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August 2023

What is RISE Travel Institute's Flagship Program?

RISE Travel Institute's Flagship Program is an online certificate program consisting of 10 sessions over 10 weeks. The content explores different aspects of sustainable travel through structured, rigorous, research-based education. We are taking a systems-thinking approach to address the intersection of social justice, community development, animal protection, and environmental sustainability with regards to travel. Students that successfully complete the program and a capstone project will receive our Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel. Graduates can apply to join one of our domestic or international Experiential Journeys to put theory into practice.

What is the Flagship Program format?

  • A 10-week online certificate program

  • The Program is conducted in English

  • Time commitment for each self-paced session is estimated at 4 hours - which includes:

    • ​A pre-recorded video lecture with closed captions (~45-60 min)

    • At least 1 required reading and/or case study

    • A quiz

    • A list of actionable key take-aways and prompts for reflection

    • A total of 3 interactive Zoom meetings throughout the program where students can meet with instructors and discuss what they’ve learned or ask questions

  • There will be a capstone project due upon completion of the 10 sessions

  • The capstone project is optional, but it is a requirement to receive the Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel

What are the 10 sessions included in the Flagship Program?

Who are the instructors?

The Flagship Program is designed and taught by the RISE Travel Institute team in collaboration with academics and professionals in tourism, social justice, animal protection, and environmental sustainability. Please click here to learn more about our instructors.

Who should take the Flagship Program?

  • Our Flagship Program is open to all 

  • Highly recommended for full-time university students

  • Members of the travel industry and international education / study abroad industry

  • University and high schools administrators, teachers and parents

  • Anyone who wants to become a more mindful traveler

How will the Flagship Program help you become a more
mindful traveler? 

  • Understand different frameworks of sustainability and approach sustainable travel in a holistic way

  • Understand the history of travel and locate yourself on the spectrum of power to bring about a more just and equitable world

  • Bring more consciousness in making decisions around planning travel 

  • Make travel more inclusive and accessible for people at all intersections of identity

  • How to decolonize our travel experiences on Indigenous lands

  • Contribute to sustainable animal protection and biodiversity conservation through our travels

  • Get involved with regenerative and equitable ways for cross-cultural exchange in lieu of conventional voluntourism

  • Respond to the climate emergency and be a part of the climate justice movement 

  • How to photograph and document our travels ethically and responsibly

  • How intentional and mindful travel can create the most good and the least harm for our travel destinations

When will the Flagship Program take place?

The RISE Flagship Program will be offered twice in 2023:


Important dates:

  • February Cohort:

February 20 - April 30, 2023

(Registration closed)


  • September Cohort:

August 28 - November 5, 2023

(Registration now open!)

How much is the tuition?

RISE Flagship Program Tuition: 

  • US$800 tuition for the full program

  • US$400 full-time university student tuition

  • Half and full tuition grants available for full-time university students with proven financial need (Send your inquiry to:

  • We adopt a tiered pricing model to make our programs and courses more accessible to everyone (Read more about our pricing model here)

  • Payment plans available

  • ​Our textbooks are not included in the program cost

Why should you take the Flagship Program?

  • Educational benefits

    • Be a part of a new one-of-a-kind program in the sustainable tourism industry with a unique anti-oppression lens

    • Study with international faculty and experts in their fields

    • Acquire necessary knowledge and tools to become a mindful traveler

    • Be eligible to join our future domestic and international Experiential Journeys to put theory into practice 

  • Networking opportunities

    • Collaborate with like-minded students and RISE staff

    • Connect with sustainability leaders and professionals in international education

    • Join our growing global community 

    • Build relationships in our RISE alumni network

  • Career advantages

    • Earn professional credentials for your resume (10 digital badges and a certificate)

    • Present your capstone project to RISE partners and supporters at our annual student conference 

    • Attend future RISE events and be a RISE global ambassador

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