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WorldStrides and Oxbridge Academic Programs Join Forces

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  — WorldStrides, the largest and most trusted educational student travel provider in the United States, has acquired Oxbridge Academic Programs of New York, New York. Oxbridge is the global leader in providing academically intensive university-based programs for 8th through 12th graders.

Oxbridge programs are offered in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the United States, and are held at some of the top universities in the world including Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, L’Académie de Paris, La Academia de Barcelona, and La Academia de España/Salamanca. Beginning in 2015, Oxbridge will add programs at St. Andrews University in Scotland and at the University of California, Los Angeles. The programs offered by Oxbridge complement WorldStrides’ existing educational student travel programs, which are designed for students of all ages.

Together, Oxbridge and WorldStrides combine to offer students more than 75 years of educational student travel experience. The addition of Oxbridge to the WorldStrides family further enhances the range of extraordinary experiences that the company makes available to students not only in the U.S., but also around the globe—bringing the youth of the world closer together.

Over the past 30 years, Oxbridge has welcomed tens of thousands of students from more than 90 countries to its programs. Oxbridge distinguishes itself through the strength of its teachers, many of whom are Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars. Oxbridge programs are academically rigorous, and students choose Oxbridge because of the company’s dedication to imaginative teaching, experiential learning, and cultural enrichment, combined with the excitement of living in some of the most historic and fascinating cities in the world.

“We could not be more pleased to welcome Oxbridge Academic Programs to the WorldStrides family,” said Jim Hall, President and CEO of WorldStrides. “The union of these two outstanding organizations will enhance the experience of current and future student travelers and offer an even broader range of educational travel opportunities to students throughout the world.”

Professor James Basker, Ph.D., President and Founder of Oxbridge Academic Programs, added, “Our companies share a common mission of providing life-enriching academic travel opportunities to students from around the world, and our new partnership will give us the opportunity to make an even greater impact on our students.”

WorldStrides, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. The organization has offices in 22 locations around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, and Chile.

About WorldStrides

WorldStrides, founded by a middle school teacher in 1967, is the largest educational student travel organization in the United States and is accredited as a school by the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. WorldStrides specializes in providing educational travel opportunities to approximately 350,000 students annually. More than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools, and more than 200 universities choose WorldStrides to provide inspiring lessons beyond the classroom. For more information on WorldStrides, visit www.worldstrides.com 

Media contact:

Julia Given, Vice President of Marketing

434-951-5998

juliag@worldstrides.org