Our journey with the wonderful people of SAS on the fateful Spring 2020 Voyage – even with all the pandemic concerns, and the itinerary and port changes – was still enormously stimulating, enjoyable, and eye-opening! We made lifelong friends, lifelong memories, and gained all sorts of insights and knowledge from the people and places we visited, and from the world-class faculty, staff, students, and our fellow Lifelong Learners!
Asia, Africa, and Europe Exploration
Exploring countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe, this voyage gives participants a truly global study abroad experience on our floating campus!
Explore, Learn, and Grow
Join Semester at Sea as we sail to countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. You’ll experience a wide range of cultures and histories — including the urban center of Tokyo, Japan; a rural Indian village; sub-Saharan and northern Africa; Ireland; and a whole lot more — all while living and learning aboard a ship you’ll call home with a community that’s designed to build friendships for life.
Make the Voyage Your Own
With guided Field Programs and plenty of opportunities for in-country travel on your own or with fellow SAS voyagers, you’ll explore your interests and deepen your understanding of the world. Bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to discover the unknown.
- Laem Chabang, Thailand
- Penang, Malaysia
- Cochin, India
- Mombasa, Kenya
- Port Louis, Mauritius
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Tema & Takoradi, Ghana
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Oporto, Portugal
- Bremerhaven, Germany
Laem Chabang, ThailandJan 05
Thailand has emerged as one of the most visited travel destinations in the world. Travelers flock to this warm destination for the tranquil beaches, delicious cuisine, magnificent temples and scenery, colorful history, and archaeological sites. Affectionately nicknamed as “a land of smiles”, Thai locals are known for being warm and welcoming, and their hospitality is considered to be world class.Expand +
- capitol Bangkok
- language Thai
- religions Theravada Buddhist
- government Constitutional Monarchy
- currency Thai baht
- population 71.6 million (2021)
Penang, MalaysiaJan 11 – Jan 16
What makes Malaysia worth visiting is the country’s diversity. Within this one country, you get to explore thriving, modern cities while exploring colonial architecture. At the same time, you have the option to relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and trek in lush green jungles home to orangutans, leopards, tigers, elephants, and more. Semester at Sea ports of call in Malaysia include Penang. Field Program options include visiting Kuala Lumpur and taking Malaysian cooking classes. Highlights include a multi-night trip to Malaysia’s Peninsula, exploring rainforests and cities, and staying with a local family.Expand +
- capitol Kuala Lumpur
- language Malay
- religions Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism
- government Democracy, parliamentary system, constitutional monarchy, elective monarchy
- currency Malaysian ringgit
- population 32.37 million (2020)
Cochin, IndiaJan 25 – Jan 30
As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Semester at Sea ports of call in India include Cochin and Mumbai. Field Program options include multi-day trips to Mumbai, the Taj Mahal, New Delhi, and more. Highlights include exploring the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or traveling to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.Expand +
- capitol New Delhi
- language Hindi, English
- religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism
- government Parliamentary system, federal republic, parliamentary republic, constitutional republic
- currency Indian rupee
- population 1.38 billion (2020)
Mombasa, KenyaFeb 09 – Feb 14
When it comes to wildlife destinations, Kenya is hard to beat. Between parks, reserves, and private conservations, Kenya is home to some of the most diverse wildlife populations on the planet. Semester at Sea ports of call in Kenya include Mombasa. Highlights include visiting the grassy plains of Amboseli National Park where elephants are silhouetted against Mount Kilimanjaro, among other animals such as giraffes, zebras, hippos, lions, cheetahs, and more. Students also have the chance to see Lake Turkana, a UNESCO world heritage site recognized for holding ancient artifacts from the oldest humans found to date.Expand +
- capitol Nairobi
- language Swahili
- religions Protestant Christianity, Catholicism, indigenous religions
- government Republic, unitary state, representative democracy, presidential system
- currency Kenyan shilling
- population 53.77 million (2020)
Port Louis, MauritiusFeb 22 – Feb 25
An island nation in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical paradise and the wealthiest African nation. With a unique blend of cultures, welcoming people, and being known as one of the safest nations in Africa, Mauritius is a popular destination for travelers. The capital city of Port Louis, home to the mountain known as Le Pouce, was first summited by Charles Darwin and is well worth the hike for great panoramic views of the island. Semester at Sea ports of call in Mauritius include Port Louis. Field Program options include ziplining and exploring several of the many beaches this island has to offer. Highlights include exploring the volcanic wonders of Mauritius and swimming with wild dolphins.Expand +
