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What is Global Comparative Education?

Global comparative education is a form of international study that identifies and connects the world’s peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Semester at Sea has served as a pioneer and leader in multiple country, comparative education for more than 50 years.

Our Learning Cycle


Through coursework, co-curricular activities, and expert guidance, students gain knowledge and insights into the countries on the itineraries to give relevant and crucial context to the in-country experience.


As the voyage progresses, knowledge and understanding gained integrates into the classroom, discussions, and community activities which creates lasting impact and a well rounded experience.


The in-country experience provides hands-on experiential learning, giving students access and the ability to engage with people, places, and cultures of the world.


Traveling from country to country gives students the opportunity to compare and contrast the similarities and differences of cultures through an academic lens in order to gain deeper insights into our world.


Cultivating Global Citizens


global citizen is aware of one’s self, mindful of cultural influences, engaged in learning about and accepting of all people and places, has empathy toward others, and has developed a global understanding of how we are all connected.

Semester at Sea teaches students how to interact with cultures and peoples of developed and emerging nations—pushing students’ understanding of the world into new directions and perspectives—and ultimately becoming global citizens prepared and motivated to take on the world’s most pressing issues.

Learn more about the Journey Toward Global Citizenship.

Programmatic Platform

Semester at Sea provides a platform to expose students to world issues, engage with people from other cultures, provides guidance in and outside of the classroom, and the tools to grow as an individual by gaining a global perspective.


Coursework is geared directly toward the itinerary of each voyage in a cumulative and comparative way, offering a relevant and unique study abroad opportunity.

Explore Academics


Each voyage brings together a unique group of expert faculty, staff, special guests, and partners who offer their knowledge, guidance, advice, and the opportunity to interact one-on-one.

Explore Voyage Experts

Field Programs

Experiential learning, exploration, and discovery are at the heart of the Semester at Sea experience. Our time in country offers opportunities for students to experience various aspects of what a country has to offer.

Explore Field Programs


Our co-curricular programming and student services ensure that the learning continues outside of the classroom and helps to give deeper meaning to the voyage experience.

Co-Curricular Experiences

Lasting Value - We Believe in Our Participants

We believe that our participants will be the leaders who will make the world a better place.

Students are the future. We believe our students will do great things in the world because of the education and experience they receive during Semester at Sea both in the countries they visit and on the ship. Students who embrace our mission often change their major or life goals toward service and creating social good. We hope to create leaders that will have a positive and lasting impact on this world. We hope the lessons learned on a voyage will influence a lifetime of empathy and global awareness.