Semester at Sea Q&A

Hey there! I just read your post about semester at sea and it was really helpful! I’m super interested in the program but I’m really worried that it is just way too expensive. How much do you think you spent overall after the cost of tuition/room and board itself? Are all the excursions separate and expensive? Were you able to get financial aid? While in port do you travel by plane to other parts of that country with groups? is that a separate cost?are hotels included? I’m sorry this is so long!

  • First off, glad to hear youre interested.
  • Everyone spends a different amount so this question is too personal to be meaningful to other people. There are some people who spend all their money just to afford the program and then they spend less than $50 in each port. That’s fine. There’s so much to do in port that’s free that you don’t have to spend a dime. That being said, the more room you have in your budget, the more opportunities you can take advantage of. There are a few kids on every voyage that sail around the world with their parents American Express card and just go buckwild. Most SASers fall in between the two extremes Do the two different types of SASers do different things? Yes, of course. Does one have a “better” SAS than the other? Absolutely not.
  • SAS-sponsored field programs are more expensive but that’s because they are very reliable and take care of you every step of the way. Some people rather save money, travel independently, and occasionally deal with the accompanying headaches. Every person is different.
  • Yes. I did get financial aid. Most SASers do, in some form.
  • There were a few ports in which I traveled by plane because I wanted to see a different part of the country, and yes, everything you do in port (besides field labs for class) are at your own discretion and dime.
  • No, hotels are not included. The ship is a hotel. In every port that you travel to, the ship is open 24 hours a day and you can get on and off as many times as you want. They also continue to serve three meals a day on the ship. That’s why it’s possible to spend 5 days in a port and spend less than $50 if you need/want to.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me at I’d even be happy to give you a code to waive your application fee if you go forward and apply.

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