Study Abroad Sets Sail with Semester at Sea


Jan   2015



Studying abroad can provide you with an incomparable once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll get to see new places, meet new people, perhaps even learn a new language—all while continuing to work on your degree. But what if, instead of digging your heels into a single city like Rome or Barcelona (which, don’t get us wrong, can be extremely rewarding!), you could get a taste of several exotic destinations during your study abroad adventure? Semester at Sea offers exactly that.

Founded in 1963 and currently sponsored by the University of Virginia, Semester at Sea is a unique study abroad program that allows students to experience multiple countries. Students from up to 300 colleges in the United States and around the world participate in Semester at Sea each term, and the credit they earn can be transferred to their home institutions. While exploring the world, students can choose from up to 75 courses across several disciplines of study, with syllabi that reflect the parts of the world to which they are traveling.

While making their voyage, students live on the MV Explorer, a passenger ship that functions as something of a “floating university.” It has a student union, wireless Internet, a library, and cabins and staterooms with everything students need to feel at home on the sea.

While in port, students are allowed to choose from a variety of pre-planned excursions. You could wander the catacombs beneath the Vatican one day and climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius the next!

Got a case of wanderlust? Check out Semester at Sea’s upcoming itineraries:

Fall 2015

Begins: September 13, 2015

Ends: December 21, 2015

  • Embark: Southampton (London), England
  • Civitavecchia, Italy
  • Naples, Italy
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Piraeus (Athens), Greece
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Salvador, Brazil
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Panama Canal Transit, Panama
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Debark: San Diego, California

Spring 2016

Begins: January 7, 2016

Ends: April 30, 2016

  • Embark: San Diego, California
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Yokohama, Japan
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Rangoon, Burma
  • Cochin, India
  • Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Takoradi, Ghana
  • Debark: Southampton (London), England

Bon voyage!

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