- Office of the Vice Provost
- International Degree
- Education Abroad
- International Students
- International Scholars & Faculty
A passport valid for six months beyond your program is required. Apply for a passport immediately if you have not done so already. Visit travel.state.gov for an application.
SAS requires passports to contain 10 blank visa pages. Visit the Semester At Sea website for more details on required documentation.
Semester At Sea enrolls you in insurance for the duration of your participation. Review the insurance policy and carry additional claim forms and your insurance card with you abroad.
Depending on the itinerary of the voyage, students may need to obtain 0-8 visas. For more information on required documentation and visa processes please visit the Semester At Sea website.
Certain locations visited on SAS voyages may require vaccination documentation. All students are encouraged to visit their primary care provider before going abroad. Information about immunizations and travel health can be obtained from the Travel Medicine Clinic at Student Health Services.
File FAFSA and apply for financial aid for the term(s) of your program.
IDEA will submit a financial aid budget with your estimated cost of attendance to the Office of Financial Aid the term prior to your departure so that your aid award may be adjusted.
Semester At Sea gives approximately $4 million in financial aid to eligible applicants per year, with an estimated 40% of students receiving SAS aid per voyage. Types of aid include:
Work Study on-board the ship
Merit-based scholarships (inluding full tuition scholarships)
Please see the Semester At Sea website for more information on financial aid opportunities.
Use this form to estimate the total cost of your attendance on the program. Visit the Budget Worksheet page for details.
All Semester at Sea students will need to register for general ('blank') Overseas Studies credits using the OSU online registration system (and in some cases a PIN from their academic advisor).
IDEA will send students an e-mail from email@example.com with the instructions and CRN, and students are responsible for registering for these credits for the term(s) they are abroad.
You will not receive financial aid for the program unless you are registered. To be registered, your account must be free of any hold, and your OSU bill balance must be below $2,200.
This program earns resident credit at OSU. Each course you take must be assessed for how the credit will be applied to your degree program.
Semester at Sea's academic sponsor is the University of Virginia (UVa). UVa will send your SAS transcript to you or to the IDEA office directly. Make sure that this document reaches the IDEA office, because grades cannot be posted to your OSU transcript until it is received.
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