Custom Study Tours for the Social Sciences

Partner with FTI to design a custom tour for your short-term study abroad program. We encourage you to share your vision with your tour coordinator, so she can create a unique culturally-immersive tour that meets your academic goals.

We can integrate meetings with local experts, experiential learning activities & visits to sites of interest into your trip. If you'd like to get an idea about what we can do, scroll down to the "Ideas for Social Science Programs" section below.


Engage students through visits with professionals in your field & behind-the-scenes access tailored to match your program curriculum.


Work with experienced travel professionals serving university groups for decades, in partnership with fully-vetted in-country vendors.


Save time & money working with one agent for your travel services: flights, tours, coach, meals, accommodations, cruises, rail & travel insurance.

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

Ideas for Social Science Programs

Here are just a few examples of FTI's capabilities for faculty-led programs in Archeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology & Education. If your focus is on another field, talk to us about a custom tour for your discipline.

Tel Dan archeological site in Israel, where student groups can tour with an archeologist guide and even participate in an active dig.


  • Archeology - Get your hands dirty at an active archeological site in Cyprus.
  • Archeology - Learn about the rich history of Bulgaria from archaeologists at the Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Then, meet teachers, students & residents as you explore sites from the Thracian, Roman & Byzantine periods.
  • Archeology - Tour archeological sites with a local archeologist & participate in an active dig in Israel.
>> View Tour Samples for Social Science Programs
Learn about the life of a Geisha as you study Japanese culture.

Anthropology & Sociology

  • Anthropology - Learn about Lucy at The National Museum of Ethiopia. Visit several Ethiopian tribes to explore their unique customs of physical adornment & enjoy a homemade dinner inside a local's home.
  • Anthropology - Meet with a geisha in Japan to get an insider's perspective of her lifestyle.
  • Anthropology - Stay with a semi-nomadic Bedouin tribe in Jordan. Learn first-hand about their ancient code of honor & their focus on hospitality, loyalty, family & connectedness with the Earth.
  • Sociology - Speak with locals involved in a growing grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence & transformation among Israelis & Palestinians.
>> View Tour Samples for Social Science Programs
University groups can work with women and children in Romania.  Students participate in service projects to improve the lives of the people there.


  • Counseling Psychology - Assist a Romanian NGO that serves battered women & children as well as the elderly. Enhance the skills of caregivers by teaching techniques for handling compassion fatigue, diffusing difficult situations & counseling victims of trauma.
  • Psychology of Genocide - Visit concentration camps throughout Austria. Enjoy a guest lecture from a local expert who will provide insight into related aspects of Austrian culture & history.
  • History of Psychology - Enjoy a lecture about the history of psychology in Britain & visit historical sites relevant to the field including the homes of Charles Darwin & Sigmund Freud in London.
>> View Tour Samples for Social Science Programs
Professor takes a photo op with a group of children at a local school in India while on a short-term study abroad program focused on education.


  • History of Teaching - Visit the Ragged School Museum in the UK & enjoy a lecture on teaching methods of the Victorian period.
  • Career & Technical Education - Volunteer at a local trade school in Sao Paulo, Brazil teaching technical skills (from wood working to cooking) to help combat the city's cycle of poverty.
  • Special Education & Women's Empowerment - In India, act as a mentor & teach computer skills to young women. Or, choose to work with mentally & physically-challenged students in early childhood education.
  • Higher Education - Visit a university in Ghana that boasts a 100% success rate. Within months of graduation, all graduates have secured a job, started a business, or gone on to pursue a postgraduate degree.
>> View Tour Samples for Social Science Programs
Service-learning project where students and faculty can assist local teachers in developing lesson plans for early childhood education.

Create a Service-Learning Project

Professors can partner with us to design a unique service-learning program at one of our partner NGO's project sites. Students enhance their cultural competency as they work side-by-side with local volunteers, learning to problem solve within the guidelines of another nation's social mores.