As a Canadian private high school and gap year provider since 1984, Class Afloat is widely considered one of the world’s premier experiential education programs, offering students from between the ages of 16-19 the opportunity to spend a semester or year abroad on board a magnificent tall ship.
The Class Afloat crew is truly international, representing over 12 nationalities from around the world. Class Afloat Students earn Canadian high school or university credits as they sail to 22 ports on 4 continents, exploring new cultures and learning what it takes to become a true citizen of the world.
In addition to their academic course work, students participate in voluntary service projects with a focus on cultural immersion and cross-cultural exploration. Students also become full crew members and participate in every aspect of sailing a tall ship.
“I feel unbelievably lucky that I was able to be part of such a shared experience. Nothing has ever come close to the feelings I think we all experienced together in that shared time.” – Class Afloat Alumni
The specialized learning environment aboard the ship and in diverse ports of call offers an unparalleled academic experience and the opportunity for personal growth and life-changing cultural exploration.
Accredited by the Nova Scotian Ministry of Education and in partnership with Acadia University, Class Afloat offers American students an elite academic curriculum for their junior or senior year of high school, or 1st year of college. All credits may be used towards an American high school diploma and are eligible towards entrance at international colleges and universities.
“Maybe be the most Seminal experience of my life. Class Afloat was the point at which there is now a ‘before’ and ‘After’. Inspired me toward a career with the UN. Grateful to my fellow floaties!” – Class Afloat Alumni
Are you ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime with Class Afloat? Apply now for the 2019-2020 school year.
Program Location(s): Students embark from Amsterdam, traveling around Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, and North America