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Semester at Sea (SAS)
Fall/Spring Semester Program
The ship makes approximately 12-16 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.
AFFILIATION AGREEMENT- For Fall and Spring Semesters ONLY
The University of San Diego's affiliation with Semester at Sea only applies to the semester voyages. Summer voyages are not included in this agreement. Students wishing to participate in a summer voyage should click the following link for more information: Semester at Sea Summer Voyage
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.
- Program Approval Form, DARS, Unofficial Transcript: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan the courses that you will be taking abroad through Semester at Sea. Please note that without the Pre-Approved course list completed for you to see how the class will transfer back to USD, you can only predict the USD equivalent when meeting with your Academic Advisor. Prior to registration date, you will meet with your Academic Advisor again 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. The International Center may fax your Disciplinary Clearance Form to SAS as a courtesy.
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:
Semester at Sea
PO Box 400885
Charlottesville, VA 22904
* 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, bring it to Serra 315 and we will fax it to Semester at Sea. We will keep a copy for our records and return the original to you.
Phase II requires students to pay the $1000 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 profle as well as post-decision documents required by SAS.
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 four 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 pre-registration period before departure, students can enroll in 12 units, which include the mandatory Global Studies course. Students can choose to enroll in an additional three units after boarding the ship.
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 below 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.
For an updated course listing, see Semester at Sea's website
All students will register for classes directly through Semester at Sea during the pre-registration period. The USD International Studies Abroad Office HIGHLY encourages student to register on the FIRST day of pre-registration as classes tend to fill up rather quickly. Dates of pre-registration are communicated directly to student in the Semester at Sea acceptance packet. During pre-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 when you board the ship. However, course availability may be limited. If you have questions about course availability, please send an email to the Program Advisor, Cindy Cordova: email@example.com
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 tuition ($20,450), 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.
Students live in double-occupancy cabins and study facilities are readily available throughout the vessel. Such facilities include a gym, library, pool and basketball court.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
Semester at Sea cultivates an engaging and diverse living learning community of undergraduates, faculty and staff, interport lecturers, international stude