Custom Study Tours for History & Political Science

Partner with FTI to design a custom tour for your international faculty-led trip. We encourage you to share your vision for your program with us, so we can tailor your tour to meet your academic goals. Your tour coordinator will help create a culturally-immersive tour that integrates meetings with local experts, experiential learning activities & visits to sites of interest.

If you'd like some inspiration for your trip, scroll down to see some ideas related to Social Justice, Emerging Democracies, International Politics, History, Genocide, Military Science, Human Rights & more.


Engage students through experiential activities, visits, hands-on experiences & behind-the-scenes access tailored to match your program curriculum.


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Custom Tour Components

In addition to handling trip logistics & arranging visits to the typical sites, we can facilitate a variety of interactive activities. Build your own program by packaging any or all of these services.

Group Flights

In-country & international flights

Event Tickets

Performances, festivals & sporting events


Hotels, hostels, tented camps & more

Meetings & Site Visits

Networking, lectures & behind-the-scenes


Half-board, full-board & group dinners

Cultural Immersion

Cook, dance & make local handicrafts

Ground Transportation

Airport transfers, coach & rail

Service Projects

Volunteer with sustainable NGOs

Group Cruises

Commercial, windjammer & river cruise

Travel Insurance

Medical & comprehensive policies

History & Political Science Program Ideas

Here are just a few examples of FTI's capabilities for faculty-led programs. Collaborate with us to integrate some unique opportunities into your next history &/or political science trip.

This statue of Nelson Mandela illustrates his importance as a political figure in the South African anti-apartheid revolution.  Faculty-led trips to South Africa are not complete without visiting Robben Island Prison where he was held as a political prisoner.

Political Science

  • Apartheid & Social Justice - Spend a night in the Robben Island Prison, where Africa's political prisoners were kept during the Apartheid. Hear a first-hand account from Nelson Mandela's ex-prison warden.
  • Emerging Democracies - Meet with representatives of the two opposing political parties (Chadema & CCM) for a fascinating round table discussion of current political issues in Tanzania.
  • Government & Politics - Experience what it would be like to be a member of the European Parliament for a day. Hold a mock session, including: drafting legislation, consulting interest groups, forming alliances to negotiate with other institutions & speaking with the media.
  • History & Political Science - Meet one of the signers of the Independence Act of Lithuania, learn about the Jews' captivity under Nazi control & meet with local political science & history students.
>> View Tour Samples for History/Politics Programs
Study the economic and political significance of the Panama Canal - an engineering marvel that provided a trade and military transport route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


  • WWII - Participate in a wreath-laying ceremony on one of the D-Day beaches in France.
  • Genocide - Meet the directors of an orphanage founded after the genocide in Rwanda to discuss the repercussions on local children & families.
  • African History - Visit the sites of the Ark of the Covenant & the palace of the Queen of Sheba, learn about the history of the Ge'ez language & meet members of the Karo Tribe & talk about their body painting traditions.
  • Central American History - See ancient petroglyphs at El Macho Waterfall, study the culture & traditions of an indigenous community & talk about the impact of the Panama Canal.
  • Asian Studies - Meet with a local resident to learn about the repercussions of the Secret War in Laos.
>> View Tour Samples for History/Politics Programs
Faculty-led groups can visit the Tower of London's exhibits, featuring criminal justice in Medieval times and learn about the tower's gruesome history of torture and execution.

Other Activities

  • Military Science - Visit an Israeli army base & meet with high ranking military personnel who will share their personal experiences.
  • Human Rights - Visit with members of the African Court on Human & Peoples' Rights in Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Criminal Justice - Walk through the streets of London with a former police officer & criminal justice expert, focusing on the history of the police, criminal law & major crimes that have taken place in the city.
>> View Tour Samples for History/Politics Programs

Create a Service-Learning Project

Work with us to design a unique service-learning project to complement your program. Students will have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to support local initiatives within the communities they are visiting. We can even network you with one of our partner NGOs to create an ongoing project for your school.