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|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Requirements:||None|
|Program Type:||USF Sponsored||Eligibility Requirements:||Degree Seeking|
|Level of Study:||Graduate, Undergraduate||Open to:||Non-USF Applicants, USF Students Only|
|Credit Offered:||Transfer Credit||Program Advisor:||Jim Pulos|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Sponsoring College:||University Wide|
|Program Primary Subject:||Business, Marketing, and Finance, Fine Arts and Art History, Humanities, History, and Media Studies||Area of Study:||Business, English, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology|
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The University of Exeter is a leading UK university located in the most beautiful part of Great Britain, an area which is popular with tourists for its warm, sunny climate, spectacular natural scenery and sandy beaches. The city of Exeter is an historic and vibrant cathedral city, just over two hours from London by train.
The International Summer School is your chance to experience one of the UK’s top universities, studying one of our accredited pathways. Our bespoke, interdisciplinary courses are taught by Exeter faculty from a range of Colleges, allowing you to immerse yourself in a topic and see the subject from a number of different viewpoints.
Please see the following link for additional information video about the University of Exeter Program: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/summerschool/
International Summer School
In 2016, the University of Exeter will again welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. The International Summer School is your chance to experience one of the UK’s top universities, studying one of our accredited pathways. Our bespoke, interdisciplinary courses are taught by Exeter faculty from a range of Colleges, allowing you to immerse yourself in a topic and see the subject from a number of different viewpoints. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to be inspired while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.
The academic pathways on offer are:
Britain and the Making of the Modern World
Academic Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Farrell
For much of the 19th and 20th century Britain was the world’s superpower, and its imperial connections not only left deep traces in America, Africa and Asia, but also in Britain itself. Thus to understand modern British history it is necessary to see it in a global perspective: not only were British politics and economics influenced by imperial considerations, but also most of its wars were global conflicts. Furthermore, British culture – food, fashion and architecture – was, and still is, shaped by its imperial legacy. By combining political, social and military history, this module introduces you to the key developments, ideas, events and people that shaped modern British history.
The module encourages you to explore the interdependency of national and global history in the last two hundred years through different scholarly methods and sources. You will learn how global events, like the slave trade, the First World War or the conflict in the Middle East, are linked with British history. You will also consider how life in Britain, for wealthy and ordinary people in London, Exeter or Bath, was influenced through global connections.
You will work with varied primary sources and with the rich collections of imperial artefacts at the University’s Cinema Museum and the Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum. In this way you will not only study written texts, but you will also have the chance to work with the objects British travellers brought back from all over the world, and to see how Britain’s imperial past influenced its film industry. As well as giving you a different perspective on academic history, this will encourage you to think about how museums present British history and the objects associated with it to the wider public.
John Darwin, The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System 1830-1970 (Cambridge, 2009)
Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society
Academic Coordinator: Dr Diego Gomez
This module explores the economic, societal and environmental impacts and implications of climate change, as well as the technological solutions available; focusing on research currently being done by academics at the University of Exeter. The course begins with a general introduction to Climate Change and then examines three main topics in greater detail: Water Resources and Engineering, Renewable Energy, and Earth Systems. This is a technical program, coordinated by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and is centred around the theory and application of climate change science. Although not a requisite, it is desirable to have a scientific background, and you can expect to come across technical terminology during this course
Specific topics related to Climate Change include:
• Causes and effects
• Social, economic and political impacts
• Environmental impacts and the threat to ecosystem services
• Modelling and prediction
• Adaptation and mitigation of catastrophic events
• Management of water resources and rainfall changes
• Renewable energy technologies and policies for a low carbon society
• Climate Tipping Points
We will explore these issues within a multidisciplinary framework with lectures, workshops and practical exercises led by world-class researchers in engineering, physics, mathematics, biological, and environmental sciences as well as the Met Office (the UK’s weather and climate service).
This module aims to give you a broad vision and perspective on global climate change: its mechanisms and underlying science, a look at impacts upon society and the environment, and the technologies that can be employed to mitigate its effects, including adaptation strategies.
