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Semester at Sea
Varies, Varies (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Coordinator: Courtney Brost
Program Description:

Explore the world from your global classroom aboard a Semester at Sea (SAS) Voyage! Take courses accredited by the University of Virginia while sailing around the world, earning UWEC credits. Semester at Sea is a great study abroad option for any major with a wide variety of courses offered on board for each program. The courses are delivered integrating each international experience to facilitate global, comparative, field based education. You will do Faculty Directed Practica in countries and curricula of your choice. To learn more about Semester at Sea and the upcoming voyages, click here!

Semester at Sea is a fantastic program choice for students who want to see it all! Why not visit 11 international destinations while studying abroad instead of just one or two? For the fall 2015 voyage, see Italy, Turkey, Spain, Senegal, Ghana, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Costa Rica. 


While studying aboard the MV Explorer, you will reside in a cabin which accommodates 2-4 students. Each room has a closed-circuit television, fridge, private bathroom, telephone, and a wardrobe. There are 2 dining rooms on board with indoor and outdoor eating areas where 3 meals per day  are served buffet style.

To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar click here: Academics - Semester at Sea

Below you will find more information on program costs: Spring 2016Fall 2016

  • Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
  • Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
  • Get some video advice from past peer advisers about study abroad. Scroll down
  • View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.



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Your floating campus aboard the MV Explorer has everything you would expect from a University atmosphere. The 590ft. ship has 7 decks which hold 2 dining rooms, a coffee bar, a library and bookstore, laundry facilities, sports and recreation facilities, and a health clinic. There is also a large swimming pool and a wellness center. Throughout each voyage, typically over 50 extracurricular and co-curricular groups develop in areas such as performing and visual arts, multicultural, service-oriented and student government organizations to list a few. You are encouraged to get involved with some of the clubs and organizations amongst up to 700 other undergraduate students.

It was everything I had imagined it to be and more! I met so many wonderful people and was challenged intellectually through my courses as well as through my interactions in each country. This is truly an experience to remember! -Mai Vang 2012

Semester at Sea was definitely a unique experience- going to multiple countries while traveling with students on a ship from all over the world is something you just can't beat.- Bailey 2012

Semester at Sea is a phenomenal organization. The effort that they put into teaching their students about the world we live in and how to make it a better place is absolutely incredible. It’s an amazing experience that I would strongly encourage everyone to look into. –Andrea, Summer 2012

While docked, students have the opportunity to explore the many international cities. Every evening before the ship arrives in a new destination, students are given a "Pre-port" presentation to better inform them of travel logistics, customs and immigration procedures, and safety at the destination. Each student receives a sheet of paper with emergency information specific for the port country.

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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