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ISE and Colorado State University extend partnership to 2027

Starting in Fall 2024, engineering students will be able to earn six engineering credits while sailing aboard the MV World Odyssey.

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) and Colorado State University have renewed their affiliation agreement, extending through 2027 an academic partnership that began in 2016. ISE, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, has operated the Semester at Sea program since 1963. 

The revised partnership was signed last month by CSU’s Interim President Rick Miranda and ISE CEO and President Scott Marshall. 

“Our partnership with Colorado State University has ensured that our voyagers have a rigorous and rewarding academic experience aboard a ship that connects their classroom interests and career ambitions to global challenges,” said Marshall. “Together, we offer the best in comparative, experiential learning that benefits students in Fort Collins and around the world.”

All Semester at Sea academic credits are earned through fully accredited CSU courses. The university also appoints each voyage’s academic dean from among its most accomplished faculty.

New engineering program to debut in Fall 2024

In collaboration with CSU and its Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Semester at Sea announced this week that it will add engineering courses to its curriculum starting with the Fall 2024 voyage. 

The college will design and deliver the two engineering courses offered on the ship that will be available to eligible students across the country.

The two partners began in Fall 2020 to explore offering engineering courses that would allow students access to the Semester at Sea experience while staying on track to graduation. The two classes offered will meet course requirements for all CSU engineering students except those in computer and electrical engineering.

“Engineers solve global challenges every day, so we’re excited to bring our engineering programs to Semester at Sea,” said David McLean, dean of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, announcing the partnership at the college’s Celebrate Global Engineering event today. “The collaboration speaks to our commitment to supporting international experiences and engagement for students, faculty, and staff.”

Learn more about Semester at Sea’s academic programs and upcoming voyages.

About Semester at Sea:

Semester at Sea voyagers earn between 12-15 college credits through academic partner Colorado State University taking classes while traveling to 10+ international destinations. The shipboard community is truly its own college campus and features classrooms, cabins, lecture halls, a theater, a library, fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor dining, a professional residential and student life staff, and counseling and medical teams, in addition to a maritime captain and crew. 

This fall’s voyage was Semester at Sea’s 130th and its first fall voyage since 2019. Notable alumni and contributors to the program include Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and many other world leaders and global thinkers. 

About the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at CSU:

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at CSU prepares students to engage in and solve global challenges to shape a better world through research, education, innovation,  and outreach. In addition to a top-ranked graduate program in atmospheric science, the college hosts cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that provides students with hands-on learning in biological, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and systems engineering. The college attracts about $80 million in annual research expenditures, placing it in the top tier of public institutions of similar size, and is a campus leader in patents, startups, and technology transfer.

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