Spring 2020 Registration FAQs
When will registration for the Spring 2020 Voyage open?
Registration will open on Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 am Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), or as follows:
- 10:00 am EDT
- 9:00 am CDT
- 7:00 am PDT
Registration will close on Monday, December 2 at 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time.
I would like to plan ahead. How can I plan my desirable schedule in advance of registration?
Great! Planning ahead is a good thing. Do note, however, that the ‘Plan Ahead’ function in RAMweb will not work for Semester at Sea class sections.
If you try to use this function, you will mistakenly be selecting class sections to be taught on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, CO not class sections on the MV World Odyssey. This will interrupt timely registration of your preferred classes.
Rather, review the courses listed on the Semester at Sea website here and build your preferred class schedule offline, as well as a couple of alternative schedules. Be sure to note the CRN (Course Record Number) for each preferred course; you will need to key these numbers into RAMweb when registration is open.
Why am I advised to get 7-8 classes approved by my home institution when I will only take 4 classes?
The classes for which you most wish to register may simply not allow you to select both – they may be scheduled during the same time block. Similarly, the field classes associated with the classes you desire may be scheduled for the same day in port. You simply cannot be in two places at once.
Some classes do also fill. It is best practice to have back-ups at the ready.
Taking two of your initially favored classes may meet during lunch service, 11:30-13:30 daily.
I am getting an error when trying to register for a CSU eID. Whom do I contact/how do I resolve this issue?
You will be able to create/register your eID after August 22. After this time, if issues persist, please contact Semester at Sea Tech Support: email@example.com.
I just paid my deposit. I need my CSU Student ID number and eID to register.
The system typically requires three to five full business days to process your deposit and transfer your data to CSU before your CSU Student ID Number is generated and assigned. You will then be able to set up an eID and complete Registration Ready prior to having access to course registration. Not meeting deadlines have ramifications that cannot be changed.
Where can I find my CSU Student ID number?
Once your deposit payment has been processed and your student information loaded in CSU’s systems, you will find your nine-digit CSU Student ID number in your My Voyage portal, located via the link ‘CSU eID,’ under ‘Academic Information.’
I tried to complete Registration Ready, but how do I know if I was successful in completing this step?
Note, Registration Ready can only be undertaken on or after September 23. When successful, you will see a message telling you that you have completed Registration Ready for the term.
I can’t find the detailed Registration Instructions?
The instructions are provided as a PDF document, located atop on the Spring 2020 Courses page, titled Spring 2020 Course Registration Instructions. These instructions include step-by-step directions, complete with screenshots.
May I contact the professors before the voyage?
After registration closes, the faculty will have access to class rosters and will be in contact with students directly. If you have questions related to prerequisites either prior to or throughout open registration, please address them to Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Will I be able to register for a course if I have not met the prerequisites?
The registration system will not block you from registering for a class if you have not met the prerequisites. There is no way to program recognition of the vast and different names of courses at hundreds of colleges and universities into the CSU registration system. However, please pay careful attention to any course prerequisites listed within each syllabus, as accessible via the Spring 2020 Courses page.
Do not plan to register for courses for which you do not meet the prerequisite(s), unless you have received direct permission from the teaching faculty member via Semester at Sea’s Academic Affairs department. If you do not have the prerequisites, you will be required to drop the course during the Drop/Add period aboard the ship.
Prior to registration, you should meet with your study abroad advisor and/or academic advisor at your home institution to review your past coursework and determine if these previously completed courses are generally equivalent to the stated prerequisite(s). The teaching faculty member will have final approval for determining if prerequisites have been fulfilled. These prerequisites are established to ensure students have the necessary knowledge to be successful in the course.
If you have questions after meeting with your home advisor, please contact Academic Affairs (email@example.com).
My university will not give me credit for the Global Studies course. Can the mandatory requirement be waived in my case?
No. All students are required to take the Global Studies core course. This is the cornerstone of the program and will prepare students for in-country travel and learning.
When does Global Studies meet?
There are two sections of Global Studies. You must register for one of the two sections. Unlike all other courses, Global Studies will meet every day for one hour. Section one will meet from 08:30-09:30 am. Section two will meet from 10:00-11:00 am.
Will there be a Field Class for Global Studies?
No. There is no Field Class for Global Studies.
