After your program starts, please remember to stay in contact with your study abroad advisor. Though uncommon, your program dates might turn out to be slightly different from what you expected.  Please inform UFIC of such changes immediately.

New Program Dates

Changes in dates can affect a variety of things, including your financial aid and your insurance enrollment.  Remember to inform your study abroad advisor of all changes.  If you are required to attend orientation before classes start, your program dates will need to be adjusted accordingly; the same is true of exams after classes end.

Credit Hour Confirmation

During the first two weeks of your program, you MUST confirm your credit hours with your study abroad advisor.  Additionally, if at any point during your program, your credit hours change, you must inform your study abroad advisor.

Course Changes

You MUST notify your study abroad advisor and academic advisor about any changes to your approved courses or the number of credit hours you are enrolled in abroad. At that time, be prepared to provide them with a new course schedule that includes each new course name and number as well as the number of credits the host institution will award for each. Changes reported after your program ends may adversely affect your tracking or financial aid, so report this information as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks after the start of your overseas semester. The University of Florida may not be able to post changes that occur more than two weeks into your semester.

You may need new equivalencies for courses not already approved on your academic advising form.  You will need to contact the appropriate department at UF for each equivalency, and your academic advisor should approve the final schedule in writing before it is sent to UFIC. Forward or copy all relevant e-mails to your study abroad advisor.

Students on Exchange Programs:  It is MANDATORY to obtain approved UF equivalencies for each course you take as an exchange student, including all elective credits.

Dropping Courses

Remember, you are bound by the host institution’s rules for dropping courses, which may be very different from the rules at UF.  Many programs, especially those that occur during the summer, will not allow drops once classes start.  UFIC is unable to lobby on your behalf for the foreign institution to comply with UF’s policies.

If you do drop courses, be sure to maintain full-time status for visa and/or financial aid purposes.  Check with your on-site coordinator, program director, or study abroad/academic advisor for questions regarding what full-time status entails in your situation.