Giving Matters

Your Gift Can Change a Student’s Life.

At Semester at Sea, we see firsthand the impact our global comparative education program has on our voyagers’ educations and futures. And, because we are an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, we are completely dependent on philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, Lifelong Learners, friends, foundations, and corporations to supplement enrollment revenues and make sailing with us a possibility for a broader range of students.

Support the SAS Annual Fund

Gifts to the Semester at Sea Annual Fund have an immediate impact on our ability to provide transformational global study abroad experiences to hundreds of students each semester.

Scholarships and Endowments

You may make a donation in someone’s honor or memory, or give to a specific fund. Learn more about the funds your donation can support.

What does giving mean to SAS?

Help students take on the future

Tomorrow’s world needs the global perspectives Semester at Sea fosters in its voyagers.

Support diversity & inclusion

The financial aid opportunities supported by giving help us create a more diverse, inclusive shipboard community.

Ensure the future of Semester at Sea

All donations contribute to the financial security that will allow students to continue to sail for many years to come.

Sustain award-winning teaching

Our donors help make it possible for us to attract some of the best, most dedicated faculty from around the world.

How to Get Involved

Explore the Many Ways to Support Semester at Sea

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Your Gift Makes an Impact

Because of Semester at Sea I have learned to believe in myself regardless of the challenges, and I now fully embrace differences and view them in a positive way. SAS was just the beginning of the voyage of a lifetime for me and how I will impact this world.

I have always loved to travel and Semester at Sea introduced me to places and people that changed my life forever.

[On] Semester at Sea, I got to see 14 different countries in a period of three months. That just added a lot of richness and color and depth to my understanding of my place in the world, and what else was out there.

Semester At Sea was hands down, one of the most influential experiences of my life, education, and career. My voyage has afforded me opportunities and experiences that have helped me to not only be a better person, but a better business owner, leader and most importantly, a world citizen. If it wasn’t for the scholarships and grants I received, I never would have been able to attend. Through the generosity of others, my life trajectory was forever altered. And because of these generous souls I was inspired to create a SAS Scholarship Fund at my mom’s university.


Students Receive Aid

Donor-funded scholarships make SAS accessible to more students.


Total Aid Given

Last year, SAS awarded more than 2.7 million dollars in financial aid.


Operating Expenses

Donations cover more than one-fifth of SAS expenses.


Private Philanthropic Support

Donations from our supporters are a critical source of revenue.
(Cash and Pledge Payments received FY22)


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Change the World

Your Support of Global Education Matters More Than Ever.

Our voyagers experience new cultures, diverse religions, and the impact of economic disparity firsthand — and return inspired and energized to contribute to a better world. Your gift has an immediate impact on our ability to deliver life-changing experiences and world-class education by supporting scholarships, in-country experiences, and shipboard community enhancements.

Ready to Make a Splash?

Give to Semester at Sea and help tomorrow’s leaders set sail on the voyage of a lifetime.