Congratulations on considering studying abroad with UNF! There are many pieces to the study abroad process, but not to worry: the Global Engagement study abroad advisors are here to help. Your first step is to drop in during our walk-in hours:
Honors Hall (Building 10), Suite 2125
Or you may email us to schedule a convenient one-on-one appointment time.
If you've decided to participate in a faculty-led or summer program, you might be able skip straight to the application section. If you're still uncertain or would like to spend a longer time abroad, proceed to Step 2.
At some point, you will talk with both your academic advisor and a study abroad advisor about your plans, so it's up to you whom you'd like to start with. When you come in to talk with a Global Engagement study abroad advisor, you can expect the advisor to
Your study abroad advisor may refer you to your academic advisor or department chair if deeper academic discussions are necessary. Alternatively, your study abroad advisor can act as a liaison between you and your academic advisor or department chair.
Depending on your particular needs, or where you are in your college career, you could have several meetings with a study abroad advisor before proceeding to the application process.
Before beginning an application, you may want to talk with your family, friends, professors, coaches, etc., to solicit their opinions. While the final decision is up to you, it can be helpful to have input from a variety of sources that you trust. And it's always nice to know you have support when planning to study abroad!
You've chosen a study abroad - congratulations! After all of that hard work, you're ready to apply. Make sure you're aware of all deadlines, meeting times, and other important dates associated with your program. The application process for short-term programs (faculty-led and summer) can be found on the program page.
For semester or academic-year exchanges, be sure to ask your study abroad advisor for application details. These will generally include a copy of your resume, scan of the photo/signature page of your valid passport, and the semester study abroad application form. Your study abroad advisor will then submit your "nomination" to study at the partner university. Soon after, the partner university will send you information on how to complete the exchange application on their website.
All students will need to complete the UNF online study abroad application via MyWings for safety and compliance purposes prior to leaving the country. Be sure you have downloaded and completed any necessary forms that need to be uploaded to this online application. Contact your study abroad advisor or the UNF International Center for more information.
This is fairly self-explanatory: apply for scholarships! Start with the Global Engagement scholarships and funding page, and then branch out from there. Be creative and extend your search as far as you can. The more opportunities you apply for, the more likely it is that you will receive financial support.
Faculty-led courses will have class meetings prior to going overseas. These dates should be listed in your syllabus and/or UNF's online course schedule. Summer and semester programs will have one or two pre-arranged meetings the semester before travel begins. The meetings will cover topics such as the following:
Attendance at these pre-departure meetings is mandatory.
This step may not be necessary if you are participating in a faculty-led program. But if you are in any other program, you'll need to meet with an International Center representative to discuss procuring a student visa, international health insurance, and anything else that may be necessary for you to meet UNF's travel requirements. For more information on these items and safety and security abroad, contact the UNF International Center.
You are abroad! Make the most of it. You will truly get out of this experience as much as you put into it. You are require to attend all classes, cultural and industry visits, lectures, meals, etc., that are part of your program. As long as you maintain an academic focus and follow recommended safety guidelines along with UNF's code of conduct, you should be in great shape.
Now that you have been through the entire study abroad process and are able to articulate what you learned from the experience, you are a great study abroad ambassador! You can pay it forward by participating in any or all of these events:
Of course, you may also be interested in studying abroad again yourself. If so, see Step 1 above...