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Semester at Sea (Third Party)

The Program

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program designed to incorporate a global semester in your undergraduate experience. As academic sponsor of the program, the University of Virginia grants academic credit for participation in Semester at Sea. The academic program is reviewed in its entirety, with all faculty and courses approved through the respective departments within the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The University appoints the Academic Dean for each voyage, who is responsible for academic planning and implementation of the program during the course of the voyage.

The shipboard curriculum provides you with a series of insights into various cultures and societies and allows you to dissect and assess what you observe. Not only will you develop the ability to understand new cultures as they are encountered, but you will also gain the intellectual tools that will allow you to relate past experiences to future situations. Similarly, you are called upon to examine the crisis issues of global concern, such as those relating to environment, population, foreign policy interrelationships and economics, in the context of the nations visited. The ship truly becomes a campus on which you will work in a traditional classroom setting, and the world a laboratory from which approximately 20% of the credit earned for a course is fulfilled. The integration of classroom and international fieldwork enables Semester at Sea to provide a learning environment unattainable on a traditional land campus.

The Academics

The distinctive feature of Semester at Sea is the opportunity it affords students to engage in global comparative education. On each voyage, Semester at Sea offers a set of Global Comparative Lens courses that are designed to help students deepen their understanding of specific features of life and culture in the countries we visit on a given itinerary. Each course views the countries through a distinct lens—focusing on the art, music, religion, politics, environment, health, or other specific aspect of the countries we visit. These courses are designed to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to learn to think critically about their own societies and others by comparing. We ask each voyager to choose one course from among the Global Comparative Lens courses that best matches their academic interests. In addition to a Global Comparative Lens course, students choose from approximately 70 courses in the fall or spring, both lower and upper division, offered through the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. You earn twelve to fifteen credits.

