The University of Virginia says it will end its academic sponsorship of the Semester at Sea Program by 2016. In 2012, a UVA student died in a boating accident during the shipboard study, and the university says UVA and The Semester At Sea Program have mutually agreed to end the sponsorship. UVA has provided an academic dean and registrar for the three annual voyages.
Two years ago, a student died during a visit to the island of Dominica in a recreational boat accident. UVA says that trip was organized independently of Semester at Sea. UVA has been an academic sponsor since 2006.