All Hands on Deck: The Campaign for Semester at Sea

At Semester at Sea, we’ve proven that we can do anything when we come together. Your generosity has strengthened our resolve and honed our vision: the All Hands on Deck campaign is on an unprecedented course to raise $50 million. With your continued support, we’ll make history together!

Our Campaign Progress So Far:

Current Total




Latest data report as of 11/30/2022. Updated monthly.

Campaign Overview

Semester at Sea continues to set the standard for comparative global education.

To ensure our life-changing educational opportunities remain possible, we need your support. The All Hands on Deck campaign represents an important moment in Semester at Sea’s history, one that — with the commitment of our alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and Lifelong Learners — will help redefine the program and its future.

Campaign Goals

By Donating Today, You Are Ensuring That Our Future Remains Bright.

In support of the campaign priorities listed below, our primary goal is to raise new funds for need-based and merit-based scholarships so that all qualified students who want to experience Semester at Sea are able to do so. We also are committed to substantially increasing Semester at Sea’s endowment to ensure that the program serves future generations. During these unprecedented times, we recognize the immediate need for unrestricted support in order to weather any unexpected challenges. Finally, support for faculty and staff and programmatic enhancements will allow us to provide unparalleled educational experiences.

Our Goal:

$50 Million

The All Hands on Deck campaign began on December 1, 2017.

Our Progress So Far:

$44.6 Million

as of 11/30/2022

Campaign Priorities

  • 40% Scholarships
  • 20% Unrestricted Support
  • 20% Endowment
  • 10% Programmatic Enhancements
  • 10% Faculty and Staff Support

Make an Impact

There are many ways for you to support the All Hands on Deck campaign, and a number of gift options offer significant tax and income benefits. From traditional cash gifts, pledges, or charitable bequests to giving your time and talent, your contribution makes a difference. This campaign is an opportunity for all Semester at Sea alumni and friends to come together and ensure Semester at Sea continues to create global citizens who contribute to and respect the world’s values, practices, and cultures.

Message from ISE President and CEO

I Am Proud and Excited to Launch Our First-ever Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign.

Like other institutions around the world, Semester at Sea finds itself in a position to step back and evaluate the health and sustainability of our global learning model. Fortunately, the long-term outlook of our organization is strong — enrollments for future voyages are high, our staff remains wholeheartedly committed, and our academic partner, Colorado State University, has been stalwart in its support during this turbulent time.

The most important factor that gives me confidence in the future of Semester at Sea, however, is our passionate and engaged alumni base. You, who have sailed and understand the importance and impact of our comparative study abroad model, give me optimism as we push forward into a world with new challenges, as well as promising opportunities. We hope you will join us in our All Hands on Deck campaign, and I thank you for your support of Semester at Sea.

With gratitude and best wishes,

Scott Marshall, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Make an Impact Today

What we do tomorrow will be possible because of your gift today. If you have questions about the All Hands on Deck campaign, contact Audra K. Brickner, Chief External Affairs Officer and Vice President of Advancement, at 970.556.2187 or