Semester at Sea gives you a taste of the entire globe as you travel more than 25,000 nautical miles, through 4 continents, to as many as 12 off-the-beaten-path international destinations.
Semester at Sea sails three voyages per year for academic credit on the MV World Odyssey, the program’s newest vessel. The MV World Odyssey departed from Southampton, England at the start of the Fall 2015 voyage for her role as the latest Semester at Sea Campus.
Since 1963, more than 45,000 students from colleges and universities around the world have studied with Semester at Sea, traveling to non-traditional destinations in 60 countries. The Institute for Shipboard Education administers the program, and Colorado State University is the academic sponsor. Students choose from more than 70 courses in a variety of disciplines. Professors on the program are internationalists who integrate course content with field practice. The program is open to anyone from any major and any accredited college or university.
- Global Studies
- A 108-day fall/spring voyage around the world
- Study with 550 undergraduate students, representing over 250 schools
- Apx. 70 courses offered in a variety of disciplines
- World class faculty, plus experts, including Nobel Prize Winners, world leaders, and TED speakers
- Itineraries focused on the non-Western and developing world
- Fits easily into 4 years of college by offering courses fulfilling major requirements or enhancing these requirements with a global perspective
- Exposure to world issues on the ground through faculty-led trips and service projects that make a difference
- Program is open to all students in good standing at any accredited college or university
- 7 deck, 590-foot ship where you learn, live, travel, and reflect
- Global experience for your resume or graduate school
Semester at Sea is much more than another semester at school; it is a life-altering learning adventure. Our itineraries take you to the four corners of the world, making our campus truly global in scope.
Semester at Sea's campus, the MV World Odyssey includes 9 classrooms, a library with computers and Internet access, a student union, outdoor dining, and two dining rooms. It also includes a swimming pool and fitness facilities. Cabins are available in double and triple occupancy.
Semester at Sea is often called a Voyage of Discovery. The opportunity to spend as many as three and a half months outside of your own culture - investigating new lands, new peoples, and new curricula - is a both an immeasurable educational privilege and an invitation to grow.
Participants repeatedly report that Semester at Sea changed their lives in a positive way, including:
- 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 own culture
- Greater acceptance of others and their own opinions
- Ability to live in close community
- 98% of SAS alums report it’s their most significant semester of college
Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
Business Admin. & Mngmt.
Culture · Economics
Journalism / Broadcasting · Liberal Arts
Chapman University maintains a record of the courses that previous Study Abroad students have taken, and the equivalent Chapman credit that was granted for each course. To view the course equivalencies for this program, click “View Sample” under Pre-Approved Courses at the top of this brochure page. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution.
You may view the entire course catalog for this program by following these steps:
- Go to the Semester at Sea homepage
- Click on the “Voyages” tab at the top of the page.
- Click on the semester you are applying for (e.g. "Fall 2019: Canals and The Atlantic").
- Click on the “Courses” tab.
Students are encouraged to propose additional or revised equivalencies during the application process, which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic units on campus.
Credit and Grading Transfer
Credits from the Semester at Sea will transfer as follows:
|Credits at Semester at Sea
||Credits at Chapman University
Courses are graded according to the US grading scale. Grades will transfer according to the following scale:
|Grade at Semester at Sea (Colorado State University)
||Grade at Chapman University
|A+, A, A-
|B+, B, B-
||B+, B, B-
|C+, C, C-
||C+, C, C-
|D+, D, D-
||D+, D, D-
Students must enroll in the equivalent of 12-18 Chapman credits.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Classes taken as ‘Pass/Fail’ will not be accepted, with the exception of internships. Internships must be approved by the Center for Global Education.