Picture this: next year, you take college while on a cruise ship. You visit over ten different countries and create amazing, long-lasting memories, all while earning college credit. Sound enticing? If so, you should consider looking into the Semester at Sea program. Semester at sea is a great way for college students to experience the world while also advancing their studies. But what is Semester at Sea anyway?They use specially-designed classrooms to study various subjects - most commonly, global studies, international relations, world religions, marketing, and ecology, among others. Courses offer generally vary some from term to term and are impacted by the itinerary of the trip and the faculty aboard. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in field programs to dive deeper into the culture of another country. Although semester at sea is generally thought of to be a, well, at-sea program, three-quarters of students who participate in Semester at Sea participate in field programs. Field programs vary depending on the program that you’re participating in, but they generally consist of cultural immersion to help the participant grow with hands-on learning in a country of their choosing. Programs with Semester at Sea are available for undergraduates, recently graduated undergraduates, or as part of a gap year program in between high school and college. Admission requirements for all programs generally include a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA and English language proficiency, when applicable, but admissions are competitive.Before applying, make sure you know why you would like to participate in the program. This will help you answer the application questions and ensure your place on the ship.These costs may seem hefty, but keep in mind that the program does offer financial aid, including scholarships and grants. Both need and merit based aid is available, and the program will match pell awards offered by your institution. Additionally, there are some awards available for student from particular schools, like UCI, UCSD, and UVA, among others. Make sure to check whether or not your college will accept your semester at sea credit when signing up for the program.
Become a member and gain exclusive access to our database of over 1.5 million scholarships.