8/19: Update for Fall 2014 Participants Regarding Ebola Outbreak

Semester at Sea is closely monitoring the current Ebola outbreak in areas of West Africa and staying in contact with the U.S. State Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the latest updates on the situation. According to these organizations, confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Sierra […]

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Preserving Semester at Sea Memories in Print and Video Journals

Whether it’s pen to notebook, paintbrush to paper, or digital video to computer, students on the Summer 2014 voyage have created poignant documentation of their new experiences, friendships and adventures — on and off the ship in the past 10 weeks. Here’s a glimpse of just a few ways some creative voyagers are making keepsakes […]

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An Up-Close Look at Education and Social Change in Poland

Students in Dan Garvey’s “Theory and Practice of Social Change” class got a fascinating firsthand view of not only how education in Poland evolved after the fall of communism in 1989, but also an insider’s look into the operations of the Polish Naval Academy (PNA). The academy in Gydina, Poland educates approximately 4,000 civilian students, […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring Estonia

On the Summer 2014 voyage, students have been welcome to travel independently within each country — including making their own overnight accommodations off the ship if they choose. But they haven’t been able to enter different countries unless traveling with a Semester at Sea field program. That’s just one reason why 125 voyagers signed up […]

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Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Art Show on the MV Explorer

In what might be the MV Explorer‘s first “flash-mob pop-up art show,” more than 60 students in Rocky Rohwedder’s “Sustainable Communities” Global Comparative Lens class marched from the Union past the library down to Tymitz Square and along the Deck 5 hallway to the Main Dining Hall to hang up posters from the Lexicon of […]

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Russia and Finland: Comparison of Home Visits in Komarovo and Helsinki

Some Semester at Sea programs give students an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities for a different type of cultural experience: a true taste of someone else’s home. An hour outside of St. Petersburg lies the community of Komarovo, where dacha houses (cottages) are sprinkled through the countryside, offering a […]

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Learning about Sustainable City Planning in Helsinki

This summer, students in Professor Rick Barnes’ Sustainable Lifestyles class have discussed how a community’s design is intimately related to how residents of that community live. This psychology course has covered benefits of living an environmentally friendly community and ways of encouraging a sustainable behavior, with a particular focus on the European cities on our […]

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A Recap of TEDx SemesteratSea – “Anchors Away: From Ideas to Action”

The shipboard community packed the Union to listen to seven smart, savvy, gutsy speakers as they shared insightful information and inspiring ideas during TEDx SemesteratSea, whose theme was “Anchors Away: From Ideas to Action.” Student Aaron Schulze was the host for the evening, which included an original piano composition by John Rosenberg. The MV Explorer‘s […]

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Sustainable Stockholm: The EU’s Greenest City

The city of Stockholm, Sweden, held many surprises for Summer 2014 voyagers. The old town was quaint and beautiful, and offered a variety of wonderful options for dining on Swedish specialties, including meatballs and pickled herring. The museums held treasures, the parks were lush and lounge-able. Though beloved for its culinary treats, history, culture and […]

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Stockholm and Area Islands in Photos

Three different cameras and three different experiences over three days in Stockholm and its environs. We, the communications team on the Summer 2014 voyage, snapped away as we visited the city’s museums, cobblestone streets, interesting sights and serene archipelago.

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