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Frequently Asked Questions


What learning opportunities are there for Lifelong Learners on Semester at Sea?

Full-voyage Lifelong Learners are welcome to participate in undergraduate courses and their associated field classes. Additional enrichment opportunities include the Lifelong Learner Daily Seminar, Evening Seminars, Pre-Port Sessions, On-Arrival Diplomatic Briefings, Post-Port Reflections, and the In-country Programming.

May I audit an undergraduate course if I do not wish to receive credit for a course?

Absolutely! If a Lifelong Learner intends to be committed to a particular subject and does not wish to receive academic credit, the participant may register to audit a course designated by the academic dean as open to Lifelong Learner enrollment.  Attendance and reading of course material is expected, but taking of exams and completion of assignments is not required.

What type of cabin choices do I have?

Please view the cabin and rates page to explore all cabin options.

Is there a safe in the room?

Yes, each cabin has a small safe in which you can store cash and other valuables.

Can I sail with my family?

YES! Many families sail together on Semester at Sea to experience an nontraditional travel opportunity. We have a variety of cabin options, including large suites for families with young children, or cabins across the hall from each other should you need a little separation. Email to discuss your particular situation.

What is it like living on a ship?

It is a unique and exciting experience! You are encouraged to visit the Life at Sea section of our website. Sea basics will help you familiarize yourself with important voyage terminology.

Do I need a passport? What about visas?

Yes, if you do not already hold a passport you should apply for one now. If you do have a passport, you should check its expiration date. Your passport needs to be valid for six months beyond the end of the voyage. Please click here for more information about passport requirements on Semester at Sea voyages.

Visa requirements vary depending on the countries included on the itinerary. Typically, you will need to secure two or three visas individually. Some of the group visas will be obtained by ISE.

Want to talk to a former Lifelong Learner?

The Lifelong Learner Council is a group of dedicated Lifelong Learners who are happy to answer any questions that you might have. Email and we’ll match you with someone immediately!

How do I contact your office?

You may email  or call (800) 854-0195 if you have additional questions.