In fulfillment of the International Educational Experience requirement, students may participate in:
- short-term programs led by UNF faculty, or
- semester-long programs at institutions with which UNF maintains exchange agreements.
Subject to approval by the director of International Studies, students may also:
- enroll as transient students in study abroad programs run by other colleges and universities in the United States (including programs offered by other Florida institutions, through the Florida Shines program);
- enroll directly as foreign students universities outside the US;
- participate in programs coordinated by third-party study-abroad providers (who generally charge significant fees); or
- pursue an internship with an international focus, in the US or abroad (see Internships).
Approvals and Paperwork
Prior to enrolling in study abroad experiences, students must consult with all of the following:
- their academic advisor,
- the director of International Studies,
- the International Center, and
- the chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (if pursuing language coursework abroad; see the note below).
These meetings are essential in order for students to receive approval and complete paperwork related to financial aid and the transfer of academic credits.
SAILS and TLO are the primary sources of funding available to International Studies students for study abroad.
The Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS) offers $1,500 for short-term (10 weeks or fewer) and $2,500 for long-term (more than 10 weeks) experiences abroad. There are three deadlines per year (for the fall, spring and summer semesters). The International Center offers workshops to help students prepare high-quality applications, which is key to securing this funding. SAILS is generously funded by the University, and assists a significant number of students each year to study abroad.
Many UNF study abroad programs are supported by Transformation Learning Opportunity (TLO) funds. Like SAILS, TLO is an institutional program that provides support to many students to study abroad. These funds are awarded to the programs/courses themselves, however, and distributed as scholarships automatically to program participants (students cannot apply for them directly). Students who receive TLO money through a study abroad program cannot apply SAILS funding for that same study abroad experience, as the two funding programs are exclusive of one another.
Other Funding Sources
- The James Van Vleck Study Abroad Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of local philanthropist and honorary UNF alumnus Mr. James Van Vleck. This scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to one student majoring or minoring in International Studies. The application for the 2018 award is due Feb. 16. For more information, please contact Clayton McCarl, director of the International Studies Program.
- The Gray Study Abroad Scholarship offers awards of up to $2,000 to a small number of students majoring or minoring in Art History, English, Fine Arts, French Studies, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Spanish. Applications are due in the fall semester (generally early November).
- The Falloon Study Abroad Scholarship offers an award of $1,000 annually to one student in a major within the College of Arts and Sciences, to study in a country where English is not the primary language.
- The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville sponsors the annual Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship Program, which makes merit-based awards to help undergraduate and graduate students in the local area study abroad or undertake internships outside the U.S.
- The International Center maintains a list of other study abroad scholarships.
- The College of Arts and Sciences also offers a variety of scholarships to qualified students.
- Separate funding for study abroad is available to students enrolled in the Hicks Honors College, involving up to $3,000 for semester-long experiences.
- A student's regular financial aid should generally be applicable when paying for coursework taught by UNF professors as part of faculty-led programs. The same applies to students participating in UNF exchange programs, who pay their tuition at UNF, not at the host institution. For clarification on a case-by-case basis, please consult with a One-Stop Student Services coordinator. The International Center can also provide assistance.
Note Regarding Language Coursework Taken Abroad*
Students who intend to do foreign language coursework abroad, or to take literature or culture courses that they would like to apply to UNF programs of study in foreign languages (the minor in Chinese, French or Spanish, or the majors in French Studies and Spanish) or International Studies must contact Patricia Geesey, chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, prior to making such arrangements.
Students seeking to receive academic credit at UNF for language coursework completed abroad should be aware that such credit can only be earned through coursework undertaken at (or through) universities or other institutions of higher learning, in the US or abroad, that can provide an academic transcript. Credit cannot be awarded for courses taken at language schools or academies, including those run by governmental entities.
Students should be aware that when pursuing language study at many non-UNF programs abroad, they will be asked to take a placement test upon arrival. If a student places at a lower level than they anticipated, they may be placed into courses that do not match those mapped out prior to departure on the concurrent enrollment/use of credits form. This may, in turn, impact how courses are brought back as transfer credits and counted (or not counted) toward requirements for major or minor programs of study at UNF.
Students who begin language study abroad in a language other than those that are consistently taught at UNF through the intermediate level (Chinese, French and Spanish) will need to make their own arrangements to finish coursework through Intermediate II in that language at an institution or institutions other than UNF, and have the respective credits transferred back. Such students must meet with Patricia Geesey, chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, for guidance and approval prior to pursuing any such coursework. They must also complete and submit the document titled "Request for Permission to Fulfill International Studies Language Requirement with a Language Other than Chinese, French or Spanish" found on the Forms page of the International Studies Program website prior to beginning such language study.
*Does not apply to students participating in the summer programs in China, France and Spain led by faculty from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.