Semester at Sea desires to enroll students who will cultivate a global learning experience. Please take a moment to review what we are looking for in a student.
Traditional Undergraduate Student Requirements
- Students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited college/university (domestic or international)
- Students must have completed at least one full term at the post-secondary level
- Students must demonstrate at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing
- Students must have their school’s judicial affairs office complete a disciplinary clearance form at time of application
- Students must demonstrate their writing skills in a 300-500 word essay as indicated on the application
Non-Traditional Student Requirements
- Are you an International Student? Click here for application steps and resources.
- Are you a Gap Year student? Click here for your admissions checklist.
- Do you wish to sail as a post-graduate student? Click here for eligibility and application information.
Embarking on a semester abroad takes a little extra effort than preparing for a semester on land. At Semester at Sea, we do everything in our power to provide you with a straight-forward and simple admission process.
To be admitted, students must complete an online application. Semester at Sea operates on a rolling admission basis; therefore, there are no set application deadlines. Because the ship has limited capacity, we recommend that students apply as early as possible.
Semester at Sea does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Follow these four easy steps to successfully navigate the admission process and start your own voyage of discovery.
Step 1: Application
A completed file for admission consists of the following four items:
- A completed application (that includes a short essay of 300-500 words)
- A $50 application fee (non-refundable)
- All college-level transcripts
- A Disciplinary Clearance Form completed by your school’s judicial affairs office.
While not required, we encourage students to submit a letter of recommendation from a professor regarding the student’s academic abilities and the student’s desire to engage in a global comparative study program.
Step 2: Acceptance
Once the student’s online application and supporting materials are received, the admissions team reviews the file, decides whether to accept the student, and communicates that decision to the student via e-mail.
Step 3: Confirmation
Acceptance does not automatically secure a place in the program; a confirmation deposit of $1000 confirms students’ place in the program. This deposit, which is fully refundable up to 90 days before voyage departure, also enables students to apply for financial aid, enroll in courses, and register for field programs.
Step 4: Prepare for Departure!
Semester at Sea begins the voyage preparation process begins about 5 months prior to voyage departure. Prior to that time (and afterwards), accepted and confirmed students can communicate with one another via the Fall 2016 Voyage Facebook group!
*Only admitted and deposited students are accepted into the Facebook group.