WorldStrides Announces New University Partner for Academic Credit - WorldStrides

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  – March 31, 2016 — WorldStrides, the nation’s largest and most trusted educational travel provider, is proud to announce a partnership with the University of California, San Diego Extension, which will allow students to earn college credit after participating in one of WorldStrides’ travel programs. This relationship is part of WorldStrides’ tremendous commitment to education.

Students combine field work during their travel program and online coursework after they return home. There are a wide variety of courses available linked to the destination visited and the number of credits desired. All courses are administered by WorldStrides’ team of credentialed instructors, led by Dr. Wendy Amato. UC San Diego Extension directly issues the credit.

Students who earn credit in this way distinguish themselves as academic achievers, savvy online learners, and committed global citizens. The credit is a highlight on their academic record and can be submitted in the Common Application in the “Colleges & Universities” section.

“The research is clear that travel helps ensure deep and long-lasting learning, and we are proud that students can enhance their portfolios by achieving global perspective,” Dr. Amato said. “UC San Diego has demonstrated an admirable commitment to extending learning to students of all types through their online courses. We are extremely proud to have them as a partner.”

“WorldStrides’ courses for traveling students match our high standards for academic advancement. UC San Diego Extension’s mission is to serve lifelong knowledge and skill development needs, and we believe developing a deeper appreciation of the world around you is a critical need,” said Dr. Ed Abeyta, assistant dean of community outreach and the director of pre-collegiate programs for UC San Diego Extension.

The WorldStrides programs are available to high school and undergraduate students who travel on an educational program with the organization.

About WorldStrides
WorldStrides, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is the largest educational student travel company in the United States. The company was founded in 1967 to provide middle school travel programs to Washington, D.C., and has grown to provide educational programs for more than 400,000 students annually from more than 5,000 K12 schools and universities to over 100 countries around the world. It was the first company of its kind to achieve academic accreditation from regional bodies around the U.S. For more information on WorldStrides, visit

About UC San Diego Extension
As the continuing education and public programs arm of the university, UC San Diego Extension educates approximately 62,000 enrollees a year, which translates to about 25,000 students in nearly 4,500 courses. UC San Diego Extension is recognized nationally and internationally for linking the public to expert professionals and the knowledge resources of the University of California. For more information about UC San Diego Extension, visit

Media contact:
Julia Given, WorldStrides Vice President of Marketing

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