Start your Adventure!

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Semester at Sea Study Abroad 

With the world as its classroom and more than 50 years of experience, Semester at Sea integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experience for meaningful engagement in the global community.

  • Open to all college/universities and all majors
  • We have programs for Gap Year, Traditional Undergraduate, and Post-Graduate Students
  • No age requirement, but you must have graduated from high school in order to apply
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement
  • You’ll earn 12-15 transferable credits from Colorado State University
  • Yes – we have grants and scholarships!

School on a boat?

Not a boat, a ship!

Or rather a floating college. The MV World Odyssey will be your home away from home throughout your journey.

  • Student Cabins (closed-circuit TV, mini-refrigerator, closets, drawers, bathroom, daily linens, and a safe)
  • 9 Classrooms, Student Union, Library
  • Two Dinning Halls and an Outdoor Grill
  • Theater/Cinema
  • Spa and Hair Salon
  • Fitness Center, Sports Court, Ping Pong Table, Indoor/Outdoor Pool
  • Supportive community of faculty, staff, medical team, resident directors, Lifelong Learners, families, and crew

Explore 10-12 World Destinations

The Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia

Over a 100-day voyage on a shipboard campus, voyagers will explore 10-12 destinations across 3-4 continents and travel 20,000- 25,000 Nautical Miles. We offer voyages every fall and spring.

Open to all majors

Earn 12-15 Academic Credits

  • Select courses from 20 – 25 fields of study
  • Each course includes an in-country field class allowing for an experiential, global comparative education
  • Receive an official transcript from Colorado State University 

Grants & Scholarships Available

60% of our voyagers receive some form of financial aid.

  • Need & Merit Grants
  • IMPACT Project Cohort (Community Engagement)
  • Minority Serving Institution Scholarships
  • Student Assistant Grants
  • Inclusive Engagement Scholarship
  • Alumni Provided Grants
  • Global Journalism Fellowship
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Ready to Set Sail?

Take the first step on the journey of a lifetime.