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Vision & Values

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is an internationally recognized leader in educating global citizens who engage in comparative learning experiences and positively impact our interdependent world.


We, Semester at Sea, place high value on:

Personal Well Being

We commit to the health, safety and well-being of all members of our organization and shipboard community.


We create environments in our organization that enhance global learning, understanding and interconnectedness.


We achieve academic excellence and long-term global value throughout our organization and in all of our programs.


We honor the inherent dignity of all people in our organization and community with an abiding commitment to freedom of expression, scholarly discourse and the advancement of knowledge.


We ensure inclusive environments that welcome, value, affirm and embrace all members of our organization and our shipboard community.


We are honest and ethical in all of our interactions, and hold ourselves accountable for all of our actions.

Organizational Strength

We strive for long-term financial strength and an innovative, adaptable and cohesive learning environment.