Welcome Aboard

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

More than 2000 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; developing as individuals, excelling as leaders, forging lifelong friendships, and exploring the world.

If you would like to learn more about how to become 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 programs and admissions process.

Our alumni and families are keen to talk about their Class Afloat story and we will gladly put you in touch with an alumni or alumni family member in your area who can share their experience.

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year!

2021-2022 Tuition Fees

2021-2022Canadian StudentsInternational Students
Single Semester$39,000 CAD$42,500 CAD
Full Year$55,000 CAD$59,500 CAD

Application Guidelines

To apply to Class Afloat – West Island College International, please
follow the link to our online application. Students will be asked to submit:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($200 CAD)
  • Two personal reference forms
  • Medical form, including blood type – completed and returned to Class Afloat by a physician
  • Certified lifeguard’s attestation that the candidate can swim 200 meters followed by 20 minutes of treading water
  • 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 their Class Afloat experience and how he/she will contribute to the school community

  • Once the online application process is complete, an admissions representative will contact the applicant for a phone or Skype interview.
  • The interview lasts 20 -30 minutes and is designed to determine the applicant’s suitability for the Class Afloat program.
  • 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 offered admissions acceptance and invited to join.

  • 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).

  • After Class Afloat receives the signed contract and deposit, the student will receive our Parent and Student Handbook. Students must complete and return the required pre-voyage forms included in the Handbook and provide additional required documentation. Class Afloat will also provide information about how to obtain textbooks, uniforms, and insurance.
  • Class Afloat is in regular contact with our students and their families to provide advice and assistance to prepare for a year on Class Afloat.

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

Class Afloat Foundation Scholarships

Successful Class Afloat applicants may apply to the Class Afloat Foundation for a financial need scholarship.

Established in 2012, the Class Afloat 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 registered charitable organization in Canada and the US, dedicated to supporting young people who want to make a difference on our planet.

The Foundation awards scholarships to students with a demonstrated financial need. In assessing scholarship applications, the Foundation evaluates 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 raise funds to support applicants who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance to participate in Class Afloat.

To Apply
Please visit the Class Afloat Foundation website for more information on how to apply for a Class Afloat Foundation Scholarship.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2021
The Class Afloat Foundation will announce the award recipients by March 1st, 2020.

Young Sailor Scholarships

Class Afloat offers a limited number of ‘Young Sailor Scholarships’ to support students 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 sailing and academic life.

The amount of Young Sailor Scholarship wards will vary but as a guide, YSS awards normally fund no more than 25% 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, yacht club, coach or captain
  • A letter of intent, outlining that they: have demonstrated leadership in their school, sailing club and community; are willing and capable to participate fully onboard the vessel and in the classroom; 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: admissions@classafloat.com

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Scholarship Announcement: June 15th, 2021

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.

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.

International Representatives Class Afloat welcomes application inquiries from students from around the world, we are pleased to work with the following international representatives.

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Brazil

Global Mission Intercâmbios

Website: www.globalmission.com.br
Email: globalmission@globalmission.com.br

Tel: +55 61 3248 3422
WhatsApp: +55 61 98477-2222

Address:
Brasília Shopping
Torre Norte, Sala 1227

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China

Canada View Consulting Ltd.

Website: caandcn.com
Email: chunli.deng@gmail.com

Tel: +1 416-578-3227

Colombia

Columbia and Equador

Study Union (SU) International

Website: www.su.co
Email: medellin@su.co

Tel: +57 4 266 90 27
Mobile: +57 311 7645993

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Germany

international EXPERIENCE e.V.

Website: www.international-experience.net
Email: a.bauer@international-experience.net

Tel: +49 (0)2246 915 49 16

Address:
Amselweg 20
53797 Lohmar
Germany

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Germany

Great Places – The Global Way

Website: www.greatplaces.de
Email: info@greatplaces.de

Tel: +0251-1621309
Fax: +0251-1621310

Address:
Heerdestrasse 11
48149 Muenster
Deutschland

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong Overseas Studies Centre 

Website: www.hkosc.com.hk

Tel: +(852) 27385923
Fax: +(852) 27302808

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Hong Kong

Maxway Education

Website: www.maxwayfair.net

Tel: +(852) 2110-3342
Fax: +(852) 3011-5284

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Japan

Endeavour Tours & Homestay Services

Website: www.endeavour-atlantic.com

Tel: (902) 830-3645 (Nova Scotia)
Fax: +81-75-394-7670 (Japan)

Address:
440 Astral Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Canada

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Mexico

Ad Astra International Inc.

Website: www.adastra.ca
Email: info@adastra.ca

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.

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Norway

Class Abroad AS

Website: www.classabroad.org
Email: info@classabroad.org

Tel: +47 952 96 030

Spain

Spain

The Lemon Tree Education (Madrid)

Website: www.TLTeducation.com
Email: cristina@TLTeducation.com

Tel: +34 910 399 181 | +34 686 897 178

Asesoramiento personalizado en educación internacional.

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Spain

Travel & Tuition (Barcelona)

Website: www.traveltuition.com
Email: team@traveltuition.com

Tel: +34 934511072

Address:
Rosselló, 194 pral. 2a
08008 Barcelona
Spain