Semester at Sea (SAS) is a multiple country study abroad program emphasizing comparative academic examination, hands-on field experience, and meaningful engagement in the global community. SAS equips students with the understanding necessary to become global citizens and future leaders. Notable alumni include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Joan Lunden, and Tory Burch. Distinguished lecturers have included Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. A wide variety of coursework from 20-25 disciplines is integrated with relevant field studies in up to a dozen countries, allowing for a comparative study abroad experience that is truly global.More than 63,000 students have studied abroad with Semester at Sea since its founding in 1963.
Semester at Sea (SAS) is committed to fostering a shipboard community inclusive of all identities. The foundation and primary focus of every SAS voyage is the diversity of people, perspectives, and places. A welcoming and inclusive shipboard culture will help facilitate a unified, compassionate community that is considerate of all people and perspectives, resulting in a collaborative and progressive experience for all throughout the voyage. To help cultivate this environment, Semester at Sea offers several scholarships including the DiversityAbroad.com & Semester at Sea Scholarship.
Semester at Sea is committed to offering unique service opportunities while sailing on a voyage. As such, the IMPACT scholarship has been established to recognize students demonstrating a commitment to service in their community and home institution and a desire to continue this commitment during a voyage. This competitive scholarship will be awarded to a limited number of students.
Recipients will receive a scholarship up to $3,500 plus funding toward 5 SAS service programs (up to a $500 value).
Scholarship recipients will select 5 service learning opportunities from the list of IMPACT opportunities provided by the Semester at Sea field office (see list below for examples). Students will work directly with the Field Office to register for chosen trips. Recipients will be required to work with the Communications office to create posts for the News from the Helm voyage blog. IMPACT Scholars will work with an onboard staff designee during the voyage.
The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is pleased to offer a $10,000 scholarship for students attending a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to participate in spring or fall Semester at Sea voyages. All participants receive a full semester’s worth of undergraduate credits from the University of Virginia.
ISE believes that international exposure is a critical element in today’s undergraduate education, offering students a real-life global education experience that will give them an edge in this highly competitive job market. The program is open to students, regardless of their major.