Lectures, seminars and group workshops will be used to introduce topics that will provide the foundation for discussion and personal work. Supplemental reading lists issued before the start of the module will be used to ensure that all students have additional knowledge about each lecture session. Students will work individually through formative assessment and a final written work to develop a personal topic in light of the content provided by the course.
Rajendra Pachauri and Leo Meyer (Eds.), Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report
Climate Change: Basic Information website, EPA United States Environment Protection Agency, March 2014
Global Enterprise (USF Equivalent - GEB 4935 (3 credit hours)
Academic Coordinator: Professor David Boughey
This course focuses on the growth and management of global enterprises from the emergence of the modern multinational to the present day. In studying the dynamics of international business we take these enterprises (commonly referred to as MNEs, MNCs or TNCs) as our key actors, and use an interdisciplinary approach to assess the challenges associated with developing strategies and managing operations across national boundaries. We explore, therefore, the interplay between the multinational enterprise, the countries in which it does business, and the competitive environment in which it operates. This approach will ensure that global enterprise is framed in a wide political, social, historical and economic context.
Throughout the course we consider firms from across the globe, and draw particular attention to the rise of large-scale enterprises from the BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India and China). We will also address the classic problems of modes of entry, global coordination, and local responsiveness. Public and political attitudes to “foreign” firms are also considered, and we challenge our sense of what constitutes ethical business practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on cultural values, question their own assumptions and develop knowledge of other cultures through class discussions and group work. Employability skills are further developed through the giving of presentations, case-study analysis, team-working, and report-writing.
Overall the course aims to improve students’ knowledge of the modern multinational, and to foster systematic and informed analysis of how multinational enterprises operate, thrive, stagnate or fail in an integrated global economy.
Peter Dicken, Global Shift: Mapping the changing contours of the world economy, 7th ed. (Sage, 2015)
Mike Peng and Klaus Meyer, International Business, 2nd ed. (Cengage, 2016)
UNCTAD, World Investment Report 2015 (United Nations, 2015)
Adapting Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies
Academic Coordinator: Dr Joanne Woodford
IAPT is a mental health programme that has developed and implemented a new approach to delivering psychological therapies to those suffering from mental health disorders. Traditional methods of treatment have not met the demand for psychological therapies and meant that patients experienced long waiting times to access therapy and also that the number of patients receiving treatment was low. Within the IAPT programme psychological therapies are delivered as part of a ‘stepped care’ model with different intensities of therapy provided at different steps, depending upon the severity of the psychological difficulty and the evidence based interventions available.
This module will enable you to understand these demands, the different ways in which psychological therapies can be delivered as well as critically evaluate service delivery models and their effectiveness. This will involve assessing whether these models can meet the increasing demands placed upon them, not just in terms of improving access to more people but also by considering the range of differences with which people can present including age, physical health problems or cultural background.
You will gain an understanding of the relevant theoretical literature and how this is applied around the globe from our international collaborators in this field, from mental health professionals (including the University Wellbeing Service), researchers in this area, organisations providing psychological therapies services to different groups, and people who have experienced mental health difficulties from our ‘lived experience’ group.
Working as part of a team you will apply this knowledge through authentic assessment by producing a patient information booklet. The module therefore does not solely aim to increase your understanding of this area but shows how this will be applied in practice and develops your skills in team working and project management.
James Bennett-Levy, David Richards, Paul Farrand, et al, Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2010)
International Relations: Security, Conflict, and Peace (USF Equivalent - INR 4083 (3 credit hours)
This course will provide you with the opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and pertinent aspects of core theoretical and empirical debates in this discipline. You will explore the evolution of security, both as a concept, policy, and practice. You will consider how various schools of thought contribute to the understanding and interpretation of security, conflict, and peace.
The module aims to encourage students to explore some of the most topical issues in International Relations and will investigate the causes of recent and ongoing conflicts in the global context. It will address how sustainable peace might be built in regions such as the Balkans and the Middle East.
You will also engage with the latest debates related to:
Security and intricacies of strategy
Ongoing international and local efforts to achieve peace in the aftermath of violence
Challenges of uncontrolled migration
A lack of development
Teaching will be delivered by leading experts on conflict, security and peace studies and will adopt an interactive format of lectures and seminars including a simulation exercise.
