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Student Travel

 

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

Study abroad 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 study abroad 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 study abroad 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!

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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 study abroad 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.

Read more in the Student Travel Handbook

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Office of Student Travel

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

Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Us

Phone863.616.6411
Fax863.680.3088
E-mailstudyabroad@flsouthern.edu

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

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Meet Our Staff

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Bridgette McArthur
Student Travel Coordinator
863.616.6411
bmcarthur@flsouthern.edu

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Rebecca Tibbs
Administrative Assistant
863.680.5063
rtibbs@flsouthern.edu

Asia/Oceanian

Taiwan

Taiwan - Music

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Exploring Traditional Chinese Music, Arts & Culture
MUS2997 - 2 Credit Hours
May 8 to May 24
Dr. Fen-Fang Chen


"Must have permission from professor to enroll on this trip." Explore Chinese music though hands-on activities with the professional Chinese Orchestra (Taipei Chinese Orchestra), the college student orchestra (Chinese Culture University—Traditional Chinese Music Department), and Ju’s Percussion Group (professional percussion performance group). In addition, students will attend the concerts performed by these professional music groups. Students will also discover Taiwan by touring the entire island, enabling students to learn the various arts, culture, foods, and natural environment.

Caribbean / Latin America

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Boat Tour of the British Virgin Islands
FSC2997 - 1 Credit Hour
May 4 to May 9
Dr. Kristian Taylor


You’ll gain unprecedented access to the marine environment, both day and night, travelling by boat through the British Virgin Islands learning their colorful history as you visit areas that reflect the unique Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Danish people that have inhabited the area over the past 300 hundred years. You’ll learn about coral reef biology snorkeling reefs in both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and go ashore to explore secluded bays, the ruins of old sugar plantations, and uninhabited islands.
Costa Rica

Costa Rica - English

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Environmental Rhetoric and Policy in Costa Rica
FSC1997 - 1 Credit Hour
May 7 to May 15
Dr. Louis Di Leo


Explore strategies for sustainability as you journey to Costa Rica's capital, coasts, and rainforests. Experience thermal hot springs, stroll through a cloud forest, zip-line through the canopy, and more as we engage and analyze the rhetorical arguments behind environmental conservation and the burgeoning ecotourism industry.
Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Education

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Costa Rica - A Close Look at Diverse Education
EDU 2998 - 1 Credit Hour
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Bernardo Blanco


Students on this trip will explore the local organization of communities and school systems in rural Costa Rica. Explore the beaches and various Costa Rican culture. This trip will immerse our students within the local culture, including classrooms observations of 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.

Domestic

Alaska

Alaska

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Alaska and the Northen Lights
FSC1998 - 1 Credit Hour
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Malcolm Manners


Travel Anchorage to Fairbanks and back, visiting Denali State Park, Denali National Park, University of Alaska's Reindeer Research Farm, U.A.'s Museum of the North, and a large-animal conservation park. Night-time excursions to see the Northern Lights if the weather conditions allow it.
Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Spring Trip - JJ

Hurricane Irma: A Service Learning Opportunity
FSC2998 - 1 Credit Hour
March 3 to March 9
Dr. MacNeil


This course offer students a service learning opportunity close to home. Hurricane Irma devastated the state of Florida and left thousands without homes. Students will get hands on experience helping others with rebuilding their lives in some of the hardest hit areas of Florida. The all-inclusive fee includes three meals a day, hotel accommodations, and transportation.
Hawaii

Hawaii - Biology

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Microbial Soil Diversity on the Big Island of Hawaii
BIO3600 - 4 Credit Hours
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Gasper


Prerequisite: BIO1500 or permission from instructor. On this study abroad trip, we will visit the Big Island of Hawaii where we will collect soil samples from a variety of climates which we will then examine upon our return to Florida Southern. Join us as we make our way through a variety of ecosystems, including Volcanoes National Park, a tropical rainforest, and of course, multiple unique beach destinations. We will also gain knowledge of traditional Hawaiian culture through an overnight stay at Volcanoes National Park, a Luau dinner, trips to historical sites, and a coffee plantation tour. Other activities include a helicopter tour of the island, a zipline tour through the rainforest, and numerous hikes off the beaten path to secluded waterfalls and beaches.
Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
FSC1998 - 1 Credit Hour
May 6 to May 12
Dr. Manners


