An Amazing Community

Life at Sea
Alumni often describe shipboard life as one of the “most remarkable communities” they have experienced and what they miss the most when the voyage is over.

People From All Walks of Life

Each voyage brings together a new, diverse group of people from all different walks of life. Our community represents all ages, races, cultures and sexual orientations, and our 200 multi-national crew members representing 50 nationalities adds to this rich mix. We pride our program on its ability to connect people from various parts of the world. Our community supports all individuals and respects diversity of viewpoint.

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ISE Diversity Initiatives

Lifelong Friendships

Our community bonds quickly as we embark on this adventure together. From spending time on deck, staring out into the ocean, to catching a tuk-tuk in India, the friends you make during your voyage are going to stay with you for the rest of your life.

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Our Alumni Community

An amazingly connected academic community

Semester at Sea cultivates an engaging and diverse learning community of undergraduates, faculty and staff, interport lecturers, international students and lifelong learners—all of whom live and learn on a passenger ship outfitted as a globe-exploring university.

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Who's on board?

  • Undergraduates

    600 undergraduate students representing majors from 270+ Colleges & Universities.

  • Faculty & Staff

    Nationally renowned, award winning faculty members. The staff includes the administrative, field program, communications, medical teams and more.

  • Special Guests

    Interport students, lecturers, ambassadors and other guests will join for various periods of the voyage to serve as experts and resources.

  • Lifelong Learners

    Lifelong learners are adult learners who are just like students and eager to share this experience with you.

  • Resident Directors

    The RDs lead and bring together the “seas” and help ensure that we are creating best living, learning community.

  • Captain, Senior Officers, and Crew

    The captain and his officers manage ship operations and voyage execution to ensure the safe passage and health of all participants.