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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, Colorado State University 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 Colorado State University. 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.

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