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Study on the High Seas: Semester at Sea 2011

August 26, 2010

Semester at SeaYou may have just gotten back to campus, but I think you should start thinking about leaving again.

Why now? Because travelling the globe for three months on an awesome ship and visiting a bunch of countries and meeting people from all over the world without falling a semester behind takes planning… and paperwork. If there’s one thing universities are really good at, it’s coming up with new and completely un-exciting forms for you to fill out, so best to start now.

Apply now for the Spring 2011 Semester at Sea voyage and make sure you can get your travel kicks and your university credits too.

Why pick one destination for your semester abroad when you can pick a dozen? Let your friends do a few cold months in London while you hit Cape Town, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hilo.

This is your classroom.

The Semester at Sea program has been around for decades, and it’s a great way for you to travel around the world while working toward a degree (and get your parents and scholarships to pay for it).

There are programs for teachers and seniors as well, so even if you’re out of school you can still do a sail around the world without paying the outrageous price that most cruise lines would charge for the same itinerary.

The program is run by an American university, but it’s open to international students (see the admissions requirements). Talk to your academic adviser to find out more about how you can make a semester sailing the high seas work into your graduation plans, then get your passport and visas and your ISIC. (It’s good all over the place!)

Start preparing for the Semester at Sea application deadlines and say “bon voyage” to academic boredom! (Questions? Talk to Semester at Sea on Twitter: @SAS_Dave.)

Spring 2011 Voyage

  • October 13, 2010: SAS financial aid deadline.
  • October 22, 2010: SAS financial aid recipients are notified.
  • November 5, 2010: Payment deadline. Last day to cancel without penalty.
  • January 12, 2011: Voyage sails from Nassau.

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Sail Abroad With Semester at Sea in 2011

July 8, 2010

Semester at SeaI know, 2011 sounds like it’s sooo far away. But when it comes to academic paperwork you can never start too soon.

Does travelling the globe for three months without falling a semester behind sound like a good deal to you? I thought so. Apply now for the Spring 2011 Semester at Sea voyage and you can get your travel kicks and your university credits too.

Why pick one destination for your semester abroad when you can pick a dozen? Let your friends do a few cold months in London while you hit Cape Town, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hilo.

This is your classroom.

The Semester at Sea program has been around for decades, and it’s a great way for a student to travel around the world while working toward a degree. There are programs for teachers and seniors as well, so even if you’re out of school you can still do a sail around the world without paying the outrageous price that most cruise lines would charge for the same itinerary.

The program is run by an American university, but it’s open to international students (see the admissions requirements). Talk to your academic adviser to find out more about how you can make a semester sailing the high seas work into your graduation plans, then get your passport and visas and your ISIC. (It’s good all over the place!)

Start preparing for the Semester at Sea application deadlines and say bon voyage to academic boredom!

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Spend A Semester in Nepal

June 18, 2010

Doesn't this guy look like he loved studying in Nepal? You might, too.

London, Sydney, Paris – these are the cities most students consider for doing a semester abroad. But what about Kathmandu?

I came across this quick story about a student who did just that, and was instantly jealous that I hadn’t thought of doing something more exotic. Not that I didn’t love the year I spent in Australia – I would do it again in a minute – but if I also could have done a semester in Nepal I think it would have been amazing.

I shouldn’t have to remind myself to think outside the travel box. I mean, I know there are a million places out there that I haven’t been and would love to go, but sometimes I forget that there are already programs in place to help get me there.

Want to do something totally different? Chances are, someone else has already figured it out for you, or at least knows someone who can help. Talk to your advisers and international study offices. Look beyond London, there’s a whole world ready to be your classroom!

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Study Abroad in Australia: Get an Education AND an Adventure

April 6, 2010

Sydney Opera House

Debating whether or not to study abroad? Well stop. I’m telling you now, you should do it. Case closed. You can thank me when you get back.

