Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of studying abroad? 

Over the years studying abroad has been increasingly recognized for the value it can add to a student's overall college education. In today's global workplace, employers are actively seeking individuals with international experience. Personal growth, academic commitment, intercultural development and career development are just a few indicators to show that the experiences and skills your student will receive through study abroad will significantly impact their lives and future careers.

Are there different types of study abroad?

The International Center prides itself on being able to work with students to help them find a program that fits not only their interests but also their personal goals in studying abroad.  Click here to see what types of programs are available and what we ask students to consider when choosing a program.

What does the study abroad process entail?

We recommend that students do research on their own prior to starting an application as many programs are similar but may not meet your exact needs.  Students should start by attending one of our general information sessions and then make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor for that region.  More information about the study abroad application can be found by clicking here.

How much does it cost?

The cost of study abroad varies significantly depending on the type of program, destination, and length of stay.  Below is a quick overview of the types of programs and general information on the costs that go into such programs.  For more detailed information, please click here to view our section on Financing Study Abroad.  All students on all programs pay a $300 service charge to UFIC.  Health insurance is built into the cost of UF-sponsored programs but billed separately for UF exchange and non-UF programs.

Type of Program Cost Overview
UF Sponsored (Include link to UF Sponsored under Choosing a program) Students will receive an invoice from the International Center for a program fee which will include the costs for tuition, administrative fees, health insurance and emergency evacuation, as well as cultural events and excursions.  In most cases, housing, meals, local transportation costs and other related expenses may be covered. For more information about specific programs, please see that program’s budget on its online brochure on our website.
UF Exchange Students are billed for and pay UF tuition to the University of Florida based on their current tuition status and rate.  The International Center will bill students for the Administrative Fee (paid upon application) and then for Health Insurance once they have been approved.  This is generally considered the most cost-effective way to study abroad as students generally receive a lower tuition rate than what visiting study abroad students would pay.  Because housing, meals, local transportation and other miscellaneous items are arranged by the students, they are able to shop for the price that fits their budget.
Non-UF Programs and Affiliated Program Providers Students will receive an invoice for the program fee directly from the program provider;included services vary by program, location, program duration, and hosting organization.  Students will be charged the UFIC $250 service charge as well as for CISI health insurance, if the program does not have UFIC-approved insurance.

Can my student use financial aid to study abroad?

The University of Florida allows all UFIC study abroad students to take their financial aid with them while abroad.  For students on federal aid, our office will create an expected cost of attendance based on the cost of the program as well as on any related costs, and we will send this budget to the Financial Aid office.  For more information on how Financial Aid process works, please click here.

How does study abroad affect graduation and their degree? Will my student be able to graduate on time?

The study abroad advisors in our office work with students in the application process to communicate their overseas plans with their Academic Advisors and determine how it fits into their academic plans.  Students will need to have approval from their college and department in order to study abroad, and will need individual departmental approval for each class to be counted for credit transfer towards their degrees.

UF students do not need to take a leave of absence or become a transient student in order to study abroad.  While abroad, each UFIC study abroad participant will maintain full UF student status. For more information about academics, please click here to review our While Abroad section.

I have more questions.  How do I contact the UF Study Abroad Office?

Our study abroad advisors are more than happy to help answer any questions our website does not thoroughly cover.  Please click here to view our contact information. For more general information please use the contact information provided below.

University of Florida International Center
Phone: 352.273-1539
Fax: 352.392.5575

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