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Semester at Sea

Program Dates: mid-June to mid-August
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Semester at Sea is a unique and valuable educational experience that results in substantial personal and professional benefits. The opportunity to see the world aboard a state-of-the-art floating university academically sponsored by the prestigious University of Virginia (U.Va.) is a truly remarkable opportunity.

Semester at Sea equips students with the global understanding necessary to become prepared future leaders and global citizens. This program integrates comparative experiential study, interdisciplinary coursework, and relevant field labs in multiple countries. While traveling and studying onboard our unique shipboard campus, students discover opportunities to engage with people from cultures far different than their own.

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How to Apply

Application Deadline: February 15th

Degree-seeking undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least 2.75 GPA (cumulative).

Application Procedure:

  • Step 1: Review SAS’s Application Checklist
  • Step 2: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by February 15th
  • Step 3: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs
  • Step 4: Create an account on Semester at Sea’s website and apply online* making sure to follow all instructions and program requirements.
  • Step 5: You will receive notification of your final acceptance status from Semester at Sea. If admitted, complete the process outlined below along with any other instructions you receive from Semester at Sea.

* Semester at Sea operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning there are no application deadlines for specific semesters. However, it is recommended that you begin the application process 12 months before the semester in which you would like to participate.

Contact Information: Libby Claerbout, Director of International Programs

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* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from Semester at Sea as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by Semester at Sea, default to those of Semester at Sea. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.






last updated July 30, 2013