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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cape Town, South Africa; Casablanca, Morocco; Cochin, India; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Honolulu, United States; Indian Ocean, At Sea; Kobe, Japan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Mediterranean Sea, At Sea; North Atlantic Ocean, At Sea; North Pacific Ocean, At Sea; North Pacific Ocean, At Sea; Port Louis, Mauritius; San Diego, United States; Shanghai, China; South Atlantic Ocean, At Sea; Takoradi, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: All courses in English, English
Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s): None Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: NO Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: NO
Click here for a definition of this term Research Option: NO Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 18
Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Communications, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Information Science, International Studies, Leadership Studies, Management, Marketing, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts Click here for a definition of this term Program Capacity: 80
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Maria Papapietro Click here for a definition of this term Merit Scholarship: YES
Click here for a definition of this term Need-Based Scholarship: YES ELR Unit: 2 units
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This program has been cancelled for Spring 2021. Please contact Maria Papapietro at with any questions.


About the Program

Since 1963, Semester at Sea has offered students the opportunity to visit many countries on a semester-long voyage around the world. Voyages and academic themes change every semester, but a standard Semester at Sea program may include stops in such countries as Brazil, Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Japan. 

Note: Locations listed above are reflective of multiple semester programs. To find the locations for your specific semester, visit the Semester at Sea destinations page.


Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, Colorado State University is Semester at Sea's academic sponsor.  As the academic sponsor, CSU appoints the academic dean for each voyage, approves all faculty and syllabi, and issues transcripts.  Faculty on Semester at Sea come from institutions throughout the US.

The core course for the voyage, Global Studies, is required of all students and provides an integrated, interdisciplinary introduction to each of the countries visited on a given itinerary.  In addition to the core course, students select three additional electives.  While some courses are offered on a regular basis, many elective courses vary, drawing on the the locations visited and the expertise of the faculty teaching them. 

Each course includes a Field Class in one of the ports. A field class constitutes an additional day of class and the same expectations are placed on a field class as placed on a class day at sea. Field classes and their respective assignments are a required part of each course and constitute approximately 20 percent of a student’s grade, as well as 20 percent of the course’s required contact hours.  The cost of field classes is included in the billed program cost.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • To see course listings for upcoming voyages, visit the Semester at Sea website. Be sure to select the appropriate voyage. Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.

General Program Dates

Fall semester – early September to mid-December
Spring semester – early-January to late April


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

  • Optional field programs while in port are not included in the billed cost of Semester at Sea. Students should expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 to Semester at Sea for excursions over the course of the program.
  • The billed costs listed on the budget sheet are based on outside double cabins.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Scholarships are also available through Semester at Sea. Visit the Semester at Sea Admission & Aid page for more information.


Students live in shared cabins for the duration of the voyage. Cabins include beds, one small desk, limited closet and drawer space, and a private bathroom with a shower. Breakfast , lunch, and dinner are provided in the dining room on the ship. Additional food and snacks can be purchased at different locations on the ship. 


Students must complete online the Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline and before submitting an application to Semester at Sea. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications to the Semester at Sea program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Semester at Sea. Final acceptance by Semester at Sea will not be granted until after SAS reviews the Disciplinary Clearance Form. Students with judicial sanctions which will be in effect during the time of the SAS voyage may be ineligible for admission.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Visit the Orientations for Study Abroad Programs page for more information on pre-departure orientation schedules.

Additional Information and Links


Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more Study Abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!


SAS students


The community of the ship was very unique. We knew everybody, and we saw everybody in port. We also took care of everybody, and formed relationships. Our RD's cried as they said good-bye when we left. Our dean and his wife kissed us goodbye in tears because they were saying good-bye to 600 children. There are people of all ages on the ship, and the relationships formed are beyond what is imaginable.
     — Rebecca Cummings, Spring 2012
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/11/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Early Action Period: Oct. 6 - Nov. 19. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by Dec. 8 and Elon Global Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: Dec. 10 - Feb. 11. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the Elon Global Scholarship questionnaire by Feb. 11 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of Elon Global Scholarship support by April.

Applications lock on deadline day after 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants must click “submit” in their application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time to meet the deadline.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit refund deadline, Apr. 16. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.