"It is an incredible privilege and a joy to be a part of what is really just a remarkable adventure—extraordinary experience for all of us—to be on this voyage."
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Semester at Sea Alumnus and Trustee
The sun glistening on the water. Dolphins swimming in the surf. Classmates chatting on deck. If you decide to do your studies on the sea, these are the images that will surround you. A semester at sea offers students the chance to learn on board a ship that travels around the world. Classes are relevant to the countries you visit. The learning is hands-on and the professors ensure you get a good mix of local learning and global perspectives. For international students, the TOEFL® test is part of the admissions requirements. Once you're on board, you can practice your English—during both class time and downtime.
See for yourself what you can look forward to when a ship is your classroom:
Field trips around the world.
Sure, a visit to a museum in your hometown is exciting. But can you imagine how amazing it would be to visit different global cities each week? Lessons are built around the destinations and you'll have a chance to experience so many different cultures.
Classmates from across the globe.
One former student said, "On my first day of classes, I met students from California, Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Egypt, Mexico and Albania." English becomes a common language, giving you a chance to make lifelong friends from all over the world.
Beautiful, inspiring surroundings.
Some people download ocean sounds to help soothe them while they study. You'll have the calming sea around you—every day! Not to mention gorgeous sunsets, sea breezes and sea life to enjoy while you're on deck.
A chance to get to know yourself.
Alumni from the program remark on how much they grew as human beings while on their ocean journeys. One found that the "introvert" label she had always given herself didn't really apply. Another discovered she actually had a remarkable sense of direction. Life at sea gives you a great chance to learn and grow!
Smelling the salty sea air already? Keep prepping for the TOEFL® test with these free resources.