Semester at Sea promotes comparative study abroad in up to 12 countries per semester in multiple regions with different cultures and economies.
About Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea is a multiple country study abroad program open to students from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell and students from around the country. With an emphasis on comparative academic examination and hands-on field experiences, Semester at Sea opens up the world to students. A wide variety of coursework from 20-25 disciplines is integrated with relevant field studies in up to a dozen countries, allowing for a comparative study abroad experience that is truly global. Colorado State University is Semester at Sea's academic partner. Students from 250-300 colleges in the United States and the world participate on Semester at Sea each term.
Frequently offered disciplines
Anthropology; Economics; International Studies; Political Science
Art Studio/Art History; Geography; Media, Communications/Journalism; Psychology
Biology; Creative Writing/Literature/Dram;, Philosophy, Religion, & Ethics; Spanish;
Business; History; Music, Theatre, & Dance; Sociology;
Human Development & Family Studies; Natural Resources; Tourism
How do I choose among programs?
- See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
- Use the search features on the Experience Cornell Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
- Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
- Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students
How do I apply?
Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself.
- For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- For Program Admission, apply directly on the program website. Most programs have rolling admissions.
On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.