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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State of the Institute Q&A session

Last week, ISE President and CEO Dr. Scott Marshall provided an update to alumni, friends, and prospective voyagers about the status of Semester at Sea, the importance of our mission, […]

State of the Institute

President and CEO Dr. Scott Marshall (Faculty, Spring 2017) presents additional perspectives about the status of Semester at Sea, the importance of our mission, difficult decisions recently made by leadership, […]

Announcement of New ISE President and CEO

Gary Ransdell, President of the Institute for Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea, will retire from his post on May 31, 2020. Dr. Ransdell and his leadership were celebrated by […]

Monthly Donor Highlight: Dr. Bob Weigl

Semester at Sea’s monthly donor highlight series continues with a longtime Semester at Sea faculty member who championed diversity on the ship and cross-cultural understanding in-country. Dr. Bob Weigl, who […]

Creating Global Citizens: Mr. Shelby Davis

Every month this year Semester at Sea will be highlighting one member of its alumni community for their contributions to the program and continued commitment to the future of shipboard […]