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Types of Programs
A good first place to start might be length of study. At USF Education Abroad, we offer many different kinds of programs, but our three most popular types are:
Semester Study--Fall and spring full semester programs allow students to truly integrate into their host culture and attend institutes, colleges, and universities overseas with other foreign and local students. Your living options and program prices range from program to program as does the field of study available. In most cases, you may take courses from a range of majors as varied as the USF catalog. A semester abroad is an enriching experience allowing you to truly acculturate to your host country. It allows you the opportunity to get to know the people and culture as well as see and experience your discipline from a different perspective--one that can not only compliment your own understanding, but one you can bring back with you and use to supplement your home campus USF education.
Summer Programs--USF summer programs range in length from 2 to 10 weeks during the May to August period. Program dates vary, but each are designed to maximize student exposure to their host cultures while providing an intensive academic study. In most cases, some lectures will be conducted on campus before and after the trip, as well as exams and projects with the faculty director on-site in their host country. In addition to USF faculty led programs, Education Abroad is partnered with many international partner institutes and universities that host our students for focused study. There is also the potential for experiential learning through service, teaching, and internships.
Short-Term Programs--The Education Abroad Office has previously arranged spring break and intersession short programs designed for students with limited travel time but intense interest. These programs are highly intensive in nature and rely on a good deal of course work to be completed on campus prior to departure. This work is then brought to life through on-site research and firsthand experiences.
Not all schools and programs have terms dates that line up exactly with USF's dates. You are encouraged to research your program on the web or speak to an Education Abroad Advisor for more details on particular programs.
Each program length has its own advantages, and you should consider first and foremost the kind of experience you want to have. Semester study is often considered to be the most enriching as students are often integrated with local students in their host country, take courses at a host university or institution, and have the opportunity to integrate into a society by participating in local customs and truly living abroad; they are also the most cost effective programs when total cost is compared to time spent in country. Summer programs offer students a taste of the culture but are shorter and thus sometimes work more easily with their schedules and responsibilities at home. Please check out our available programs page for all of our program offerings: Available Programs
When Should I Go?
No matter the end result, it is always best to plan early. Everyone's schedule is different so this is something you really need to think about. It is always a good idea to go to your major's academic adviser and talk about your desire to go abroad so this person can help you make room in your schedule. The earlier you have this conversation, the easier it is to make sure you stay on track for graduation. This includes saving some of your electives for the semester or summer you want to go and researching the schools for ones that offer your major.
Students looking to go abroad for a semester must have at least sophomore standing the first semester they are away. Graduating seniors may not go abroad in their last semester as grades often take two or more months to properly transfer from overseas. Sophomore and junior year are the most popular times for students to study for a full semester.
Students interested in summer programs are welcomed at any stage or level of their education, so long as the student is at least 18 years old at the time of participation (certain exception can be made with parental consent for younger students enrolled at USF).
Graduate students are advised to check with their departments as required courses are often only taught on campus during certain parts of the year. Scheduling and logistics for alternative-calendar programs such as independent research, field work, medical rotations, special projects and internships should be a collaborative effort between the student, their department, and the Education Abroad Office.
What do I want to study?
The academic requirements you are looking to fulfill can greatly influence the program you select. Our summer programs have a variety of available courses, but they are limited by which faculty are going and the classes the institute overseas is willing to teach. Most summer programs will have a short-list of one to six classes offered (the average being two). Students should check the individual program pages and descriptions to see which classes are offered on these short programs. Students should always speak with the academic department from which they are looking to get credit to be certain they understand how these summer courses will transfer back to USF.
Semester programs offer students the greatest selection of courses as the entire course catalogue of the foreign school is normally open to students studying for a semester or a year. That being said, students may be limited in language of instruction in the case of countries where English is not the primary language; in most cases courses are available in English, but students should investigate their school of choice.
Applicants should check with the individual program website for program-specific deadlines. Deadlines can be as much as 5-6 months prior to the program date. Please note that non-USF providers of study abroad programming may have much earlier deadlines. Generally, summer program applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, there again students may find that certain programs have specific acceptance deadlines. Students are urged to apply early!