- capitol Port Louis
- language English
- religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
- government Parliamentary republic
- currency Mauritian rupee
- population 1.266 million (2020)
Cape Town, South AfricaMar 04 – Mar 09
Whether hiking Table Mountain for one of the world’s best views, riding horseback on safari, or engaging with local entrepreneurs in Cape Town, students always fall in love with South Africa. Full of adventure and captivating sights, Cape Town offers countless opportunities for cultural and natural exploration. Semester at Sea ports of call in South Africa include Cape Town. Field Program options include overnight trips to a safari park, seeing lions, giraffes, hippos, zebras, and more. Highlights include taking an aerial cableway up Table Mountain and visiting the Apartheid Museum.Expand +
- capitol Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative), and Bloemfontein (judicial)
- language Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venḓa, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, English
- religions Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions, and Judaism
- government Parliamentary republic, constitutional republic
- currency South African rand
- population 59.31 million (2020)
Tema & Takoradi, GhanaMar 17 – Mar 22
Ghana is a sub-Saharan beauty bursting with a unique and thriving culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy treks through the Accra plains and neighboring reserves. Semester at Sea ports of call in Ghana include Tema and Takoradi. Common Field Programs include visiting the Cape Coast Slave Dungeons for a historical Ghanaian perspective on the 17th-century slave trade, easily accessible from Takoradi. Additional highlights include an authentic village immersion experience or an adventurous canopy walk.Expand +
- capitol Accra
- language English
- religions Christianity, Islam, Indigenous religious beliefs
- government Unitary state, presidential system, constitutional republic
- currency Ghanaian cedi
- population 31.07 million (2020)
Casablanca, MoroccoApr 02 – Apr 07
The Kingdom of Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. This enormous structure, resting at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, was built by 30,000 workers over a period of five years, officially opening in 1993. Semester at Sea ports of call in Morocco include Casablanca. Field Program options include multi-day trips to the Sahara Desert, where students can ride camels to their campsite and sleep under the stars. Highlights include visiting Chefchaouen, otherwise known as the blue city, eating popular Moroccan dishes such as couscous and tagine, and drinking mint tea.Expand +
- capitol Rabat
- language Arabic, Tamazight, Tachelhit, Tarifit, French
- religions Islam
- government Monarchy, unitary state, parliamentary system, constitutional monarchy
- currency Moroccan dirham
- population 36.91 million (2020)
Oporto, PortugalApr 10 – Apr 13
Emerging as one of Europe’s unsung destinations, Portugal is an energetic and vibrant country with a centuries-long history. Semester at Sea ports of call in Portugal include Lisbon and Oporto. Field Program options include exploring the city by Tuk Tuk along with taking in Lisbon’s street art. Highlights include taking a Portuguese cooking class or embarking on an overnight trip to southern Portugal where you can kayak along natural waterways.Expand +
- capitol Lisbon
- language Portuguese
- religions Roman Catholicism
- government Republic, unitary state, parliamentary system, democratic republic
- currency Euro
- population 10.31 million (2020)
Bremerhaven, GermanyApr 20
Germany is a must-see destination for its combination of old-world charm and modern urban cities. From beautiful scenery and great architecture to lively festivals, exciting nightlife, and delicious cuisine, Germany offers it all. Semester at Sea ports of call in Germany include Bremerhaven. Highlights include overnight trips to Berlin, an ideal place to experience a buzzing European metropolis with a rich history.Expand +
- capitol Berlin
- language German
- religions Roman Catholic, Protestant
- government Federal republic, representative democracy, Parliamentary republic, constitutional republic
- currency Euro
- population 83.24 million (2020)
6Cape TownSouth Africa
7Tema & TakoradiGhana
As we have been operating shipboard voyages since 1963, we’ve learned that itineraries are subject to adjustment. More than half of our voyages have required some deviation from the planned itinerary. The need to change an itinerary prior to and/or during a voyage can arise due to a number of factors: weather, political unrest, and other health and safety considerations. Should there be a need to adjust our published plans, we have identified potential diversion ports in each region of our expected travel. These ports are selected based on a number of factors including safety, educational value, and accessibility. These diversion ports simply serve as a backup should anything prevent us from traveling to our planned itinerary.
