Foreign Affairs - EXPLO
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Your Career – Their Advice. The Best in the Field Come to EXPLO.

Since 1976 EXPLO has
reached 75,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally curated so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

Partners + Advisors

When you come to EXPLO, we connect you with some of the most brilliant minds in the field. These remarkable individuals lend depth and perspective to your work; answer your questions about careers; and help shape your experience throughout the program.


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

Teaching + Learning

Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)

  • Course Highlight: Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation

    Given a packet containing the background of the Cuban Missile Crisis — and only three options to choose from — you must decide whether to pursue diplomacy, blockade Cuba, or airstrike and invade.

  • Course Trip: United Nations Visit

    Travel to New York City to take a private guided tour of the United Nations Headquarters, where you will get to see the conference chambers, learn about U.N. peacekeeping operations, and stand at the heart of the General Assembly.

  • Course Highlight: Learn Negotiation Tactics

    Craft your international policy, win the support of your global friends, and persuade aversaries to reconsider their perspectives. Welcome to the table — let the roundtable persuasion begin.

  • Course Trip: US Mission To The United Nations

    Meet with Julie Jolles, Political Advisor to the US Mission to the UN, where she shares candid stories about her time in the US Embassy in Botoga and Paris, as well as the U.S. Department of State.

  • Course Highlight: Public Speaking

    Learn how to inform, to persuade and to entertain in order to influence your peers — and the next generation of world leaders.

  • Guest Speaker: Gideon Rose

    Connect with Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and EXPLO alum, to hear in-depth analysis of American foreign policy.

  • Course Highlight: Press Conference

    In a simulated strike, analyze the role online platforms play is relaying information. Don’t forget to hold a press conference to inform the media that Twitter has become a new strategic weapon of choice.

  • Curriculum Advisory Board: Dr. Michael Levi

    Michael Levi, the David M. Rubenstein, Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Director of the CFR Program on Energy Security and Climate Change is a Program Advisor for Foreign Affairs.

  • Course Highlight: Emergency Simulation

    It’s three in the morning and there’s a knock on your door — The U.S. is in a state of emergency. You must act swiftly to ensure that no declaration of war is made before the sun comes up.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

EXPLO is short for Exploration. Each
summer, 90% of students choose
to attend our Exploration Programs.
How to Choose Your Program

I loved EVERYTHING. The people, the friends I made, … the program was awesome. I learned so much about foreign affairs and now want to pursue the topic in college.

Say Hello!

For many families, attending an Info Meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO


Program Dates

  • Session One July 1 – July 14, 2018 Residential