Floating Campus With 500 Students Arrives in Mombasa

  • MV World Odyssey arriving at the Port of Mombasa on November 27, 2022
    MV World Odyssey arriving at the Port of Mombasa on November 27, 2022
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  • A vessel christened 'floating campus' carrying 500 students docked at the Port of Mombasa on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

    Cruise Liner World Odyssey docked at the Kenyan port on its maiden voyage to the country.

    The vessel is among six ships known as Semester at Sea operates the World’s floating campus where students take their studies aboard a ship.

    A classroom inside MV World Odyssey
    A classroom inside MV World Odyssey
    Semester at Sea

    MV World Odyssey had 800 passengers of which 500 are students drawn from various parts of the world.

    The students will be learning about Kenya’s history as part of their semester studies.

    The ship will dock at Mombasa Port for five days and apart from learning, the students will visit tourist sites like Fort Jesus, Haller Park and Tsavo National Park.

    MV World Odyssey built in a way such that it resembles a normal college together will all the needed infrastructure and amenities.

    “The ship has a similar feel to a college or university with the architecture and design, and meets all SAS requirements including safety, program features, and efficiencies,” a statement from the campus statement reads.

    Just like a normal college, the ship has reception and administrative offices.

    “Our reception desk area is welcoming with around-the-clock crew presence as well as the Semester at Sea field program and administrative staff,” the campus states.

    The students have 9 available classrooms which are fitted with state-of-the-art technology to offer a conducive learning environment.

    Other amenities on the ship include fitness centre, a swimming pool, outdoor dining and wellness centre.

    A fitness centre inside MV World Odyssey
    A fitness centre inside MV World Odyssey
    Semester at Sea

    The minimum amount of time a student can stay on the shipboard campus is 100 days and offers between 20 to 25 fields of study at any particular point in time.

    “Students can earn 12-15 academic credits from Colorado State University during the voyage,” the school states.

    Semester at Sea admits students in the following categories; undergraduate, recent college graduate, gap year and lifelong learner.

    Students and staff having a good time at MV World Odyssey
    Students and staff having a good time at MV World Odyssey
    Semester at Sea