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USF 2001-2002 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 60 - 61

Study Abroad Programs and Exchanges

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USF maintains cooperating programs for the reciprocal exchange of undergraduate students with various universities in England, Wales, France, Scotland, Australia, Israel, Sweden, Japan, Korea, Russia and Mexico. These exchanges are provided through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). Because new schools are continuously added to the ISEP, an updated listing of exchange universities is available from the ISEP office.

It is much less expensive to attend a foreign university on exchange than it would be on one’s own. Costs approximate those at USF. Decisions about covered charges and services are based upon cooperating contractual agreements. There is a deposit of $250.00 for international exchange, which is refunded only if a qualified applicant cannot be placed. While on exchange, students are considered to be enrolled full-time for all purposes including financial aid. Duration of exchange can be a full year or one semester depending on the specific exchange agreement.

A minimum 2.5 (3.0 for some institutions) cumulative GPA is required for exchange. It is recommended, though not required, that students exchange during the sophomore or junior years. Courses taken while on exchange are accepted and entered into the USF record (transcript) and grades earned on exchange are merged into the USF GPA.

While there is no absolute application deadline, students who wish to exchange in the Fall are advised to apply by March 1. Students wishing to exchange in the Spring are advised to apply by September 15. The number of placements is limited, so early application is desirable. The date of application (as well as year in college, scholastic record, etc.) carries considerable weight in situations where demand exceeds supply. The ISEP office maintains a library of materials about the universities cooperating with USF.

USF students may also choose from a wide variety of study abroad programs offered. These programs exist in various models. As many as twenty different USF-sponsored programs in Western and Central Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America are directed and led by USF Instructors, primarily during the summer. Program deadlines vary, but are generally between 60-90 days before departure. Students must be in good academic standing in order to be eligible. Many USF students find that the shorter-term summer study abroad programs fit within their budget and time constraints and are manageable given employment or other commitments. All programs offer USF course credit, and allow students to meet USF’s summer enrollment requirement. Most programs include a language component, permitting students to earn credits toward USF’s foreign language requirement.

Students wishing a longer, semester length or academic year study abroad experience may select from among dozens of program options available through educational consortia in which USF participates, or they may choose to enroll directly in foreign host institutions for equivalent USF course credit or credit transferable to USF. Year-round language studies for varying lengths of time and program intensity are possible in France, Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica. With prior academic approval, credits can be earned overseas toward USF foreign language requirements as well as other degree program requirements.

USF also offers short-term study tours. These are generally programs of 10 days-3 weeks duration, which combine lectures and carefully planned excursions and site visits. USF academic credit is offered in several disciplines, according to the area of expertise of the faculty study tour leader and instructors. This model provides an introduction to another country and culture, and for many students, is often the springboard for additional study abroad experiences.

Academic disciplines represented in USF study abroad programs include many areas in Arts and Sciences, Science and Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Fine Arts, and Education.

Other institutions within the Florida State University System (SUS) offer programs overseas in which USF students may participate. The common course numbering system used throughout the State allows students to transfer credits earned in an SUS institution’s overseas program with relative ease.

Students planning to study abroad during their academic career should consult with their departmental advisors to determine whether the course of study they plan to pursue will allow them to fulfill degree requirements. The USF Study Abroad Office is available to counsel students on opportunities available and also to coordinate with other offices on behalf of students to help make their study abroad possible.

The Study Abroad Office and Overseas Information Center provide information on study abroad, study abroad resources, and advise students how to plan for a successful study abroad experience.

The following "in residence" overseas study programs are administered by USF under the auspices of the Study Abroad Office of the International Affairs Center.

In addition to residential programs, USF offers a variety of short-term study-tour programs managed by the Study Abroad Office.

These programs include classroom study on the Tampa campus prior to the travel segment. Recent programs have focused on Africa, the Caribbean, South America, France, Germany, Ireland, and Tahiti/Moorea.

The programs described in this section are approved study-abroad programs and all carry USF credits.

A sampling of residential or study-travel programs offered by other universities in the SUS follows:

Students who plan to participate in study abroad programs should consult their departmental advisors to determine whether the course of study they plan to pursue will be acceptable for meeting degree requirements.

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