UWP Global - The Most Unique Way to Experience the World

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-Multi-Country Locations: Countries Worldwide, Various cities in each country
Belgium: Brussels
Germany: Frankfurt
Mexico: Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico)
Switzerland: Bern, Lucerne, Lugano
Taiwan: Taipei (Taibei)
United States: Denver


Travel with a purpose, Perform for thousands, and Impact communities... at Up with People we don't just say it, we live it! Participants in the Up with People program travel for 22 weeks beginning in January or July of each year, participating in various community service projects, performing a dynamic musical show and experiencing a global education curriculum.

* International Travel and Host Families

During the Up with People program, participants travel in international casts of about 100 people to cities on a multi-continent tour, experiencing the cultural sights, sounds, and tastes of each community. As students of the world, participants discover what makes each region unique, gaining a better understanding of its politics, history, culture, geography, environmental issues, religions and economics.

The Up with People program also provides the opportunity for participants to live with and learn from host families in the communities they visit, gaining a sense of what day today life is like in their corner of the world while sharing lifestyles and experiences.

* Community Impact

Social responsibility and dedication to community service are core elements of the Up with People program and, as such, service projects are an integral part of the cast's time in each city they visit. By giving back through community service projects that are not only helpful but also impactful, participants develop insights into how different cultures address social and political challenges.

* Performing Arts

Up with People was founded on the principle of using music as a means to communicate with and inspire people. In each city, participants perform in a vibrant musical show that brings the community together, highlighting local partnering organizations and sparking people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world.

* International Participants

Traveling, living and learning with young people from more than 20 countries, participants learn how to work cooperatively while exploring the similarities and differences of people from other nations and cultures. Through both casual interactions and facilitated in depth discussions, participants have countless opportunities to see each culture through the eyes of its own people; to see beyond stereotypes; to challenge and re-evaluate views and beliefs often taken for granted.

* Global Education and Professional Development

Each city Up with People visits becomes a classroom and learning laboratory. Participants meet with political, corporate and social leaders around the globe, visiting regional points of interest, such as the European Union and United Nations Headquarters. The Up with People program offers truly unique access to opportunities to develop and refine leadership skills beneficial to any career or life path.

* Internships

Up with People provides a variety of professional development opportunities, allowing participants to build skills and gain valuable hands-on experience in a real-world setting. While on tour, participants can apply for internships to actively assist staff members responsible for various aspects of the program. The opportunities are as diverse as the participants themselves.

Internships are available in all areas of the operation, including marketing and public relations, merchandise, admissions, logistics, education, sound and lighting, dance, band and vocals, finance, business and more.

* College Credit

Up with People has credit agreements with three US universities: Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Hawai'i Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii and Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Partner universities award specific academic credit in the form of equivalent courses (e.g. Communications 201) or one semester worth of credit for the UWP program. Each partner school has specific requirements for receiving academic credit.

The Up with People tours are scheduled to allow students to take one or two academic semesters - either before, during or after college - to experience the world in a unique way while gaining optional college credit.

* Independent Study

Students at any college or university have the option of setting up an independent study to secure academic credit at their institution for their semester or year travelling with Up with People. During the enrollment process, students interested in pursuing independent study can receive advice from their Admissions advisor.


A great way to maximize your Gap Semester, Gap Year or Study Abroad experience. Our multi-country programs begin January and July of each year and in one semester the Up with People tour reaches 20+ communities in at least two distinct continents/cultural regions of the world, such as the USA, Mexico, Canada, Europe or Asia. Tours vary each semester. Contact UWP today to ask about our upcoming tour schedules!

Program Duration

3-6 Month, 1-2 Year


Throughout the year, Fall, Spring


July-December or Full Year

Travel Types

  • Homestay
  • Student Tours
  • Volunteering
  • Language Immersion
  • Dancing


Participants must be ages 17 to 29 at the time of travel, in good health, a high school graduate (or equivalent) and able to fully participate in all aspects of the program. Although musical talent and performance ability are welcome, individual selection is based on a personal interview rather than an audition.

Minimum Education

High School

Intern Types

  • Business Admin, Management
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Marketing, Ad, PR
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Theater, Drama, Dance


  • English

Subject Areas

  • Area/ethnic Studies
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Dance
  • Education
  • Family & Home Studies
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • International Relations
  • Internship Programs
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Leadership
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marketing, Ad., & Pr
  • Music
  • Music - Vocal Performance
  • Musical Theater
  • Peace Studies
  • Service-learning
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Travel / Tourism

Cost in US$:

Effective starting July 2013: One semester USD 17,450; Two semesters USD 26,450. Academic credit option supplement USD 950.

Cost Includes:

  • International travel
  • Travel while in host country
  • Housing
  • Food
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Written materials abroad

Program Fees Include:

Housing, transportation, cultural excursions, volunteer projects, most meals, 24/7 staff support. All travel costs once the program begins is included in the fee, however travel from home city/country to begin the program and return home at the end of the semester from the final tour location is NOT included.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Arts
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Community Organizing
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Culture
  • Disability Issues
  • Education
  • Elderly
  • English Teaching
  • Fixing Fences
  • Food
  • Handicapped
  • Health
  • Health Education
  • Home Visit
  • Homelessness
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Orphans
  • Painting
  • Peace
  • Planting
  • Primary Education
  • Public Education
  • Recreation
  • Repairs
  • Seniors
  • Social Services, Social Work
  • Street Kids
  • Teaching
  • Tree Planting
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer Management
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

Local community impact projects are designed to meet the specific needs of each city we visit. Projects can last several hours to several days and are typically performed as a group.

Age Range

17 to 29 years old

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Written Application
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible

Typically The Application Process Time is

Rolling Admissions Process (decision in 2-4 weeks)

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad