First Year Abroad


The WorldStrides Difference

WorldStrides First Year Abroad (FYA) programs offer your students a specialized academic experience at one of our top international destinations with 24/7 on-site support. Our FYA programs are customizable to meet your university’s strategic recruitment and retention goals, while providing students with the opportunity to connect with their cohort and the world around them.

Meet Your Institutional Goals

Leverage WorldStrides' resources and expertise to help your institution grow in a non-traditional way by providing First Year Abroad programs for incoming or deferred first-year students. The FYA program not only provides your students with a tailored first-year program, but it also prepares them to return to campus as an experienced student with clear academic goals. 


First Year international programs are a great way to boost your diversity initiatives by bringing in new cohorts of students who are interested in understanding the world around them.


Boost your overall enrollment numbers and meet your first-year enrollment goals. By utilizing facilities and resources abroad, FYA programs allow you to enroll more students. 


Reduce enrollment melt. Student cohorts who develop a strong connection to their peers and develop a diverse worldview are more likely to thrive when they return home. 

Academic Focus

Our programs are designed to provide the same benefits as an on-campus first-year student experience, including co-curricular activities, mentoring, and cohort development. By providing program options in a variety of academic areas and general education, our goal is to ensure students have the opportunity for education abroad for all majors. 

Visit the Euroscholars website to explore placements

Program Design Elements

WorldStrides First Year Abroad programs are completely customizable. Universities can pick and choose the program design elements that best fit their needs. Here are just a few options available on all of our FYA program to pick and choose from:

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Upon arrival, all students will receive practical tips, culture-related content, and country-specific information to prepare them to make the most of their time abroad. 

Weekly Cultural Activities

Cultural activities usually include tours of the city, cooking classes, dance classes, weekend or overnight excursions to another part of the country, and more.

Academic Support

Students have access to academic support at their host institution, as well as guidance and personalized support from our on-site staff. 

Academic and Career Development

Students have access to the Professional Development Toolbox resource and can opt into the Global Professional micro-credential.

Student Support 

On-site staff provide 24/7 support to students while abroad. Staff will assist in scheduling appointments, accompanying the student on a doctor’s visit if needed, and aid them in any other way

Peer Mentor Program

Students will discover more about their host country and life as a college student by pairing up with a local student over the course of the semester.

What’s Included

With WorldStrides’ holistic approach, students will have access to one-of-a-kind support before departure, on the ground while they are abroad, and when they return home. 

Administrative Fee

Administrative Fee

An administrative fee is included in the total price of the EuroScholars program, which covers costs related to marketing, recruitment, and application advising/support.

Mid-Stay Program

Mid-Stay Program

During the semester, a “Mid-Stay Program” will be organized for all EuroScholars students at one of the host institutions. Travel and lodging expenses for students traveling to attend the Mid-Stay program are covered. The Mid-Stay program will consist of an academic portion, in which students will present on their research findings up to that point of the semester, as well as social activities around the host city.


International Medical Insurance

A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA participant will be covered by this policy. Coverage can be extended before or after a program, up to four weeks total. Students can extend their policy for $25 per week by contacting their Program Manager.

We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.

For more medical insurance information visit the ISA page.

Official Transcript
from the Host University

Official Transcript
from the Host University

Upon completion of the program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript with all coursework taken abroad. ISA's Academic Records Department will process and forward the official transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university, and a photocopy will be sent to the student's permanent home address for their records. Additionally, ISA will provide a cover letter to accompany the transcript with important academic information, including: the host university's grading system and recommended U.S. letter grade equivalencies, translated course titles, and credit conversion recommendations.

at the
Host University

Tuition at the Host University

Tuition and administrative fees at the host university are included in the program price. All students will obtain 24-30 ECTS credits through the program.



Housing is included in the price of the FYA program. You will be housed in student accommodations on-campus. The setup of the accommodations will vary among the participating host universities.


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