The Pros

Need more convincing? No worries. I’ve got a whole list of excellent reasons you should do a semester or year abroad in Australia:

1. It’s affordable, or at least a lot cheaper than living in England, which might be your other option. Food, rent and transportation are all reasonable and Australia is built for a backpacker culture that likes to travel for cheap.

2. You get to live in Australia! That means the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Ocean Road and bunch of other sites are easily accessible before and after your course and during university holidays. You’ll have plenty of time to study, travel, and even work if you want to (up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session, unlimited hours during holidays).

3. There are no GRE’s in Australia. That’s right. If you’re looking to do a post-graduate program, the schools here aren’t concerned with standardized tests. All they want is proof that you graduated from a real college in Canada or the States, that you speak fluent English (if it isn’t your first language), and then usually a short statement about your work history and why you want to attend their school.

4. The schools are excellent. Don’t think that Australian coursework or grades are any less impressive than those from a university in North America. Sure, a Master’s in History from the University of Adelaide isn’t quite the same as a Harvard Law degree if that’s the other path you’re considering, but if you’re looking at any of the arts or sciences, there are universities in Australia that have a department for you. There’s plenty of quality research going on around the country, along with state-of-the-art facilities.

Map by Lonely Planet

5. It will give your resume some diversity. As a grad student or undergrad, having overseas experience will show future employers that you can adapt to new situations, that you have a sense of adventure, and that you are open to new people, new ideas and new challenges.

6. You’ll meet a gazillion new people from all over the world. International students make up about 20% of the population at the University of New South Wales, for example, and that’s true of many other large institutions around Australia. Overall, foreign students are Australia’s sixth largest export. It’s a more than $2 billion dollar industry here, and that guarantees that you’ll be living It’s a Small World.

7. You’ll form incredible friendships. I enjoyed the working holiday I did in Sydney before going back to be a student. But I can say without hesitation that being a student is a much easier way to meet people and become involved in the community and the culture. There are clubs and societies to join, contests and events on campus to participate in, and a sense of family among the international students.

The Cons

1. Australia is far away. No matter where you head for higher education, it’s true that at least part of what you save in tuition will get spent on travel, accommodation and getting set up. Maybe you’ll decide you want a car, or a fancy apartment, or a surf board and scuba gear. Starting a new life costs money, and while you can do it on a budget, you just might not want to have to do it all from scratch.

2. There’s a lot of red tape involved with getting all the paperwork done, and it can be frustrating and confusing. To get the visa you need a physical, including a chest x-ray to prove you are tuberculosis-free. You also have to put together financial statements, photos and college transcripts and you may have to fax things all over the place to get them stamped and signed by all the right people. If you take it piece by piece though it will all get done, and it will all be worth it.

3. There are really big bugs there. That’s about the worst thing I can think of. It seems like there should be more of a downside, but I’m stumped.

Ready to go? Book a student fare to Oz, and be sure to get your ISIC as well.

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Semester at Sea: Apply Now for Summer/Fall 2010

January 15, 2010

Semester at SeaInterested in traveling the globe without falling a semester behind? Apply now for the Summer or Fall 2010 Semester at Sea voyage, or for Spring 2011 (yes, you need to start planning way far ahead). With Semester at Sea you can get your travel kicks and your college credits too.

Why pick one destination for your semester abroad when you can pick a dozen? Let your friends do a few cold months in London while you hit Casablanca, Naples, Dubrovnik, Honolulu, Istanbul and other ports of call.

The Semester at Sea program has been around for decades, and it’s a great way for a student to travel around the world while working toward a degree. There are programs for teachers and seniors as well, so even if you’re out of school you can still do a sail around the world without paying the outrageous price that most cruise lines would charge for the same itinerary.

The program is run by an American university, but it’s open to international students (see the admissions requirements). Talk to your academic advisor to find out more about how you can make a semester sailing the high seas work into your graduation plans, then get your passport and visas and your ISIC. (It’s good all over the place!)

See Semester at Sea application deadlines.