Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE)




Just The Facts

ISE's Semester at Sea is an international travel and learning program

The SAS campus is a 7 deck, nearly 600 ft ship

Conducts Spring, Summer & Fall voyages that cover up to 16 countries on 4 continents

Upcoming voyages include Spring 2013 Around the World voyage which will take students to 12 countries including Japan, Vietnam and Morocco during the 106-day voyage, while the Summer 2013 voyage to Europe and North Africa  will last 61 days and take students from London to locations like Greece, Italy and Portugal

Get Involved

Interested students must have min of 2.75 cumulative GPA, be in good academic and judicial standing, enrolled as full-time student and have completed at least one full term of postsecondary schooling

Applicants typically receive a reply about their application 1-2 weeks after the Institute has received a complete application

Students are admitted on a rolling basis


Travel with safe and reputable guides to non-traditional locations with diverse economic, religious, political & cultural environments

Hands-on experience and exposure to world issues

ISE annually awards more than $4 million in need & merit-based aid

Fits in easily into 4 years of college and earn up to 15 transferrable credits from UVA – the program’s academic sponsor

Alumni association hosts special events like reunion voyages and helps shipmates stay connected after the program is over


Notable Members

Participants, mostly undergrads, come from more than 275 colleges and universities in the U.S. and worldwide

SAS faculty include Nobel Prize winners, world leaders and field experts


There is so much more to read and learn about the unique SAS program – visit for prospective student and parent resources, academic and student life information, admission and aid details and instructions on how to apply!