Each voyage’s curriculum is individually designed to address a specific global challenge, therefore course titles and descriptions will vary each semester.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ACCT 2001 Principles of Financial Accounting ACT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 6/30/2020
ANTH 1000 Other People’s Worlds ANTH 1010 Introduction to Anthropology 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 2502 Human Evolution ANTH 120 Human Origins and Variations 3 6/30/2022
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANTH 2590 Topic in Social and cultural Anthropology: Public Performances 3 12/31/2017
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANTH 3559-502 Anthropology of Tourism 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANTH 3559 Food and Culture 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANTH 3260 Global Political Economy 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANTH 3559 Gender, Class, Race, and Social Change 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3098 Foreign Study: Christianity RELC 1559 Religion: Christianity 3 6/30/2021
ANTH 3351 Sex and Gender ANTH 3590 Race, Gender and Sex 3 12/31/2018
ANTH 3400 Culture and Religion ANTH 2320 The Anthropology of Religion 3 12/31/2018
ANTH 3401 World Religions RELG 1559 World Religions 3 12/31/2017
ANTH 3401 World Religions RELG 2559 Religious Studies: Comparative World Religions 3 6/30/2017
ARE 4993 Foreign Study PLIR 3500-101 Conservation & Sustainability of Marine Resources 3 12/31/2019
ART 2993 Foreign Study ARTS 1610 Introduction to Drawing I 3 12/31/2017
ART 2993 Foreign Study ARTS 1000-502 Drawing At Sea 1 3 12/31/2019
ARTH 2993 Foreign Study ARTH 2559 Global Studies: The Art of the Mediterranean 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ARTH 2993 Fall 2013 only Foreign Study ARCH 2500-102 World Cities 3 12/31/2018
BLAW 4893 Foreign Study SEMS 3500-506 Global Business Ethics 3 6/30/2018
COMM 3200 Interpersonal Communication SEMS 2500 Interpersonal Communication 3 12/31/2018
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study MDST 3559-101 Globalization Through Film 3 6/30/2019
ECON 1202 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2020 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 3 6/30/2021
ECON 1493 Foreign Study SEMS 2500 Global Economic Issues 3 6/30/2019
ECON 2110 History of Economic Thought SEMS-2500-501 History of Economic Thought 3 6/30/2016
ECON 2440 Economics of the Global Economy SEMS/COMM 3500-507 Introduction to International Trade 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ECON 2440 Economics of the Global Economy SEMS 2500 Introduction to the Global Economy 3 12/31/2019
ECON 3422 International Finance SEMS 3500-103 International Finance 3 12/31/2019
ECON 3473 Economic Development SEMS 3500-504 Development Economics 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
EEB 2208 Conservation Biology Conservation Biology 3 12/31/2017
EEB 3893 Foreign Study EVSC 2559 Global Ecology 3 6/30/2020
ENGL 2301 American Literature to 1880 SEMS 4500-503 World Literature 3 6/30/2017
ENGL 3627 Studies in Literature ENSP 3559 Visionaries and Exiles 3 6/30/2019
ENGL 3693 Foreign Study ENWR 1559-502 Travel Writing 3 12/31/2018
ENGL 3693 Foreign Study ENWR 2600 Fiction Writing 3 6/30/2019
ENGL 3693 Foreign Study ENWR 2559 Travel Writing 3 6/30/2019
ENGR 3193 Foreign Study ENGR 2500 Energy for the World 3 12/31/2018
ENVE 3995 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering CE 3100 Water for the World 3 6/30/2021
FNCE 4305 Global Financial Management SEMS 3500-106 International Financial Management 3 6/30/2018
FNCE 4893 Foreign Study COMM 4741 Global Finance 3 12/31/2017
GEOG 1700 – see also POLS 3406 World Religion Geography SEMS2500 Global Studies [focus changes] 3 12/31/2019
GEOG 2300 Introduction to Physical Geography EVSC 1300 Earth’s Weather and Climate 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
GEOG 4093 Foreign Study PLAN4500 Coastal Cities and Climate Change 3 12/31/2017
GEOG 4093 Foreign Study HIEU 2559 Global Studies 3 6/30/2017
GEOG 4093 Foreign Study SEMS 2500-103 Geography of Wine 3 6/30/2018
GSCI 1070 Global Change and Natural Hazards EVSC 2559 Geohazards and Natural Disasters 3 12/31/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 3559 History of Globalization 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study SEMS 3500-504 World War II in Asia 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIST 3559 History: The West and the World 3 6/30/2021
HSMG 3243 Health Care Analysis PHS 2500-502 Comparative Contemporary Health Systems 3 12/31/2017
MARN 1002 Introduction to Oceanography EVSC 2050 Intro to Oceanography 3 6/30/2020
MARN 3014 Marine Biology BIOL 1559-502 Marine Biology 3 12/31/2017
MGMT 3101 Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior SEMS 2500-102 Organizational Behavior 3 6/30/2018
MGMT 3225 International Business SEMS 2500-105 Foundations of International Business 3 6/30/2018
MGMT 3225 International Business SEMS 3500-106 International Management 3 6/30/2018
MGMT 3225 International Business Sems 3500-101 International Business 3 12/31/2020
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study SEMS-3500-506 and SEMS 3500-507 Social Entrepreneurship 3 6/30/2020
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study COMM 4690 Global Management 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study COMM 3845 Foundations of International Business 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study SEMS 3500-001 International Management and Globalization 3 12/31/2017
MKTG 3370 Global Marketing Strategy SEMS 3500-501 International Marketing 3 12/31/2020
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study MUSI 1070 Global Music 3 12/31/2018
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study MUSI 1193 Popular Music in World Cultures 3 12/31/2018
MUSI 1193 Foreign Study in Music MUSI 2070 Popular Musics 3 12/31/2019
No credit COMM 3330 Marketing Research Techniques 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
OPIM 3104 Operations Management SEMS 3500-502 Operations Management 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
PHIL 1106 Non-Western and Comparative Philosophy PHIL 1210 Classical Asian Philosophy 3 12/31/2017
PHYS 1020 Introductory Astronomy ASTR 1559 Introduction to Astronomy and the Night Sky 3 6/30/2020
POLS 1602 Introduction to International Relations PLIR 1010 International Relations 3 12/31/2019
POLS 3002 Classical and Medieval Political Theory PLCP 3559-503 Origins of Western Political Theory 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3406 (also GEOG 1700) Globalization & Political Change PLIR 1558 Global Studies [focus changes] 3 6/30/2018
POLS 3418 International Organizations and Law PLIR 3110 International Law: Principles and Politics 3 6/30/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PLCP 2500 Latin America: The Quest for Development 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study SEMS 3500-504 Politics and Economics of Central America 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PLIR 3500 Global Environmental Politics 3 12/31/2019
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PLIR 1010-502 International Relations 3 6/30/2021
SOCI 1001 Introduction to Sociology SOC 100 General Sociology 3 6/30/2022
SOCI 3411 Work & Occupations SOC 3595 Global Workplace 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOC 2442 Systems of Inequality 3 12/31/2019
WGSS 3993 Foreign Study WGSS 2559-101 Sex, Gender and Culture 3 12/31/2019
WGSS 3993 Foreign Study EAST 3559 The East in the World: Women of Asia 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

Learning opportunities aboard Semester at Sea are not limited to course work and in-port activities. You will be confronted with a living experience unique in study abroad that is a microcosmic reflection of society as a whole. Learning to function within this self-contained environment that can be both casual and intense, requires a high degree of tolerance and flexibility. Past experience has shown that students undergo a deepening and broadening of personality and a development of maturity often resulting in a markedly changed individual. Opportunities for growth and development of self-confidence are myriad, and you will be challenged to seize and make the most of them. Due to the close nature of the campus and its international character, reasonable standards of conduct designed to respect the rights of both the individual and the community have been established. These standards are explained in the handbook that is provided upon acceptance to the program. While the environment aboard ship is extraordinary, it does resemble other campuses in many ways.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Semester at Sea offers a Pell Match Program. Visit this page for more information.

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Around the world, Around the world
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75