Semester at Sea

Established in 1963, Semester at Sea is the only study abroad program of its kind in the world. Using a ship as a 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 each May and summer term. Credit earned is fully transferable by the University of Virginia. Since 1963, the non-profit Institute for Shipboard Education has launched 100 Semester at Sea voyages, educated more than 50,000 students from 1,500 institutions, and traveled to more than 60 countries. 

Semester at Sea's mission is: "to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. With the world as our classroom, our unique shipboard program integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experiences for meaningful engagement in the global community."

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Slideshow: Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy in Bulgaria from Semester at Sea on Vimeo.

Semester at Sea - Your Once-In-A-Lifetime is Now from Semester at Sea on Vimeo.