new england college tour

 Student Cultural Exchange’s college tours are a great way to see the differences between various colleges and universities in the United States. On all college tours, students participate in admissions seminars, tour campuses and get a chance to speak with current college students. All tours also include sightseeing and other fun local activities. At Student Cultural Exchange, we believe there is no substitute for experiencing a college first-hand.

Explore a range of institutions located in New England, the oldest region of the United States. Some of the colleges included in this tour are Bowdoin College, Bates College, Yale University, Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Harvard University and MIT to name a few. 

2017 Program Information



Our groups stay at a variety of different hotels throughout the New England area.  Some nights the group might stay at a Hampton Inn, a Quality Inn, Holiday Inn, etc.  All hotels are safe and clean.  Because our groups are traveling throughout New England, hotels are stayed in for one night before the group moves on to a new location and hotel!

Local Attractions

Student Cultural Exchange takes great pride in helping our student travelers to explore and experience local attractions in the different cities and towns throughout New England that we visit during the course of the program.  Whether it is leaf peeping in VT (during fall tours), exploring seaside towns in Maine or Rhode Island or visiting historical landmarks in and around Boston our program allows our student travelers to experience a large variety of local attractions.


In downtime between or after college visits our groups enjoy shopping throughout New England.   Whether it is exploring high end shops on Newbury Street in Boston or visiting outlets in Freehold, Maine or Wrentham, Massachusetts our travelers have ample opportunities to shop! 

nighttime activities

After long days of visiting colleges and universities our travelers enjoy unwilling with fun activities.  A sample of these activities include movies, bowling and laser tag.  Whatever the activity, it is simply nice to spend time together as a group having fun and unwinding from a long day!

    Sample Itinerary 

    Day 1

    Participants meet in Boston, before heading north to spend the night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where they visit the waterfront and have dinner.

    Day 2

    After a morning tour and information session at Bowdoin College the group heads to Lewiston, Maine for an afternoon tour and information session at Bates College. After the visit to Bates, the group drives down to Connecticut.

    Day 3 

    Today, the group will go to Yale University and Quinnipiac University for tours and information sessions. After leaving Quinnipiac, the group will go to Mystic, Connecticut.

    Day 4

    After a morning visit to Connecticut College the group drives to Rhode Island for an afternoon information session and tour of the University of Rhode Island. Upon completion of the tour the group heads to Providence, Rhode Island.

    Day 5 

    The group enjoys a morning information and tour of Brown University followed by an afternoon tour and information session at Rhode Island School of Design. After the last tour of the day, the group heads to Boston.

    Day 6 

    On the first day in Boston, the group tours Boston University and Harvard before enjoying dinner in Chinatown.

    Day 7

     The group explores Boston and sees famous landmarks including the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Boston Commons and the Prudential Center.

    Day 8 

    Participants depart from Boston. 

    Student Cultural Exchange is a phenomenal organization that organizes transformative programs for students. I, as the Director of Residential Life feel at ease knowing that my students are on break with Jesse and his staff. The communication and service is excellent and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future
    — Allie Maxwell, Director of Residential Life, Wyoming Seminary


    • Tours and Information Sessions at colleges and universities

    • Guides knowledgeable  on the college admissions process 

    • Customized itineraries 

    • Meetings with international admissions representatives

    • Sampling local cuisine and shopping trips


    what is a typical day like?

    Participants wake up and start the day off with a nice breakfst before heading to their first college tour and information session. When possible, students eat lunch at college dining halls. After lunch, participants travel to the next college for an afternoon tour and information session. Upon completion of the afternoon tour, students arrive at the hotel for rest before a nice group dinner at a local restaurant.

    What is included in the program tuition?

    The program fee includes breakfast and lunch each day, accomodations, transportation while on program, all guide fees, 24 hour supervision and all activities. Participants are responsible for dinners (select dinners included), souvenirs and snacks.

    What are the meals and accomodations?

    Typically participants enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by lunch at the college they have just toured. When possible, participants eat at college dining halls to gain a better understanding of the offerings of the college. Dinners are eaten out at local restaurants. All participants stay in double occupancy hotel rooms, where they have their own bed.


    6 things to pay attention to on college tours 

    • anything related to your major- Make sure to ask questions related to the professors, facilities, advisors and activities of the department that you want to major in. 

    • equipment and school facilities- Look at the state of the buildings on campus. When given a tour of the dorms, picture yourself living there. Picture yourself going to the library to study. 

    • pace of campusAs you’re walking around campus, see if you can picture yourself doing what students on campus are. Are they mainly studying or lounging around? 

    • what activities are offeredYour tour guide should know how many organizations are on campus and be able to explain many of them. I also suggest picking up the school newspaper and activity calendar to see what activities are being held on campus.

    • food- it’s important to find out how many dining options does the school offer on-campus and what is close by off-campus? 

    • residential and social lifeAre you looking for a community within your dorm? What types of events are held for the students to meet each other?