Spotlight on India

A guide to custom programs in India

Culturally, this is the land of Bollywood, of Mahatma Gandhi, and of Buddha – long associated with a rich tapestry of colors, spices, and music. Over the last 100 years, India has risen from wealthy colony to world power. It’s potential is so great that some economists even believe that India’s GDP could overtake that of the United States by 2045.

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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

JeDSC_7280nnifer 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


A talented populace and favorable labor costs have made India famous as the call center for the world. With this, comes notoriety as a cause of outsourcing for American workers. Visit with leaders in technology, finance, telecommunications, and retail who have helped create a multi-billion dollar industry in India. Explore the impact of this industry on Indian society and the global economy.


India is the birthplace of four major religions—Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. All are practiced today by millions of Indians, along with Islam, Christianity, and other more rare practices such as Zoroastrianism. Visit iconic sites of religious worship such as the famous Taj Mahal and explore how religious practice and belief is a part of modern Indian life and politics.

Politics (Gandhi and Modi)

India is the world’s largest democracy and has been home to a passionate political process for many decades. Consider the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in agitating for independence. Then, study the current state of India’s government—long derided for its enormous, indecisive political bureaucracy. Consider the impact of Prime Minister Narenda Modi, whose 2014 election inspired new energy around important initiatives.


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Students walk around the Taj Mahal, India
India Now

The Republic of India touts an impressive résumé of world rankings. India is home to the second-largest population in the world, and the largest democracy. It’s also home to the largest labor force, the fastest-growing telecommunications industry, and one of the world’s largest armies. In many ways, India continues to rise. Its democracy remains strong. A growing middle class and improved access to education have made a significant difference in everyday Indian life and in the country’s geopolitical standing. But poverty remains a central issue. Public health is a challenge in urban and rural areas. Infrastructure is neglected, and corruption is still a problem in government and business. In the eyes of the world, India is still burdened by what it does not have. Still, there is little doubt that India’s people are driven to push their country into the top tier of global nations.