The meeting times of two of my Field Classes conflict, can I still take those two courses?
No. You cannot be in two classes in which the Field Classes meet on the same day.
I am registered in Section 1 of a course, but the Field Class conflicts with a multi-night Field Program offered by Semester at Sea. Can I enroll in the Field Class for Section 2 of the course?
No. The Field Classes are a direct extension of the specific shipboard class section, and participation is required. The Field Class and the associated Field Class assignments constitute 20% of your grade.
Okay, so can I join the multi-night trip on the second night via a separate flight one day later?
Unfortunately, the logistics of doing this are too difficult to manage, and it is therefore not possible. Consequently, every effort has been made to offer alternative “Express” versions of the longer overland programs.
I have to take a specific course, but the course is full. What can I do?
Do not panic, as this is a process. Many students will be adding and dropping courses in the next several days and weeks. Regularly check course capacities via your RAMweb account, specifically on the Semester at Sea Class List accessible from the main Dropdown menu (and clicking on the small arrow beside ‘Registration’).
Additionally, email firstname.lastname@example.org, explicitly outlining your need, including the course prefix, course number, course title, and CRN. Your need must be received in writing. Consequently, if calls are received, you will also be asked to send Academic Affairs an email.
Be aware that evidence of need will be requested of you. Such evidence must come from an officer/advisor at your home institution. (Provision of a credit transfer form alone is not sufficient.) Receipt of this evidence does not guarantee entry to a course but does allow Academic Affairs to equitably track students’ needs.
I have to take a specific course, or I can’t go on the program. What do I do?
Academic Affairs is happy to discuss your individual case with you, but first be patient and see if the course opens within the first 48 hours of open registration.
History shows the process does work (if not within the first 48 hours, over the several weeks of open registration), and know that we will support you as best we can. We will work with seniors or those with inflexible course requirements.
Please email email@example.com, explicitly outlining your need, including the course prefix, course number, course title, and CRN. Your need must be received in writing. Consequently, if calls are received, you will also be asked to send Academic Affairs an email.
Be aware that evidence of need will be requested of you. Such evidence must come from an officer/advisor at your home institution. Provision of a credit transfer form alone is not sufficient.
Our unique shipboard campus means that there are unique space constraints and classroom capacities. Due to these constraints, we can make no firm promises until course registration demands become reality.
Is there a wait list?
No. There is no formal wait list within the RAMweb system for entry into Semester at Sea courses.
ISE will support you as best we can. We will work with seniors or those with inflexible course requirements but can never guarantee entry into a class.
Be aware that evidence of need will be requested of you. Such evidence must come from an officer/advisor at your home institution. Receipt of this evidence does not guarantee entry but does allow Academic Affairs to equitably track students’ needs.
The registration system says there is a Lab or Recitation for which I must register. How do I know the time to see if it conflicts?
These recitations or labs are built into the listed class times. They do not indicate additional meeting times.
Students will need to register for the course and the associated recitation or lab with two different CRNs. Both the course CRN and the recitation/lab CRN must be entered into RAMweb at the same time.
If you wish to register for E 311B Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry, you must enter two CRNs; these CRNS are 17857 and 18328.
If you wish to register for ECON 204 Principles of Macroeconomics, you must enter two CRNs; these CRNS are 178585 and 18171.
If you wish to register for EDUC 320 Educational Psychology, you must enter two CRNs; these CRNS are 15956 and 15981.
I want to take Physical Geography. It is listed as both GR 210 and ESS 210. Which should I register for?
This is a cross listed course at CSU. If you want GR (Geography) credit – GR listed on your CSU transcript – select the GR course. If you want ESS (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability) credit – ESS listed on your CSU transcript – select the ESS course.
I want to register in GR 210 Physical Geography but it is full. Can I register in ESS 210 Physical Geography?
Register for ESS 210 to secure the seat. Then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that you would prefer the course to show up on your transcript as GR 210. ISE Academic Affairs will make the switch on your behalf. This advice applies if the opposite is true: your preference is ESS 210, it is full but there is availability in GR 210.
I want to take Soundscapes-Music as Human Experience. It is listed as both MU 232 and ANTH 232. Which should I register for?