Explore and learn about two of American’s greatest national parks with Dr. Manners – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With thousands of hiking trails, these parks offer countless opportunities to view extraordinary landscapes and wildlife that can only be found in northeastern America. We’ll visit hot springs, waterfalls, and geysers, including Old Faithful. May is the perfect time to visit these fantastic national treasures – it’s a time of renewal when the rigors of winter melt away, the wildflowers begin to paint the valley, and animals and birds begin to return or emerge from their winter hibernation, so with luck we’ll see bison, otters, and eagles among many others.

Europe

Germany

Germany - Political Science

Trip is full - Waitlist only

The Racial State
POS3997 - 2 Credit Hours
May 6 to May 26
Dr. Bruce Anderson


This course is designed to familiarize students with sites important the history of Nazi Germany during World War two. This trip covers two disparate elements and two separate and quite different sites: the Ravensbrueck KZ, near Furstenberg (Havel), Brandenburg, the only concentration camp specifically designed and housing women; and Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, which was to be the focus site of the new Nazi “religion”. The first aim is to familiarize students with the system of camps, their hierarchy and administration, and their use. We will stay “within the wire” at Ravensbrueck KZ, in the old SS accommodations for the matrons (which numbered among them Ilse Koch). Here, we will examine the camp in its three stages: as a detention camp and prison for women “social deviants”, political criminals, and religious offenders (chiefly Jehovah’s Witnesses); through its transition period of labor camp and industrial center, and through its final stages as a death camp. This section of the course will be team-taught by Dr. Anderson and Dr. Matthias Heyl, head of education at Ravensbrueck KZ. The second aim of the trip is to work through issues of displacement: Quedlinburg was a monastery and convent, founded by Henry the Fowler in about 900 AD. It was converted to Lutheranism in the 1500s, and sank into obscurity until rediscovered by Heinrich Himmler, who fancied himself a reincarnation of Henry. Himmler’s interest in the place was focused on making it a center for the new Nazi “religion”, a mish-mash of the occult, old “Nordic” myths, and nonsense of his own invention. Perhaps not incidentally, the ruins of the Langenstein-Zwieberge KZ are nearby: the dead from this camp were cremated at Quedlinburg’s city crematoria.
Harlaxton

Harlaxton - Communications

May Trip

Study Abroad at Harlaxton Manor
COM2100 INT1997 - 6 Credit Hours
May 8 to June 1
Dr. Trice


Come join us at Harlaxton Manor, a beautiful and historic Elizabethan Manor House just outside of London, where students will live and study for four week’s in May. Students will explore the similarities and differences in American and British media, and visit some media sites like the BBC's Media City and the movie set of the Harry Potter series. The trip will also include a weekend in Scotland and day trips to places like Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Globe Theater. The trip concludes with a week in London.
Iceland & Ireland

Iceland & Ireland - Art

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Photography in Iceland & Ireland
ART 1140 ART3440 INT1997 - 6 Credit Hours
May 7 to May 23
Dr. Romero


The Iceland & Ireland trip is led by Dr. Sam Romero. Students will sign up for a photography course and adventure through 2 European countries and several cities for 3 weeks. The trip starts off in Iceland where you will visit sites such as the Thingvellier National Park, Thorsmork Glacier Valley and the Blue Lagoon. From there travel to Northern Ireland for walking tours of Belfast, a daring climb of the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede bridge, and a day spent at one of the main filming locations for Game of Thrones. The last leg of the journey will be spent in the Republic of Ireland, visiting Dublin, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle in Cork. This is only a portion of what’s included in this trip. Check out the full itinerary for more info. All breakfasts and dinners are included in the cost of the trip.
Italy

