Traditional Undergraduate Student Requirements
Semester at Sea requires students to meet our standards to cultivate a learning experience worthy of traveling the world. We welcome students of any sex, gender identity, race, disability status, veteran status, nationality, or ethnicity, to apply for admission. Please take a moment to review what we are looking for in a student.
- Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited college/university (domestic or international)
- Students must have completed at least one full term at the post-secondary level
- Students must demonstrate at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing, although in some cases, additional evidence of academic support may be requested to review an application holistically
- Students must have their school’s judicial affairs office complete a disciplinary clearance form at time of application
- Students must demonstrate their writing skills in a 300-500 word essay as indicated on the application
Non-Traditional Student Requirements
- Are you an International Student? Click here for application steps and resources.
- Are you a Gap Year student? Click here for your admissions checklist.
- Do you wish to sail as a post-graduate student? Click here for eligibility and application information.
- Are you a High School Student? Learn more about your options here.
SAS Admission in 5 Steps!
Traditional Undergraduate student can earn Semester at Sea Admission in 5 easy steps!
Apply Online Here.
SAS operates on a rolling admission basis; therefore, there are no set application deadlines. However, we recommend applying as early as possible. A completed application includes an optional 300-500 word essay and a non-refundable application fee of $50.
In order to learn more about our future voyagers, we need a few extra documents to review your application.
-All college-level transcripts
-A disciplinary clearance form completed by your school’s judicial affairs office.
-An academic letter of recommendation (optional)
Get Admitted and Pay your Deposit!
Whohooo! Once’e you’ve earned admission, you’ll need to pay your $1,000 deposit in order to secure your cabin for the voyage. The deposit is considered the first payment towards your voyage and will be applied to your program fees. A full refund of the deposit is available up until the posted final payment deadline (~90 days) for your voyage.
Semester at Sea awards over $5 million in financial aid each year. As a non-profit, we rely on donations from generous alumni and friends in order to provide grants and scholarships for eligible students. Explore here.
Official voyage prep begins 5 months prior to your voyage set-sail sail date. Until then, you can start connecting with future voyagers and with SAS alumni on social media! Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #semesteratsea.
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Voyagers have been making the most of their first few days in South Africa. Don’t believe us? Follow the #sasfa18 hashtag and see for yourself! With just 24 hours left in this beautiful country, only one question remains: What should Voyagers do during their final day in Cape Town? . . . . 📷: @caroline_morrisonn, @devinzacchino, @sophia_catherine66, @jaidenlynn, @d_mui3, @karinamehta2, @the_nomadiclife, @bellabarss, @elliciamyles, @nitaraduthie . #sasfa18 #semesteratsea #capetown #southafrica #studyabroad
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“We had originally wanted to go to Africa as a trip after I graduated from high school. But things didn’t really work out because I had football, which was one of the biggest priorities in my life. I was one of the top uncommitted kids in the state of New Jersey. I had an opportunity to play at a preparatory school for kids who needed a second chance, and in that process, I got hurt pretty bad during one the games and shattered my clavicle. And throughout that period in my life, I was really depressed and gave up on everything. But my mom was always there telling me to go back to school and saying ‘your life is bigger than this’. From 19 until almost 22 years old, I wasn’t in school, but I took a risk and applied because my mom said ‘I’ll take care of everything else.’ She saved up money to come visit me in South Africa so we could experience Africa for the first time together. She talked about how this experience changed her life—seeing a continent I’ve always dreamed of and being able to experience it with me. I’m proud to be her son because she’s the strongest person I’ve ever known. She’ll protect me from me sometimes, and that’s hard to find in a person. It’s a shame that she can’t come to all these countries with me because I know she’s where I get my adventurous spirit: snorkeling, hiking, taking a risk, trying different foods, embracing different people…I get all of that from her. I’m just so proud she’s my mom because I wouldn’t choose anybody else to have that place in my heart. At my lowest point, my mom always told me ‘the world is waiting for you.’ And now because of her, I’m traveling around the world.” –Bradley Jones, student at @ncatsuaggies sailing on the Fall 2018 Voyage . . . . #sasfa18 #semesteratsea #studyabroad #southafrica