Alan Collins, Contemporary Security Studies (3rd ed. Oxford, 2013)
Sean Kay, Globalization, Power, and Security (Security Dialogue, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2004)
Introduction to Accounting (USF Equivalent - ACG 2021 (3 credit hours)
Academic Coordinator: Professor Kevin McMeeking
For a business to properly function, effective methods of communication among owners, managers and investors are essential. Accounting fills the need for a common language of business, and this module provides an introduction to its basic concepts, methods and practices of financial accounting. Knowledge of the underlying fundamental reporting concepts, in addition to its procedures, is an essential element in the education of future managers and other professionals.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to better understand:
The regulation of financial reporting
The fundamental concepts of accounting, and the various accounting conventions that apply these concepts
The uses to which accounting information may be put
Different types of accounting entity
The generation of the data recorded in accounting systems
The recording of basic transactions within the accounting system
The periodic measurement of profit (income) by businesses
The preparation of annual financial statements (statement of financial position, income statement, statement of cash flows) for simple businesses
The various elements of financial statements: assets, liabilities and capital
Measures of profitability and liquidity, including cash flow statements
Basic issues relating to the accounting statements of groups of companies.
P. Atrill & E. McLaney, Financial Accounting for Decision Makers (7th ed. Pearson 2013)
Introduction to English Law
Academic Coordinator: Dr Joseph Lee
This course will provide you with a broad and critical understanding of the structure and function of the English legal system and will introduce students to the key foundations of the study of law:
Obligations including Contract and Tort
Public Law (including Constitutional and Administrative Law)
Equity and the Law of Trusts
Law of the European Union
The course will then develop your knowledge of the law by introducing more specialised areas such as commercial and business law.
The course also includes instruction in Mooting and by participating in a mooting competition you will learn to do what lawyers do on a daily basis. By developing and defending legal arguments you will improve your understanding of the law and develop skills in legal research and analysis.
This course is suitable for prospective law students who wish to gain knowledge and experience of academic legal study, law students from outside the common law system as the course who wish to understand the main differences between the common law and civil law systems and also students of finance, business or politics as the course will illustrate how the law relates to these fields.
Roy Goode, Commercial Law in the Next Millienium (Sweet and Maxwell, 1998)
Preventative Medicine: Exercise and the Environment
Academic Coordinator: Dr Richard Pulsford
Preventive Medicine: Exercise and the Environment offers a detailed exploration into preventive health issues related to physical activity and the environment. Drawing upon sustained research in these topics at Exeter, you will gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the interaction of physical activity and the environment on health across the lifespan.
This course is aimed primarily at those undergraduates and graduates with a keen interest in exercise, physical activity, health, medicine and the environment. If you have a background in biology, sports science, kinesiology, medicine, psychology, professions allied to medicine, you will be well prepared for this course.
Topics will include physiological and psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, natural and virtual environments and their impact on health. These topics will encompass the lifespan, from childhood to old age. You will be able to interact with internationally renowned and world-class researchers over a series of lectures, seminars and practical sessions in natural environments and have a chance to practise and promote preventive medicine.
The programme creates a challenge for you academically whilst providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The aims of the course are:
To provide a thought-provoking and insightful examination of the interaction between exercise, the environment and our health which reflects the University’s strong and unique reputation for internationally excellent multi-method and multidisciplinary research and teachings in this field.
To provide a sound basis in quantitative approaches to the study of physical activity and the environment.
To work with the research expertise of staff across various, diverse disciplines (psychology, physiology, exercise medicine, paediatric exercise science, the environment) to allow a rounded exploration of how physical activity and the environment can influence population health.
Adrianne E. Hardman, David J. Stensel, Physical Activity and Health: The evidence explained (2nd ed. Routledge, 2009)
Claude Bouchard, Steven N. Blair, William Haskell, Physical Activity and Health (Human Kinetics, 2007)
Rethinking Shakespeare: Beyond the Bard
Academic Coordinator: Dr Victoria Sparey
This module aims to explore the processes by which Shakespeare’s plays came into existence, how they achieved their unique status in English literature and culture, and how the image of the genius ‘Bard’ problematizes understandings of Shakespeare’s plays as part of Shakespeare’s own world and our own. Taking place in the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this year the module will include examining issues that surround memorializing the dead, both in Shakespeare’s own time and our own.
