University and business school education cannot be done exclusively at a distance. It requires hands-on exploration. Our travel delivers it - through meetings with industry executives, firsthand experience with cultures and companies, and direct encounters of the practice behind the theory.
Our programs have spanned more than 100 countries on 6 continents, and we're always opening new markets for adventurous groups who want to experience new parts of the world. We believe this kind of global reach makes our capabilities as agile as your imagination!
Each of our university engagements is unique, which means we're accustomed to custom! We fit every aspect of your travel agenda to your specific curriculum, your university regulations, and your budget. And of course, we design every program to complement the sensibilities of your travelers - from undergraduate up to executive education.
You name it, we've thought of it. In addition to program development and day-to-day logistics, we routinely shoulder the responsibilities of visa processing, registration, hedging currency, and so much more.
Our goal is to function as a seamless extension of your university staff. That means you get the behind-the-scenes power of our sizeable WorldStrides team, and the convenience of working with a single person - your own dedicated account manager.
Proactivity and agility are hallmarks of our service. Our crisis team has decades of experience meeting challenges of all scopes, from lost passports to complex, unplanned emergencies. Our priority on preparedness is designed to ensure your group gets an optimum experience - on every program!
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Designing Your Custom Program
We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.
A Personal Partner
Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.
Tom Kennally leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Tom brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.
To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.
Arts and Sciences Programs
Smithsonian University Travel Programs
Medical, Law, and Other Professional Programs
Our special programs, created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, tap into the global network of this American treasure.
WorldStrides is the official partner of the initiative to expand and diversify the number of Americans studying in China.
WorldStrides' partnership with this integrated risk management provider enhances our internal safety and security operations.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.
WorldStrides is a founding corporate member of the organization to advance executive education worldwide.
Our partnership with Student Universe makes global experiences possible with exclusive discounts on airfare for students and faculty.
The Global Academic Team collaborates with companies, NGOs, schools, government, and other contacts to arrange interactive and immersive meetings that augment your curriculum while traveling. Our contacts in each community tell us the visits from students offer a unique opportunity to interface directly with talented future leaders. Our faculty leaders and students call these experiences the highlight of their travel programs.
This global team is 12 experts strong. Meet just a few of our Global Curriculum Coordinators.
Lisel Bruscia leads WorldStrides’ team of global curriculum coordinators. A veteran of WorldStrides, she has held a variety of roles in the global organization, creating partnerships with leading U.S. schools and working with students from the United States, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wake Forest University.
Craig Cuddeback brings decades of experience as an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial consultant to his role at WorldStrides. He left a VP role in a Times Mirror Company to start his first company, which he grew to four businesses. Since exiting, Craig consults for early stage companies from his home base in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his BA from Ottawa University.
Matt Jordan lives and works in Brazil where he is also a commercial realtor, English teacher for executives, and business professor. Matt holds degrees from Santa Clara University and Thunderbird’s Graduate School of International Management, as well as an English Teaching Certificate from Cambridge University with a specialization in Business English. Matt speaks Portuguese as well as conversational Spanish and French.
Rebecca Judis is a veteran of the Global Academic Team who relies on her extensive professional experience consulting for government, SME, and Fortune 500 organizations from around the globe. Previously, Rebecca served as Vice President of the World Congress on Information Technology, where she was responsible for international business development. Rebecca has a BA in International Studies from Austin College and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird.
Valen Li coordinates global curriculum opportunities from WorldStrides’ Asia headquarters in Shanghai. She brings extensive experience in manufacturing in Asia from her 12 years in the textile industry. A native of China, Valen spent three years in the United States where she tutored in Mandarin. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin, and has traveled throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. She holds a degree in textile engineering from Nantong University in China.
Safe and Secure
Highest Standards in Preparedness, Most Agile In Response
At the university level, risk management is serious business. And with nearly 50 years of experience in educational travel, WorldStrides’ exceptional safety record makes it clear that “safety and security” is more than just a maxim to us. Our policies are a reflection of our dedication to detailed planning and our 24/7 flexibility to respond to the unexpected.
Our philosophy starts with a real understanding of political, religious, and cultural issues in countries around the world. We partner with leading risk organizations, government agencies, and on-the-ground partners to gather insights that traditional travel companies don’t have. Our management team undergoes extensive training and scenario analysis to prepare for when crises do happen, and when they are sleeping, our highly-trained WorldStrides 24/7 Tour Central team is awake and working. And that’s really just the start.
Here’s an example. In January 2014, protesters shutdown the streets of Bangkok with an organized political action. Watch to learn about how WorldStrides handled this unexpected political crisis with diligent pre-departure planning and agile response, in partnership with four schools traveling to Thailand during this time.
To learn more about our policies, procedures, and our record of excellence, contact our Capstone team.