Semester at Sea Spring 2014

Over the past four months, I’ve been working on Semester at Sea scholarship applications. Today I received word that I have been awarded one of two nationwide CY Tung scholarships, and will be taking part on the Spring 2014 Semester at Sea voyage.

Thank you to my family, my proofreaders, and my reference letter writers. Also a very strong thank you to Mrs. Joyce, the Naples Council on World Affairs and everyone involved with YES Abroad/AFS. I’m sure I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you.

Now for the fun stuff…

What is Semester at Sea?

Semester at Sea, run by the Institute for Shipboard Education, is a  nonprofit study abroad program administered by the the University of Virginia. The mission of ISE is to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world.

I will be on this traveling cruise boat university for four months from January through May 2014.  The boat sails around the world, making stops in four continents. During the voyage, I will be taking 12-15 college credits in classrooms on the ship.

So you’ll be spending a semester taking classes on… a boat?

Yes sir’ee! The MV explorer is home to about 720 undergraduate students every semester. It was built in 2002 for the Royal Olympic cruise ship company.

MV explorer

What is the CY Tung scholarship?

The C.Y. Tung Program in Sino-U.S. Relations is in honor of C.Y Tung, who was instrumental in the founding of Semester at Sea. Tung, a Chinese shipping magnate, founded the world’s first global shipboard educational program in 1963. Tung was a visionary global leader in the critical importance of multi-country study abroad and cross-cultural understanding among young people.

The curriculum focuses on the socio-cultural, policy and economic interactions between Chinese and Americans to prepare future leaders to better understand each other’s cultures and work together for mutual benefit. The program intends to build on, and to fulfill, program founder C.Y. Tung’s original vision for shipboard education.

The program is led by a distinguished faculty in residence and includes rigorous courses on Chinese and American relations, history, culture, economics and diplomacy; visits from distinguished Chinese and American lecturers; excursions to educational and cultural sites in China; and scholarships for Chinese and American students.

Which countries will you be visiting?

semester at sea map

  • Embark: San Diego, CA, United States
  • Hilo, Hawaii, United States
  • Yokohama, Japan 
  • Kobe, Japan 
  • Shanghai, China 
  • Hong Kong, China 
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Rangoon, Burma
  • Cochin, India
  • Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tema (Accra), Ghana 
  • Takoradi, Ghana 
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Debark: Southampton (London), England

How long do you spend in each country?

Roughly 4-6 days.

That’s it for today, as I have a very long Chinese vocabulary quiz to study for in the morning. Under 3 more months until Spring 2014!

4 Responses to “Semester at Sea Spring 2014”

  1. Michael & Dana
    October 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Congratulations. You are in the FOG (Favor of God)!!!

    We are extremely happy for you and exited to share in this experience through your blog.

    Love,

    M&D

  2. Carole
    October 23, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Im so excited for you — You are truly living the dream…
    good luck – study hard – have fun ,.,,… love and miss you -

  3. Louise Segura
    October 23, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    You never cease to amaze me! I love following your adventures and discoveries! Enjoy it all and keep us posted. Few will ever have the op to have such an experience or take advantage of all the wonderful ways to explore the world and make a difference. I’m proud of all you continue to do. AND so happy you’ll get to be in Ghana again with your voyage !

  4. Lulu Carter
    October 26, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Fantastic! I know you dad. I live in Naples and I have a lot to share with you. Welcome to SAS family!

    My husband and I operate many ports for SAS , I am the , destination program developer, also our family traveled in Spring 2001, my mother in law traveled, my parents traveled and my son Mateus traveled last year. I was in the Ghana port this fall, just came back form being in the ship supervising the programs. If you wish to talk and learn more give me a call 239.272.6152
    Take care!!!

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