While not at sea, voyagers spend an average of 45 days of their semester in 10-12 different ports of call. Voyagers experience various cultures through the lens of Semester at Sea’s unique multi-country comparative and experiential approach to international education. Over the course of a semester, voyagers gain the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. Time in each port is spent with a combination of Field Classes, Field Programs and personal exploration:
Every course has a required in-country component called a Field Class. Field Classes are one day in duration and are custom developed and facilitated by the teaching faculty (and only open to students registered in the course!) Field Classes bring the learning of the classroom to life and constitute 20% of a student’s grade.
All voyagers can choose to participate in Semester at Sea-designed trips called Field Programs. Designed with a spirit of discovery and safety in mind, Field Programs maximize resources while providing unique insights, grand adventures and a lifetime of memories!
Outside of Field Classes and Field Programs, voyagers can arrange their own travel experiences independent of Semester at Sea. (Except for the single-day refueling stops where no independent travel is allowed.) Voyagers are encouraged to plan ahead and follow the Responsible Traveler guidelines.