We learned a lot [about] how to live with others who are completely different [from each other] and still have respect and a lot of fun together and still hold our friendship until this day.
Spring 2024 | Asia, Africa, and Europe Exploration
A study abroad experience is a significant investment — but one of the best investments for a student’s future.
Student Program Fees Include:
- 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
Spring 2024 Cabin Types
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Additional Voyager Expenses:
- 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 onboard
- SAS Field Programs and personal travel in-country
- Fuel surcharge (if applicable)
Program fees are subject to change. All cabin categories are subject to availability.
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.
60% of Semester at Sea Students Receive Some Type of Financial Aid
Our Financial Aid Team is here to help you set sail. Students may apply for and be awarded multiple awards. Check out our Cost and Funding Brochure to explore all your options.
Plan ahead! To get an estimate of program expenses for your upcoming Semester at Sea voyage, you can complete and receive an emailed copy of your cost estimate via the form below.
Please note: This calculator provides an estimate of program fees only. Tuition costs and cabin fees are subject to change.
Adventure Double Bunk
Discovery Double Inside
Discovery Triple Inside
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Frequenty Asked Questions
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.
On each voyage, a few job opportunities exist for the adult companions of faculty and staff members. These opportunities are not available to external applicants. More information about these opportunities is shared once most faculty and staff have been hired.