Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea gives you a taste of the entire globe as you travel more than 24,000 nautical miles to as many as 13 off-the-beaten-path international destinations ... or to a single fascinating world region for intensive exploration.
Semester at Sea sails four voyages per year for academic credit on the MV Explorer, a modern passenger liner converted into a state-of-the-art seafaring campus.
Established in 1963, Semester at Sea is the only global education program of its kind in the world. Using a ship as our traveling campus, undergraduates, lifelong learners, faculty, and lecturers live and learn together while circumnavigating the globe each fall and spring semester and exploring a world region in the summer term. Credit earned is fully transferable by the University of Virginia, the #2 ranked public institution in the U.S. Students choose from more than 70 courses in a variety of disciplines. Professors on the program are internationalists who integrate course content with field practice. The program is open to anyone from any major and any accredited college or university.
- Global Studies
- Choose from a fall/spring voyage around the world or a summer regional program
- Study with 700 undergraduate students, representing over 250 schools
- Apx. 70 courses offered in a variety of disciplines
- Faculty with international expertise
- Itineraries focused on the non-Western and developing world
- Program is open to all students in good standing at any accredited college or university
Semester at Sea is much more than another semester at school; it is a life-altering learning adventure. Our itineraries take you to the four corners of the world, making our campus truly global in scope.
Semester at Sea's campus, the MV Explorer, is a 25,000-ton passenger liner that has been specially outfitted as a floating university. It includes classrooms, a library, a computer lab with wireless Internet, a student union, and two dining rooms. It also includes a swimming pool and fitness facilities. Cabins are available in double, triple, and quad occupancy.
Semester at Sea is often called a Voyage of Discovery. The opportunity to spend as many as three and a half months outside of your own culture - investigating new lands, new peoples, and new curricula - is a both an immeasurable educational privilege and an invitation to grow.
Participants repeatedly report that Semester at Sea changed their lives in a positive way, including:
- Improved understanding of the world
- Greater awareness of cultural difference
- Improved self-confidence and autonomy
- Improved flexibility and understanding of multiple perspectives
- Better understanding of own culture
- Greater acceptance of others and their own opinions
- Ability to live in close community
Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
· African Studies
· Art History
· Art/Fine Arts
· Asian Studies
· Biology (General)
· Business Admin. & Mgmt.
· Comparative Literature
· Creative Writing
· English Literature
· Environmental Studies
· Journalism / Broadcasting
· Liberal Arts
· Marine Science
· Political Science/Politics
· Religious Studies
· Social Sciences
· Theater, Drama, Dance
· Women's Studies
Cost: Please visit our website for rate information.
Tuition, Room and Board, gratuities, shipboard email account, and health insurance. Financial Aid is available. Travel to the port of embarkation, travel from the port of disembarkation, in-country travel, and discretionary spending additional.
Scholarships are Available. - Federal grants and financial aid from your home institution may apply. SAS also distributes its own financial aid. Types of assistance offered by SAS include need-based work grants, need-based monetary grants, and monetary grants based on a combination of need and merit. Scholarships up to full tuition.
Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
- Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
- Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
- any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
- the course approval process
- how to apply to Other Approved Programs
- Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
- Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
- Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
- Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
- Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
- View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Explore & Plan > Student Policies.
- Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to semester study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA