My exchange experience, granted through World Learning, gave me access to the world. Being able to go abroad empowered me to step outside of my comfort zone and to embrace who I was as a person. It made me want to share this access with others. To show them that the world is not only bigger than they could ever imagine, but it's also theirs to discover.
Aaron Brazelton on his exchange with Serbia
It changed my life, it opened my eyes to opportunities I didn´t even knew existed.
a Global UGRAD alumnus
I learned a great deal about self and social awareness in my trip to Chile, and these lessons have urged me along the path of justice and community building.
Jasamine Young-Paulhill, Experimenter to Chile
I see education as a civil right. Kids spend so much of their time in school — you only go to the doctor when you’re sick, but you see a teacher every single day. I see education as being so impactful on children’s futures, and when it’s not done right, it can break a future.
Leah Bitat, Field Director of World Learning, Algeria
Our work transforms lives in more than 100 countries.
From the next generation of social innovators and entrepreneurs to civil society groups around the world, we focus on providing individuals and communities with the tools they need to tackle tomorrow's big challenges.
Connection by connection—from U.S. high school students experiencing a foreign culture for the first time to short-term exchanges designed for professionals to share ideas and best practices—we are building a more interconnected, just, and resilient world. Join us.
Our education programs encompass high school study abroad, higher education for undergraduate and graduate students in the United States and around the world, and international development projects strengthening local education systems. Learn more about our approach to education.
From assisting NGOs as they advocate for policy change, supporting health workers, or training teachers to employ innovative techniques in their classrooms, our approach to international development is sustainable, sensitive to local realities, and effective long after we have left the stage. Learn more about our work in professional training and global development.
Our development projects strengthen communities and enable people to pursue their dreams.
By sending thousands of current and future leaders to and from the United States each year, our exchange programs promote intercultural understanding and a more peaceful world.
On our youth programs, young people from around the globe learn about leadership, current issues, and peacebuilding. In addition, our U.S.-based study abroad programs send high school and college students to some 50 countries each year.