Deciding which study abroad program is right for you can be a daunting task for any student looking to study overseas. There are thousands of programs around the globe, and we encourage you to spend some time to think about which programs are the best fit for your academic needs and interests as well as for your bank account. The great thing about the International Center is that there are several resources available to students to help narrow the number of programs which best fit their degree program and interests. Please see the different resources below that can help you decide which program is best for you.
Information Sessions and the Study Abroad Fair
The best way to get the most information about studying abroad is to attend a general information session in the International Center. These sessions are a great way to learn about the benefits of studying abroad, the different types of study abroad available, how study abroad will appear on your transcripts at UF and how you can use your financial aid for your program. These sessions are held weekly in the summer and fall and twice weekly in the spring. Click here for a list of the upcoming General Information Sessions.
In addition to the General Information Sessions, we hold a Study Abroad Fair twice a year in late-September and late-January. The Study Abroad Fair has faculty representatives from most of our UF Faculty-Led Programs as well as several independent program providers that offer programs all around the world. This fair is a great way to learn about specific programs that may fit your interests and academic needs in a study abroad program.
Study Abroad Personal Advising
After attending an information session, meeting with a study abroad advisor is a great way to learn about programs and different opportunities for studying abroad that will help you make the most of your study abroad experience. Study Abroad Advisors in the International Center are assigned by country. Your Study Abroad Advisor can provide information on how your credits will appear on your transcript, visa requirements, and other logistics of your study abroad program. In order to make an appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor, you must first attend a General Information Session in our office. Click here for information on how to make an appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor.
Study Abroad Peer Advisors
While your Study Abroad Advisor is a great resource for general information on the logistics of study abroad, they may not have specific knowledge regarding any one individual program. Your advisor will be able to assist you in asking the right questions to ensure that the program is reputable and quality in nature – and that it will benefit you academically. The Study Abroad Peer Advisors are a group of students who have returned from studying abroad and have particular knowledge of many different locations. For more information about the Study Abroad Peer Advisors, their locations of interest and their contact information, please click here.