Those with previous experience in Chinese, French or Spanish may be able to skip coursework, and optionally receive credit for some of the courses bypassed, by placing at a higher level. For assistance, contact Dr. Patricia Geesey, chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures sponsors faculty-led language and culture programs in China, France
UNF offers coursework designed specifically for heritage speakers of Spanish.
The International Center
is the campus-wide office for all matters related to study abroad. They offer a wide variety of semester-long exchange programs
at partner universities throughout the world, and coordinate faculty-led programs
, directed by professors from all colleges at UNF. They can also provide assistance to students seeking to go abroad through third-party providers
The UNF International Business Flagship Program also offers faculty-led, summer, semester, and year-long programs. Students do not need to be business majors in order to participate. For more information, contact Coggin Study Abroad.
SAILS and TLO are the two primary funding sources for study abroad at UNF. Students apply for SAILS, whereas TLO money is awarded directly to study abroad programs (resulting essentially in a discount for participants). Other study abroad scholarships are also available.
The Office of Undergraduate Research awards competitive grants that can potentially be used to support research or conference travel abroad.
Students in several degree programs can receive academic credit for undertaking internships with an international focus, undertaken in the United States or abroad. Those programs include French Studies, International Business, International Studies, Political Science, and Spanish. Students should contact the respective department chair or program director for more information. The International Business Flagship Program coordinates internships abroad in Spain and Germany that are open to students in any major.
College-Specific Offices, Initiatives and Opportunities
In addition to the academic programs above and faculty-led study abroad opportunities discussed above, international initiatives exist within specific colleges. As mentioned above, the Coggin College of Business has the UNF International Business Flagship Program, which sponsors degree programs and study abroad/internship opportunities. The College of Education and Human Services has an Office for International Collaboration, and maintains a list of International Opportunities of interest to their students.
Clubs and Organizations
Annual/Semi-Annual Events and Activities
- Coggin Delegation. A program that pairs UNF students with visiting exchange students. Applications are due in the summer for the fall semester, and in the fall for the spring semester.
- Embroidering for Peace and Memory. A project held each spring in which members of the UNF community embroider stories of individuals around the world whose human rights have been violated. Cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the International Studies Program.
- Voces y caras: Hispanic Communities of North Florida. An oral history project conducted by native/heritage speakers of Spanish at UNF involving a public presentation each spring and an exhibit in the Thomas G. Carpenter library each fall.
- International Education Week. Held in the fall. Sponsored by the International Center.
- International Poetry Festival. Held usually in the fall. Cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the International Studies Program.
- International Research Symposium. Held in the fall. Cosponsored by the International Studies Program, the International Center and the Office of Undergraduate Research.
- Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. A partnership between UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.
- Graduate Student Research Series. A program of research talks by graduate students working on international topics at UNF, organized by the International Studies Program.
- International Mondays. A series of informal conversations about the world today, conducted in various languages, with guests from across the UNF campus and the North Florida area.
- International Politics Discussion Group. An ongoing conversation that takes place several times per semester, organized by Dr. David Schwam-Baird and Dr. Sucheta Pyakuryal of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA), and cosponsored by PSPA and the International Studies Program.
- International Studies Lecture Series. An interdisciplinary series of weekly lectures organized by the International Studies Program.
This page was developed by Clayton McCarl, director of the UNF International Studies Program, for students in the campus-wide UNF First Year Experience Seminar. Last updated in September 2018, with assistance from the UNF International Council and Club Alliance director Maria Bello.