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 advisor and talk about your desire to go abroad so they 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 summer or semester programs.
USFSP students interested in summer or short-term programs are welcomed at any stage 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.
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.
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.