- Cognitive knowledge: Participants reported an increased understanding and awareness of various cultures, their impact on our global society and an increased proficiency in languages. This was significant for all three voyages yielding the highest gains of all assessed dimensions.
- Intrapersonal identity: Participants reported an increased awareness regarding their unique identity, purpose in life, and meaningful philosophy of life. This was significant for two of the three voyages, with the last voyage coming very close to significance.
- Participants reported an increase in viewing themselves as global citizens. This was significant for two of the three voyages.
- Participants reported an increase in overall wellbeing. This was significant for two of the three voyages.
- Intrapersonal affect: Participants reported increased respect and acceptance of cultural perspectives that were different from their own as well as a higher degree of emotional confidence when processing encounters with other cultures. This was significant for two of the three voyages.
- Improved understanding of the world
- Greater awareness of cultural differences
- Improved self-confidence and autonomy
- Improved flexibility and understanding of multiple perspectives
- Better understanding of own culture
- Greater acceptance of others and their own opinions
- Ability to live in close community
What is the value of spending an academic term abroad with Semester at Sea?
- Unlike traditional immersion programs, Semester at Sea cultivates a unique academic community of undergraduates, lifelong learners, faculty, and international scholars who live and learn in a shared environment while exploring as many as 12 international ports of call, so the participants experience multiple points of view.
- In association with the University of Virginia, the nation’s second ranked public institution, participants attend classes on a ship and complete in-country assignments for a full semester’s credit.
- Working with international scholars, tour operators, and business executives, SAS provides a field program of micro- and macro-level excursions, service projects, and university exchanges in each port of call, allowing participants to select the cross-cultural forays most suitable to their academic pursuits.
- Throughout SAS's history, participants have met with world leaders and dignitaries, traveled to the world’s most historic wonders, and enjoyed person-to-person cross-cultural connections that have left them indelibly transformed.
- Semester at Sea provides the opportunity to get a taste of the world and develop a framework for future discovery. The program's 60,000 alumni continually report that Semester at Sea inspired a career path, led to positive life changes, and perhaps most importantly, awakened a desire to better understand and contribute to the world we share.
- Compared to other study abroad options, Semester at Sea stands out as the global leader. Studying abroad while sailing the globe is the unique invention of Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs. Since 1963, Semester at Sea has stayed true to their original mission: the development of global understanding through life-changing international experiences. Semester at Sea has safely sailed on more than 108 voyages, educated more than 55,000 students from 1,700 institutions, and traveled to more than 60 countries.
Epro 360's main goal for Semester at Sea is to promote it to international students. More in-depth information can be found on www.semesteratsea.com. If you would like to obtain more information about the partnership between Epro 360 and Semester at Sea program, or you would like to gain a unique alumni perspective on Semester at Sea from two of our founders, please contact us or complete the following application form.