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  • Locations: Multi-City: Semester at Sea, Multi-Country: Semester at Sea
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Program dates TBD. Do not book travel until you have been fully enrolled in the program and moved to Step 3.
Spring 2019 10/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 2.75
Internships: No Disciplines offered: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Undergraduate
Accomodations: Double-occupancy cabins Service-Learning: Yes
Program Advisor: Justin Berens - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: No
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Semester at Sea (SAS)

Fall/Spring Semester Program

Fall 2018 - NOT Accepting Applications CURRENTLY ON WAITLIST

Spring 2019 - Currently Accepting Applications



The ship makes approximately 12-14 ports of call during the hundred-day voyage where students enroll in courses focusing on the environment, population, foreign policy and relationships and economics, all in the context of the nations students visit. 

Semester at Sea equips students with the global understanding necessary to become prepared future leaders and global citizens. Our academic program, offered in academic partnership with the Colorado State University,  integrates comparative experiential study, interdisciplinary coursework, and relevant hands-on field labs in multiple countries. 



Please note that students are strongly encouraged to apply a year in advanced for Semester at Sea due to the popularity of the program.

Phase I: Students wishing to go on Semester at Sea fall or spring voyage apply through the USD International Studies Abroad Semester at Sea program page. At the same time, the student will have to apply directly to Semester at Sea by visiting the SAS website.

Submit these documents to Serra Hall 201, International Center: 
  • DARS, Unofficial Transcript: Prior to course registration date (semester prior to voyage), you should meet with your Academic Advisor to make sure that you are selecting courses that have been Pre-Approved. 
  • Pre-Decision Materials and Questionnaires in the GoInternational profile page have to be submitted directly to USD's International Center.

Submit to Semester at Sea:
  • Students submit their Official Transcripts and Disciplinary Clearance Form directly to SAS.
  • You can waive the $50 SAS application fee by typing "torero" in the Promo Code field of the SAS application.

Once your eligibility requirements and pre-decision documents are reviewed, we will notify Semester at Sea that you have been approved to participate. Phase I of your application through Semester at Sea will not be complete until the International Studies Abroad Office sends approval.

  • Your Official Transcripts can be sent directly to SAS using the physical or e-mail addresses they give you.
  • Your Disciplinary Clearance Form is submitted by you to the Student Conduct Office, UC 132. When ready, you may pick up this form from them and you will upload it to your Semester at Sea application page. 


Phase II requires students to pay the $1,000 deposit as well as to select their cabin directly through Semester at Sea.

Phase III requires students to complete all post-decision Materials and Questionnaires on their GoInternational profile as well as post-decision documents required by SAS.


Course Equivalency:     

Fall 2018 SAS Pre-Approved Course List

NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only 

Course equivalency is evaluated through the International Center.  Semester at Sea is a unique program in that course offerings change every semester, which means that courses need to be reviewed for course equivalency each semester as well.  The courses are approved on a rolling basis, and a course equivalency list will be updated often and posted on the website.  Each course is reviewed for its USD course and unit equivalent (if any), any course pre-requisites that may apply (see "Course Pre-Requisite" section below for restrictions), the CORE Curriculum fulfillment (if any) and any additional notes.  It is the students' responsibility to choose courses that will best fit their needs (i.e. making sure a class has an equivalent before enrolling). 



Courses are available in Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Geography, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Geology, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology and Women's Studies.  Port stays usually last one to six days and students get a first-hand look at the countries they are studying in the classroom.  Educational field visits on land complement classroom instruction.

During the registration period before departure, students can enroll in 12 units, which include the mandatory Global Lens course.  Students can choose to enroll in an additional three units one week after registration opens. 

The International Center processes all Semester at Sea courses through the respective department chairs for USD approval.  Students should not contact department chairs regarding course approval.  Please see the link above for the most updated listing of Pre-Approved courses.  However, courses change every voyage and are not finalized until two months before departure.  Students should be aware that some courses offered at Semester at Sea do not have USD equivalents and therefore may or may not transfer back to USD as a lower-division elective credits. 

All students will register for classes directly through Semester at Sea during the registration period.  The USD International Studies Abroad Office HIGHLY encourages student to register on the FIRST day of registration, at the time registration opens, as classes tend to fill up rather quickly.  Dates of registration are communicated directly to student by Semester at Sea as is posted on the voyage's course page.  During registration, Semester at Sea allows students to only register for 12 units, which is includes the required Global Studies Course.  Therefore, students will select 3 courses of their choice in addition to this required course.  If you would like to enroll in another course, bringing you to 15 units, you may do so on a first-come, first-serve basis one week after registration opens.  However, course availability may be limited.

Course Pre-Requisites:

If a Semester at Sea course has a USD equivalent which has a pre-requisite (see Course Equivalency sheet), you MUST have met this pre-requisite before taking the class on Semester at Sea.  If you enroll in a course for which you have NOT completed the pre-requisite, USD's Registrar WILL NOT TRANSFER THE COURSE.  No exceptions.



Students will be billed USD tuition, and a USD study abroad application fee ($100) via USD Student Accounts.  These fees are due in full to USD 10 days prior to departure (please see program dates).  Additional expenses such as room and board, excursions and shipboard account charges are billed directly through Semester at Sea.

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.


Students live in double-occupancy or triple-occupancy cabins and study facilities are readily available throughout the vessel.  Such facilities include a gym, library, pool and basketball court.


Entry requirements change by voyage and is dependent on the countries being visited. Semester at Sea will advise you the semester prior to your voyage with information and instructions for visa procurement. Keep in mind that you are responsible for securing all required visas. Failure to secure certain visas could result in the student not being allowed to board the ship for the voyage. 


Semester at Sea cultivates an engaging and diverse living learning community of undergraduates, faculty and staff, interport lecturers, international stude