Because of Semester at Sea I have learned to believe in myself regardless of the challenges, and I now fully embrace differences and view them in a positive way. SAS was just the beginning of the voyage of a lifetime for me and how I will impact this world. —Maureen Ocholla, Spring 2017

Ways To Support SAS

  • Make a Gift

    Semester at Sea/Institute for Shipboard Education is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Semester at Sea is completely dependent upon enrollment revenues and philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, friends and other corporate sponsors.

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  • Get Involved

    Connect with shipmates through reunions, shipboard and regional events, philanthropic opportunities and other activities.

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  • Tell Your Story

    Alumni stories are the most important way that people understand the true impact of the Semester at Sea program. Read stories from fellow shipmates and learn ways in which you can help spread the word about SAS.

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MV World Odyssey outside Barcelona, Spain on the Fall 2017 Voyage.

Semester at Sea secures ten-year lease on MV World Odyssey

The Institute for Shipboard Education is pleased to announce the completion of a long-term lease agreement for the MV World Odyssey, which will ensure the stability and sustainability of the […]

Rock the Dock 2018

A wedding, a New Year’s Day party, and a Semester at Sea reunion all rolled into one? The third annual Semester at Sea Rock the Dock event in San Diego […]

Alumni Highlight: Postcards from Forever Ago

“I was sitting in the library one day and I just decided ‘I need to get out of here’,” William DeSena (Spring 2014) said. Desena was attending the University of […]

Myanmar safety and security concerns

As the Fall 2017 Voyage is now en route from India to Myanmar, Semester at Sea wishes to provide the following safety and security update relative to our five-day call […]

“Just Be At Sea”: The Impact of Semester at Sea

Each voyage touches and shapes every student differently, but for Ari Gootnick, the Fall 2015 voyage was particularly life changing. His experience inspired him to document how the voyage has […]