Earn 12-15 college credits from Colorado State University that you can transfer back to your home institution. Study and travel during your 100+ day voyage to more than 10 countries!
Housing, Meals & Amenities
Cabins are included in the program fees, as well as access to the gym, pool, spa and salon (services not included in program fees), and more. Prices vary by cabin. Crew gratuities ($2 per day) are included with your program fees. All meals aboard the ship are included — even on days in port. Meals are served buffet-style three times a day. Vegetarian options are made available at every meal. A late-night snack for a quick study break is also available most evenings at sea.
Academic Field Classes
Each Semester at Sea course, except for Global Studies, includes a day-long, in-country Field Class. These instructor-led, experiential programs are uniquely designed to bring course concepts to life. Students are automatically enrolled in their course-connected Field Class upon registering for their courses.
All participants have a shipboard email account, “Seamail,” that they can use to send and receive email messages on and off the ship.
Starter Internet Package
The MV World Odyssey is equipped with a satellite dish that allows Internet access while at sea in most parts of the world. All students will have the Starter 50 Internet package, which includes a specified allotment of megabytes usage per day. Upgraded packages can be purchased at a discount pre-voyage, or throughout the voyage.
Comprehensive Travel Health Insurance
All participants are automatically enrolled in a comprehensive travel health insurance plan for the voyage. This includes access to the shipboard medical clinic, mental health center, and treatment for in-port emergencies.
Pre-Voyage Advisement and On-site Residential Student Services Staff
To help you prepare for your voyage, ISE staff will give you step-by-step guidance to register for courses, apply for visas, gain medical approval, and complete all other pre-voyage requirements. Throughout the voyage, students will have the shipboard support of a Student Life team, including Resident Directors, Academic Dean, Executive Dean, Field Office Director, and a medical team.
The anticipated fuel fee, based on our initial cost projections, is included in your program fees. However, Semester at Sea reserves the right to add an additional charge or refund a portion of the fuel fee, with notice given no later than 30 days prior to departure. *Expenses are subject to change depending on global cost fluctuations.
Other costs to keep in mind:
Program fees are subject to change. All cabin categories are subject to availability.
Flights to embarkation/from debarkation
Overnight stay prior to embarkation
Travel visas and costs associated with passport renewal
Any appropriate vaccinations and boosters
Between-meal food and beverages while on board
SAS Field Programs and personal travel in-country
Fuel surcharge (if applicable)
Financial Aid Overview
Semester at Sea offers students several different funding options, including need-based grants, merit-based grants, Student Assistant positions, Pell Grant matches, and more! Students do not necessarily need to qualify for standard forms of financial aid (such as Pell Grants) on their home campuses to be eligible for scholarships.
Semester at Sea is indeed a voyage of a lifetime. The passion and professionalism of the staff, the faculty, and the crew are undeniable. I will always remember the places we visited, but more importantly, the people I met, especially the students whose unbridled enthusiasm and energy were contagious.
It’s really amazing how quickly and intensely friendships are formed when you’re thousands of miles from land.
It really clicked for me during our sail from San Diego to Hawaii, right at the start of the voyage. It felt like the entire ship was out on deck watching the sunset, and everyone was experiencing the same feeling of awe and wonder together. I felt connected to everyone on the ship through this shared experience that only our voyage could relate to. I don’t know anywhere else in the world where I could have shared that moment except the MV World Odyssey.
On SAS, I had the opportunity to feel a bond and closeness with people with whom I wouldn’t have otherwise had a connection. I learned about their lives, their children’s lives, their daily struggles, their most significant times of joy and began to really care. As I traveled, I became more connected not only to the people I met, but all people everywhere. We are all the same and every human life is important.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to hear about my admission?
Once the Office of Admission has received your completed application, you will receive a reply in about 7-10 business days. It is advisable to follow up and verify that all components of your application have been received.
Is the admission application fee refundable?
No, the $75 admission application fee is not refundable.
What are my chances of gaining admission?
If you are in good academic standing and have a good record with regard to behavior on your home campus, you will be given every consideration. Semester at Sea operates with the philosophy that all undergraduate students should study abroad. We will work with you to help make it possible.
Do I have to apply for a specific semester?
Yes, however, you can transfer your application to a different voyage without reapplying. You will be required to provide updated transcripts to be considered for admission to the later voyage.
When should I apply?
Semester at Sea operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning there are no application deadlines for specific semesters. However, it is recommended that you begin the application process 12 months before the semester in which you would like to participate. Applications will continue to be accepted until approximately one month before the start of the voyage.