Who are we?

Semester at Sea takes a global comparative approach to study abroad using a ship as its traveling campus and sailing to multiple ports around the world.

The Institute for Shipboard Education

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Fort Collins, Colorado that administers the Semester at Sea study abroad program in conjunction with the Colorado State University. The mission of ISE is to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. Since 1963, more than 55,000 individuals from 1,700 institutions, have traveled to more than 60 countries on Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs.

Learn More About: The History of Shipboard Education

Learn More About: Our Vision and Core Values

Our Staff

The Institute for Shipboard Education employs a staff dedicated to global education. Our highly responsive, passionate and mission-focused team believes in the educational mission of Semester at Sea and quality education abroad. Many ISE employees sailed on Semester at Sea during their college years or as voyage staff.

Learn More About: Our Staff


Board of Trustees

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Board of Trustees provides fiduciary oversight, shapes broad policies to guide and protect the Institute, provides vision and direction to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, and evaluates the President. The Board meets three times per year and holds several committee meetings. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who are recruited by the nominating committee and serve four-year terms. Our trustees are leaders with experience in large organizations and expert knowledge in higher education, business, technology, finance and medical science. The majority of our trustees are Semester at Sea alumni.

Learn More About: Our Trustees