Program Requirements and Study Abroad Admissions
Semester at Sea requires college 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 college student.
Traditional Undergraduate College Student
- Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university (domestic or international).
- Students must have completed at least 12 credits at the post-secondary level.
- Students must demonstrate a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing. In some cases additional evidence of academic support may be requested to review an application holistically, such as an academic explanation and an Academic Action Plan.
- Students may not be on disciplinary probation at time of embarkation.
- Student essay is optional.
- An unofficial copy of university transcripts from current or most recent college or university is required.
- Students must have their school’s judicial affairs office complete a disciplinary clearance form post admission.
Please contact the Admissions Team for support along the way.
Semester at Sea welcomes students who attend international universities to apply for the program and international students can apply as any of the following:
- Undergraduate Student
- Gap Year Student
- Post-Graduate Student
Gap Year Students
A gap year is typically a semester or a year after high school graduation where a student defers college admission to travel, study, volunteer, or work. On Semester at Sea you have the opportunity to do all of these things with your gap year by traveling on one of our semester voyages.
The Gap Year Program is only open to recent high school graduates, who have not been previously enrolled at an undergraduate college or university. If you have previous college credit, and you took a “gap” in your education, you will need to apply as a traditional undergraduate student.
While the Semester at Sea voyages are designed for undergraduate study, and the vast majority of participants will be in that undergraduate population, we do look at post-baccalaureate students on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are held to a higher standard of admission and should display exceptional academic records.
Students who are post-baccalaureate are eligible to participate, however we do not offer graduate level courses. You will participate full-time in the academic program alongside your undergraduate peers.