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 Spain, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:
Explore the lives and works of Spain’s literary masters in the land that made them who they are. Walk in the footsteps of Cervantes, Miguel de Unamuno, Federico Garcia Lorca, and even Ernest Hemingway (not a native, but a one-time resident) as you see some of the sites featured in their famous works and consider the lives of characters like Don Quixote and his sweetheart Dulcinea.
Art and Architecture
From museums to concert halls and on the streets too, the art of Spain is deeply ingrained in its culture. Visit the works of the masters (Goya, Velasquez, and others) in the Prado, learn about the life and work of the immortal Picasso, and wander the incredible home, cathedral, and park designed by Antonin Gaudí in Barcelona. Consider lesser known wonders as well in Toledo, Salamanca, Bilbao, or in the southern regions where Islamic influences are strong.
Wine and Cuisine
Food and wine are central to the Spanish way of life. The uniquely Spanish style of small plate or “tapas” is well known across the ocean, but there is much more to experience and taste at a famously late dinner in Spain! Taste your way through the regions of Spanish cuisine, from the Basque Country pintxos bars to the Andalucian sherry. Study the techniques, the tools, the history, and the business of eating and drinking in Spain.
Golden of Age of Spain
The Spanish Golden Age was a remarkable period of art, literature, and expansion of Spanish culture that began around the time of reconquest from the Moors and Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World. Use its remarkable legacy for your framework as you explore the political and culture contributions of the Spanish Empire.
It has, at times, been a rocky road. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish Empire dominated broad regions of Europe and the New World, thriving under the rule of the Hapsburgs. When this power waned, Spain entered a darker period, mired in turmoil, civil war, and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. It wasn’t until Franco’s death in 1975 that Spain truly joined the modern international community. Recently, economic crisis has battered the Spanish economy, but it has emerged with a stronger outlook than many of its neighbors. Exports have been growing rapidly since the Eurozone crisis, and Spain’s automotive sector is booming. Unfortunately, unemployment remains a major concern, particularly among young people who have been leaving their homeland in disturbing numbers. Spain must address its residual issues from the crisis in order to enter another Golden Age.