Program Overview

Semester at Sea (SAS) is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. The courses will be taught in a comparative context and will make use of the diverse countries that you will visit. The shipboard curriculum is complemented by intensive field programs, which include diverse learning activities (from site visits to research to home-stays with local families) undertaken in each port-of-call.

The community of learners on the ship includes about 500 to 700 undergraduate students and as many as 50 lifelong learners—adult learners who participate in the program in order to expand their learning but are not necessarily seeking college credit. In addition, there are about 30 teaching faculty each voyage, and an additional 35 or so staff members in student life administration (counselors, activities coordinators, Dean, etc.). Finally, there are interport students and guest lecturers who join the voyage at one port-of-call and depart at the next and who provide specialized cultural lectures and training relevant to the SAS curriculum. Semester at Sea offers courses in a variety of disciplines.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: Semester at Sea.

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Additional requirements

Have completed WR 121 or the equivalent (including by exam or AP credit) with a grade of C-/ P or higher.

Application process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcripts and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO study abroad advisor. The final selection of participants is made by Semester at Sea (SAS).

IMPORTANT: Application for the SAS program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

1. Completion of the GEO application process.
2. Completion of the SAS application process. 

An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20184/1/20189/9/201812/23/2018
Spring Semester201910/1/20181/5/20194/19/2019

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.