Program Components

Each Experiment program is composed of several of the following components, which add depth to the program theme. Component descriptions can be used as an overall guide to assist in choosing a program that best fits each student’s interests. The components associated with each program are listed on the individual program pages.

City Stay

Time in a large, urban environment, such as the country’s capital city or another significant metropolitan area

Rural Stay

Time in a rural and/or remote region; may include a village homestay

Culinary Training

Meaningful exposure to the food, recipes, and culinary techniques of the host country through hands-on activities, typically led by culinary experts

Community Service

Opportunities to work on a project designed by local organizations and the individuals they serve while exploring concepts such as community development, social service, and volunteerism in an international context


Students spend a portion of the program living as a member of a local host family, joining in the family’s daily lives and activities

Language Classes

Formal language classes taught by trained instructors; classes typically incorporate experiential learning activities inside and outside a classroom setting

Language Immersion

Opportunities to be immersed in the host language(s) through participation in non-English speaking settings


Time is spent hiking through terrain such as mountain passes, nature trails, forests, tropical valleys, or highlands

Outdoor Activities

Program includes activities such as snorkeling, biking, swimming, sailing, horseback riding, and/or zip lining

Rugged Travel

Program incorporates bus rides and/or other extended travel on bumpy roads or other rugged conditions


Program includes outdoor sleeping, typically in tents