Cost & Financial Aid
Student Program Cost
Semester at Sea is a study abroad experience like no other, and our program costs reflect the unique value of this investment in your future as a global citizen.
Semester at Sea Cost
Traveling the world aboard a floating campus. Taking classes from award-winning professors, and enjoying a lively conversation over breakfast the next morning. Building lifelong bonds with a unique living and learning shipboard community. Taking part in academic Field Classes that extend your education in the countries you visit. These are just some of the amazing benefits Semester at Sea’s program fees help provide our voyagers.
Student program fees vary depending on voyage and cabin type.
Select your voyage below to find program fee details. Program fees are subject to change. All cabin categories are subject to availability.
Additional Student Expenses:
- Flights to embarkation/from debarkation
- Overnight stay prior to embarkation
- Travel visas and costs associated with passport renewal
- Any appropriate vaccinations and boosters
- Between-meal food and beverages aboard the ship
- SAS Field Programs and personal travel in-country
- Fuel surcharge (if applicable)
Understanding SAS Program Costs
The program cost is what Semester at Sea spends to educate an individual participant. This includes operating our shipboard campus; significant quantities of bunker fuel and oil; faculty, staff, and crew salaries; insurance premiums; and academic program enhancements.
A Study Abroad Experience Like No Other
The Value of a Semester at Sea Voyage
Unlike traditional immersion programs, we cultivate a unique academic community of college students, Lifelong Learners, faculty, staff, and international scholars who live and learn in a shared environment while exploring as many as 12 international ports of call, so participants experience multiple points of view.
Financial Aid for Semester at Sea
We work to make the life-changing experience of SAS accessible to a wide range of students, regardless of financial circumstances. A variety of grants, scholarships, and other financial aid is available to help make your dream of seeing the world a reality.
Frequenty Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about program costs for Semester at Sea
I’m working very hard to put the financing together. What deadlines to I need to keep in mind?
Payment is due 90 days before the voyages. This due date may be extended with verification of financial aid and disbursement information.
When should I submit the $1,000 deposit to reserve a space?
As soon as you are academically admitted, please submit your deposit within 30 days of admission. The deposit is applied against the tuition and fees for the semester. It is refundable up to 90 days prior to the start of the semester should you decide that you are unable to attend.
Does Semester at Sea offer financial assistance?
Yes. ISE offers a variety of need-based financial awards. Students who qualify for federal aid and loans can also receive ISE assistance. Students who do not typically qualify for federal aid/loans will also be considered for ISE assistance.
Can I use my existing financial aid on Semester at Sea?
Use of any federal aid or loans that you receive, such as Pell Grants and Direct loans, are dependent upon the policies of your home institution. The use of any institutional aid you receive from your home school or from another source must be determined by that source. You must check with the financial aid office at your home institution to determine if your financial aid will transfer.
How do I apply for financial assistance?
For federal aid and loans you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on your home campus. The information that this process generates will be used both for federal aid and loans and for ISE assistance. For international students, please complete the ISE International Student Aid form, found in your student portal. Semester at Sea financial aid deadlines are typically 3.5 months prior to voyage embarkation date. Visit the ISE Scholarships page for applications and deadlines.
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