within each country.

  • Global Studies: All members of the voyage community participate in the Global Studies course which is taught daily while at sea. This course offers an interdisciplinary perspectives on peoples, cultures, and geography in the countries and regions visited. Following each port, participants will have an opportunity to share reflections on their experience within small groups in Global Studies.
  • Logistical Pre-Port: This session is an exclusive Explorer Seminar the evening before arrival. The Executive Dean works with select staff to brief participants on health and safety concerns, matters pertaining to disembarkation and immigration, in-country program logistics, transportation options, etc.
  • Diplomatic Briefings: Representatives from the U.S Consulate provide a diplomatic briefing, providing participants with further understanding and context of the country about to be visited.

Audit University Courses

Lifelong Learners can informally sign up to participate in a course after student registration closes. Course availability depends on the amount of open seats left in the class after students register.

Available courses will be sent out to Lifelong Learners in an email approximately one month prior to the start of the voyage.