Class Afloat - West island college international

Bringing your classroom to the world

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Class Afloat offers rigorous and internationally acclaimed academic programmes for Grade 11, 12, University and Gap year students while they sail the world’s oceans aboard a majestic tall ship. Class Afloat has a long legacy of commitment to academic excellence, community service, leadership and personal development since first setting sail over 30 years ago.

In 1984, under the banner of International Youth Year, the United Nations invited schools and agencies worldwide to interpret the themes of "participation, development, and peace". In response to that call and with a commitment to those themes, Class Afloat- West Island College International was formed. Since 1984, over 1700 Class Afloat students have sailed more than 700,000 nautical miles to over 250 ports of call worldwide. 

Class Afloat alumni have gained admission to the world’s leading post-secondary institutions. Now between the ages of 17 and 47, they are engaged citizens whose sense of the possible has been enhanced and redefined by their Class Afloat experience. This exceptional programme provides young people with the opportunity to develop as individuals, excel as global citizens and forge lifelong friendships as they explore the world. It is unparalleled and the experience of a lifetime. 

Experiential Education

Class Afloat is experiential education at its best. Whether at sea or exploring a port of call, learning is always hands-on. Learn Art History in Europe or study Marine Biology while sailing the Mediterranean. Whatever your course of study, your experience will be unforgettable.


Classroom learning is enriched through port programmes and shipboard activities carefully designed to engage students and bring the curriculum to life.


  • Students explore historic sites, attend cultural events, visit scientific institutions and explore unique and awe-inspiring landscapes. These programs are organized by our fulltime Field Studies Coordinator in consultation with the teaching team.

  • The Class Afloat shipboard environment accelerates personal development. Students are challenged to step outside their comfort zone to find the reward that comes from embracing new and unfamiliar experiences.

  • As crew, students take the helm, hoist sails and feel the thrill of sailing a 500-ton vessel carving the ocean at 10 knots. Responsibility, accountability, independence and good judgment become second nature.


 

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Academics

Class Afloat provides a comprehensive and rigorous, accredited school curriculum. Students attend classes in our shipboard classroom.

  • Small classes (average class size: 12) ensure personalized attention to meet each student’s unique learning needs.

  • Our faculty are passionate about learning. They challenge students to excel academically and to make the most of their once in a lifetime experience.  

  • Students enroll for one semester (4 months) or full academic year (8.5 months)

  • ESL and English immersion classes offered

  • High School Curriculum for grades 11 & 12, fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

  • Students enrolled in a Grade 12 programme are prepared for a Nova Scotia Ministry of Education High School Diploma. 

  • Class Afloat is a Quebec Ministry of Education approved partner of Cégep Marie-Victorin.

  • University students earn credits through Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

High School Curriculum

High school courses are fully accredited by the Ministry of Education, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Nova Scotia High School Curriculum for grades 11 & 12.
  • Students enrolled in a Grade 12 programme are prepared for a Nova Scotia Ministry of Education High School Diploma. 
  • Class Afloat is a Quebec Ministry of Education approved partner of Cégep Marie-Victorin.

Please click here to read more about the courses we offer.

University Curriculum

University students are enrolled in Acadia University, one of Canada’s top-ranked undergraduate institutions.

  • University credits can be transferred to leading post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States and around the world.

Please click here to read more about the courses we offer.

Gap Year Curriculum

Gap Year

  • Gap year students may choose to enroll in high school or university courses.
  • Students are required to enroll in a minimum of two courses from the Class Afloat curriculum

Please click here to read more about the Gap year program.

Volunteer Service Learning

All Class Afloat students participate in two voluntary service-learning projects: the West Africa Initiative in Dakar, Senegal and Community Service in Bahia de Samana, Dominican Republic. Students stay with local families and are immersed in local cultural activities, volunteer initiatives, and community events, gaining valuable insights about themselves and life in less developed communities.

Accredited Excellence 

Class Afloat provides fully accredited high school and university courses. Our graduates have been admitted to leading colleges and universities around the world. Class Afloat is accredited by:

  • Nova Scotia Department of Education

  • Quebec Ministry of Education, approved partner of Cegep Marie Victorin

  • Class Afloat's university students are enrolled with Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.