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Semester at Sea Academic Program

Mission: Semester at Sea’s comparative voyages prepare students to be engaged global citizens.

Semester at Sea offers global comparative education in academic partnership with Colorado State University, integrating comparative experiential study, interdisciplinary coursework, and relevant field classes in multiple countries.

Semester at Sea has served as a pioneer in multiple-country, comparative education for more than 50 years. Global comparative education is a form of international study that identifies and connects the world’s peoples, patterns, cultures and traditions.

Throughout the semester, disciplines and thematic issues are viewed cross-culturally and from a global perspective.

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Semester at Sea: The Only Program of its Kind

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.

Over a 100-day voyage on a shipboard campus, students select academic courses drawn from 20 – 25 fields of study that are integrated with relevant field classes in up to a dozen countries, allowing for an experiential, comparative education that is truly global.

A Unique Shipboard Campus

Our ship offers the ultimate platform for global education combining a traditional college experience with a tightly knit community of learning, and significant in-country experiences.

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Our Ship

Global Itineraries and Curriculum

Semester at Sea itineraries are carefully planned to achieve a comparative global education. With distinctive destinations on every itinerary, students can connect the world’s peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions.

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In-Country Opportunities

Redefining Study Abroad

Semester at Sea’s multi-country shipboard program and global comparative approach to international education connects the world’s peoples, cultures and traditions—a departure from most study abroad programs that focus exclusively on one country and culture.

While an immersion experience in a single country is a long-standing and valuable tradition in study abroad, Semester at Sea’s distinctive global, comparative model is an opportunity to embark on the educational and experiential journey of a lifetime.

A Focus on Academics

Coursework intentionally mirrors the itinerary of each voyage in a cumulative and comparative way, offering a relevant and unique study abroad opportunity for focused intercultural learning.

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In-Country Field Programs and Learning Opportunities
Faculty and Interport Lecturers

A Global Comparative Model

Global comparative education is a form of international study that identifies and connects the world’s peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions essential to global citizenship. Semester at Sea has served as a pioneer and leader in multiple country, comparative education for more than 50 years with over 60,000 alumni.

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Global Comparative Education

A Valuable Investment

For colleges and employers alike, study abroad experience has shifted from a supplement to a valuable asset, making it a crucial ingredient on your resume and your undergraduate education. You also earn up to 15 credits from Colorado State University towards your degree.

A Life-Defining Experience

Over and over again students testify that  how SAS changes their lives and informs the course of their career, their view of the world, and their engagement in solving the world’s most pressing issues.

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Global Citizenship
Alumni Benefits