The module focuses its attention upon A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and The Tempest. Through a combination of play-specific classes, performance workshops, and classes dedicated to the details of historical context students will examine:
the contexts of the plays’ initial production and reception
the implications of Shakespearean and modern performance practices in understanding Shakespeare’s plays
myths that have become associated with Shakespeare , the origin of such myths and their influence over contemporary engagements with Shakespeare’s plays
Guided by experts from Exeter University’s English and Drama Departments, students will encounter the nuances and richness available within the field of Shakespeare Studies, which a static image of the isolated Bard simply does not allow.
The course includes going to see a play at the world famous Globe Theatre in London which will help you put performance theory into practice.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Tolkien on Page and Screen
Academic Coordinator: Professor Nick Groom
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His fiction has in the past 15 years inspired six blockbuster movies, as well as several independent films, yet he is one of the most neglected figures in academic literary criticism. This module begins by focusing on Tolkien’s major fiction published during his lifetime – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings – as well as several minor and posthumous works, including an introduction to The Silmarillion. It will then move to the Ralph Bakshi and Peter Jackson film treatments, as well as and other examples of reception in literature and in different media, such as music, gaming, and ephemera. The module will also consider how far Tolkien’s experience of place, including his trips to Cornwall, Devon, and the West Country affected his work.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales
Victorian Evolutions and Revolutions: Literature and Visual Culture
Academic Coordinator: Dr Corinna Wagner
This module explores a wide range of visual and literary texts, from gothic novels to Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which provide a sense of the extraordinary historical richness of the Victorian era.
In this module, we will study a series of major Victorian texts in detail, including a novel by Charles Dickens; some poetry by Tennyson and Browning; short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, H G Wells and Mary Braddon; as well as art and architecture. We will place the literature and art in their historical, social, political and cultural contexts. The module is organized around the following significant themes, which galvanized the Victorians, as much as they concern us today:
- the uses of the past
- the condition of England
- the woman question
- commerce and the market
- nationalism, imperialism, and global travel
- urban life and the environment
- science, medicine and the arts
- the body
The sessions will be made up of lectures and seminar discussions, in which students are expected to participate. We will examine literary, visual and non-literary texts with issues of wider social, cultural, and historical context. In seminars we will read texts—whether literary, visual, historical, philosophical, or other—critically and in detail. We will also visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) to explore Victorian objects, architecture and art, and to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum to look at various forms of Victorian visual entertainment.
Gothic Evolutions, ed. Corinna Wagner (Broadview, 2014)
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (Oxford)
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford)
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Exeter is the regional capital of South-West England. It is a place steeped in history, with its famous cathedral dating back to Norman times and historic quay (above). There are lots of things to see and do – Exeter has a number of museums, theatres and galleries and a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and night clubs – all within walking distance of the main campus.
"The city of Exeter, with a population of about 122,000 is a student-friendly city which combines modern life with a sense of the past. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and modern shops mix easily with historic buildings, including the Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1133 and rebuilt in the late medieval period, the Guildhall is the oldest civic working building in the country, Mol's coffee house and the Ship Inn, both favourite haunts of Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. Exeter is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the UK."
Exeter's Streatham Campus itself is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the UK. Based around a botanic garden, it has fantastic views to the surrounding countryside and is ideal for whiling away a few summer hours. It also has cafés, a bar and excellent sporting facilities.
The surrounding countryside is easily accessible, with plenty to offer. The beaches of Exmouth are only 15 minutes away by train, the wild landscape of Dartmoor is less than an hour away, or for those looking for the big city atmosphere, Bristol is only an hour away. If you are an adventure sport enthusiast there is a wealth of options for you to try on your free days, whether this be mountain biking, kayaking or hiking. We are happy to provide you with the information you need to make the most of your time here.
The University of Exeter is a leading UK university located in the most beautiful part of Great Britain, an area which is popular with tourists for its warm, sunny climate, spectacular natural scenery and sandy beaches. The city of Exeter is an historic and vibrant cathedral city, just over two hours from London by train.