Italy - Athletic Training

Spring Trip - JJ

Athletic Training in Ancient & Modern Italy
ATP3997 - 1 Credit Hour
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Stanley Green


This course is a weeklong field experience trip dedicated to the development of sports and sports medicine in Italy. We’ll explore the clinical practices employed by ancient medical professionals to treat athletes by exploring the resources and facilities available to the Romans with visits to museums, local universities, and a variety of important locations like Pompeii, the Colosseum, and the Rome Soccer Club facilities. There will still plenty of time to explore the modern culture of Italy with guided tours of Rome, Pisa, and Florence with stops at the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, and the Uffizi Gallery among many others and a fantastic opportunity to prepare your own pasta supper during a cooking class.
Italy

Italy

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Cultural Immersion in Italy
FSC1997 - 1 Credit Hour
March 3 to March 11
LTC Vaira


This trip offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Italy and become culturally immersed through a variety of activities. On this Junior Journey you’ll experience Italian life, history, art, and culture in the four major cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. Join us on guided tours of significant sites and museums, including the Colosseum, the Vatican, and a Dolomites mountain excursion. Interactions with the local populace throughout the day and at special events will further your understanding and enjoyment of Italian culture and language in our increasingly complex world.
Paris

Paris - Education

Trip is full - Waitlist only

French Culture, Art, & Children's Literature
EDU1997 - 1 Credit Hour
May 6 to May 14
Dr. Powell


Immerse yourself in the glorious world of children’s literature and French culture where they intersect in the grand metropolitan city of Paris! Travel in and around the city, visiting historic sites with visits to libraries, museums, and locations to learn how culture impacts and inspires art and literature. We’ll be looking at the various artistic styles and cultural movements that have influenced the art and stories written for children and using this newfound knowledge to create our own stories and artwork. Independent and guided tours of Paris, Versailles, and more will expose the history and culture of children’s literature and its relationship with French modern society.
Spain

Spain - Spanish Language and Culture

May Trip

Spanish Language Immersion
SPA1101 SPA1102 SPA2203 - 6 Credit Hours
May 8 to June 6
Dr. Jose Garcia


Students will have the opportunity to study the Spanish language and culture at Proyecto Espanol located in the Mediterranean seaside city of Alicante, Spain while living with a host family during their stay. They will also have the opportunity to participate in various local tours and excursions to nearby towns such as Guadalest and a trip to Barcelona.

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 University 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 University and must apply through Florida Southern College Student Travel Office.

Getting Started to Apply

  1. Review the Regent’s study abroad guide and watch the following videos:
  2. Schedule a meeting with the Office of Student Travel. Travel Coordinator Bridgette McArthur is here to help.
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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.

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Proyecto Español

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
Find Out More about Proyecto Español!
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Up with People

Travel. Perform. Impact. Up With People (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 age 17 to 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.

Learn 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, study abroad 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.

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What’s covered?

When considering study abroad 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.

Cost of Trips

Destination Junior Journey Regular Trip Deposit Deadline* Deposit Amount
Florida KeysFree**$2,150November 17$100/$500
Harlaxton - Communications$3,750$6,000November 17500.00
Italy - Athletic Training$2150$4375November 16$500
Spain - Spanish Language and Culture$2,055$4,250November 17$500

* Deposit Deadline - Please note that trip space is limited and trips may fill before the deadline date.

** Although the trip is free for Junior Journey eligible students, there is a $100 refundable deposit which will be returned after you complete the trip. All other trips will have a deposit of $125 or more which is a part of the total trip cost.

We are always working on new trips so check back here often to see what new trips are in the works!


[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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Surprise! Much of your Florida Southern College financial aid may actually be used for a semester or year of study abroad.

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 study abroad 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.
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Scholarships

Florida Southern offers scholarships specifically for study abroad opportunities.

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

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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 study abroad experience a reality. Now would also be a great time to officially apply for study abroad 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
  • Register on line through the FSC Portal
  • Submit forms and deposit if applicable

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