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You have questions, we have answers. The team at WorldStrides understands that embarking on the educational travel experience of a lifetime raises many questions for travelers, educators, and parents. Browse our FAQ or contact us directly so we can help make your dream trip a reality.

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Common Questions

Do you have financial assistance and/or scholarships available for students?

Yes, WorldStrides is committed to giving every student the opportunity to travel. To support this mission, we offer several financial assistance and fundraising programs. Through these programs, thousands of students who otherwise would not have been able to afford this experience are given the opportunity to travel—and of this, we are extremely proud!

For middle and high school travel, the FLAG financial assistance programs makes nearly $2 million in financial assistance available each year to qualifying families. One simple call to WorldStrides Customer Service at 1-800-468-5899 can tell you how much assistance may be available to you. If you have questions, please contact customerservice@worldstrides.org.

For university Capstone groups, our International Financial Assistance program provides scholarships through the Foundation for International Education. To determine what scholarship you may pre-qualify for and receive your customized application, contact the Capstone team at 1-800-422-2368 or IFA@worldstrides.org.

We also make fundraising simple for parents, students, and teachers. Through the Gift of Education, students can send e-cards, letters, and share Facebook links to receive direct donations to their trip. 100% of all the money raised by the student goes directly to their account. It’s the perfect fundraiser!

For more information on FLAG, the Gift of Education, and other fundraiser and scholarship options that may be available to you, please visit fundraising.worldstrides.com.

How can educators earn professional development (CEUs/PDPs)?

One of the many benefits of choosing WorldStrides is that educators can earn free professional development points. Both the educator leading the trip and the educator chaperones are eligible to receive this credit. Details and number of points vary by program, so please contact your Account Manager for full details.

How can educators earn discounted graduate credit?

Teachers leading middle and high school programs may enroll in our 3-credit graduate course, “Instruction and Management for Increased Learning.” This course is designed to serve teachers across all content areas and is run on a semester schedule. The course is taught by Director of Curriculum and Academics Wendy Amato. For information and to register, contact discovery@worldstrides.org.

Will all schools accept WorldStrides’ credit?

The good news is our status as an accredited educational travel organization and our partnerships with colleges and universities allows us to issue credit directly to participants in our programs. Acceptance of credit at any institution is always at the discretion of the receiving school.

Click here to view full details on the WorldStrides Discovery for Credit Program.

How long does it take to complete online coursework?

The workload of the course is determined by the number of credits being earned. Fortunately, the majority of our course hours are satisfied in the field during travel programs, leaving a manageable portion of coursework for the online learning environment. Students are encouraged to register for and explore the coursework to anticipate their personal timeline. Upon returning from travel, all coursework must be completed within 6 months of the return date.

Click here to view full details on WorldStrides’ Discovery for Credit Program.

Can students earn academic credit from their travel programs?

Yes! We love when students get credit for learning. This helps them get a step ahead, whether its for a college application or for a future career.

All middle and high school programs include the opportunity to earn free high school credit. High school students may have options to earn college credit. In addition to the high school credit options, college travel programs may also include the option to earn additional college credit.

Our online courses make it easy to earn credit at a student’s own pace. WorldStrides offers coursework that has been carefully designed to combine the field experience with online assignments that demonstrate achievement of learning objectives. Acceptance of credit is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Click here for more information.

Or, you can contact our Curriculum & Academics Team at discovery@worldstrides.org

What does it mean that WorldStrides is “accredited”?

Being accredited means that WorldStrides has been evaluated and approved by external educational agencies. In fact, Worldstrides is accredited by multiple agencies including AdvancED, MSA-CESS, and WASC. These are the same accrediting bodies that evaluate traditional brick-and-mortar schools like yours. We were the first organization of our kind to achieve this accreditation.

Our voluntary participation in the accreditation process demonstrates our unrivaled commitment to the learning experience of our travelers. Every program is custom built to meet students’ age-appropriate needs and standards-based goals of the curriculum. Our accreditation allows us to issue academic credit for students and professional development for educators.

How do I register for my program/trip?

For most programs, there are a few easy ways to register:

  • Online: Visit our online portal
  • By Phone: Some programs may be eligible for phone registration. Visit our Contact Us page to find the phone number!
  • By Mail: If you received a trip letter distributed by your program leader, complete the registration form and fax the front and back with your credit card information to the number or address provided in your letter.

Some WorldStrides programs offer incentives for early registration, so please refer to the information provided to you by your program leader for complete details.

When registering, you’ll need to use the Trip ID assigned to your program.  Each ID is unique and can also be found on the registration information provided to you by the educator leading this program.

*Note: Some groups may have special registration procedures. Please check with your program leader if you cannot find a Trip ID associated with your trip.