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Discover a global perspective for the challenges of tomorrow with a study abroad experience like no other.


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Set Sail on the World’s Most Unique Floating College

Semester at Sea’s passenger ship brings together college students with learners at all stages of life to study with world-renowned professors in a shipboard classroom setting and in countries around the globe. With the ship as your home, you’ll find adventure, community, and life-changing experiences everywhere you go.

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What Is Semester at Sea?



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Global Experience

Visit 10+ countries around the world in a uniquely comparative environment that provides a truly global perspective.


College Credit

Earn a full semester’s worth of course credit from a world-class university, with the rigorous curriculum you need to accomplish your academic goals.


Shipboard Life

Enjoy the comfort and community of a floating home away from home, no matter where in the world your voyage takes you.


Experiential Learning

Develop a deeper understanding of the world through onboard and in-country learning opportunities that connect the classroom to the communities you visit.


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Become a Citizen of the World

Unlike traditional study abroad or tourism experiences, Semester at Sea opens the door to deep, authentic engagement with countries and cultures across the globe. It’s more than just the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a transformative experience that will give you a global perspective to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

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10+ Destinations

Experience life in more countries than any other academic program.


3 to 4 Continents

Develop a comparative understanding of global cultures.


20,000+ Nautical Miles

Go the distance aboard a ship built for living and learning.


100+ Days of Travel

Spend your semester exploring the world.


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Who is SAS for?


Gap Year Students

Graduate high school and travel the world before stepping foot on a traditional college campus. You’ll have the support, community, and academic structure to deepen your experience.

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Undergraduate Students

Current full-time undergraduate students can earn college credit on the adventure of a lifetime, with unmatched access to experiential learning in communities around the world.

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Recent College Graduates

See the world, build relationships for life, and extend your learning beyond graduation.

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Lifelong Learners

Designed for travelers aged 30 and older, join an intergenerational community and gain access to world-class faculty, with both structured and independent experiences in every port.

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Faculty & Staff

Take your career global, as you mentor, support, and educate tomorrow’s citizens of the world.

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The SAS Difference

The Semester at Sea Difference

Building true global understanding with a unique combination of academic rigor, immersive in-port experiences, and a transformative shipboard culture.


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Top academic leaders share their knowledge through in-class and hands-on curricula.

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Immerse yourself in cultures around the world through academic Field Classes, structured Field Programs, or plan your own travel.

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Build relationships that last a lifetime as part of a diverse community of learners.

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