Program Themes

The Experiment’s program themes give students the opportunity to explore a host country through a specific lens. The program pages’ colors coordinate with the themes below.

Sustainability & The Environment

Experimenters will experience local, regional, and global perspectives on critical environmental challenges, diverse ecological systems, and natural resource conservation.

Arts & Social Change

Experimenters will explore the relationship between art and society in different historical periods and develop their own creative skills.

Language & Cultural Discovery

Experimenters will receive formal language training and/or language practice beyond the classroom while exploring renowned historical sites and learning about local culture.

Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

Experimenters will learn how community groups, individuals, and others worldwide have built bridges of peace, tolerance, and understanding to foster more democratic and equitable societies.

The Experiment Leadership Institute

The Experiment Leadership Institute offers two highly competitive, fully funded programs for participants with demonstrated interest in intercultural leadership, global issues, and civic engagement.

Program Components

Each Experiment program includes several of the following components.

Component descriptions can be used as an overall guide in choosing a program that best fits each Experimenter’s interests. Use the icons to identify components each individual program.

Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

Understand the country’s social justice efforts and political processes.


Explore native wildlife, ecology, sustainability practices, and challenges to local environments.


Painting, photography, poetry, music, dance, and the performing arts. Some programs offer formal instruction.

Social Change

Exposure to the behavioral patterns and cultural values of the host country.


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


Programs specifically focused on leadership development.


Language classes and/or immersion that incorporates experiential learning activities beyond the classroom.

Community Service

Work on a project that serves the local community’s needs and promotes international volunteerism.


Program includes certificate in language or community service.

Physical Activity

City or countryside exploration by foot and/or bike.


Observe wildlife in their natural habitat through hiking, snorkeling, boating, and more, or by visiting conservation centers.


Wildlife safaris at game reserves or conservation areas.

Rugged Travel

Bus rides and/or other extended travel on bumpy roads or other rugged conditions.

Water Activity

Water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, white water rafting, kayaking, etc.

Outdoor Activity

Outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, biking, horseback riding, and/or ziplining.


Immersed yourself in the daily life of an urban or rural local family through homestays, a cornerstone of The Experiment.


Stay in a hotel conveniently located for the program’s itinerary.

Temple Stay

Stay overnight in a temple to fully experience its history and beauty.


Sleep under the stars in a tent, hut, or other small dwelling to experience the country’s unique environment.


Stay in a college or university dormitory with fellow Experimenters.