Please note the following deadlines associated with Education Abroad Administered Scholarships and USF Semester Exchange programs:
Semester Exchange Deadlines:
- FALL Semester Exchange - February 15
- SPRING Semester Exchange - September 15
Current USF Students
In order to begin the Education Abroad application process you will need to know your Net ID login and have access to your USF email account. You can verify the operation of both by logging in to http://my.usf.edu
- Choose the program you wish to apply to from the Available Programs
- Click 'Apply Now'
- When asked if you are a student with activated NetID login credentials, answer 'Yes'
- Login using your USF Net ID and continue the application process as instructed
Non-USF applicants who wish to participate in an Education Abroad outgoing program must first be accepted as a non-degree seeking student at USF. To apply as a non-degree seeking student, please view the list below and select the appropriate application link:
Completing your Application
Once you have created the initial program application, you will be logged into the Education Abroad application system and presented with the Program Application Page of the program to which you just applied. The Program Application Page shows all of the requirements for the phases of the application (Pre-Decision, Post-Decision, While Abroad, Returnee).
Carefully read and complete each requirement as instructed. Unless otherwise stated, each requirement is mandatory in order to move on to the next phase of the application.
To return to the application at anytime you can login to the Education Abroad application system by clicking on the NET ID Login link on the top of the Education Abroad website.
The pre-decision phase is the first step of your application to the Education Abroad program. Your application will not be considered for review until all requirements of the pre-decision phase have been met. Upon completion, the advisor of the program will be notified. Depending on the decision date of the program, you may be notified of acceptance immediately.
The post-decision phase comes after your acceptance to the program. When you reach the post-decision phase, you will be presented with new requirements and a commitment button. Carefully read the commitment instructions and commit to the program. You will have 5 days or until the application deadline to commit or your application will be withdrawn. Again, carefully read and submit each requirement as instructed. Failure to complete each requirement will prevent you from being permitted to participate; however, you will still be liable for program costs.
While Abroad Phase
Your application will move to the "while abroad" phase on the start date of your program. Please review any new requirements and complete them as instructed. You may also be presented with a link to submit Side Trip details or Incident Reports. In addition, a journal function may become available for you to record and share your experience abroad.
The returnee phase takes affect after the end date of your program. Please review any new requirements and complete them as instructed.
Payment of the program confirmation payment (generally $500, which applies to the total Study Abroad Program Cost), is due within 5 business days of your admission to the program or no later than the application deadline, whichever is first. Please note that tuition for the credits you are taking will be billed separately and will appear on your OASIS account once you have been registered in the appropriate courses.
100% of the total program cost 30 days prior to program’s departure date.
In addition, we would like to remind you that your financial responsibility toward the program cost increases as the program start date approaches. Should you withdraw from the program at any time, you will still bear a financial responsibility on your date of withdrawal.
Payment in Person
Download the Payment Form so you can make your confirmation payment in person in the Cashier’s Office using cash, check, or money order. If you need more copies of the payment request form to make subsequent payments, please contact us at this email address, and indicate the total amount you wish to pay at that time. A pre-populated form will be emailed back to you. You may also obtain a copy of the payment request form in person at the Education Abroad office (CGS 101) or the Gateway Office located in the Marshall Student Center room 3301.
You can also make your confirmation payment online on OASIS through the student bill pay portal. Select the option to “Pay by line item,” check the box for the description of your program and indicate $500.00 for your payment amount.
If you wish to make payments on OASIS using credit, debit, or eCheck, please note that a surcharge will apply for credit and debit transactions, and Visa is not accept. eCheck transactions can be completed for no additional charge.
If you are a Florida PrePaid recipient, please email us for additional assistance.
If you have any questions regarding your program charges, payment deadlines, or payment options, please feel free email us or call 974-4314.
How to Pay - Non-USF Students
Before paying, please be sure you have your USF Student ID Number (U#) (we will provide this to you once your new record is created). Until your USF record is activated, payments may be mailed to our bank, oddly enough, located in Orlando:
University of South Florida
P.O. Box 864571
Orlando, FL 32886- 4571
Please make sure to write your USF U# on the memo portion of the check. If you have not yet received your U# please notify your program advisor.
Once your record is activated, you may make further payments as if you were a USF Student (please see instructions above).
Overseas students are granted the grading options and are subject to all grading policies as on-campus students. Unless a student makes a written request for an optional grading policy (i.e. S/U grading, course audit) and receives instructor approval for same, they will be registered for their courses on a standard letter-grade basis.
Students who are enrolled for direct USF credit will have their grades posted to their USF record by the close of the term, regardless of the final date of their program.
Students who are receiving transfer credit for any of their course work may experience a notable delay in the appearance of and receipt of these courses and credits on their USF record. Please note that many overseas institutes do not issue the EAO documentation of this course work until after the close of USF deadlines, resulting in this delay. Students who are studying overseas during their final semester prior to graduation should contact the EAO, the USF faculty director or the host institution to see whether official transcripts could be expedited. The University cannot give credit without a transcript from the foreign institution.
