Customize Your Program
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. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., 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.
Meet our VP of Program Development
Jennifer Fisher 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. Jen 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.
Topics to Explore
In Italy, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:
Step into the Italy of the gladiator, when the city of Rome achieved its early grandeur. The Roman Republic and its successor, the Roman Empire, are among the first great societies. Their history offers a fascinating look at topics that cross many disciplines: early statesmanship, Latin literature, early construction, war and crisis (“Et tu, Brute?”), and more. (Many groups also choose to visit Greece to explore this time period.)
The Italian tradition of dressing to impress, or “la bella figura” is an important part of its history, its culture, and its economy today. Milan, the center of Italian design, is a top fashion capital, and the brands headquartered there—including Versace, Prada, and Armani—are nothing short of legendary. Explore these major fashion houses, the city’s prestigious shopping districts, and the up-and-coming designers who’ve been inspired by the Italian aesthetic.
Wine & Cuisine
Eat and drink your way through Italy? How could you resist! For a serious student of food and wine, Italy is a mecca. Explore the cuisines and vintages unique to regions such as the Amalfi coast, Tuscany, and Puglia with classes, visits to local farms and wineries, and of course, lots of tasting.
Renaissance and Baroque Art
The two centuries of the Italian Renaissance left the world with a catalog of art that boggles the mind. See the genius of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rafael, Caravaggio, and Bernini (and so many others) on display in its many forms, and explore the cultural and scientific revolution that accompanied it.
Modern Italy is both a well-preserved monument to its historical legacies and an experience in living well. Ancient traditions combine with a spiritual pride expressed in the art, industry, and food that epitomize what we have come to know as La Bella Vita. (After all, even the most well-known parts of Italy’s economy are uniquely Italian—fashion, wine, and powerful cars!) There are challenges to study as well, including a pressing immigration problem and a continuing struggle with unemployment. And somehow, every topic is more wonderful after a leisurely afternoon espresso.