Other ports may be added as required. Just as our world is dynamic, this list of potential ports is also subject to change. Every destination must pass a comprehensive health and safety assessment, regardless of being a planned or diversion port.
Spring 2024 Diversion Ports
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Muscat, Oman
- Mahe, Seychelles
- Durban, South Africa
- Walvis Bay, Namibia
- Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
- Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
- Porto, Portugal
- Brest, France
The Perfect Mix of Classroom and Field Education
Semester at Sea’s global comparative study abroad program is enhanced by a robust academic program led by a team of academic experts from renowned institutions around the world. During the 100+ day voyage, students can earn 12-15 credits from Colorado State University, while taking major or elective courses, drawn for 20-25 fields of study. Each class also includes academically required Field Work courses, which are developed by faculty and allow for experiential in-country learning throughout the voyage.
Semester at Sea Field Programs
When Semester at Sea arrives in each country, voyagers will either explore via required Field Work for their classes (for voyagers enrolled in academic courses), participate in optional Semester at Sea-designed Field Programs, or they can plan their own travel experiences.
Looking to Sail as a Lifelong Learner?
Semester at Sea’s Lifelong Learning program provides adult educational travel to people at least 30 years of age who are seeking an opportunity to travel and learn as part of the Semester at Sea community. There are opportunities to sail on a full or partial (Spotlight) voyage.
Program Fees Overview
A Study Abroad Experience Is a Significant Investment — and Also One of the Best Investments for a Student’s Future.
In addition to earning 12-15 transferable college credits from Colorado State University, student program fees include many amenities and benefits to support students before and during their study abroad experience.
A look into what’s included:
- Semester’s tuition and travel
- Housing, meals, and amenities
- Academic Field Classes
- Email account
- Starter Internet package
- Comprehensive travel health insurance
- Pre-voyage advisement and on-site residential student services staff
- Fuel fee — subject to change depending on global cost fluctuations
Hear From Past Voyagers
Semester at Sea welcomes curious, engaged students of any sex, gender identity, race, disability status, veteran status, nationality, or ethnicity to apply to travel the world as part of our living and learning community.
Frequenty Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about joining a Semester at Sea voyage.
Yes. However, some staff positions require the individual remain within a certain proximity of the ship for a portion of time. This individual shares in a rotating duty schedule and is available to the shipboard community in cases of emergency. Faculty members lead in-country field work for each course taught. When scheduled for such field work, faculty are not able to undertake personal travel. Otherwise, personal travel is permitted.
We welcome trip participants over 10 years of age to join us. While there is no maximum age, all participants must be physically fit, active, and in good health. Certain itineraries are better suited for families, and we encourage you to reach out to a Semester at Sea staff member to inquire about your own personal needs. Please refer to the program brochure for trip-specific requirements.
Any condition that requires special medical attention or assistance must be reported at the time a reservation is made. The individual trip brochures will provide specific details on the rigors of individual trips. If you have concerns about your ability to participate, please feel free to call us.
At this time, we offer a Loyalty Award to alumni (of any kind) who are sailing a full voyage as a Lifelong Learner. Read more.
Through our contract with CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International), Semester at Sea receives medical capability briefings for each country prior to arrival from AXA Assistance. These briefings provide lists of preferred medical facilities that indicate they have been vetted by their local representatives to provide quality and reliable care. These preferred facilities also have an established direct-bill arrangement with AXA to assist with prompt care and logistical response.
In the event that on-site medical care does not meet the needs of an individual (related to COVID-19 or otherwise), AXA would coordinate a transfer to another facility that can meet the needs.
We do not offer payment plans for the Parent and Family Trips at this time. Full payment is required upon registering for the trip. You may use a credit card or mail a check (specific payment details are listed in each trip).
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