Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I study abroad?
Everyone will give different answers to this question. USFSP students who have studied abroad enthusiastically agree about its advantages. They find class work in a foreign country stimulating and their encounters outside the classroom educational and exciting. They come back with a broader, deeper understanding both of another country and of their own cultural background. Entering USFSP students should start planning early to enjoy this unique opportunity.
Don’t I have to be a language major, or speak another language to study abroad?
Studying abroad is not limited to language majors or those with knowledge of foreign languages. Education Abroad offers a variety of programs. Foreign language programs are just one option among many.
Is there a minimum GPA for study abroad?
Students who wish to study abroad are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5. However, please note that many semester exchange programs require that students have a 3.0 minimum.
What types of programs are available to USFSP students?
There are two types of programs available: those administered directly by USFSP and those offered though the USF Education Abroad Office in Tampa.
What is a USFSP-administered program?
These are programs administered and/or supervised by USFSP. USFSP offers faculty-led, short term (1-4 weeks) programs where USFSP faculty are directly involved, and the courses receive USFSP credit and grades like courses taken on campus. Semester exchange programs at USFSP partner institutions are also offered.
What is a USF-approved program?
These programs are sponsored by other American and foreign universities and are approved for USF students by the USF Education Abroad Office in Tampa. Students receive transfer credit toward their degrees. Grades are not recorded on the USFSP transcript unless courses have been approved by your advisor.
Where can I find more information about all of these programs?
The first step would be to check the program description in the programs listing. If you have any further questions you can contact the Education Abroad advisor assigned to the program.
What if I want to participate in a program that is not listed on the Education Abroad Website?
You must complete the Non Pre-Approved Non-USF Independent Program Application after beginning the process with the Education Abroad Advisor at USF World (Tampa) assigned to the geographic region.
How much will it cost to study abroad?
Program costs vary according to location and duration. Participants on USFSP-administered programs pay the Study Abroad Program Charge to the Cashier’s Office or through OASIS. Check the program’s description for a specific price.
Is there financial aid?
Yes. Financial aid is applicable for USFSP students to study abroad on both USFSP-administered and USF-approved programs. USFSP students should contact the Financial Aid office for more details.
When can I study abroad?
USFSP Students interested in summer programs are welcomed at any stage or level of their education. The only requirement is that students be at least 18 years old at the time of participation (certain exception can be made with parental consent for younger students enrolled at USF).
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.
As soon as you know that you want to study abroad, you should contact an Education Abroad advisor. Typically, students should start planning for study abroad about six months to one year in advance so there is sufficient time to apply for scholarships and meet enrollment deadlines.
Can I earn credit in my major abroad?
Yes. Students who study on USFSP-administered programs earn USF credit just as if they were on campus. These courses fulfill the same requirements as courses on campus. Students who study on USFSP-approved programs should consult with their Academic Advisor in their major department to find out if, and how many, transfer credits may be applied towards their major.
Do I register on OASIS for the semester I’m going abroad?
No. Students attending USF-administered or approved programs are registered through the Education Abroad Office.
What do I need to do after I’ve been accepted to a program?
Once students are accepted into a program, they need to commit through the online application system. They then must pay the confirmation payment to hold their place in the program. The confirmation payment (generally $500, which applies to the total Study Abroad Program Charge), is due within 5 business days of committing to the program or no later than the application deadline, whichever is first. If more than one program has been applied to, it is the student’s responsibility to let the Education Abroad advisor know of their final plans. The next steps are to complete the post-decision questionnaires in the Education Abroad System AND attend a required pre-departure session (see events link for scheduled sessions.)