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Semester at Sea Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the voyage departs. 


As a student studying onboard with Semester at Sea, you may select from a broad range of courses in the areas of business, education, humanities, and the sciences to name a few. All students are required to enroll in one section of Global Studies during the Voyage. Classes are held while onboard the ship when the ship is sailing. Once at port, depending on the courses you have selected, you will participate in Faculty Directed Practica, studying in country.   

To learn what is offered, students can view the Course Listing for each Voyage. Students can earn 12-15 credits. To see which courses are being offered, go to Semester at Sea's website and select the voyage you are interested in.

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here
  • Choose United States, then Colorado, then click "Search"
  • Click on  Colorado State University
  • Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

You may study with Semester at Sea for a full semester, either in the fall or spring. To see the voyage calendars, go to the Semester at Sea Website and select the voyage you're interested in. Students should plan to arrive in the city of departure the day before the ship is scheduled to depart. You are expected to stay overnight in the departure city the night prior to departure. Most Voyages DO NOT originate or end in the United States (they begin/end at an international destination).