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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are students required to live aboard the ship during port calls?

Q: Does The Scholar Ship provide financial assistance?

Q: How can The Scholar Ship assist with the advancement of my career goals?

Q: How do you compare a semester aboard The Scholar Ship to a study abroad program based in a single country?

Q: How is the concept of studying, living and traveling aboard a ship?       

Q: How many students will be onboard The Scholar Ship?

Q: How much does The Scholar Ship program cost?

Q: I have never traveled aboard a passenger ship before. Is it safe?

Q: What is the official language of instruction aboard The Scholar Ship?

Q: Will the credits I earn for successful study aboard The Scholar Ship be accepted by my university?



Q: Are students required to live aboard the ship during port calls?

A: The Scholar Ship is home to students for the entire semester, whether at sea or when in port. Students are not required to stay aboard the ship while in port, but are welcome to do so. Dining service continues uninterrupted the entire semester, providing three meals each day.  Please note that some shore excursions and academic field programs require overnight stays in pre-arranged accommodations outside the port region.

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Q: Does The Scholar Ship provide financial assistance?

A: The Scholar Ship is strongly committed to having a high-quality student population that is diverse, both culturally and socio-economically. To achieve this goal, we have created
a general fund to help make the opportunity of a lifetime a reality for everyone interested and qualified to participate in The Scholar Ship program. 

Students requesting financial aid directly from The Scholar Ship, may submit their FAFSA (US students) or Student Aid Application (non-US students) to our Student Accounts Department

We gladly accommodate students who depend on funding from external sources to ensure their financial aid or scholarship funds can be properly directed for payment of our program.

Learn more about financial aid >

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Q: How can The Scholar Ship assist with the advancement of my career goals?

A: “The Scholar Ship has gone well beyond the norm in designing its program by engaging multinational employers on the front end of the development cycle to better understand the demands of tomorrow’s global workforce, likely increasing the employability of its students.”

-   Claudette Whiting
    General Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Microsoft

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Q: How do you compare a semester aboard The Scholar Ship to a study abroad program based in a single country?

A: The Scholar Ship provides a distinctive advantage over most intercultural immersion study programs in that it brings together students (and staff) from around the world to form a transnational learning community. Classroom learning, experiential activities, and residential programs are key elements of community life aboard The Scholar Ship not common to traditional land-based programs. Rather than experiencing one culture, our program presents ongoing opportunities for intercultural immersion as a result of our multicultural community.

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Q: How is the concept of studying, living and traveling aboard a ship?       

A: Participating in The Scholar Ship program is an extraordinary opportunity. Classroom instruction takes place while the ship is at sea between ports. Class sizes vary, the maximum size being 25 students. Sessions are 1 hour 40 minutes in duration, and are scheduled to permit sufficient time for independent and group study.

Each student belongs to a residential community group that is led by an Intercultural Resident Counselor, a trained professional whose role is to ensure each student makes the most of his or her experience living aboard The Scholar Ship. International dining menus offer a range of choices and are served three times a day, when at sea and in port.

And when it comes to travel, there is a lot to be said about traveling the globe aboard a ship, sharing an experience of a lifetime with students from around the world.

Learn more about life onboard The Scholar Ship >

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Q: How many students will be onboard The Scholar Ship?

A: Approximately 300 students and 100 faculty and staff members will be onboard the ship for the September 2008 voyage. We are proud of most every aspect of our program. However, we are most proud of our students, and their collective diversity. Students from over 35 countries have already sailed aboard The Scholar Ship!

Learn more about our students >

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Q: How much does The Scholar Ship program cost?

A: Program Fees
September 2008 & January 2009 voyages

Undergraduate     21395 USD
Postgraduate        22900 USD

The value of a quality education is not easily measurable. However, The Scholar Ship has arguably developed the most innovative program in the context of international and intercultural education. The program’s practical and relevant learning outcomes underscore its value to students who seek genuine international experience to enhance their ability to operate successfully across cultural, political and linguistic boundaries.

Participating in an intercultural academic program while traveling the world aboard a passenger ship is an extraordinary opportunity. Our oceangoing campus serves as the backdrop for continuous transcultural encounters that would be virtually impossible to replicate elsewhere.

Program Fees include all of the following:

  • Semester-long voyage aboard The Scholar Ship
  • All instruction and academic credit equivalent to one semester of coursework in either the undergraduate or postgraduate program
  • Participation in three required academic field programs during port calls
  • Accommodation in a standard two-person inside cabin with bathroom (Depending upon availability, cabin upgrades may be available at additional cost.)
  • Three meals per day when at sea or in port
  • Accommodations, transportation and most meals for the three required academic field programs
  • Standard medical insurance


Additional costs that are not included in the Program Fees include books, supplies and incidentals (such as laundry, sundries and snacks), optional shore excursions and independent travel at various ports of call, which may average between 2500 USD and 5000 USD, plus the following transportation and administrative costs:

  • Travel to and from the ports of embarkation and debarkation
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Required damage deposit of 175 USD (return of which is subject to deductions for damage)
  • A 50 USD non-refundable application fee

 
Note: The above additional costs are provided to represent possible expenses that a student may incur and are not intended to be comprehensive.

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Q: I have never traveled aboard a passenger ship before. Is it safe?

A: The Scholar Ship is a fully certified oceangoing vessel that meets or exceeds all international maritime safety regulations. The ship is equipped with modern safety, navigation and propulsion equipment, and enough lifeboats to accommodate 100 percent of the maximum number of passengers permitted onboard. Students and staff can be assured their well-being is our highest priority.

The Scholar Ship vessel, the MV Oceanic II, and all operators, vendors and concessionaires used by The Scholar Ship comply with all safety and security standards established by the International Maritime Organization. She is operated under the supervision of The Lloyds Register of Shipping, whose visits include an annual inspection of the vessel to certify it is maintained and operated in accordance with all international regulations, including SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). Operated under the guidelines of the U.S. Public Health and American College of Emergency Physicians, she has continuously recorded exceptional scores for the public health inspections during visits to the United States.

The Scholar Ship also subscribes to the guidelines contained in "Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety," developed by the Interassociational Advisory Committee on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad. All program participants receive instruction on how to respond to emergency situations that might occur during the voyage. Emergency drills, including lifeboat drills take place on a regularly scheduled basis and everyone onboard is required to participate in each drill. Final safety and security assessments are conducted just prior to arrival in a port of call, with all relevant issues and recommendations set forth to the student and staff body during a program-wide presentation.

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Q: What is the official language of instruction aboard The Scholar Ship?

A: English is the official language aboard The Scholar Ship. While subject outlines and academic guides follow the conventions of American English, both American and British English conventions are acknowledged and accepted.

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Q: Will the credits I earn for successful study aboard The Scholar Ship be accepted by my university?

A: On behalf of our Consortium of Academic Stewards, Macquarie University located in Sydney, Australia, has been designated to award academic credit for successful completion of study aboard The Scholar Ship. In addition to credit for a semester successfully completed, undergraduates receive a Certificate in Intercultural Leadership issued by The Scholar Ship upon successful completion of certificate requirements.

Macquarie University has a long and successful history of hosting students from around the world. Coursework delivered by Macquarie University is recognized by universities throughout the world, thus facilitating the transfer of credits to students’ home universities. Students are strongly encouraged to consult appropriate university administrators at their universities to confirm that these credits may be counted towards their degrees. The Scholar Ship staff is always available for consultation and to provide additional information to students’ counselors and advisors.


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