"The University of Exeter had just 19 students in its first intake in 1840, it is now one of the UK's most popular and successful universities with 17,000 students, of which just over 12,000 are undergraduates. Exeter is ranked in the Top 200 in the world in the 2010-11 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and has one of the highest National Student Survey rankings in the country, being in the top 10 since the survey began. Exeter has a lively, friendly and welcoming campus environment where there's always lots going on. Studying at Exeter is about more than getting an education, there is a wealth of opportunities open to students to develop personally as well as professionally."
Learn more by watching this video: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/film/
Information courtesy of the University of Exeter
In 2016 the University of Exeter will again welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to be inspired while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.
Academic tuition takes place between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. and will consist of two sessions of two hours. Afternoon activities and day trips will tie into the academic programme.
Whether you are looking for a specific course to complement your current study by earning credits or whether you are studying purely out of interest, we are here to advise and ensure that you find what you are looking for and that you get the most out of your time here.
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All modules taught by Exeter faculty.
Tuition plus social programme £1,700
Dinner plus Bed and Breakfast packages:
- Single, en-suite rooms in Pennsylvania Court £870
- Single room in Ransom Pickard £760
- Twin room in Ransom Pickard (You must know the person you intend to share with if you want to stay in a twin room) £620 per person
If you are offered a place on the Summer School, you will be sent an invoice by the University of Exeter, which will allow you to pay the programme fees online directly to The University of Exeter, and to formally accept your offer. You have the choice to pay the programme fees in full or to pay deposit of £250. Programme fees must be paid by 31 May 2016. Please see the University of Exeter Terms and Conditions for further details.
Important Note: If you apply before 1 March 2016 you will automatically be given 10% off your tuition fee.
The University of Exeter will be granting a scholarship worth £500 each to USF student accepted into the program.
In addition to the University of Exeter scholarship, the University of South Florida will grant an approximate matching scholarship of $750.00 to all participants on the program.
International Summer School - visits and social programme
London orientation (Saturday 2 July - Tuesday 5 July)
The programme starts with a three-day orientation in London allowing you to get to know your fellow students as well as see the major sites.
Staff will be in London throughout your stay and will meet you on arrival at either Heathrow airport or at the hotel. Bed and breakfast accommodation will be at the Travelodge Covent Garden, which is in the very centre of the city. The programme includes:
- A guided walking tour
- Watching a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Visiting the British Museum
- Free time to explore
Bath (Saturday 9 July)
Bath is a city steeped in history, famous for its Roman Baths. Today, you can still swim in these restorative waters at the Thermae Bath Spa. Other attractions include the Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre and a multitude of boutique shops and cafes.
St Ives (Friday 15 July)
An archetypal Cornish fishing village, and one of the best seaside towns in the UK. St Ives is set on the dramatic North Cornwall coast. The town is a haven for artists and surfers alike. While here you might like to wander around the cobbled streets, visit one of the art galleries or take a boat trip to Seal Island.
Social events in Exeter
We have a number of social events organised in Exeter, these include a welcome barbecue, pub quiz, karaoke and a Gala Dinner on the last night to celebrate your time with the University.
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All bedrooms in Exeter Halls have the following:
- Bed (including bed linen), wardrobe, bookshelves
- Desk, chair, desk lamp or built-in lighting, noticeboard and waste bin
- Mini fridge
- High speed wired and wireless internet
- TV access via your computer
We offer dinner plus bed and breakfast and a choice of accommodation packages to suit a range of budgets. Meals are served in Lopes Hall which is at the centre of Exeter Halls with accommodation provided next door in either the Pennsylvania Court or Ransom-Pickard annexes.
When you apply, you can choose between accommodation options:
Single, en-suite rooms in Pennsylvania Court £870
Single room in Ransom Pickard (shared bathroom - a bathroom for every 4 or 5 rooms) £760
Twin room in Ransom Pickard (you must know the person you intend to share with if you want to stay in a twin room) £620 per person
Streatham Campus is a 15 minute walk from the facilities offered in Exeter town centre, but the campus itself has a wide range of facilities available to Summer School students. These include:
- A campus shop where you can buy food and drink, newspapers and magazines and other items.
