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Health & Safety

Life at Sea

#1 Priority: Participant Health and Safety

Above all else, the health and safety of program participants, employees and crew is the highest priority for all of our planning decisions.

Health and Safety Strategies

ISE continuously assesses all risk factors for traveling and studying abroad. Our long history and the collective experience of our senior management team and partners enable us to have a clear understanding of all potential risks and we take all possible mitigating steps to ensure a safe experience for all participants and employees.

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Our Health and Safety Strategies

Participant Wellness Resources

  • Health Insurance Coverage

    All voyage participants are  enrolled in a World Class Coverage Plan through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), a world leader in travel insurance. This plan is included as part of participant program  fees, and  is in effect upon arrival to the ship through disembarkation at the end of the voyage.  Full policy coverage can be found here.

  • Medical Clinic

    The health clinic on board the MV World Odyssey is among the medical facilities available most advanced on ocean-going vessels today. Voyage medical staff are U.S.-licensed health professionals.

  • Mental Health Care

    On each voyage, Semester at Sea deploys two licensed clinical psychologists responsible for coordinating, implementing and evaluating total mental health care and education for all passengers.

  • Physical Health

    Participants may use strength-training equipment, free weights, aerobic equipment (e.g. stationary bikes, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, etc.) in the fitness facilities. The sports court, an outdoor basketball/volleyball court, is available for pick-up games on all days at sea and in port, weather permitting.

  • Pre-port Seminars

    Pre-port seminars help to prepare students for both  logistical and cultural aspects of arriving in a new country with health and safety being the primary focus.

  • Resident Directors and Staff

    Student life staff are trained and well equipped to handle any issues that arise on a voyage around the world.

Key Health and Safety Partners

As part of our health and safety strategy, we utilize a wide variety of resources and work closely with a number of partners who bring specialized services and expertise.

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Health and Safety Partners