SEMESTER AT SEA
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SEMESTER AT SEA OFFERS A WORLD CLASS CURRICULUM
Semester at Sea offers an unparalleled educational program in partnership with CSU. The distinctive feature of Semester at Sea is the opportunity it affords students to engage in global comparative education. All Semester at Sea academic credits are earned through fully-accredited CSU courses. The University appoints the academic dean from among its most accomplished faculty, oversees curriculum, and approves course syllabi for the Semester at Sea academic program. The MV World Odyssey serves as a traveling home and campus that brings approximately 550 students to the farthest reaches of the globe every semester, giving deeper meaning to education, experiential learning, and community.
The Semester at Sea program itineraries are built around international challenges, trends, and issues. Since 1963, more than 60,000 students from 1,700 colleges and universities around the world have studied with Semester at Sea. Notable alumni and contributors include Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and many other world leaders and global thinkers.
EXPERIENCE NON-TRADITIONAL LOCATIONS
Semester at Sea itineraries are carefully selected to maximize the value of a comparative, global education. The focus is on destinations both in the developing world and in the developed world, allowing for rich observations, insights, and learning. The countries and regions visited offer examples of varying stages of economic development, contrasting political systems, and great diversity of religious and cultural values.
NEW CULTURES, NEW PERSPECTIVES
The program exposes students to cultures that most students have only read about in books. Exposure to new cultures and people of the world will give new perspectives. That is why we travel.
FINANCING, AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Institute for Shipboard Education, the parent organization of Semester at Sea, annually awards approximately $4.0 million in financial aid. Semester at Sea recognizes that a study abroad experience is a significant investment, and also knows that it is one of the best possible investments in a student’s future. The Institute for Shipboard Education is committed to helping as many students as possible realize the benefits of that goal. For further information on eligibility requirements, deadlines, policies, procedures, financial aid, and costs related to the program, go to Semester at Sea.
WHY ARE STUDENTS CHOOSING SEMESTER AT SEA?
- 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 one's own culture
- Greater recognition of other perspectives and world views
- Ability to live in close community
SEMESTER AT SEA ATTRACTS OUTSTANDING, AWARD-WINNING FACULTY
At the core of the Semester at Sea academic experience is a team of 25-28 innovative, stimulating, and flexible educators who are passionate about global education. The unparalleled environment of Semester at Sea provides engaging shipboard courses in unique combination with field classes.
Past voyages have included internationally recognized experts on social movements and media, environmental systems, international business, intercultural communication, and world cinema, as well as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year.
With the world as their classroom, Semester at Sea professors teach in a global context and excel in the field of experiential learning. All faculty hold doctorates or other terminal degrees and have international experience and expertise in one or more of the regions visited.