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Spotlight on the United Kingdom

A guide to custom programs in the United Kingdom

One of the world’s first superpowers, the United Kingdom’s breadth of influence on society is as broad as the British Empire. From the days of Chaucer to the modern era, and through the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century and the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the British have been the force behind advances in economics, medicine, science, and the humanities that have benefited the world at large. Focus in on a distinct fragment of this  empire, or explore the islands of a United Kingdom.

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    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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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

In the United Kingdom, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


London is home to a large number of international banks as well as investment companies, pension funds, insurance companies, and a major stock exchange. Learn how the city’s financial landscape has changed since the global financial crisis in 2008, the impact of the regulatory environment, and how the rapid growth of emerging economies in Asia may influence London’s position as a financial center.

Literature and Theatre

For centuries, Britain has been the incubator for the most important literature in the English language, from the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, to its reigning commercial queen, J.K. Rowling. Choose an author to study in depth, or use a genre as the framework for your travel program. The options are nearly endless, from the obvious (Shakespeare, anyone?) to the obscure.


The United Kingdom is home to two of the top-grossing film series of all time – Harry Potter and James Bond – as well as recent TV hits like Downton Abbey. Explore the direct and multiplier effects of the film and television industry on the UK’s economy, from its contribution to job creation to tax incentives and tourism.

Food and Beverage

Scotland boasts a thriving export market for food and drink. From farmers and distillers to researchers and educators, public agencies collaborate with many channels to maximize one of the country’s most important industries. Discuss how these regional products make their way to the global market.

Tudor England

Considered by many to be the golden age of British history, the long reign of the Tudor dynasty shaped much of the England and Wales we know today. The well-preserved history of the monarchs and the Reformation is available from a variety of sources and perspectives, including the life of the common man in Tudor (and especially Elizabethan) times.


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United Kingdom Now

Today, the United Kingdom’s education system produces and attracts world-class academics, its cities are filled with major industry, and its pipeline of talent remains full. Though the UK declined as a world power as its empire shrank, its influence—especially within Europe and its former territories—remains great. As one of the command centers of global finance, London’s influential role is felt well beyond Europe’s borders.

It’s exit from the European Union is an issue of great importance to the world economy and the politics of Europe. The terms of this pivotal move may have latest ramifications on the UK’s role in the world, and will be closely watched by financial markets, political observers, and especially like-minded Europeans from countries who are still part of the EU.

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