Welcome Parents


Be Part of the Voyage Experience

Semester at Sea is one of the most rewarding and broadening experiences your child can undertake during their college years. In a single semester, your voyager will gain rare insights into the complex circuitry of our world, which will result in academic inspiration and growth, expanded career options and a level of personal development that could not occur during a traditional semester of college.

As a parent, you are a key player in the voyage experience of your child and we welcome your involvement in every step of the journey.

Resources for Your Student's Voyage

Your child is off on the experience of a lifetime, but you have specific questions. There are an abundance of resources available to the parents of SAS voyagers.

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Parent Handbook
Diversity at Sea
Staying in Touch
Parent FAQ
Additional Resources

Parent and Family Events

Hosted by the SAS Parents Council, the Bon Voyage and Welcome Home Receptions occur the evening before the voyagers depart for their journey and once they arrive back home. The programs include information about the next day’s debarkation, what to expect when your voyager returns and your lifelong relationship with Semester at Sea. Parents are also invited to regional alumni events.

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Upcoming Parent Events

A Note on Health & Safety

Health and Safety is our #1 priority. The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) and Semester at Sea have over 50 years of experience in global, educational travel. Semester at Sea takes a proactive, preventative and community-based approach to safety, health and wellness.

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Health and Safety

Shipboard Services

Celebrate your voyager from afar with the gift of cake or some time at our on-board Wellness Center.

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Wellness Center Request Form
Cake Request Form


Parents, Welcome to the SAS Alumni Community

As key players in the voyage experience of your son or daughter, we extend our thanks and gratitude for your support and encouragement on this life-changing venture. The Semester at Sea Parents Council is a great way for you to remain connected to the program and we look forward to seeing you at events, and perhaps on a voyage of your own one day as a Lifelong Learner on Semester at Sea!

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SAS Alumni Community
Parents Council
Parent Trip

Ways for Parents to Stay Involved

Ask a Parent

We are here for you! Are you a parent with a specific question about Semester at Sea? Contact a member of the SAS Parents Council to gain insight from from a fellow parent.

Ask a Parent

Parent Trip

Parent Trips are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see the world from your voyager’s vantage point. Parents and family members meet with other participants and travel together prior to the ship’s arrival and then get the chance to embark on an adventure alongside their students during one of the ports of call. Previous parent trips have explored China, Thailand, Vietnam, Peru, Egypt, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey.

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Upcoming Parent Trip

Parents Council

The mission of the SAS Parents Council is to support, educate, develop and recruit. The Council supports parents of voyagers throughout their entire Semester at Sea experience; educates and develops those parents into passionate advocates for and strong financial supporters of  Semester at Sea; recruits students, Lifelong Learners and parent participants for all voyages and voyage-related programs; and, supports the mission of Semester at Sea financially with leadership gifts. We invite you to get involved!

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The Parents Council
SAS Annual Fund

News for Parents

There are many ways to stay connected to the program and get the news you want. The official SAS blog, News from the Helm, is the best way to follow the current voyage and get specific information. Follow our social media channels to read stories and see photos from the voyage.

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Understanding the Benefits of Semester at Sea

Enhancing undergraduate education with a semester abroad is a growing trend. Semester at Sea provides a global perspective that is a critical asset in an increasingly global marketplace.

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Global Comparative Education
Program Outcomes

You Can Sail as a Lifelong Learner!

The Lifelong Learning program provides an opportunity for you, your family and friends to have a Semester at Sea experience by engaging with and studying alongside enthusiastic students from around the world.

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Lifelong Learning Voyages