Program Themes

All Experiment programs have a thematic focus. Current themes include language and cultural discovery, leadership development, and themes specifically focused on issues of critical global importance such as sustainability and the environment, and peace, politics, and human rights.

Arts and Social Change Programs

Develop your creativity and hone your artistic talents in an inspiring new surrounding abroad. Explore the relationship between art, politics, and society in different historical periods. While engaging with different art forms relevant to your host country, learn under the mentorship of local professional artists, musicians, and educators.

Argentina: Photojournalism and Social Change
Argentina: Photojournalism and Social Change

Develop your photography skills and practice your Spanish as you explore Argentine society and social issues during a summer abroad..

France: Painting and Photography in Paris and Provence
France: Painting and Photography in Paris and Provence

Develop your creative talents while experiencing France’s artistic sites and heritage on this summer abroad program for high school students.

Japan: Japanimation--Anime and Manga
Japan: Japanimation--Anime and Manga

Experience contemporary Japanese art forms on an immersive summer abroad program for high school students.

Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change
Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change

Experience the arts and cultures of Nicaragua and Cuba through a comparative lens on a summer abroad program for high school students.

Sustainability and the Environment

Acquire entirely new perspectives on critical environmental challenges, diverse ecological systems, and natural resource conservation. Explore ecological wonders and the cultures and communities to which they are connected. Focus on sustainable food production methods, and explore the rich history, traditions, and communities behind unique regional cuisines.

Argentina: Community Service and the Great Outdoors
Argentina: Community Service and the Great Outdoors

Explore the landscapes of Argentina and engage in community service on a summer abroad program for high school students.

Brazil: Culture and Environmental Sustainability
Brazil: Culture and Environmental Sustainability

Experience Brazil’s ecological and cultural diversity and learn about the country’s ongoing sustainability efforts on this high school summer abroad program.

Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability
Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability

Explore Costa Rica’s extraordinary natural environments during a summer abroad program for high school students.

Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands and the Andes
Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands and the Andes

Experience the richness of Ecuador’s unique ecology and wildlife during a summer abroad.

Italy: Language and Local Food Culture
Italy: Language and Local Food Culture

Experience Italy’s local foods and immersive Italian language study in Tuscany during this high school summer abroad program.

Mexico: Marine Biology on the Baja Peninsula
Mexico: Marine Biology on the Baja Peninsula

Explore marine ecosystems and coastal life in contrasting natural environments during this immersive high school summer abroad program.

Vietnam: Ecology and Conservation
Vietnam: Ecology and Conservation

Journey through Vietnam’s natural environments and cultures, and experience current challenges affecting the conservation of the country’s diverse ecological systems on a summer abroad.

Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Experience the impacts and interplay of history, politics, and civil society on and within your host country. Discover how community groups and individuals have built bridges of peace, tolerance, and understanding to foster more democratic and equitable societies.

Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union
Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union

Spend time in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands as you explore German politics, contemporary youth culture, and the European Union during a summer abroad.

Ireland: Irish Culture and Youth Empowerment
Ireland: Irish Culture and Youth Empowerment

Experience Ireland’s culture, major cities, and daily life while acquiring skills in leadership during a summer abroad program for high school students.

Jordan: History, Politics, and Arabic Language
Jordan: History, Politics, and Arabic Language

Spend your summer abroad learning or advancing your Arabic language skills while exploring Jordan’s social, political, and environmental landscapes.

Korea: Peacebuilding & Korean Culture
Korea: Peacebuilding & Korean Culture

Explore themes of peace and reconciliation while experiencing local culture and traditions in South Korea on an immersive summer abroad program.

The Netherlands: Dutch Culture and LGBTQ Rights
Netherlands: Dutch Culture and LGBTQ Rights

Learn about sex education and social justice movements—specifically around LGBTQ and gender issues—while experiencing Dutch culture and contemporary life during a summer abroad in the Netherlands.

Language and Cultural Discovery

These programs are ideal for participants interested in history, language, travel, and culture. Participants are immersed in the cultural complexities of a new country and explore renowned historical sites, contemporary realities, and regional differences through a homestay and other meaningful community experiences. Many of these programs offer formal language training in and outside classroom settings.

China: Cultural Traditions in the North
China: Cultural Traditions in the North

Learn or advance your skills in Chinese, and experience China’s rich history and ancient sites on a summer abroad for high school students.

China: Ethnic Minorities and Contemporary Culture
China: Ethnic Minorities and Contemporary Culture

Discover the traditions and contemporary daily lives of remote minority cultures in the South on this high school summer abroad program in China.

France: French Culture and Regional Identity
France: French Culture and Regional Identity

Explore Paris and a French border community, and then spend time in a neighboring country during a summer abroad.

France: French Language and Culinary Traditions
France: French Language and Culinary Traditions

Advance your French language skills and learn the art of French cooking on this summer abroad program for high school students.

Japan: Language and Cultural Traditions
Japan: Language and Cultural Traditions

Learn or expand your Japanese through this language- and culture-focused summer abroad program for high school students.

Mongolia: Nomadic and Urban Cultures
Mongolia: Nomadic and Urban Cultures

Experience Mongolia’s nomadic traditions and rapid urbanization on an immersive summer abroad program for high school students.

Morocco: Multiculturalism in the Arab World
Morocco: Multiculturalism in the Arab World

Discover the rich history and cultures of Morocco on an immersive summer abroad program for high school students.

Peru: Ancient and Contemporary Cultures
Peru: Ancient and Contemporary Cultures

Journey across the land of the Inca and explore historical and contemporary communities during a summer abroad in Peru.

South Africa: Leadership Development and Social Change
South Africa: Leadership Development and Social Change

Explore South Africa’s diversity, complex history, and contemporary realities during this high school summer abroad program while learning entrepreneurial and leadership skills to make a difference in your own community.

Spain: Language and Cultural Traditions
Spain: Language and Cultural Traditions

Focus on language acquisition and culture in Madrid and Andalucía on this immersive high school summer abroad program in Spain.

Spain: Regional Cultures
Spain: Regional Cultures

Celebrate the regional cultures that define Spain on an immersive summer abroad program for high school students.

Spain: Technology and Social Innovation in Urban Culture
Spain: Technology and Social Innovation in Urban Culture

Learn how urban youth are making culturally important advances in technology while engaging in hands-on projects during this immersive high school summer abroad program in Spain.

Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures
Tanzania: Coastal and Maasai Cultures

Learn Swahili, complete community service, live with host families, and explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area during a summer abroad in Tanzania.

Thailand: Buddhist Traditions and Contemporary Culture
Thailand: Buddhist Traditions and Contemporary Culture

Experience a diversity of cultures, communities, and urban and rural environments across Thailand during a summer abroad.

Leadership Institute

These are highly competitive and fully-funded programs aimed at participants deeply interested in intercultural leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement. These programs are specifically focused on leadership development.

South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights
South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Examine human rights, multiculturalism, and inequality in the context of South Africa during this high school summer abroad program.

India: Community Development and Public Health
India: Community Development and Public Health

Examine public health priorities and community development in urban and rural areas of northern India during a summer abroad.