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Diversity & Inclusion In-Country

Underrepresented voyagers from varied backgrounds (Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Religion, Disabilities) may experience more challenges than others in certain ports of call. The shipboard leadership team makes every effort to help inform and empower participants from underrepresented backgrounds prior to arriving in a  new port of call. However, experiences will vary for each individual, and while some participants may have a challenging experience in one port, another student of a similar background may have an overwhelmingly positive experience.

If participants have any negative and/or overwhelming experiences in port, we encourage communication with Resident Directors, involvement in post-port reflections, and/or scheduling an appointment with the shipboard mental health center to help address your concerns.

Voyager Roundtables


Diversity Abroad Alumni Stories


Identity Specific Stories & Resources

Below are some resources we’ve collected to support students preparing for an upcoming Semester at Sea voyage. Some of the referenced links are stories directly form SAS voyagers, while others  reference general travel/study abroad experiences and resources.

LGBTQIA++ and Gender Identity

First Generation

Religion & Spirituality

SAS Voyager Voices

  • KAHAL Abroad – Jewish Life at Sea – KAHAL is proud to partner with Semester at Sea in supporting Jewish life throughout each port. KAHAL provides the tens of thousands of Jewish students studying abroad each year the resources, tools, and connections they need to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community and deepen their Jewish identity during one of the most important, meaningful, and enduring experiences of their lives.
  • Students Discuss Their Muslim Faith