If the standard campus-based college education is boring you, consider signing up for the short-term 2011 Semester at Sea program. The 26-day program is the result of a partnership between the Institute for Shipboard Education and the University of Virginia. The theme for the adventure is “Engineering a New Tomorrow” and students will be working through an academic program based on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals include sustainable development, food security, energy, water, population, ecosystems and the global economy. Students from all majors are invited to apply to this program, which begins on May 20 and runs through June 15.

Courses scheduled during the Semester at Sea include:

  • Global Business: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior
  • Energy Resources: Global Economy and Environmental Perspective
  • Building Health in the Caribbean
  • Food Security and Production
  • Communities: Problems and Solutions
The ship will be launching from Nassau, Bahamas and making stops at ports in seven different countries including Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; and Belize City, Belize. Students will also be learning about the massive Panama Canal Expansion project, a true engineering marvel.
"The core mission of the Semester at Sea program is to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world," said Les McCabe, president of the Institute for Shipboard and Semester at Sea. "This voyage presents an unprecedented opportunity to investigate today's most pressing areas of global need." Source: Semester at Sea

In addition to traditional college students, the program is also open to what the organization calls “lifelong learners” – adults over the age of 40 that are interested in learning more about the challenges that we are facing across the world today.

Fees for the short-term Semester at Sea start at $3,475 for an economy cabin and go up to $4,875 for a junior suite. Course registration opens on March 16, 2011 and the financial aid deadline is March 30. For more information or to apply for the program, visit the Short Term 2011 – Maymester Voyage website.

An eco-education on the high seas
If you're an adventurous college student, consider spending a semester at sea learning about global challenges.