Read about Nikhil Bansal’s “most awaited trip of his life” on his blog about his travels on the World Odyssey along with 750 other students during autumn 2015.
The Semester at Sea mission, vision, strategy, and core values are rooted in student success and global comparative education. They take pride in their participants’ achievements, spanning back to their first voyage in 1963. The Semester at Sea mission is to educate students with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world. With the world as their classroom, the unique shipboard program integrates multiple-country study, interdisciplinary coursework, and hands-on field experiences for meaningful engagement in the global community.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.