Activities to encourage reflection and growth
SAS is an extraordinary experience that integrates active, experiential learning with cognitive processes in its distinctive learning environment. Students have the opportunities to learn through action, contemplation, reflection and emotional engagement, as well as through acquisition of information.
Seminars, Discussions, and Events
Semester at Sea provides a shipboard immersion experience: as our floating campus circumnavigates the globe, it becomes its own port where the entire community learns about globalization and individual cultures in preparation for in-country travel.
Evening Seminars are non-credit learning opportunities presented by shipboard participants each evening while at sea. The central focus of an Evening Seminar is to promote learning about upcoming ports. Other seminars feature student development topics (e.g. intercultural issues, career development, religion and spirituality, academic success, health education and promotion, student leadership, service learning, etc.).
These intimate discussions involve a topic expert and host who give students the opportunity to learn directly from the source. Students are also involved through question and answer sessions.
Pre-port Seminars & Post Port Reflections
Before each port, the shipboard community comes together to learn critical logistical and cultural information in order to best prepare students for the countries that await.
Post-port reflections occur the evening the ship leaves port. Participants gather in small groups, or a single large group, that is facilitated by faculty and staff and share meaningful and key learnings from their in-port experience.
As part of our sustained relationship with the U.S. State Department, SAS invites diplomats and consular officials to meet with the shipboard community upon the ship’s arrival to our destinations. Officials provide shipboard participants with an in-country political briefing.
Interport Lecturers & Students
Interport lecturers are international scholars or professors living abroad who are selected for their deep knowledge of a culture, practice, or field of study. They join a segment of a voyage and participate in intercultural briefings. Interport students are undergraduates from universities around the world. They contribute to classes and give presentations about their culture.
Special events are scheduled throughout the voyage to help enhance learning opportunities or give a much needed respite to busy voyagers.
Organizations & Activities
Something for Everyone
Several traditional student organizations and clubs exist on each voyage, in addition to new clubs and organizations that organically form depending upon the interests of participants. These recreational clubs and organizations are an excellent way for members of the shipboard community to get involved, share their passions or skills and learn from each other.
- Intramural tournaments (basketball, ping pong, volleyball, soccer, etc. )
- Group exercise (dance, yoga, Pilates, step aerobics, kickboxing, martial arts, etc.)
- Game clubs (chess, scrabble, Apples to Apples, etc.)
- Musical groups (a capella, bands, orchestra, etc.)
- Dance groups (Salsa, tap, merengue, step, capoeira, etc.)
- Theater groups (including putting on plays for the shipboard community)
- Foreign language practice (Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, etc.)
- Sea Council
- Coffee House
- Self-help groups
- Spiritual and religious services and discussion groups
- Amnesty International
- LGBTQA groups
- Educational films with discussion
- Students of Color
- Model UN
- Sustained Dialogue
- Environmental Club
- Healthy Eating Club
- International Student Association
- Muslim Student Group
- Latino/Caribbean Club
- Asian Students Club
- Fraternity & Sorority (Greek) Club
- Writing Club/Sketch Words
Student Life Support
The Student Life team is responsible for the purposeful and holistic promotion of student learning and development that enhances the overall educational experience. This team focuses on developing a dynamic and synergistic relationship between academic instruction and co-curricular learning.
An Active and Close-knit Community
Semester at Sea cultivates an engaged and diverse living learning community of undergraduates, faculty and staff, interport lecturers, international students and lifelong learners — all of who live and learn on a passenger ship outfitted as a globe-traveling university. Having meals and casual conversations with professors, shipboard extracurricular programming and in-country experiences bond the community. We encourage storytelling, reflection and face-to-face interaction.