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Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.
Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.
Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.
Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.
The Jonkershoek Valley is surrounded by mountain scenery and is just 25 miles from ocean beaches. Stellenbosch sits in this valley, a university town in the Winelands district.
Minimum 3.0 GPA. College-level coursework in geography, ecology, environmental studies, sustainability, community development, or other related disciplines is recommended. Junior standing and above.
Xhosa and Afrikaans are not required, but will be offered courses in the program.
Visit the CIEE website
University of Cape Town
Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multi-cultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countires in transition: how to successfully operate within a global economy while at the same time grappling with the vast socio-economic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past. CIEE offers three programs: Summer Community Development and Social Justice: Theory & Practice, Arts & Sciences and Service Learning.
School for International Training Study Center
The Eastern Cape is the program base and offers urban, university, and community settings in which to study. Durban, South Africa's second largest city, is located on the Indian Ocean in an area known for its coastal beauty. A fusion of African, Western, and Eastern Cultures; Duban is home to, among others, the proud Zulu nation, the descendants of British settlers, and the decendants of indentured Indian laborers.
Minimum 2.5 GPA
School for International Training Study Center in Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is truly a multicultural society with 11 national languages and many additional recognized ethnic groups. The program base is in Cape Town, which is heralded as the most picturesque city in the world with panoramas of mountains and oceans and near perfect climate.
Minimum 2.5 GPA. Xhosa or Afrikaans are not required, but courses in both will be taken abroad.
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