- How will I choose the program that is right for me?
- Will studying abroad delay my graduation?
- Can I work on completing my General Education and Major requirements through study abroad?
- Where can I find information about studying abroad that is specific to my major?
- I don't speak a foreign language. Can I still study abroad?
- I'm nervous about traveling overseas, is it safe?
- Can I fulfill my summer residency requirement abroad?
- Can I afford to study abroad?
The possibilities for study abroad are abundant. Before researching programs you will want to have made some preliminary decisions as to the type of experience you want to have. Start by realistically assessing your academic and personal preparation and your objectives.
|Consider the following questions to help you think about the kind of study abroad experience that would be the right "fit" for you:
Not with proper planning. In fact, some University of Florida students who study abroad actually graduate sooner on average than students who do not! We encourage you to take courses abroad that will meet your degree requirements and help you stay on track to graduate.
YES! Early planning for study abroad helps you make cost-effective program decisions' some semester and academic year programs are actually more economical than staying on campus! If you received Bright Futures, this will apply to your semester term abroad and Pre-Paid will apply to all semesters abroad. It also helps you prepare your finances through savings, and scholarships. Financial aid applies to study abroad costs and, in some cases, your eligibility for aid will increase to cover additional expenses. May and summer financial aid requires a minimum six-credit registration and may not be available if you have already met your aid eligibility during fall and spring semester. The University of Florida offers more than $100,000 in scholarships for study abroad. Study Abroad Services provides resources on these and a variety of other scholarships available to undergraduate students. Stop by the Study Abroad office to research all your options. Click here to find out more about scholarships.
Absolutely! Appropriate courses taken abroad can count General Education and Major classes. Consult early with your Academic Advisor to decide which requirements you want to satisfy through coursework taken overseas during your learning abroad experience.
Visit our Study Abroad portal to search for programs within your major. With over 1,000 programs, there are options for most majors and minors.
No problem! Not only are there lots of opportunities in such countries as Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, but even in non-English-speaking countries many programs are taught in English. If you have already studied a language, you should also be able to find a program that allows you to continue developing your foreign language skills or, if you are sufficiently advanced, to take courses taught entirely in the local language.
With so many incidences worldwide, it is normal to be concerned about travel safety. We encourage you to visit the State Department’s website at www.travel.state.gov for up to date travel alerts and warnings. We monitor events, alerts, and warnings worldwide. Study Abroad Services has many precautions in place to help students to stay safe and healthy while overseas. All study abroad program fees include comprehensive health insurance. Your pre-departure and on-site orientations will include lots of common-sense tips to stay safe. All UF-Sponsored programs have on-site staff to help you with any challenges. In most cases, after a short time in your new overseas surroundings, you will likely feel comfortable and very much at home.
Yes! Students who enter a state university in Florida with fewer than 60 credits must earn at least nine credits before graduation during summer terms at State University System (SUS) institutions. However, students who earn six credits through UF-sponsored, UF-exchange or SUS study-abroad programs during one or two summer terms satisfy the entire summer residency enrollment requirement. Students going on approved study abroad programs can count those credits towards the summer residency requirement.