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.
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 2023.
Where do I sign up? Contact our Traveler Support Team at 800-665-5364 or email [email protected] to enroll. We recommend students register at least two weeks prior to departure.
When can I take the course? The course is taken after returning from tour and follows SNHU’s standard semester calendar. After registering, students will receive an email requesting they select a semester for the course, which can be up to a year after the tour returns. Course details and login information will be emailed to students a few weeks prior to the start of the chosen semester.
The Personalized Learning Guide 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, and the Personalized Learning Guide 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 request the guide no later than seven days before leaving for tour.
Where do I sign up? Contact our Traveler Support Team at
800-665-5364 to request our Personalized Learning Guide.
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.)