As the world becomes increasingly smaller, it’s more important than ever to have an appreciation for diverse cultures and global perspectives.

Study Abroad

Travel study is an essential part of the well-rounded foundation you’ll receive from Florida Southern. In fact, we believe study abroad is such an important part of your education that we guarantee all new first-year students a travel experience—often at no additional cost beyond FSC tuition.

Guaranteed Travel

If you’re an entering first-year student, we guarantee an amazing travel study opportunity during your junior or senior year at Florida Southern. Travel to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Washington, D.C., or other exciting destinations! You’ll benefit from a priceless experience that connects you with other FSC students and professors—and especially with the world around you!

A World of Options

Florida Southern offers a range of travel study experiences—just choose the one that’s right for you! Whether you go for a few weeks, a summer, a semester, or an entire year, you’ll learn in ways you never thought possible. You may opt for a program sponsored by Florida Southern or pursue an adventure through one of our travel partners. To get started, contact FSC’s Office of Student Travel!

Life Skills

Travel study experiences are a fantastic way to see the world, practice language skills, and connect with others from around the globe—all while earning academic credit! Study abroad will teach you about the world, boost your confidence, make you more self-aware and independent, stretch your comfort zone, and connect you with others who are like you…and those who are not. You’ll use these valuable skills throughout your life!

College Commitment

We're preparing you to make positive and important contributions to our increasingly globalized world, and travel study experiences are an essential part of that foundation. That’s why Florida Southern is so committed to making this opportunity available to you—often at no additional cost beyond your usual FSC tuition! Our experienced team will work through every detail with you to make your trip a reality.

Office of Student Travel

The Office of Student Travel plans and coordinates educational student travel options all over the world.


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Us

Phone: 863.616.6411
Fax: 863.680.3088

Find Us

We are located in the Buckner Building. See campus map, building code "BB".

In the News

Summer 2014 - Fall 2015 Trips

Travel and study in exciting places like Cuba, England, Spain, and more! Interested in participating? Get started by completing an application  

JJ = Junior Journey option M = May Option S = Semester option


Caribbean / Latin America



Fall Trip - JJ

Exploring Historic and Modern China
SOC 2998
(1 credit hour)
October 11 -19, 2014
Dr. Chastity Blakenship

Students will explore the clash of modern and historical culture in North and Central China. Students will experience modern street life in downtown Shanghai and then visit the Shanghai Museum, which contains ancient artifacts of great cultural significance. Students will see the Terra Cotta Warriors standing guard in Emperor Qin’s Tomb in Xi’an. We then will take a high-speed train to Beijing, to see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. We will also visit the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall.

Bahamas, Bimini


Fall Trip - JJ

Field Studies in Shark Biology
FSC 1997
(2 credit hours)
October 11 - 17, 2014
Dr. Brian Franks

This trip is open to those students who have successfully completed BIO 3150 OR BIO 3700 This Study Abroad experience engage students in the study of the various aspects of the biology, behavior and conservation of elasmobranch fishes, specifically sharks. Using a combination of lectures, in-class activities and field trips students will gain a first-hand understanding and experience in the study of sharks.

Carnival Cruises

Cruising and Taxation in the Caribbean

Fall Trip - JJ

Cruising and Taxation in the Caribbean - SOLD OUT
ACC 3997
(1 credit hour)
October 12 - 19, 2014
Dr. William Quilliam

Come sail on the beautiful Carnival Dream as we visit Mexico, Belize, and Honduras!!
This trip includes cruise fare (which includes shipboard cabin, all meals, and entertainment), tips, transportation to and from the cruise port, academic & tuition fees, student health insurance, and hosted excursions from the ship in each port. We will learn about taxes and other business aspects.


Costa Rica - Education

Costa Rica

Fall Trip - JJ

Costa Rica - A Close Look at Diverse Education
EDU 1997
(1 credit hour)
October 11-18, 2014
Dr. Bernardo Blanco

Students on this trip will explore the organization of communities and school systems in rural Costa Rica. This service learning trip will immerse our students within the local classrooms observing and preparing them to teach English to Costa Rican students. We will visit rural area schools in the Province of Guanacaste—Nandayure and/or Tilaran. We will also visit two working plantations to ascertain what education might be needed to assist help them produce a better margin in their trading of products. Students will have some time in San Jose to shop as we prepare our return to FSC.