The government requires you to pay duty on goods purchased abroad and brought into the United States. You should know and understand these requirements before leaving, so there are no problems when you return. You must declare expensive and/or foreign goods you will take with you before leaving the United States so that you are not charged duty on them when you return. If you are taking imported articles such as cameras, binoculars, watches, laptops, etc., register these foreign-made articles with Customs (before leaving the U.S.) to avoid extra duty charges upon re-entry.
Your exemption is $800 (retail value) on articles acquired abroad, if:
- Articles are for personal use or gifts.
- Articles accompany you.
- You have been out of the country at least 48 hours (Mexico and U.S. Virgin Islands are exempt from the 48-hour limitation).
- You have not claimed the exemption within the preceding 30 days.
- Articles are not prohibited or restricted.
Upon your return, group purchases together and keep receipts ready for Customs inspection. Should you bring back foreign pharmaceuticals, have the prescriptions ready to present.
You must declare, at the price paid, everything acquired abroad, including gifts given to you and articles worn or used. If you fail to declare or understate the value, penalties may be severe. You cannot bring meat, fruits, vegetables and Cuban cigars into the United States.
Check U.S. Customs and Border Protection for more customs information.
Post Travel Health
There are a few health issues you need to consider when returning from travel abroad:
- If you become ill within 12 months after traveling, make a medical appointment and inform your physician of the countries you visited while abroad.
- If you have been taking anti-malarial medication, continue doing so for the prescribed length of time after you return home.
- Schedule an appointment with a health care provider for a sexually transmitted disease check if you were sexually active while abroad.
- Remember that your study abroad accident and sickness insurance covers you only while you are abroad, so make sure you have adequate coverage in the United States.
Time to Re-adjust
As difficult as it is to adapt to an entirely new culture, it can be just as challenging to come back home after being away for any period of time. It is best to know what you might encounter in order to prepare for this adjustment period.
Expect to experience some measure of reverse culture shock. Reverse or re-entry shock can be defined as the unexpected confrontation with the familiar (R. Michael Paige). Remember that the world at home hasn't stopped while you were gone. Upon your return home, you may find you aren't the only one who has changed during your absence. Everyone and everything else will have changed too! Remember to take time to readjust slowly.
You'll notice that you may think differently about the United States. You'll spend time reflecting on the differences between the U.S. and your former host country, just as you did when you left. Friends and family may be interested in stories or photos for a while, but "really don't understand." It may be difficult to express your feelings in words. Remember that many people may have difficulty relating to what you are saying because it hasn't been part of their experience.
Avoid experiencing anxiety about getting a job when your return home. Your study abroad experience can open employment doors for you, so be creative while abroad, ask for interviews by e-mail and promote the self-reliance and maturity your have gained through your experience.
*Please visit the Education Abroad website at http://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/?go=PreDeparture for important links to different resources that may be utilized.
How To Apply
|Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a student's academic career, but it is one that might seem daunting at first. How much will it cost? Will I delay my graduation? Where can I go? How long should I be gone? What programs fit my major? These are some of the most common questions, and rightly so!
The first thing you need to do when you want to study abroad is to think about what kind of experience you want to have while you are away by asking yourself:
Applying to a Program
|Before you start an application, make sure you understand the whole process and what is needed to finish registering for your Study Abroad Program. Please contact the Gateway (4-5474) or Education Abroad Office (4-4314) before applying to discuss all available options.|
|The University of South Florida Education Abroad Office (USF EAO) is committed to supporting students in their study abroad goals. If you are interested in participating in a program that is not listed on the the Education Abroad Office's website, then you will be able to apply for the Non- Affiliate Program after beginning the process with an advisor in the EAO. Such programs are referred to as "Non-Affiliate Programs."|
How to Pay
|Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.|
Passports and Visas
Applying for a passport takes up to 8 weeks if you do not have one. Visit the link at travel.state.gov for information on how to apply for a passport.
If you already have a passport, it must be valid. To view passport validity requirements for your destination(s), you need to visit the country information sheet at travel.state.gov and look up the destination country. In addition to passport validity, make sure that your passport has enough blank pages. You can find this information there as well.
View this video to learn more about passport validity
For example, for any travel to France, U.S. passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
- If you have a passport, take it out and look at it. What is the Expiration Date?
- Look up your intended destination country. What are the Passport Validity Requirements?
