Boatload of U.S. students to return here June 8

More than 600 students, faculty, and staff of Semester at Sea, the shipboard program for study abroad, will arrive in Puerto Limón June 8 and dock at 8 a.m. as part of their 26-day academic voyage through Central and South America. The “MV Explorer” is the state-of-the-art passenger ship that Semester at Sea has outfitted as a traveling university, said Semester at Sea.

While in Costa Rica, students will have the opportunity to participate in faculty-directed programs wherein they will be able to supplement their academic pursuits with relevant excursions, said the educational organization. These faculty-led programs offer students the opportunity to explore a class topic with their professors and extend learning beyond the classroom, it added.

Semester at Sea is a global study abroad program that traces its roots to 1963. Participants, who hail from more than 250 U.S. and international universities, circumnavigate the globe aboard the 24,300-ton campus of the MV Explorer, attend classes in a closely knit environment with an international faculty, complete fieldwork and travel while in port, and receive course credit from the University of Virginia, the academic sponsor, said the organization.

The spring voyage departed Puntarenas Monday and will travel to international destinations including Peru, Ecuador, Panamá and Belize before returning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 15.

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