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A Unique Form of Global Education

At a time when global education has been recognized as a requirement of a high-quality undergraduate collegiate experience, the Semester at Sea study abroad experience could not be more relevant.

Global Comparative Education

By introducing students to many different cultures through coursework and intensive in-country experiences, Semester at Sea equips students with skills and perspectives essential to cultivating global citizenship. Semester at Sea has served as a pioneer and leader in multiple country, comparative education for more than 50 years.

Field Classes

Every course includes one in-country educational field class designed for experiential learning. Field classes present the opportunity both for the professor and the participant to engage in further dedicated learning and discovery in each country. A field class takes place during a full 8-hour port day and the same expectations are placed on a field class day as placed on a class day at sea.

Multiple Country Study Abroad

Semester at Sea itineraries are carefully selected to maximize the value of a comparative global education. With multiple and varying destinations on every itinerary, students connect the world’s peoples, patterns, cultures and traditions with their own.

  • 12-15 Countries
  • Off the beaten path destinations
  • Varying cultures & economies
  • Hands-on & experiential learning opportunities

A Shipboard Campus

A ship offers the ultimate platform for global education because it provides a place for a traditional college experience, a tightly knit community of learning, and maximizes the time in country.

  • Coursework related to the itineraries
  • Cumulative and Interdisciplinary learning opportunities
  • Access to international experts
  • Engaged community of reflection and growth
For more than 50 years, Semester at Sea has been a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international education more needed today than ever before.