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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 01/29/2020
02/19/2020 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2021 01/29/2020
02/19/2020 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester program Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Undergraduate Credits/Typical Courseload: 12-15
Prerequisite: Either GLS 101, 102, 110, 114, 116, or any ML course Housing: Cabin on ship
Program Advisor: Katie Shields Click here for a definition of this term Program Category: Affiliate
Max. Enrollment/ Semester: 5 students
Program Description:

SAS Ship

The locations for this program change each semester. For the most accurate list of future voyages, please go to Semester at Sea's website.

Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea circumnavigates the globe on a floating campus-the MV World Odyssey-during customized fall and spring semester voyages. Students pursue academic courses on board the ship while participating in land field work activities in a variety of ports of call as part of each class.


Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. The nature of the shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange. Semester at Sea curricula provide examples of countries and cultures in varying stages of economic development, contrasting political systems, and great diversity of religious and cultural values. The Global Studies core courses provide the foundation for the academic work, and several alliances with internationally focused research and cultural outreach groups complement in-classroom and field learning.

Colorado State University is the academic sponsor of Semester at Sea. As the academic sponsor, the CSU provides collaborative leadership in the selection and cultivation of deans, faculty, curricula, library resources, and educational programming.

Every student on the ship must take the required Global Studies core course, and students then choose three additional courses. 

Please note that course offerings change with EACH VOYAGE, so the previously approved courses may not be available during your particular voyage. It is likely that you will need to select some new courses and submit them to the Bentley Office of International Education for approval. We STRONGLY suggest that you plan on filling "elective" spots and not necessarily taking major, minor, or even business courses.  

Click here for frequently offered courses and courses per voyage 

Accommodations and Meals

Students are housed in double or triple occupancy cabins on board the ship. Each cabin has its own bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower. There are no desks in cabins, though there are study spaces available throughout the ship. While there is ample closet and drawer space, there is very limited storage space. Meals are eaten in shipboard dining halls with other students.

Program prices vary quite significantly based on the level of cabin assigned. Students should be aware that the least expensive cabins are most popular and tend to fill early.

Time in port

Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The world is transformed into an academic laboratory. Each course will have a required Field Class experience that is included in your tuition. Additionally, Field Programs are available to purchase and offer a variety of experiences based on your goals and interests. Students are also able to plan their own independent travel for any in-port days that a Field Class is not required. More info here.


This program is currently not accepting applications.