IT'S TIME TO SET SAIL
Semester at Sea participants are selected for their desire to become educated and engaged global citizens. A typical semester voyage draws students from as many as 280 colleges and universities from the United States and around the world.
COOLEST CAMPUS ON EARTH
The MV World Odyssey
- 10 Decks
- 9 Classrooms
- Indoor/Outdoor Dining
- Fitness Center
- Spa/Hair Salon
- Medical Clinic & Counseling Center
WHY GLOBAL COMPARATIVE, NOT IMMERSION?
Semester at Sea’s global, comparative model is an opportunity to embark on the educational and experiential journey of a lifetime. Our faculty design a global curriculum that juxtaposes the multiple countries and regions visited on the voyage, allowing students to connect the world’s peoples, patterns, cultures and traditions.
On average, each voyage travels:
- 10-12 Destinations
- 4 Continents
- 20,000- 25,000 Nautical Miles
- 100-105 Days
FITS EASILY INTO 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE- MAXIMUM VALUE FOR THE INVESTMENT
Dollar for dollar, it’s the highest impact, most valuable study abroad choice available in terms of miles traveled, countries experienced and cultures explored. Plus you receive transferable college credit from one of the most prestigious public universities in the nation. SAS offers the course requirements you need for your major or enhances it with a global perspective.
A TASTE OF THE WHOLE WORLD
Get engaged through faculty-led trips and service projects that make a difference. Experiencing many countries during the course of a semester allows for a “survey of the world” that will likely influence both your future vocation and global journeys.
MERGES SENSORY EXPERIENCES WITH ACADEMIC INSIGHT
The SAS program enables you to visit multiple countries and regions of the world in a single voyage. It is not a “pleasure cruise”- rather, an opportunity to learn intensively about each country and region on the itinerary, comparing and contrasting those destinations as the voyage progresses. No guide book can teach you more than a knowledgeable and caring professor- one who helps students understand and translate a vivid and often dissonant experience.
TEACHES ADAPTABILITY AND SENSITIVITY
Every country you visit will have different cultural characteristics- dictated by the dominant religion, geography, climate, political system, etc. Navigating these different cultures teaches adaptability and how to be sensitive to each society’s similarities and differences.
Voyage Learning Outcomes
The goal of the Learning Outcomes is to ensure that students gain the knowledge, skills and intercultural competence necessary to succeed as responsible international citizens in the complex 21st century world.
Through participation with the Semester at Sea program, students will:
Employ active methods of comparison and contrast to achieve a deeper awareness of Euro-American culture and its historical and contemporary relationship with other cultures.
Gain comprehensive knowledge of and empathy with the peoples, cultures and geography of the regions visited on the voyage.
Develop keen powers of observation and employ writing skills and various communication technologies to record and evaluate experiences throughout the voyage.
Understand the diversity of cultures and traditions in the world and develop tolerance and appreciation of differences.
Gain a sophisticated knowledge of global and regional developmental issues during ocean crossings and port visits.
Understand and critically assess the forces of globalization and nationalism that are stimulating global integration as well as conflict within and between regions.
Achieve deeper self-knowledge, self-confidence and autonomy through meaningful interactions with other voyagers and with individuals, organizations, and institutions in the ports of call.
Why are students choosing SAS?
- Improved understanding of the world
- Greater awareness of cultural difference
- Improved self-confidence and autonomy
- Improved flexibility and understanding of multiple perspectives
- Better understanding of own culture
- Greater acceptance of others and their own opinions
- Ability to live in close community
98% of Semester at Sea alumni report it's their most significant semester.