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Alumni Stories


SAS Alumni Stories

It is an incredible privilege and a joy to be a part of what is really just a remarkable adventure—extraordinary experience for all of us—to be on this voyage.

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Semester at Sea Alumnus and Trustee


Semester at Sea is the only program I know of which provides students an opportunity for a true cross-cultural experience. On my voyage, we traveled to 10 countries on 3 continents. The time spent in each country is short, true, but the classes on the ship give students knowledge of the history and culture of countries before visits, so students have enough background to make sense of what they experience. The approach of traveling to countries in far corners of the world means students can compare the culture and lifestyles of people in very diverse places - and come to understand what makes us all unique, but how truly similar people around the world are.

-Carolyn Szoke, Spring 2001

On SAS, I had the opportunity to feel a bond and closeness with people with whom I wouldn’t have otherwise had a connection. I learned about their lives, their children’s lives, their daily struggles, their most significant times of joy and began to really care. As I traveled, I became more connected not only to the people I met, but all people everywhere. We are all the same and every human life is important.

-Danny Greene, Fall 1996 and Summer 2001

In the past 100 days my mind, my perceptions, my opinions and my emotions have been challenged in ways I could have never even imagined. I fell in love with the world and in love with its people. Semester at Sea changed me as a person, and that is the greatest gift I have ever been given.

-Kaitlin Kikalo, Fall 2011


Shipmates is a publication for alumni and friends of Semester at Sea.


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Prominent SAS Alumni & Lecturers

Renowned world figures, leaders and Nobel Laureates have been a part of many Semester at Sea voyages.

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Follow News from the Helm

The official SAS blog, News from the Helm, is the best way to follow the current voyage, read stories about shipmates and follow ISE news.

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Connect to SAS Social Media

SAS groups and fan pages across social media sites are a great way for you to stay informed, post and search for internships or job openings, catch up with fellow alumni and share your stories. See below for all the ways to connect with SAS alumni & friends online.


Refer a Student

Our research shows that alumni are the best recruiters and spokespeople for Semester at Sea. Tell prospective students and faculty members about your SAS experience and encourage them to apply for an upcoming voyage. Invite your family and neighbors to sail as lifelong learners.

To refer a friend, fill out the Alumni Referral Form.