Compounded by the oil crisis, Chapman abandons World Campus Afloat.
First Semester at Sea (SAS) voyage is launched aboard the SS Universe. The University of Colorado-Boulder is named academic sponsor.
SAS takes 500 U.S. college students — largest in history — to mainland China and to Egypt to meet Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
The University of Pittsburgh assumes academic sponsorship.
Students meet Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev (USSR) and Corazon Aquino (Philippines).
ISE operates the first Seminar at Sea. Students meet 1979 Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa.
SS Universe is the first ship of U.S. passengers to visit Vietnam after the U.S. embargo is lifted. Students meet Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela.
Pete Peterson, first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam after the war, visits the ship three times.
First voyage to visit Havana, Cuba.
Cuban President Fidel Castro meets with students in Havana, first of several meetings with students in the program.
SAS conducts its first summer voyage.
University of Virginia becomes new academic sponsor.
ISE purchases MV Explorer.
Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu sails his first full SAS program on the Spring Voyage.
First Leadership Forum on Global Affairs, a biannual four-day voyage examining international issues.
Semester at Sea celebrates the 100th voyage. The MV Explorer receives ISO certification for environmental excellence.
Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu sails on the entire Fall Voyage.
A short-term lease is signed for the sixth traveling campus for Semester at Sea, the MV World Odyssey, and it is is unveiled prior to the Fall 2015 Voyage.
Colorado State University becomes new academic partner.
ISE secures a 10-year lease on the MV World Odyssey.
In October 2023, ISE celebrated its’ 60th anniversary.