- Does your passport comply? If not, you need to apply for a new one!
Not a U.S. Citizen?
For Non-U.S. Citizens, countries have different requirements for passport validity based upon your country of citizenship. All non-US citizens must determine the passport validity requirements for the country they are going to. Check with USF International Services if you have any questions.
Not all countries require a visa. And if you are not a U.S. citizen, visa requirements can be very different for you than a U.S. citizen.
If your program adviser does not provide assistance for the study abroad group to apply for visas, it becomes your responsibility to acquire one.
For U.S. citizens to find out if a visa is required for a particular destination, visit travel.state.gov, just like you did for Passport Validity. A visa is an entry/residency permit granted by the authorities of a country. A visa allows you to enter and remain in that country. You will need a passport prior to applying for a visa. Applying for a visa can be a very long and complicated process. It is much more difficult than applying for a passport. Whether or not you need a visa depends on your citizenship and where you are traveling. You can apply for a visa through the country’s Embassy/Consulate. A visit to an Embassy/Consulate may be required in-person to apply for a visa. To find the appropriate Embassy/Consulate for your destination country, visit http://embassy.goabroad.com/
Not a U.S. Citizen?
All Non-U.S citizens will need to check with Consulates or the Embassy of your destination to see if a visa is required for you. International students studying on a visa at USF must see an International Student Advisor at USF before departing the U.S. You can make an appointment on the USF International Services website.
Scholarships and Funding
|Studying abroad does not need to be an expensive experience. Florida and federal financial aid may be used by students participating in USF-sponsored study abroad programs, and many study abroad scholarships exist as well. Students should speak with USF Financial Aid to determine what current aid can be applied.
Please browse through the resources below containing information about various sources of funding:
Course Approval Forms
Course Approval Forms can be found on your Study Abroad Program's Electronic Brochure under "Course Information".
Payment Form- this form is required every time you make a payment on your OASIS account for your study abroad experience. It will need to be filled out and signed by an advisor or staff member in the Education Abroad Office.
SAE (Study Abroad Financial Aid Contract)- this is used in circumstances where financial aid is being requested but the transfer credits will not appear in OASIS to justify Financial Aid payment. There are also other extenuating circumstances that would call for the SAE Form, however that is by a case by case basis and will be duly notated for the student.
FERPA Waiver Request Form- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, is a federal law that
establishes the rights of students with regard to education records, and ensures students of the right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to those records. This form is provided as a means for students to give the University of South Florida permission to discuss and/or disclose their academic records with someone other than themselves (i.e., with a parent, guardian, etc.).
Safety and Risk Forms
High Risk Student Travel College and Department Approval Form- (INDIVIDUAL TRAVELERS ONLY)-We do not want to approve travel to high risk locations without the support and approval of the student’s chair and dean. Prior to undertaking a full risk assessment, we ask the student’s Department Chair and Dean to indicate their support of the student’s participation in their chosen international education abroad program or activity in spite of the inherent risks associated with travel or research.
Study Abroad Release for Minor
Scholarship Application Forms
Cost Estimate Form-Use this form if your program is not a USF Faculty-led or Semester Exchange program as listed on the
USF Education Abroad Website and you have not completed an application through the USF Education
Abroad Office. You will have to have an Education Abroad Advisor sign-off on this form. To expedite
this, please bring any printed brochures or materials showing program cost if applicable.
Program Description Form-Use this form if your specific program is NOT listed on the USF Education Abroad Website. Please note that this form is required for all independent programs.
Ed Abroad Scholarships Signature Document
You are back...now what?
|You've arrived back home and want to know what is next. There are a few housekeeping items that need to be completed. Please take a moment to fill out an online evaluation about your experience. It only take a few minutes but it gives us valuable information on how we can improve the experience for others. Also, take a moment and look through the links on Post Travel Health and Culture Shock-just to make sure you are feeling good. We hope you had a great trip and we will be here when you plan the next one!|
Become a Globull Ambassador
|As part of the GloBull Ambassador's program, you will have the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with students who are thinking about studying abroad, or those who have already decided and are in the process of preparing for their study. In addition to quality conversations about overseas destinations and issues, you will get to experience the study abroad industry from the advisor's standpoint, network within the study abroad community, and add a great experience to your résumé!|
GoinGlobal Career Database
|GoinGlobal career and employment resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly updated content on topics including: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice and more. In addition to job resources, each country profile contains cultural advice and guidelines.
To access the GoinGlobal portal you must you must be a current student, faculty, or staff member and have a valid USF Net ID.