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The following is a list of common words and phrases used throughout this website.

Advanced Placement Courses (AP) is a course  of study developed and administered by The College Board. Successful completion of AP examinations may translate into course exemptions for study at the university level. Further, successful results may be used as a basis for university entrance around the world.

Aft Deck is the deck at the rear of the ship on which you will find the helm and charthouse (which houses all the navigational equipment).

Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country where the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, Apostille Convention, is in force. Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties to the Convention.

Banjer is the multi-purpose room that acts as the sleeping, eating and study quarters for students. Hammock tip for students: lying in your hammock at an angle will ensure you are lying flat, just like on a regular bed.

Boarding School is a secondary level school which provides accommodation and meals for the student during term time. Boarding schools are also known as University or College Preparatory Schools.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Companionway is the stairs from the deck, leading to the cabin below (i.e. the banjer companionway).

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Currently, 38 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Visitors may stay for 90 days in the United States which also includes the time spent in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the islands in the Caribbean if the arrival was through the United States.

Field Studies are the school’s organized activities in port. They include academic field trups, cultural exchange, school visits, guest lectures, the learning optimization programme and lab visits.

Forecastle, pronounced ‘focsle’, is the forward deck on the ship and where the heads and showers are located.

Galley is the kitchen of the ship.

Heads are the toilets on the ship.

International School is a school that promotes international education and offers an international environment.

Main Deck is the central deck on the ship.

Notarize is to have (the signature on a document) attested to by a notary.

Notary is a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions. Most documents can be notarized by a local court house.

Shore Leave is time off for the students in port. It’s a time to explore and to experience in groups at least four.  

Tall Ship is a large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessel. Popular modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs, barques and fully-rigged ships which are a sailing vessel with three or more masts, all of them square-rigged

Tenders are the small boats that act as shuttles when the ship is unable to dock and instead at anchor.