This is a cross listed course at CSU. If you want MU (Music) credit – MU listed on your CSU transcript – select the MU course. If you want ANTH (Anthropology) credit– ANTH listed on your CSU transcript – select the ANTH course.
I want to register in MU 232 Soundscapes-Music as Human Experience but it is full. Can I register in ANTH 232 Soundscapes-Music as Human Experience?
Register for ANTH 232 to secure the seat. Then contact email@example.com to indicate that you would prefer the course to show up on your transcript as MU 232. ISE Academic Affairs will make the switch on your behalf. This advice applies if the opposite is true: your preference is ANTH 232, it is full but there is availability in MU 232.
I want to take International Political Economy. It is listed as both ECON 332 and POLS 332. Which should I register for?
This is a cross listed course at CSU. If you want ECON (Economics) credit – ECON listed on your CSU transcript – select the ECON course. If you want POLS (Political Science) credit – POLS listed on your CSU transcript – select the POLS course.
I want to register in ECON 332 International Political Economy but it is full. Can I register in POLS 332 International Political Economy?
Register for POLS 332 to secure the seat. Then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that you would prefer the course to show up on your transcript as ECON 332. ISE Academic Affairs will make the switch on your behalf. This advice applies if the opposite is true: your preference is POLS 332, it is full but there is availability in ECON 332.
When can I register for a fifth course?
If you have received approval to take a fifth course from your study abroad advisor or academic advisor, the approval has been provided to Academic Affairs in writing (email@example.com), and this written approval has been acknowledged by Academic Affairs, you will be able to add the fifth course on or after October 15. This registration option will open at 8:00 am Mountain Daylight Time on the 15th.
Approval messages from this advisor should be sent to Academic Affairs no later than end of business day on Friday, October 4, to ensure ready access on October 15. Approval messages received after October 4 may prevent immediate access on the 15th.
A few select universities universally require students to take 15 credits/5 classes. Students enrolled at these institutions do not require individually written approval from a home university advisor; however, these students will need to identify themselves to Semester at Sea Academic Affairs staff if admitted after October 1. If you are unsure if your university is among these institutions, inquire with Academic Affairs. Do not assume.
Where can I purchase my textbooks?
The Colorado State Bookstore will have all Semester at Sea textbooks available for purchase in-store or on online: bookstore.colostate.edu. Books should be purchased no later than August 1 to ensure receipt prior to your travels to the port of embarkation. International students should allow more time for international postal deliveries to their home. Students may purchase texts from other retail outlets, but should compare prices and decide accordingly.
Additionally, only texts purchased from the CSU Bookstore can be returned to the Campus Store on the ship. This is important to note if you think you may participate in Drop/Add on the ship. Tuck your receipt in the inside cover of one of your texts.
May I ship my textbooks to the ship?
No. Semester at Sea does not have the ability to accept mailed textbooks at the ship or to distribute them on the ship. You are responsible for bringing your textbooks with you to the ship. Purchasing eBooks and downloading the texts in advance of embarkation is recommended.
Does CSU/Semester at Sea have AACSB accreditation?
My university will not transfer grades. This means I can take courses pass/fail, correct?
No. All Colorado State University (CSU) coursework is assessed through letter grades as noted on each course syllabus. Consequently, pass/fail is not an option for Semester at Sea courses. Your CSU transcript will list letter grades.
You should confirm with your home institution how your CSU classes, credit hours, and grades will be evaluated and transferred, as policy and procedure will vary across universities.
Regardless of how your home university will transfer your Semester at Sea coursework, it is wise to remember that if you apply for graduate school in the future, original transcripts will be required and study abroad grades will be included in your academic record. Employers may also request original transcripts of all institutions attended – for Semester at Sea students, Colorado State University is among these institutions.
I have a learning accommodation request. What do I do?
Please have your accommodations office at your current institution send documentation of your approved learning accommodations (dated within the last three years) to Academic Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This documentation should be provided on an institutional form or letterhead and emailed as a PDF document no later than November 4, 2019 – two months prior to the voyage. It can take up to two months to process accommodation requests; therefore, any that are submitted after this deadline will be reviewed but may be declined if found unreasonable due to time constraints.
My home institution or student loan provider is requiring enrollment verification. How do I get this enrollment verification?
Once your registration is complete, email Academic Affairs (email@example.com) for assistance.