Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore up to 15 countries in a single semester.

Over the course of 100-110 days, you’ll learn from leading faculty and international experts, engage in hands-on field experiences and service projects in every destination, and earn academic credit. As a Semester at Sea student, you will:

  • Develop a keen awareness and understanding of the complexity and interdependence of world systems
  • Hone the key skills necessary to compete in today’s rapidly globalizing world
  • Apply your knowledge first-hand in a variety of international settings
  • Gain a deeper understanding of and critical perspective on your own culture as you learn about others
  • Improve your leadership and communication skills
  • Discover new career possibilities
  • Join a global network of more than 55,000 Semester at Sea alumni

Key information


Multiple locations -check the itinerary for your chosen voyage




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall deadline: March 15

We recommend students apply a year before their desired voyage.

Program-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below

21-22 applications

Opens Nov. 1, 2020

However, we recommend students apply a year before their desired voyage.

Program details

While each voyage is different in terms of the 70+ courses on offer, SAS does publish a list of courses that are frequently offered

Each of the courses you take will have a on shore 1 day field class integrated into the curriculum and is included in the course tuition fee. All students will take one course in Common: Global Studies. 

Students are expected to take 4-5 courses. 

For the Business Course Transfer Database, please contact the Haskayne exchange advisors. 

Semester at Sea has 2 voyages per year:

  • Fall voyages from September to December
  • Spring voyages from January to April
  1. Costs

    Program costs can be found on each voyage's page. The Fall 2020 voyage cost is here. 

  2. Funding

    Studentships are offered to Haskayne undergraduate students who have been admitted to an upcoming Semester at Sea semester.

    What are the requirements to be considered for a studentship

    Haskayne School of Business students interested in being considered for a studentship must:

    1.     Apply to Haskayne’s Outgoing exchanges and get your approval to apply to the host program 

    2.     Apply directly to Semester at Sea for admission into the program (

    3.     Be admitted to the Semester at Sea program

    4.     Apply for a Brawn Family International Studentship by writing the following three essay questions (also required as part of your Semester at Sea application) and submitting them in person or by email to the Haskayne School of Business’ Undergraduate Programs Office

    1.  How will your Semester at Sea voyage create (or enhance) your personal global perspective?Highlight your discussion by referencing at least one country on your itinerary and by explaining how your time there will further develop your awareness.
    2. What are your academic goals, and how will Semester at Sea help you to achieve them? Include at least two examples.
    3. One 300-500 word personal statement that outlines: What activities you will undertake upon your return to the Haskayne School of Business to promote the program and/or understanding or international/cultural issues amongst the student body and the Calgary community?

Students live on the ship, and it is included in the program cost, based on the room type students choose. Options include Inside triple, Inside double, Outside triple and Outside double. 

Haskayne students: please visit Haskayne's eligibility page for more information. 

All other faculties: you can apply to Semester at Sea as a visiting student, with permission from your home faculty at the UofC. Please speak to your home faculty academic advisors and Semester at Sea directly for more information. Please note, only students enrolled in the Haskayne School of Business are eligible to apply for the Brawn Family Studentship.

The Fall 2020 Voyage Itinerary: Embark at Hamburg, Germany, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Việt Nam, China, South Korea, Disembark Shanghai, China

The Spring 2021 (Winter) Voyage Itinerary: Embark at Shanghai, China, Japan, Việt Nam, Indonesia, India, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Disembark at Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Fall 2021 Voyage Itinerary: Embark at Amsterdam, Netherlands, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Việt Nam, China, South Korea, Disembark Shanghai, China

The advisor for the program is: Erin Mizzoni

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.