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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 FisherJennifer 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 the UAE, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


In this oil rich nation, it may be surprising to learn that sustainability has gained momentum as a priority for the government. Dubai has pioneered renewable energy benchmarks in the region with a view to a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Discuss how a global emphasis on renewable energy is addressed in the Middle East.


UAE is a leader in the latest high-tech IT applications and its IT sector will see a massive boom in the upcoming few years. Learn how this growth will impact education, employment, infrastructure, and global security.


Dubai has risen to become an international tourism destination. Earlier this year, Dubai launched ‘Vision 2020’, which aims to triple the annual contribution made by tourism to the city’s economy. Consider the rise of tourism to Arab countries and how it has become an attractive destination for citizens of western and Asian cultures.


Destination Overview

United Arab Emirates

An incredibly high percentage of expatriates provide the workforce that supports the United Arab Emirates booming economy. Many of those expats also bring incredible wealth, contributing to unprecedented growth that shows few signs of slowing down. Investments in the country’s infrastructure and economic advances in global market IT, energy, and telecommunications businesses are in the billions. Tourism to the UAE is also steadily growing, and the country continues to pursue ambitious plans to bring world-class museums, resorts, and lodging to support the flow of foreign visitors.

The UAE — Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular—persists in gaining more and more influence on the global economy, and this region of the world is ripe for investment opportunities from many angles. Still, religious and political complications, including human rights issues, sometimes capture the world’s attention instead. As a young country seeking to manage a unique position in the world, the United Arab Emirates will be a continued focus of international observation for many, many years to come.