Credit Options and Eligibility

 

Free High School Credit through WorldStrides Discovery for Credit

  • Course Options:  Online courses are paired with corresponding travel programs to reflect themes and destinations. You’ll choose courses from your custom menu.
  • Eligibility:  Most of our programs offer this type of academic credit. Students in grades 6-12 at the time of travel on a WorldStrides program are eligible to earn high school credit.
  • Cost:  Discovery for Credit course participation is free—that means you pay nothing!

Three Free College Credits for Perspectives Programs Abroad

  • Course Options:  Students have multiple options for completing coursework online. College course options differ in theme and destination based on the travel program.
  • Eligibility:  Students in grades 9-12 at the time of travel on an international WorldStrides Perspectives program are eligible to participate. Undergraduate college students traveling on a WorldStrides Higher Education Custom program may also be eligible for some online college courses. To find out if this applies to your trip, please confirm with your WorldStrides representative.
  • Cost:  On international trips through our Perspectives programs, 3 college credit hours are included at no additional cost.  Transcripts for these college credits are issued through the University of California – San Diego.
How credit works for students

For grades 6-12

  • Getting started is easy! Register for Discovery for Credit online through your Academic Credit Portal. You can register before, during, or even after you travel.
  • Select the course(s) of most interest to you.
  • After you travel, you’ll work at your own pace to complete all online coursework. Our instructors will provide feedback on your work as you go. You’ll engage in activities that offer options for video responses, opportunities to use photos from your experience, and that invite you to participate in discussions with your peers.
  • You have up to six months to complete the coursework after you return from your travel program.

For Higher Education Customer Undergraduates

If college credit is available on your travel program, you can select to participate in either the one- or three-credit course during your online registration process.

Coursework is completed while traveling and after the travel program. All courses are taught by the credentialed instructors on our Curriculum & Academics team. You have up to six months from your travel return date to finish the online course.

Receiving Transcripts for your Credit

Once you’ve completed both the travel program and the online portion successfully, you’ll receive an official transcript.  High school credit is issued through WorldStrides (as an accredited school). College transcripts are issued through our university partner, University of California – San Diego.

Your official transcript will be sent directly to your home address and you can choose how you’ll use it.

  • Your transcript may be submitted alongside your traditional high school transcript as a form of distinction in your academic profile during the college/university application processes.
  • You may present your transcript to your school registrar for consideration toward inclusion on your high school or college transcript. Acceptance is always determined at the discretion of the receiving institution. Contact the WorldStrides Curriculum & Academics Team for supporting documentation via discovery@worldstrides.org.
Teachers! Give yourself some credit too!

Teachers who travel with WorldStrides either as a group leader or a chaperone are eligible to earn free professional development hours, points, or units.  In most cases, you’ll earn a professional development certificate for up to 35 points/hours or 3.5 CEUs, based on the length of your travel program.  Our Curriculum and Academics Team helps identify opportunities to meet your state’s requirements and to develop your portfolio program.

Our Curriculum and Academics Team, in conjunction with multiple regional accreditation partners and our university partnership, University of California – San Diego, offers teachers the opportunity to earn graduate credit. For a special educators’ discount, traveling teachers are invited to participate in our online graduate credit course. This course is available each year.

Contact the Curriculum and Academics team via discovery@worldstrides.org to learn more.