Student Travel

                     Conservation work in Belize  

                     Overlooking Machu Picchu  

                     A visit to Iceland's Blue Lagoon  

                     Exploring Thailand  

                     Students on tour


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High School and University Travel

The Smithsonian offers travel programs across the world for high school and college students. These immersive experiences are designed to provide students with access to world-class research sites and scholarly experts and inspire a new generation of learners, thinkers, and doers.

Smithsonian Student Adventures

Smithsonian Student AdventuresSmithsonian Student Adventures (SSA) offers high school student groups the opportunity for international educational travel to breathtaking destinations around the world, on five continents and to 17 countries. These exciting and enriching itineraries, which can be customized or are available through open enrollment, encourage students to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them.

Smithsonian University Travel Programs

Smithsonian Student AdventuresSmithsonian University Travel Programs (SUTP) engage college students on an academic level and introduce them to experts, sites, and research that will bring classroom learning to life and inspire future careers. From Washington, D.C. to China and Iceland to Peru, SUTP itineraries can be customized to fit the schedule and needs of your class or group.


1. How is the Smithsonian Institution involved with student travel programs?
For 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through its steadfast dedication to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” In a globalized world, it is more important than ever to promote the Smithsonian values of Discovery, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, and Service. This is why the Smithsonian is pleased to offer a collection of travel programs for high school and college students.

2. Why should students participate in educational travel?
Traveling offers a unique opportunity for students to become global citizens as they experience and learn about life in different parts of the world. Our students report that traveling with us expanded their understanding of the world, helped them better understand and appreciate life in America, increased their self-confidence, bolstered their sense of independence, helped them make new friends, and proved to them that they can make a positive difference in the world.

3. Are all of the host countries safe places to travel?
Safety is our number one priority. When we design our itineraries, evaluating safety concerns is paramount. We aim to prepare staff for any eventuality by planning each phase of the program with the utmost care and diligence. Smithsonian Student Travel programs do not visit any countries with a State Department Travel Warning.

"This was an outstanding travel and learning experience from start to finish!” – Alicia T.