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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize; Bremen, Germany; Cartagena, Colombia; Casablanca, Morocco; Dublin, Ireland; Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Semester at Sea 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Ship Cabin Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Arts and Sciences, Biology, Communication, Comparative Studies, English, Environment and Natural Resources, Geography, History, History of Art, International Studies, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:
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Spring 2021: Oceans, Islands, Canals, and Beyond
STARTS: January 5, 2021 | ENDS: April 20, 2021
106 Days, 11 Cities, 11 Countries, 4 Continents

Embark: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Papeete, Tahiti

Fortaleza, Brazil

Hanga Roa, Easter Island (Chile)

Casablanca, Morocco

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dublin, Ireland

Colombia, Cartagena

Debark: Bremerhaven, Germany

Belize City, Belize


MVWO 2017
Semester at Sea is a multiple country study abroad program open to students of all majors emphasizing comparative academic examination, hands-on field experiences, and meaningful engagement in the global community. 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. Credit earned is transferable to a student’s home institution.
Our mission is to educate students with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. With the world as our classroom, our unique shipboard program integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experiences for meaningful engagement in the global community. Our mission, vision, strategy, and core values are rooted in student success and global comparative education. We take pride in our participants’ achievements, spanning back to our first voyage in 1963.
Anthropology Economics International Studies Political Science
Art Studio/Art History Geography Media Communications/Journalism Psychology
Biology Creative Writing/Literature/Drama Philosophy, Religion, & Ethics Spanish
Business History Music, Theatre, & Dance Sociology
Communications Human Development & Family Studies Natural Resources Tourism
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Course Information 
*New courses added up until 5 months prior to start date.
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Semester at Sea offers an exciting opportunity for comparative study of diverse cultures, combining shipboard classroom experience with on-land field study, where students have direct contact with people and their cultures.


Each itinerary is carefully selected to provide a comparative approach to global education and travel. The countries and regions visited offer examples of varying stages of economic development, contrasting political systems and diversity of religious and cultural values. Visit to view itineraries of upcoming voyages.

Semester at Sea's 100-day voyages are conducted aboard the M.V. World Odyssey, which has been equipped as a floating university. The shipboard campus includes classrooms, study lounges, library and theatre. Other facilities include cafeteria-style dining, student union, campus store, swimming pool, fitness facilities, health clinic and computer lab.


Student cabins are available in doubles or triples, either with or without a porthole. Linens and blankets are provided, and laundry services are available. Three meals a day are served throughout the semester, both at sea and in port.


Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one. 

Courses and Credits 

Students may choose from approximately 70 courses in the fall or spring, and 30 in the summer, in a variety of disciplines. In-country field experiences are designed to complement classroom instruction. All students enroll in Global Perspectives, a multidisciplinary class that provides an overview of the areas and issues encountered during the voyage. 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, have completed 15 credit hours (on campus) at time of application, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. Semester at Sea application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to

Program Costs

Students will pay the Semester at Sea program fee (minus a $400 discount given to OSU students) and GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The Semester at Sea program fee includes instruction, room and board and on-site orientation. Airfare, books and supplies, personal expenses and port travel are not included in the program fee.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Please review Semester at Sea’s scholarship page for additional funding opportunities.

Information Sessions 



U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
10/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2021 04/20/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed