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Semester at Sea Program Deposit

Cabin space is not guaranteed solely upon admission. Cabin types and voyages fill up quickly and space is reserved by order of deposit. If your cabin preference is full when you deposit, you will be placed on a cabin wait list.  The $1,000 deposit will be your first payment toward the total cost of the program and will reserve your spot on the voyage. Your cabin assignment will directly impact your program fees. Check out our cabin tours and view our program fees prior to making your deposit.

Application & Deposit Portal

Deposits are also accepted by check (payable to “Institute for Shipboard Education” Mail to: Institute for Shipboard Education, P.O. Box 842945, Dallas, TX 75284-2945).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Please note that the cancellation deadline for each voyage is approximately 90-days prior to the embarkation date. Unless your deposit was transferred from a previous voyage, your deposit is fully refundable up until 90-days prior to your voyage embarkation date.  After this 90-day deadline, all deposits already paid and all new deposits are non-refundable.

Refer to your voyage page to determine your voyage cancellation deadline or contact an admission counselor at for more information. Students applying for financial aid may be granted a deadline extension by contacting our offices. Additional information about our cancellation policies are also available on our frequently asked questions page.

Final Payment Deadlines



  • If students place their deposit after the advertised final payment/cancellation deadline for their voyage, they will have 21 days (3 weeks) to make payment in full, provide proof of deferred payment due to home institution aid (financial aid notification form), or request a full refund of the deposit. 

Student Cancellation Policy

Please visit your voyage calendar page for specific cancelation deadlines or contact our office at

Deposit Agreements

Prior to placing your deposit it is necessary to acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms of the below documents. Please click on each document and read the contents carefully. It is recommended that you print all documents for your records. Once you place your deposit, you will electronically sign these documents  your MyVoyage portal.

Acknowledgement of Code of Conduct Agreement/Consent for Searches and Testing – I understand and agree to be held responsible for adhering to the regulations, policies, and procedures stated in the Institute for Shipboard Education’s (ISE) Voyager’s Handbook.

General Release and Acknowledgement of Consent – In consideration of the acceptance to participate on the Semester at Sea program (“Program”), on the MV World Odyssey or other vessel substituted in its place (“Vessel”), and recognizing that his or her participation in the Program is voluntary, and that there are certain risks which the undersigned participant (“Participant”) assumes by participation in the Program, the Participant hereby enters into the following General Release and Acknowledgement of Consent (“Release and Consent”).

CSU Transcript Release -I have read the explanation of the CSU Transcript Release Consent Form. I consent to understanding any financial holds at the conclusion of the voyage will result in a forfeiture of a courtesy copy of my transcript and that I will be liable for ordering a transcript at my own cost.

Authorization to Release Information (FERPA) – I authorize Semester at Sea and Colorado State University personnel to discuss the information outlined in this document for the purposes of understanding and meeting program related financial obligations with me (the student) as well as the person(s) listed as my emergency contact(s).