- A bank and cashpoint
- A Christian and Muslim prayer rooms (please see as.exeter.ac.uk/support/chaplaincy/ for more information)
- Library and internet access
- Sports facilities
- Health facilties
We will give you a tour of the campus on your arrival in Exeter to ensure you get your bearings and know exactly what is available and where. For a pre-International Summer School virtual tour why not visit our Visit Us pages.
International Office staff will be on hand from Monday - Friday throughout the course to answer any questions you may have and to offer support.
Please note that all participants must apply through both the USF Education Abroad Office (USF in Exeter 2016 Program), as well as through the University of Exeter website.
The University of Exeter application website is listed below:
All Students are eligible to apply.
You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to Exeter. Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the program coordinator. They will advise participants of a group-designated flight schedule. All who wish to travel with others in the program will receive this information well in advance so they can book these flights.You must provide the program coordinator with your final flight itinerary.
Traveling to Exeter
Getting to the summer school couldn't be easier!
We will provide coach transport to and from central London at the start and end of the summer school. We will also provide coach pick up from Heathrow airport to the hotel in London (further information to follow). London has several international airports and you can fly direct from a wide range of countries.
At the end of the course, students can either make their own arrangements for onward travel, or take a coach to London Victoria station provided by the University (departing Exeter on Saturday 6th August).
For comprehensive information on travelling to and from Exeter please view the visiting us pages.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage that is valid outside the U.S. If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID Card (ISIC), which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas. For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.
U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport with at least one year of validity remaining on the passport. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Italian consulate in Miami and with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements.
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/ for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that students are responsible for meeting program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement time-frame.
The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis. Please visit:
http://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/?go=Funding for application information and deadlines.
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health. For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to as possible; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations. In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.
As indicated in the US State department website, the UK "benefit[s] from generally low crime rates. Overall crime rates have decreased over the past decade." While difficult to compare, crime rates, particularly homicides, in the UK are well below those of the US.
However, as with any large metropolitan area, students should be particularly alert of their surroundings in London. As with New York and other major international cities, the threat of terrorist attack is present and students should regularly monitor local news as well as the US State Department website for updates. We encourage you to consult the following websites as soon as possible.
USF Education Abroad Safety website: Safety While Abroad
US Department of State: http://www.state.gov
Country Specific Information: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1052.html#safety
Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html
To gain a different perspective on safety, you may want to visit other countries Foreign Travel websites. As a point of comparison, we encourage you to see what these sites say about safety in U.S. cities:
Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp#C
As of October third, 2010 the State Department has issued travel alerts for all visitors to Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. For more information on this, please visit the State Department website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_5171.html.
In London, you should use only licensed Black Cabs or car services recommended by hotels or tour operators. Unlicensed taxis or private cars posing as taxis may offer low fares, but are often uninsured and may have unlicensed drivers. In some instances, travelers have been robbed and/or raped while using these cars. ATM fraud in the United Kingdom is becoming more sophisticated, incorporating technologies that surreptitiously record customer ATM card and PIN information. Avoid using ATMs that look in any way temporary in structure or location, or are located in isolated areas. Be aware that in busy public areas, thieves use distraction techniques, such as waiting until the PIN has been entered and then pointing to money on the ground or attempting to hand out a free newspaper. When the ATM user is distracted, a colleague will quickly withdraw cash and leave. Don't buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, you may be breaking local law too.
Health and Fitness Requirements
The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking. The USF's Exeter exchange program is a largely resident-based program. Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) web site at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.
Travel & Health Links:
• Travel Health Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Travel Health Information from the Food and Drug Administration
• Travel Health Information from the World Health Organization
Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website: http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/new_website/immunizations.htm
As part of their program application, all participants will be required to carefully review and sign the Education Abroad Participant Contract that describes students' responsibilities with regard to study abroad, including insurance and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be required to sign this document. You may access the document at: http://global.usf.edu/iac/educationabroad.
Mr. James Pulos, Associate Director
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4043
Fax: (813) 974-4613
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