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Semester at Sea

Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Barcelona, Spain ; Cadiz, Spain ; Cape Town, South Africa ; Casablanca, Morocco ; Cochin, India ; Dubrovnik, Croatia ; Gdansk, Poland ; Guyaquil, Ecuador ; Hamburg, Germany ; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ; Hong Kong, China ; Honolulu, United States ; Kobe, Japan ; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; Lisbon, Portugal ; Port Louis, Mauritius ; Puntarenas, Costa Rica ; San Diego, United States ; Shanghai, China ; Takoradi, Ghana ; Tema, Ghana ; Valencia, Spain ; Yangon, Myanmar



Learn more at the info session: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Unlike a traditional study abroad program in which students are immersed in one country and culture, Semester at Sea offers students the opportunity to participate in a comparative program model of 10–12 countries around the world. On this floating campus, you can participate in both co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including traditional student organizations and recreation clubs. Many long-standing traditions, such as Neptune Day, Sea Olympics and Talent Night performances allow you to become involved in the Semester at Sea community. In addition to the required core course, Global Studies, that allows you to gain an interdisciplinary insight to the countries visited on a given itinerary, you can choose from 75 different courses taught aboard the ship.

Visit the sponsor's program website for more information.


Program budget

Consult the affiliate program website for a current budget.

Students on most MU affiliated programs are billed for 13 MU credit hours for a semester (six for summer) according to the regular MU billing schedule. Regular MU tuition is paid directly to MU, and then is forwarded by the International Center to the affiliated program sponsor on the student's behalf. Non-Missouri resident students are assessed non-resident tuition fees, which are not forwarded to the affiliated program. Students pay any costs beyond the MU educational fees directly to the affiliated program sponsor. For more information, see the Affiliated Program Billing Worksheet.

Financial aid information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarships toward program costs.

Dates and deadlines

Term Application deadline* Program start Program end
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 09/09/2019 12/23/2019
Spring 2020 09/20/2019 01/12/2020 04/20/2020
Fall 2020 02/15/2020

* Note that the application and decision dates above are for MU requirements. Affiliated programs will have their own application deadlines.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you start an application for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

Affiliate requirements

All students studying abroad on an MU affiliated program must both apply directly to the program sponsor and complete all MU requirements (outlined below) for study abroad. Visit the affiliated program website for more information about its application requirements.

MU requirements

  1. Meet with the International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application using the button below if you are an MU student. Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete the MU requirements.
  4. Receive your admissions decision within 7–10 business days.