BackpackerU: Education Embedded in Travel

Turning wanderlust into a pathway for enriched learning

The world is your textbook

🌍 Welcome to BackpackerU!  Our mission is to champion global travel as an essential component of a well-rounded education, fostering cultural understanding, global awareness, and real-world problem-solving skills.  We believe international travel serves as an immersive extension to your learning. It deepens your cultural fluency, enhances your global awareness, and introduces you to real-world challenges. Consider it a valuable extension of your academic journey.

Why travel is essential:

In today’s interconnected world, travel is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity. Going beyond your comfort zone, especially to places like Southeast Asia, Africa or Latin America, equips you with a unique skill set. It’s about becoming proficient in cultural understanding and geopolitics, and these are more than personal gains; they’re essential skills for our complex world.

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What you learn:

Cultural Competence: Interacting with diverse cultures deepens your understanding of different social norms and values, enriching your grasp of human behavior and society.

Global Awareness: Experiencing different countries and cultures firsthand gives you a deeper understanding of the world’s political and economic complexities.

Adaptive Problem-Solving: Overcoming challenges in new places sharpens your critical thinking skills in ways that traditional education often can’t.

Learn while traveling

Language Immersion: Go beyond the classroom; accelerate your language skills by diving into real conversations during your travels. Imagine bargaining at local markets or chatting with new friends—it’s both fun and educational.

History Comes Alive: Step out of the textbook and walk through historical sites, museums, or ancient ruins. Imagine the thrill of standing where historical events actually happened.

Culinary Exploration: Taste your way through diverse culinary traditions. Each bite is not just delicious, but a lesson in culture, agriculture, and even history.


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What is BackpackerU?

BackpackerU serves as a centralized repository for global education resources, offering a platform where academics can collaborate, share, and expand their knowledge through access to a diverse collection of educational materials.

How do I get started?

Sign up or Login.   Then, feel free to search for content, save links to articles, videos, podcasts, books, and more…

How much does it cost?

Nothing. The library at BackpackerU is entirely free to use. You can log in and view all publicly-shared content without any charge.

How can BackpackerU complement my study abroad program?

BackpackerU provides a rich repository of resources and a collaborative platform that can significantly aid in the planning, execution, and enhancement of study abroad programs, ensuring a rich and rewarding global learning experience.

Who can benefit from using BackpackerU?

Professors, study abroad professionals, students, and anyone interested in global education can benefit from the extensive collection of academic resources and the collaborative community on BackpackerU.

What types of resources are available in the library?

The library houses a wide variety of resources including videos, podcasts, articles, books, and more, covering a myriad of academic topics and practical travel advice.

How do I create a "chunk" of resources?

After signing up and logging in, you can save resources that interest you and organize them into personalized collections known as "chunks" for easy access and sharing.

How do I contribute resources to the library?

Registered members can contribute resources to the library, ensuring it continues to grow and evolve. New members can initially save content only to their private repository. If you wish to publish content to the community, please contact us so we can modify your publishing permissions. We’ve adopted this approach to ensure the quality of contributions and to limit spam.

How can I collaborate with others?

You can add team members, friends, and colleagues to your account. Create private collections of content, accessible only to those you invite, ensuring a personalized and collaborative experience.

Can I collaborate with others on BackpackerU?

Yes, BackpackerU encourages collaboration among its users. You can connect with other educators, professionals, and learners, share resources, and discuss academic topics.

How often is the content on BackpackerU updated?

Our database is continuously updated with new resources. With our community-driven model, we guarantee that the content remains timely, pertinent, and beneficial.

How do I get in touch for further inquiries?


You can get in touch with us through the 'Contact' page on the Summit Global Education website or by emailing us at (info @ Our team is here to assist you with any inquiries you may have.


From Summit Global Education, BackpackerU is a dedicated platform fostering academic collaboration through a comprehensive library of global education resources. It serves as a conduit for enriched learning experiences in study abroad programs, enabling seamless sharing and exploration of diverse academic materials.



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