Costa Rica - Lacrosse

Costa Rica

Fall Trip - JJ

Costa Rica - Lacrosse
EDU 1997
(1 credit hour)
October 11-19, 2014
Drew Howard

FSC will gain first-hand experiences in the Costa Rican rainforest, educational system along with local orphanages all while introducing sports (especially lacrosse!) to the Costa Rican youth. Students will enjoy a surf lesson, zip lining through the rainforest, white water rafting and volunteering at local schools and orphanages. This trip is intended for the students to have a meaningful, fun and educational exploration of Costa Rica.

Guatemala - Nursing


Fall Trip - JJ

Guatemala - Nursing
NUR/HSC 1997
(1 credit hour)
October 11-18, 2014
Teresa Lyle

Faculty from the School of Nursing will lead this trip which has a nice mix of service, adventure, and cultural interactions with the individuals in 11 villages. Although geared towards nursing students, students that are non-nursing but have an interest in the health sciences are welcome to join as there will be many opportunities to participate with community service in addition to the health clinic days. Spanish language instruction provided daily. Enjoy special excursions with the beautiful scenery hiking Volcan Pacaya, coffee farm visit, and Lake Atitlan boat trip to Santiago.





Summer Trip - JJ

Professional Development for Teachers in Honduras
EDU 2998
(1 credit hour)
June 21 - 28, 2014
Prof. Lori Rakes

Students on this trip will use their educational experience to invest in the professional development of teachers in La Ceiba, Honduras. This service learning trip will provide opportunities for FSC education students to observe the school system, both urban and rural, and will allow them to participate in the professional development of classroom teachers in the areas of reading and math instructional strategies, classroom management, and differentiated instruction. After the professional development trainings, FSC students will assist teachers in their classrooms with the implementation of some of the strategies. Students will have some time in La Ceiba to shop and sight see at the end of the week.

Orlando, Florida


Fall Trip - JJ

What Would Walt Do? Lessons in Law and Leadership and Building a Kingdom
BUS 3997
(1 credit hour)
October 12 - 17, 2014
Dr. Cindy Hardin

While touring the parks and engaging in discussion students will examine legal, management and marketing issues encountered daily by Walt Disney World theme park. Through two Disney-led leadership and team building workshops and behind-the-scene tours, students will learn how the “Disney” model for leadership and management success can empower them to be more effective leaders, creative problem solvers, skillful communicators and successful professionals.

Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid

Fall Trip - JJ

Lake Placid: An Olympic Training Experience
(1 credit hour)
October 13 - 17, 2014
Prof. Joanna Shollack Tremble

Students will be introduced to the world of elite athletics and the business of running an elite training facility by staying at and touring the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Students will learn about sports medicine and sports science departments, meet with OTC staff and athletes as well as visiting some iconic sites such as the Olympic Center, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, the Olympic Jumping Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg/Whiteface Mountain Ski Area and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.


New York City

New York City

Fall Trip - JJ

Mass Media and Society
COM 2998
(1 credit hour)
October 11 - 17, 2014
Dr. Alex Ortiz

This course will provide an in-depth look at the influence of the mass media on American culture. An emphasis will be placed on the historic, social and political impact of the print, electronic, and digital media.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Fall Trip - JJ

An Examination of Crime, Law, and Punishment in our Nation's Capitol
CRM 2997
(1 credit hour)
October 11-18, 2014
Dr. Lisa Carter

This trip will engage students with an in-person introduction to American government, legislation, and historically significant events concerning legal matters via museum visits and guided tours. Students will also participate in two CSI workshops to gain insight into such areas as: pathology, forensics, and/or ballistics. Finally, crime and punishment will be covered through experiences and insight gained from visits to The Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.



Fall Trip - JJ

Rivers, Canyons and Mountains
FSC 2997
(1 credit hour)
October 11-19, 2014
Prof. Bellanceau

This is a trip for the active and curious student. The trip is based out of Moab UT and students will experience changing environments as they move through the varying elevation changes found in SW Utah. Activities include camping out each night, a canoe trip down the Green and Colorado Rivers as well as a jeep trip through Arches National Park.




Spring Trip - JJ

CHE 2998
(1 credit hour)
May 4 - 10, 2014
Dr. Carmen Gauthier

Students will explore the history of chemistry from alchemy to modern times. By visiting historical and well-renowned institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford universities, students will gain insights into the progression of science.



Spring Trip - JJ

Study Abroad France
INT 1997
6 credit hours (2 credits for INT 1997; 6 to 8 credit hours for French depending on your placement)
June 26 - July 27, 2014
Dr. James Beck

The purpose of this trip is to immerse yourself in the language and culture of France. No prior knowledge of French is necessary. We will study at the Centre Internationale d’Etudes Françaises, a language institute based at the Université Catholique de France located in the city of Angers in western France. On the way to and from the Centre we will spend a few days in Paris.



Fall Trip - JJ

Military History in Northern Italy
FSC 2997
(1 credit hour)
October 11 – 19, 2014
Ltc. Scott LaRonde

This trip is for active students with an interest in military science. While being immerses in Italian culture and lifestyle, students will learn how the invasion of Italy helped the success of D-Day during World War II. The experience consists of an informative trip through the central and northern country side with opportunities to visit famous places like Rome, Venice, and Pisa.




Fall Trip - JJ

Exploring Scotland
HRT 1997
(1 credit hour)
October 10 - 19, 2014
Dr. Malcolm Manners

Travel through Scotland, visiting sites of historic importance (castles, ruins, ancient sites), botanical gardens, Loch Ness, and the Isle of Skye.

Harlaxton College - England

Harlaxton England

Study abroad in England for the May Study Abroad option (May 4- 31st). Students can choose to take one of two available courses: SPC 2997 British Reality TV or SPC 2270 Intercultural Communication (which can be used for a general education requirement). Students will stay at the Harlaxton Manor for the first three weeks and then travel to Wales, Ireland and London the remaining week. Application and deposit ($250) is due to the Study Abroad Office by January 31st, 2014. For more specific questions please contact Theresa MacNeil at


Semester and Affiliate Options

Florida Southern partners with several agencies around the world enabling FSC students to complete their graduation requirements abroad! Check with individual programs to see how your financial aid will apply.

Regent’s College London

American Degrees offered in partnership with Webster University. They offer a wide range of majors in management, media, international relations, politics, psychology and the liberal arts. Students can study for a semester or a full year with Regent’s College and must apply through Florida Southern College Student Travel Office. Learn more about Regent's American College London!

Harlaxton College

Studies offered in partnership with University of Evansville and courses offered throughout the academic year and summer. Students will be housed in and studying at Harlaxton Manor, a beautiful and historic Elizabethan Manor House just outside of London. Please apply through Florida Southern College Student Travel Office. Check out Harlaxton College!

Proyecto Espanol

School locations in Alicante and Granada and receives students from more than 30 different countries. It has the highest academic quality accreditation in Spanish teaching awarded by the Instituto Cervantes via the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry. Programs are designed for students at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish language studies. Opportunities for study are available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer academic sessions.

Courses Offered

  • SPA 1101 - First Semester Spanish
  • SPA 1102 - Second Semester Spanish
  • SPA 2203 - Second Year Spanish
  • SPA 2205 - Composition and Conversation I
  • SPA 2207 - Composition and Conversation II
  • SPA 3308 - Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization
  • SPA 3320 - Introduction to Literature in Spanish
  • SPA 3323 - Survey of Spanish Literature
  • SPA 3340 - Cinema for Spanish Conversation
  • SPA 3345 - Spanish for Business
  • SPA 4408 - Special Topics in Hispanic Literature
  • SPA 4960 - Internship

Up with People

Travel. Perform. Impact. UWP is a multi-country semester abroad offering travel to 2 continents and 20+ communities. A one-of-a-kind global experience combining international travel, service-learning, performing arts, leadership and multi-cultural student environment.

Earn academic credit through our university partner, Florida Southern College. The perfect Volunteer Abroad - Semester Abroad - Gap Year opportunity all in one program! All applicants 17 - 29 welcome! Scholarships available.

Study abroad program in partnership with FSC offered via 3-4 courses (12 credits) in Communications, Business/Leadership and Sociology. Academic program not required. Students must opt-in to take the academic courses.

All students benefit from Up with People's workshop-based and experiential curriculum which includes leadership development, cultural awareness, global topics and arts development. English immersion opportunity for ESL students. 6 and 8-week internship options are also available.

More about Up with People!  

Looking to study somewhere FSC doesn’t travel?

