Monday, October 08, 2007

Attending school on the high seas

Who said a classroom had to be on land?

The Scholar Ship is a "recognized academic program aboard a transformed passenger ship hosting students on semester-long voyages around the world."

Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has been "designated to award academic credit and issue academic transcripts to students who successfully complete The Scholar Ship program."

Other charter members are:
Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Fudan University, China
Macquarie University, Australia
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
University of California, Berkeley, USA
University of Ghana, Ghana

The program is built around 4 key elements:

  1. an onboard classroom learning environment;
  2. a multicultural residential and social community;
  3. an experiential-oriented port program; and
  4. a strategic research initiative.
Specifications of the ship:
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • Length Overall: 201 meters (660 feet)
  • Breadth (beam): 26.57 meters (87.17 feet)
  • Draft: 8.56 meters (28.08 feet)
  • Gross Tonnage: 28,891
  • Cabins: 389
  • Passenger Capacity: 778
  • Crew Capacity: 417
  • Academic staff library
  • Academic support center
  • Convenience store
  • Dining rooms & cafés
  • Fitness centers (2)
  • Laundry Service
  • Learning resource center
  • Lecture rooms
  • Medical clinic
  • Recreation and activity rooms
  • Religious observance spaces
  • Sports deck
  • Staff lounge
  • Student pavilion
  • Swimming pools (2 outdoor, 1 indoor)
  • Theatre
  • Wireless network throughout ship, including in cabins
Further Links:
Academic Program Onboard
Programs in Port
Research Institute
English Program

What an exciting way to study, see the world and make lasting friendships!

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