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Inside my 'Semester at Sea,' where I lived on a cruise ship for 4 months and traveled to 11 countries for college credit

INSIDER Logo By Josephine Tsai of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 24: 
  
    I'm a 4th-year student at the University of San Diego,
    studying marketing and finance.
  
  
    For my study abroad experience, I decided to sign up
    for Semester at
    Sea, a program that lets students travel around the world
    on a cruise ship.
  
  
    It's a very cross-cultural
    experience; there were students aboard the ship from four
    continents, and I traveled to 11 countries during my semester
    abroad.
  
  
    Having sailed on the 126th
    voyage, Semester at Sea is something I recommend to people who
    are highly adventurous and interested in learning about
    multiple cultures.
  
  
    You can visit Semester at
    Sea's
    
      website
    
    (or my
    
      blog
    
    )
    for more information.
  
  
    
      Visit Insider's
    homepage for more stories.
    
  

  Semester at Sea is
  the only study abroad program in the world that allows students
  to live on a cruise ship for four months while traveling to
  multiple countries.

  This isn't your typical study abroad program. Instead of
  immersing yourself in a foreign campus for four months, Semester
  at Sea is its own "floating campus" that travels to different
  countries on a ship named the MV World Odyssey.

  I will admit, the price point of 
  $28,074 (it differs for every voyage and changes based on
  your cabin type) isn't the most affordable, but with the amount
  of scholarships and grants available to applicants, I ended up
  paying less for my semester abroad than for a semester at my home
  university, University of San Diego.

  Semester at Sea is definitely not for the faint of heart. The
  intense traveling and crazy schedules can be exhausting, and it
  takes some time to get your sea legs.

  The semester goes by incredibly quickly, and life is fast-paced
  on the ship. Continue scrolling below to see my four-month-long
  adventure at sea.

  • I'm a 4th-year student at the University of San Diego, studying marketing and finance.
  • For my study abroad experience, I decided to sign up for Semester at Sea, a program that lets students travel around the world on a cruise ship.
  • It's a very cross-cultural experience; there were students aboard the ship from four continents, and I traveled to 11 countries during my semester abroad.
  • Having sailed on the 126th voyage, Semester at Sea is something I recommend to people who are highly adventurous and interested in learning about multiple cultures.
  • You can visit Semester at Sea's website (or my blog ) for more information.

Semester at Sea

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is the only study abroad program in the world that allows students to live on a cruise ship for four months while traveling to multiple countries.

This isn't your typical study abroad program. Instead of immersing yourself in a foreign campus for four months, Semester at Sea is its own "floating campus" that travels to different countries on a ship named the MV World Odyssey.

I will admit, the price point of $28,074 (it differs for every voyage and changes based on your cabin type) isn't the most affordable, but with the amount of scholarships and grants available to applicants, I ended up paying less for my semester abroad than for a semester at my home university, University of San Diego.

Semester at Sea is definitely not for the faint of heart. The intense traveling and crazy schedules can be exhausting, and it takes some time to get your sea legs.

The semester goes by incredibly quickly, and life is fast-paced on the ship. Continue scrolling below to see my four-month-long adventure at sea.

© Josephine Tsai

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