Academic credit for students

The one thing better than traveling the world? Earning credit for it. EF makes it easy for students to leverage their tour experience to earn high school or college credit, or get a head start on their college essays—all while making their travel experience even more engaging.


College credit

Students have the opportunity to build college confidence and earn college credit by enrolling in an exclusive online course from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). The course, PDHU 480D: Interculturalism and Global Exploration, helps students explore their destination, challenge their own assumptions, and discover connections between people, places, and cultures. Designed to make tour better, not harder, the course forgoes lectures, textbooks, and tests for a flexible design that facilitates reflection on students’ on-tour experiences—moments that might include trying a new food, striking up a conversation with someone new, or snapping a photo of a much-anticipated landmark.

How it works

  • Who’s eligible? U.S. students in grades 9–12 taking an EF tour.
  • How does it work? Students can earn college credit by completing a series of assignments and a final research project with EF’s university partner, SNHU.
  • What do students earn? Successful course completion will earn students 3.0 college credits that are fully transferrable across many major public and private universities in the U.S.
  • How much does it cost? Tuition is $215 for all tours departing before September 2020.
  • What’s the deadline? We recommend students register at least two weeks prior to departure. For late registrations, including post-tour, email [email protected].
  • Where do I sign up? For full course details and course registration, visit eftours.com/snhustudent.
  • What if I still have questions? Email [email protected].

High school credit

weShare, our online learning experience, helps students put a more personal lens on their tour by tapping into their own interests and passions. Students learn on a deeper level when what they’re learning connects to their own lives. weShare makes sure it happens on tour.

How it works

  • Who’s eligible? U.S. students taking an EF tour in grades 6-12.
  • How does it work? Using EF’s guided learning model, students develop an essential question to investigate on tour, then create a post-tour project.
  • What do students earn? Successful course completion based on the rubric will earn students 0.5 elective high school credits. Grading, credit and transcripts are provided through EF. If an official high school transcript is required, please email [email protected].
  • How much does it cost? Tuition is free and there are no fees.
  • What’s the deadline? Students must register no later than seven days before leaving for tour.
  • Where do I sign up? Contact our Traveler Support Team at 888-333-9756 to enroll in weShare.
  • What if I still have questions? Email [email protected].

EF courses are aligned with National Social Studies Standards (NCSS), 21st Century Skills (P21), Standards for Foreign Language Learning (ACTFL), Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and the EdSteps Global Competency Matrix.


College essay help

The UnCommon App is a series of exercises that help students use their tour as inspiration for a college essay that will stand out to any college admissions officer. (And, yes, it works for more than just college essays. It’s also great fodder for high school applications, resumes, cover letters, or anything that requires some good old self-awareness.)

To learn more, download the UnCommon App (PDF) here.

How it works

  • Who’s eligible? U.S. students taking an EF tour in grades 6-12.
  • How does it work? Students follow exercises pre-tour, on tour, and post tour to discover, explore, and translate their experience into a great college essay.
  • What do students earn? These exercises will create amazing college essays, high school applications, résumés, cover letters, or just some good old self-awareness.
  • How much does it cost? Tuition is free and there are no fees.
  • What’s the deadline? Students should begin work prior to tour.
  • Where do I sign up? Visit eftours.com/uncommon.
  • What if I still have questions? Email [email protected].
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