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  • Locations: Busan, South Korea; Cape Town, South Africa; Hamburg, Germany; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Kobe, Japan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Mumbai, India; Port Louis, Mauritius; Takoradi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Fall
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
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Program Description:

Program OverviewSAS

Add a truly global semester to your college education. A global perspective is an asset in today’s world. Operated by the nonprofit Institute for Shipboard Education, Semester at Sea’s worldwide itineraries offer rigorous coursework coupled with field assignments, service learning in 8-12 international destinations, learning from leading faculty and international experts, and the skills necessary to compete in today's rapidly globalizing world. Earn a full semester’s credit fully transferable by Colorado State University. Nothing looks better on your resume than global experience and nothing will change you like seeing the world.

Program Focus

Courses taught aboard the ship examine global issues in the comparative context of the nations that are visited during the semester. The on-board class sessions are augmented by participation in off-ship field programs while in port. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade.

Semester at Sea's mission is to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. With the world as our classroom, our unique shipboard program integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experiences for meaningful engagement in the global community.

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Kristin Engelbretson  
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Program Provider Semester at Sea
Program Dates Semester at Sea Voyage Schedule
Areas of Study
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biology
  • Business/Commerce
  •  Communications
  •  Comparative Literature
  •  Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geology
  •  History
  •  Interdisciplinary Studies
  •  Liberal Arts
  •  Media Studies
  •  Music
  •  Philosophy
  •  Politics
  •  Psychology
  •  Public Health
  •  Religious Studies
  •  Social Sciences
  •  Sociology
  •  Theater/Drama
  •  Women's Studies
Credits Students enroll in 4 courses for 18 quarter credits
Volunteer Opportunities Yes
Language of Instruction English
Host Country Language Varies
Housing Cabin on a ship
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Minimum GPA 2.75
Special Note Credits on this program will be transferred to PSU as transfer credit, and will not be consider in-residence credit.

Program Costs

PSU Fees Program Fee

Semester at Sea Program Fee Includes:
  •    Tuition—up to 15 semester credits
  •     Housing (price varies by cabin category)
  •     All meals aboard the ship
  •     All academically required field labs
  •     Full-time, on-site residential student services staff
  •     Advisement and assistance by ISE Student Services

Additional Semester at Sea Scholarships are available.