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Join us for one of the most unique education
experiences in the world.

More than 1700 Class Afloat students from around the world have had the unique and life-changing experience of completing academic courses while sailing a majestic tall ship - all while developing as individuals, excelling as leaders, forging lifelong friendships, and exploring the world.

If you would like to learn more about becoming one of these Class Afloat students, please review the admissions information contained in this section or contact us at any time. We would be happy to answer your questions about our programmes and admissions process, or put you in touch with an alumni or alumni family member in your area who can share their experiences.

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year!

Email Admissions at with your questions.

Download our brochure here.

To Apply

1 Submit the application package | read more

To apply to Class Afloat - West Island College International, please submit the following to the Class Afloat office:

  • Completed application package
    Download the Application Package here
  • Application fee ($200 CAD) to be submitted with application form
  • Two personal reference forms (in the Application Package)
  • Medical form, including blood type - completed and returned to Class Afloat by a physician (in the Application Package)
  • Certified lifeguard’s attestation that the candidate can swim 200 meters followed by 20 minutes of treading water
    Download the Official Swim Test Form here
  • Copy of all transcripts from grade 9 to present (including current term report card)
  • Applicant’s personal résumé
  • 300 word essay describing what the applicant expects to gain from the Class Afloat experience and how he/she will contribute to the school community
2 Interview Process | read more
  • Once we receive all of the above information, a staff member will contact the applicant for a phone interview.

  • The interview lasts 20 -30 minutes and is designed to determine the applicant’s suitability for the Class Afloat programme.

  • A second, follow-up interview may be arranged.

  • Those applicants who truly wish to join Class Afloat and whose values and behaviour will align with a group of responsible young people will be invited to join.

  • Qualified students are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

3 Acceptance and Contract | read more
  • Following a successful application and interview(s), Class Afloat will issue an acceptance letter and contract, as well as an Acknowledgement of Risk Statement, and International Travel Consent of Parent/Guardian Form

  • The contract and forms must be signed and returned to Class Afloat within three weeks, along with the registration deposit (as outlined in the contract).

4 Student Preparation | read more
  • After Class Afloat receives the signed contract and deposit, the student will receive the Parent and Student Handbook. Students must complete and return the required pre-voyage forms included in the Handbook and provide the additional required documentation. Class Afloat will also provide information about how to obtain textbooks, uniforms, and insurance.

  • Class Afloat is in regular contact with the students and their families to provide preparation advice and assistance


Canadian Dollars

2018-2019* Canadian Students International Students
Single Semester $36,000 CAD $39,500 CAD
Full Year $52,000 CAD $57,500 CAD

Sample Exchange Rates (USD and Euro at 23.01.18)*

International Student
Full Year ($57,500 CAD) Semester ($39,500 CAD)
USD $46,200 $31,700
Euro 37.700 25.900


Please note that scholarships are available to prospective students applying for one semester or the entire academic school year.


Successful Class Afloat applicants may apply to the Class Afloat Foundation for scholarships. Established in 2012, the Class Afloat Foundation operates under the direction of a board comprised of former students, administrators and parents. The Foundation operates as an independent body maintaining an arms length relationship to the school in all matters relating to setting scholarship criteria, assessment of applicants and making awards. The Foundation is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting young people who want to make a difference on our planet.

Applicants for the Class Afloat Scholarship are assessed for their intellectual and personal achievement in terms of leadership, commitment to volunteer service, physical vigour and academic success. The number and amount of each scholarship award will be determined according to the success of the Foundation at meeting its annual fundraising targets. As a guide, scholarship awards may fund up to half the annual Class Afloat full year tuition fee.

The Foundation has made a commitment to raising funds for awards based on academic and personal distinction, but also for candidates that have a demonstrated need for financial aid to participate in Class Afloat 2019-20.

To Apply
Please visit the Class Afloat Foundation website for more information and to download the application form.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019
The Class Afloat Foundation will announce the award recipients by April 30th, 2019.

Tall Ships america scholarships

Tall Ships America offers two scholarships, the Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail Training Scholarships and the Ernestine Bennett Memorial Sail Training Scholarships.

Though the amounts of these scholarships are limited, applicants to Class Afloat are eligible for consideration.  Applications are assessed four times each year.

Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail Training Scholarship

Ernestine Bennett Memorial Sail Training Scholarship


Young Sailor Scholarship

Class Afloat offers a limited number of 'Young Sailor Scholarships' to assist students - endorsed by their sailing school, sail training program or yacht club - to participate in the extraordinary educational experience of attending high school while sailing a majestic tall ship. Class Afloat Young Sailor Scholarships may be awarded to young sailors who best demonstrate the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in his or her academic and sailing life.

The amount of Young Sailor Scholarship wards will vary but as a guide, YSS awards normally fund no more than one third of the tuition fee for a semester or full year.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must submit:

  • A reference letter from a sailing school or yacht club
  • A letter of intent, outlining that they:
  1. Have demonstrated leadership in their school, sailing club and community
  2. Are willing and capable to participate fully onboard the vessel and in the classroom
  3. Are willing to send voyage updates, testimonials, videos and photographs that can be published by Class Afloat, if required

Candidates may choose to send documents in conjunction with or following their application to Class Afloat.

Please submit documents to:

Application Deadline: June 3rd, 2019

Scholarship Announcement: June 30th, 2019

Other Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities may be available through private and/or charitable organizations in your community. This information can usually be obtained through your school's Guidance Department. Local Service Clubs are frequent contributors to foreign travel and foreign study programmes.

Visit Scholarship Canada - Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal.



As Class Afloat welcomes application inquiries from students from around the world, we are pleased to work with the following agents. 
Prospective agents and students may contact us at with any questions. 


Great Places - The Global Way
Tel: 0251 1621309
Fax: 0251 1621310
Address: Heerdestrasse 11, 48149 Muenster, Deutschland


The Lemon Tree Education (Madrid)
Tel: +34 910 399 181 | +34 686 897 178
Asesoramiento personalizado en educación internacional

Travel & Tuition (Barcelona)
Tel: +34 934511072
Address: Rosselló, 194 pral. 2a
08008 Barcelona - SPAIN


Ad Astra International Inc.
Tel: 1-800-700-2244, 5523 0161, 5687 5328, 5636 8009
"Por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros directamente o a través de su representante nacional"


ISIC Latvia
Tel: +371 67223000, Mobile: +371 26416020
Address: Tower Street 4, C1 Corps, 101. Cabinet , LV-1050, Riga 


Hong Kong Overseas Studies Centre
Tel: (852) 27385923
Fax: (852) 27302808

Maxway Education
Tel: (852) 2110-3342
Fax: (852) 3011-5284


Study Union (SU) International
Tel: +57 4 266 90 27, Mobile: +57 311 7645993