Explore frequently asked questions about the International Scholars Program & Peace Corps Prep.
Questions about the International Scholars Program
Am I eligible to apply to the International Scholars Program?
Any degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Florida, who is in good academic standing, can enroll in the International Scholars Program.
What are the requirements for completing the International Scholars Program?
- Program Requirements can be find on our website here.
- Students are encouraged to enroll in the International Scholars Program by the end of add/drop of the first semester of their senior year (defined as having at least two semesters remaining at UF, including the semester they are enrolling)
- 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. Things to keep in mind:
- 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.
- AP and IB credits will not be accepted for the international coursework or language learning requirements.
- Up to six credits of international coursework completed at another institution of higher education may be counted.
- Study abroad program participation completed before enrollment will meet the international experience requirement.
- You will be required to confirm with the Office of Global Learning 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.
Is the International Scholars Program only for students who want to work internationally or focus on international academics?
Absolutely not! No matter what your interests are, where you work, or what you study now and in the future, your global awareness and intercultural skills are a key aspect to your overall learning and development as a professional. You will develop skills and competencies that are transferable to any career and field. Read more about the benefits of participating in the International Scholars Program here.
I hope to study abroad, but if I don’t, can I still enroll in the program?
Yes! As much as we would like every student to have the opportunity to study abroad, we know that some are unable to do so. That is 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.
How can I get more information on studying abroad?
UFIC Study Abroad Services is here to support you in finding a study abroad program that fits your needs! We strongly encourage you to attend a study abroad info session and meet with a study abroad advisor to consider all your options. You can learn more about studying abroad here.
I’m an international student at UF, can I join the International Scholars Program?
Yes. All undergraduate students at UF are eligible to enroll in and complete the International Scholars Program (ISP). As an international student, you are expected to meet all ISP requirements. It is possible that your experience as an international student can count toward the international experience requirement. Contact an ISP advisor to learn more.
Questions about Peace Corps Prep
What is the difference between Peace Corps Prep and Peace Corps?
- Peace Corps Prep is a program available to UF students currently enrolled in the International Scholars Program (ISP). After students complete all program requirements, they will receive a certificate from Peace Corps acknowledging their completion of Peace Corps Prep.
- Peace Corps is a service opportunity for volunteers to fully integrate into a host country community, where they will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Peace Corps volunteers are college graduates or those with at least 5 years of applicable professional experience. To learn more about Peace Corps opportunities, contact the UF Peace Corps recruiter.
Am I eligible for enrollment in Peace Corps Prep?
Students who enroll in the International Scholars Program (ISP) also have the option of co-enrolling in the Peace Corps (PC) Prep Program. It requires completing all ISP requirements in addition to 3 sector specific courses and 50 hours of documented hands-on experience within that sector. Learn more about PC Prep here.
Should I join Peace Corps Prep?
Peace Corps Prep may have a particular appeal to students who are interested in international development and plan to apply to the Peace Corps. However, applying to the Peace Corps is not a requirement and we expect International Scholars will co-enroll in PC Prep for many different reasons. Here are a few examples:
- You may be interested in gaining volunteer experience in a particular Peace Corps work sector: education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, and community economic development. This volunteer experience can be great career preparation for a variety of fields.
- PC Prep is a great resume-builder, and if you decide to apply to Peace Corps it will make your application more competitive.
- 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 after graduation.
- No matter your reason, we encourage you to co-enroll in the PC Prep Program!
How can I enroll in Peace Corps Prep?
Students are encouraged to 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 least two semesters remaining at UF, including the semester they are co-enrolling). Students can enroll in PC Prep by completing the International Scholars Program application and selecting their interest in PC Prep. Students can also enroll in PC Prep after they have enrolled in the International Scholars Program by contacting an ISP advisor.
Can I enroll in Peace Corps Prep alone?
No. Students must co-enroll in the International Scholars Program (ISP) and Peace Corps Prep. While the International Scholars Program can be completed successfully without the addition of PC Prep, PC Prep cannot be completed without successfully completing the ISP requirements.
Questions about International Scholars Program when co-enrolling with Peace Corps Prep
How will the International Scholars Program and Peace Corps 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). International Scholars Program (ISP) and Peace Corps (PC) Prep course credits are not exclusive to the program. Some coursework completed for ISP may be academic electives, or courses that count toward your major, minor, or certificate. An ISP or PC Prep course may meet Gen Ed or core class requirements. All of this depends on your college and academic department. These courses should help you reflect on the global and intercultural dimensions of your academic experience.
Keep in mind that AP and IB credits will not be accepted for the international coursework or language learning requirements.
How long will it take for me to complete Peace Corps Prep and the International Scholars Program?
It depends. Some of the coursework you complete for the International Scholars Program (ISP) could also meet the sector course requirements of the Peace Corps (PC) Prep Program, and depending on the program and focus, it is also possible that your ISP international experience, such as study abroad, could meet the PC Prep 50 hours of sector experience requirement as well.
Where can I get more information on the International Scholars Program and Peace Corps Prep?
- Learn about Enrollment Steps here
- Learn about Program Requirements here
- View ePortfolio examples here
- Attend an info session, a recommended step in the enrollment process. To learn more about upcoming info sessions, please email Amila Tica or Carly Vogelsang.
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