Am I eligible to apply to the International Scholars Program?
UF undergraduate students in all degree-granting colleges who are in good academic standing can join the International Scholars Program (ISP). Here are a few things you will want to keep in mind:
- Students must enroll in the International Scholars Program by the end of add/drop of the first semester of their senior year (defined as having at two semesters remaining at UF, including the semester they are enrolling)
- International courses completed prior to enrollment will only count if they are an approved international course.
- Language coursework completed prior to enrollment will count towards meeting the language learning option.
- Past study abroad program participation will meet the international experience requirement.
- Take into consideration the time you will need to complete all the program requirements. If you are a junior or senior it will be important to develop a program plan to ensure timely completion by your final semester.
- You will be required to confirm you have met all program requirements by the graduation application deadline in your final semester. This will permit us time to prepare your Acknowledgment of Completion and order your Commencement Medallion.
- Students must complete at least one ISP course towards their overall international course requirements (12 credits). The ISP course must be completed in Fall 2015 or later.
- Up to six credits of international coursework completed at another institution of higher education may be counted.
- AP and IB credits will not be accepted for the international coursework or language learning requirements.
- Review ePortfolio guidelines here. ePortfolio workshops are held on a regular basis each semester; review the schedule of upcoming workshops on the enrollment page.
What about enrollment in Peace Corps (PC) Prep? Am I eligible?
Students who enroll in the International Scholars Program have the added option of co-enrolling in the PC Prep Program. It requires 3 sector specific courses and 50 hours of documented hands-on experience in that sector. We expect that in some cases, the coursework you complete for ISP will meet the sector course requirements of the PC Prep Program, thereby not adding any additional credits requirements to complete both programs. Depending on the program and focus, it’s also possible that your ISP international experience, such as study abroad, will meet the PC Prep 50 hours of sector experience requirement.Students must co-enroll in the Peace Corps Prep Program by the end of add/drop of the first semester of their senior year (defined as having at two semesters remaining at UF, including the semester they are co-enrolling).
Is ISP only for students who want to work internationally or focus on international academics?
Absolutely not! Your global awareness and intercultural skills are a key piece to your overall learning and development as a professional, no matter what your interests are, where you work, or what you study, now and in the future.
What about PC Prep? Should I join?
PC Prep may have particular appeal to students who are interested in international development and plan to apply to Peace Corps. However, this is not a requirement and we expect International Scholars will co-enroll in PC Prep for many reasons. Here are just a few:
- You may be interested in gaining volunteer experience in a particular Peace Corps work sector. These include education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, and community economic development.
- PC Prep is a great resume-builder, and if you do apply to Peace Corps it will improve the ranking of your application.
- Your participation in PC Prep will enhance your understanding of international development.
- It will provide you with a clear understanding of Peace Corps as one potential next step.
- No matter your reason, we encourage you to co-enroll in the PC Prep Program!
How will the ISP and PC Prep coursework affect my major(s), minor(s) and/or certificate(s)?
As the program is currently designed, the required coursework will not significantly affect your major(s), minor(s) and/or certificate(s). Some required coursework may be academic electives, or in other cases major, minor or certificate credit. An ISP and PC Prep course may also meet Gen Ed or college requirements. All of this will depend on your college and academic department. ISP and PC Prep course credits are not exclusive to the program. We do expect ISP and PC Prep courses will cause you to reflect on the global and intercultural dimensions of your academic experience.
This all sounds great! I hope to study abroad, but if I don’t, can I still enroll in the program?
Yes! As much as we’d like every student to have the opportunity to study abroad, we know that some are unable to do so. That’s why we have set one requirement that can be met with one of two options: language learning or international experience! Review the ISP requirements to learn more.
UFIC Study Abroad Services is here to support you in considering programs and thinking through all your options to study abroad. Remember, studying abroad is only outside the realm of possibility if you never pursue it. We strongly encourage you to attend a Study Abroad info session and meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to consider all your options.
How can I find out more information on ISP and PC Prep?
- Review the Enrollment Steps.
- Attend an info session, a recommended step in the enrollment process.
- Questions? Email Paloma Rodriguez, Coordinator of the International Scholars Program and PC Prep Program.
- Schedule to meet with Breton Homewood, UF Peace Corps Recruiter, to learn more about Peace Corps sectors and potential opportunities to meet the 50 hours of required hands-on experience.