Admission & Aid


Students do not necessarily need to qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses to be eligible for scholarships. Applicants are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA and submit the Student Aid Report to ISE along with tax returns from the most recent tax year and any supplemental information that might be helpful in our review.

International students are welcome to apply for any ISE scholarships. We ask that you submit a statement of your parent’s income, with an English translation and conversion to US dollars, in lieu of the FAFSA and tax forms.

Please note: Semester at Sea scholarship review committees will review applications based on the criteria and terms established for each individual award. Scholarships will be awarded only if a fully qualified applicant is identified by the committee. Semester at Sea is not obligated to award any scholarship if a qualified candidate is not identified by the scholarship review committee.

Semester at Sea Financial Aid

Aid Type Amount Voyage Eligibility

>3.0 GPA

$5,000 + flights

Members of the Diversity Abroad community. Preference will be given to students from diverse backgrounds (African-American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Students with Disabilities, First Generation, Hispanic/Latino, Low-Income, LGBTQ, Native American, Multiracial).


Enrolled in Chinese Studies for U.S. students or enrolled in American Studies for Chinese students

*Available starting Fall 2018


All Students



$250 - $10,000

All Students


CSU Undergrads


UH Hilo Undergrads


University of Virginia undergraduates maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Torch & Laurel Scholars


Majoring in Journalism or related field


Students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)  that is a member of HACU.


Students attending a HBCU or Predominately Black Institution (PBI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.


Chapman Undergrads


UCI Undergrads


Morehouse undergrads


UCSD Undergrads


CU Boulder Undergrads

Full Tuition

UWC Davis Scholar at a Davis Institution.



NSCS members only


Students must be enrolled in a University outside of the United States


All Students


Members of the Diversity Abroad community. Must attend an eligible Minority Serving Institution. Preference will be given to students who identify with underrepresented backgrounds.

Scholarship Deadlines (ISE Awarded Aid only)

Spring 2018

 Fall 2018

Spring 2019

• Need-based Grants
• Merit Scholarships
No application deadline – reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit an application after you place your deposit and allow 2 weeks for review.
• Student Assistant Grants
• Alumni/ Endowed
• Impact Scholarship
• Global Journalism Fellowship
• International Student Advancement Scholarship
• Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship
• HBCU Scholarship
• HACU/HSI Scholarship
• C.Y. Tung Scholar  (Fall Only) *Starting with Fall 2018
October 4, 2017  April 18, 2018  October 3, 2018
 October 13, 2017 May 4, 2018 October 12, 2018 Scholarship Deadline: September 25, 2017
Notification: October 13, 2017
Deadline: April 9, 2018
Notification: May 4, 2018
Deadline: September 24, 2018
Notification: October 12, 2018

Additional Funding Options