Program Details

Travel from the North to the South while learning about the history of civil rights in the United States. Experience America’s rich diversity and civil rights movement while visiting the campuses of top universities along the way.
Washington, United States; Atlanta, United States; New York City, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Start your Experiment in the Big Apple, New York City, by witnessing where many immigrants first entered the United States at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty that greeted them. Visit the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters to learn about the organization’s commitment to maintaining international peace and security. Go on a walking tour of the city to learn about the history and impact of the African Diaspora on the early beginnings of the U.S. Take a tour of Columbia University and experience a real college class by taking a workshop with a professor from Columbia’s esteemed human rights program. You’ll visit the LGBT Center, participate in a workshop with the Theatre of the Oppressed, sample the rich diversity of the city’s food scene, and take in breathtaking views of the city at the Empire State Building.

Take a train to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, as you continue south. Learn about D.C.’s unique history and engage with local organizations and activists advocating for human rights. Visit the National Mall to see some of the country’s most famous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Washington Monument. Explore the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian, where you’ll take a workshop on indigenous rights. You will tour George Washington University, where you’ll stay during your time in D.C.

Travel to Atlanta, Georgia, a cultural center of the American South, to begin your homestay with a local family and learn about the city’s crucial role in civil rights as you get your first taste of Southern life and culture. Continue learning about human rights at Emory University and stay on the college campus while learning about the college process. Visit Clarkston, just outside Atlanta, a city noted for its ethnic diversity, and visit a coffee shop that provides job-training opportunities to resettled refugees. Meet with students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and learn about the role of HBCUs in civil rights history. Complete your journey with final reflection and visits to key sites such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr’s home, and Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email for more information.

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  • My lifetime experience in my dream country

    The Experiment in International Living gives me the opportunity to enrich my knowledge about Human Rights and discover some prestigious American Universities in a program called: “USA: Human Rights & College Discovery”. My experience starts in JFK

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Serendipitous Adventure

    The experience I had exceeded my expectations. I really wanted my summer to be exciting and I was looking for some adventure as well as some learning experience and what I had with EIL was completely what I wanted. I felt like I was in a different country

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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