Academic Programs International and American Institute For Foreign Study are connected with institutions in Ireland, China, Brazil, Australia and many more. Students may study a variety of majors and disciplines throughout Fall, Spring or Summer depending on where they attend. The Student Travel Office can assist students with the Florida Southern Semester Application while the program applications are available through the individual websites.

Making the Investment

Yes, travel study experiences are an investment—but guess what? You can often study abroad for virtually the same cost as attending on campus at Florida Southern. In some cases, you may actually pay less.

Cost of Trips

Destination Junior Journey Regular Trip Deposit Deadline*
Accounting Cruise FREE $1,850 Waiting List
Bahamas, Bimini $450 $2,550 April 11, 2014 - $250 deposit
China $1,125 $3,275 April 11, 2014 - $500 deposit
Costa Rica-Education FREE $1,750 May 1, 2014 - $100 deposit (refundable)
Costa Rica- Lacrosse $750 $2,850 May 1, 2014 - $250 deposit
England $1,150 $3,300 March 10, 2014
France - Study Abroad $3,750 $5,975 March 1, 2014
Guatemala- Nursing $500 $2,600 May 1, 2014 - $250 deposit
Honduras $425 $2,525 March 31, 2014
Italy $700 $2,850 April 18, 2014 - $500 deposit
Lake Placid, New York FREE $1,500 April 25, 2014 - $100 deposit
New York City FREE $2,100 April 25, 2014 - $100 deposit
Orlando FREE 2,075 April 25, 2014 - $100 deposit
Utah $500 $2,650 April 18, 2014 - $250 deposit
Scotland $2,000 $4,225 April 18, 2014 - $500 deposit
Washington, D.C. FREE $2,325 April 18, 2014 - $100 deposit

** Although the trip is free for JJ eligible students, there is a $100 deposit fee that will be returned to students after they complete the trip.

Trips in the Planning Stage

The following trips are being planned and as soon as we have the details we will post them. The details for the Spring Break trips will be posted by the end of September and those in May by mid- October.

Spring Break Trips

  • California
  • Costa Rica- Education
  • Costa Rica- Ecobusiness
  • Greece
  • Bahamas
  • Guatemala
  • Cuba

May Trips

  • Hawaii
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Greece and Turkey
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Belize

What's covered?

What’s covered?

When considering travel study options, it’s helpful to compare fees and consider what is included in the total price. For most study abroad trips, the cost typically includes:

  • Full-service transportation, door to door from Florida Southern to your final destination and back again.
  • All lodging, including on-campus housing prior to trip and throughout your travels
  • Most meals, with a few exceptions. Faculty trip directors share detailed itineraries so you’ll know which meals might not be covered.
  • If your trip allows free time for outside excursions, these are at your own expense.

“[Study abroad] was an amazing opportunity that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world! I highly recommend that all students go on at least one May Option in their college career. It is definitely worth it!”
--Kaci Kohlhepp, Plowman Scholar
Australia/New Zealand/Fiji Option, Summer 2007

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Surprise! Much of your FSC financial aid may actually be used for a semester or year of travel study.

Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind:

  • You must register for the equivalent of at least 12 semester hours abroad in order to receive financial aid.
  • Much of your state- and federal-based financial aid may qualify to cover travel study programs.
  • It’s possible your FSC-based financial aid (athletic scholarships, ROTC scholarships, Academic Merit Awards, etc.) may not be applied to study abroad.
  • Stafford loans may be available for summer travel; contact the Office of Financial Aid for details.


Florida Southern offers scholarships specifically for travel study opportunities.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers competitive awards for undergraduate study abroad. Visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Web site to learn more.

Photo by Megan O'Toole

Getting Started!

Maybe you’re unsure of where you’d like to go? Maybe you’ve always dreamed of visiting a certain place in the world and already have a program in mind? Either way, our Office of Student Travel is your best place to start. Our staff experts have all the information you need to make your travel study experience a reality. Now would also be a great time to officially apply for travel study and complete your passport application.

What’s required?

To participate in a student travel program at Florida Southern, you must have:

  • A clear business office record
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • A clear record of student accountability
  • Complete Forms Packet that Ms. McArthur from the Student Travel Office will send after you fill out the online form.

Travel Application 2014-15

Students participating in a travel experience must remain in good academic, social and professional standing at the time of application and at the time of departure. If you have a business office hold, a judicial hold, an advisor hold, or any other holds, you may be ineligible for student travel until that hold is lifted.

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