Spotlight on the United States

Spotlight on the United States

A guide to custom programs in the United States

Whether you are an American group looking to explore domestically, or an international school with plans to visit the U.S., it is a nation of many offerings. From a cultural standpoint, this country presents a fascinating melting pot of ethnic origins, burnished over time into what we describe today as a uniquely independent and entrepreneurial spirit. Even though relatively young, the U.S. has produced an impressive roster of artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians to contribute to the world’s cultural treasure chest.

The diversity and strength of the American economy is well-known and well-studied around the world. As its most economically and technologically powerful country, the United States is both admired and widely criticized as a superpower. And justly so, as its foreign policy, retail trends, economic policy, advancements, and failures all have ripple effects around the world.


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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.

Ways to Explore

Groups commonly explore the vastness of the United States in a variety of ways:

Multi-City/Multi-Focus—Compare the spirit of San Francisco with the Hollywood style of business in California, or walk down the corridors of power in both New York and Washington, D.C. Our longer, multi-destination programs offer a fuller look at the American economy through visits to two or more cities of your choosing. Compare and contrast or simply soak in the many sites and meetings available in each destination. These programs are typical for universities based outside the United States.

Single Location Focus—Explore a single topic such as government policy in Washington, D.C., finance in New York City, entertainment in Los Angeles, or oil production in Houston. These single-destination focused programs are most common for U.S.-based universities and often include a mix of American and international students.



Adventure – Explore the Rocky Mountains or enjoy a long weekend in Florida on a trip especially designed for cohort bonding, either before your academic year begins or during a holiday break. This type of trip can also be a popular option for international students who might not be able to travel home during short breaks.


Destination Overview

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For international visitors, the United States’ vastness—speaking both geographically and economically—means a single trip can offer a wide variety of views on its resources and unique spirit. For students educated outside the U.S. especially, exploring just some of its most important cities—New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (to name just a few)—can reveal distinct cultural contributions and individually significant business communities. Texas with its vast oil industry, for example, offers a look at an important American export. A trip to New York’s Wall Street is a distinctly American way to explore the world of finance. Or consider Silicon Valley, the undisputed epicenter of the world’s dynamic tech culture. The United States offers up the incredible diversity of its cultures, geographic regions, resources, and industries for study—a melting pot always simmering with something new.