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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

Find Us

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

Africa

Gambia

Gambia - Tropical Ecology

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Tropical Ecology
BIO 3316 - 4 Credit Hours
December 26 to January 6
Dr. Wolovich


OPEN ONLY TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY

Caribbean / Latin America

Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise - Chemistry

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Natural Product Chemistry in the Caribbean
FSC 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 12 to October 20
Dr. Shelby


Permission from the professor. This trip will explore the chemistry and the variety of natural products grown and processed in the Caribbean islands. We will visit five different Caribbean islands to learn about the botanicals historically grown and utilized by islanders, as well as the natural products that are isolated from various plants and utilized for medicinal purposes. We will also explore major historic and cultural sites on each island that have influenced cultural use of natural products and the economization of the associated products.
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands - English

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Cayman Workshop for Creative Writing
FSC 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
December 29 to January 4
Dr. Di Leo


This seven-day course will explore the techniques and elements characteristic of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through practice, interpretation, discussion, and writing. Alongside visits to historical and culturally significant sites throughout Grand Cayman, modern and contemporary Caribbean literature and daily workshops will lead you to discover inspiration for your own writing. You will be able to develop and explore your own distinctive creative style with other students while kayaking and sailing the Western Caribbean Sea, visiting Rum Point and the Cayman Turtle Center, and sampling traditional Caymanian food at restaurants in the “culinary capital of the Caribean.”
Panama

Panama

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An Engineering Marvel: The Panama Canal
MAT 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 13 to October 20
Dr. Back


This trip is open to all majors interested in the fascinating history of the Panama Canal, one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering ever undertaken. Conceived in the 1580s and finally completed in 1914, we’ll explore the intriguing saga of the Canal from construction to modern day, learn how to operate the locks, and investigate its impact on Panama’s economy and culture. There will be something new to discover everyday as we navigate the rivers and Canal by boat with expeditions to wildlife parks, ancient ruins, rainforests, and caves. Join us on an incredible journey stretching from the Gulf on Panama to the Pacific Ocean!

Europe

Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe - Multi-disciplined

Trip is full - Waitlist only

A Journey through Eastern Europe
FSC 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 12 to October 21
Dr. Allen


Travel through Eastern Europe where you’ll be exposed to the rich and diverse history of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest. Beginning in Prague, you’ll walk through Old Town and across the Charles Bridge, and spend time in the Castle District exploring the Old Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral. On the way to Vienna you’ll stop in Salzburg to visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle; once in Vienna you’ll tour the Imperial Palace, St. Stephens Cathedral, Mozart’s house and more. The final stops on the tour will take you to Bratislava and Budapest where you’ll have the chance to discover Heroes Square, Bratislava Castle, and the Blue Church.
London

London - English

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Jane Austen's World
ENG 2997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 12 to October 21
Dr. Huneycutt


Open to all majors: This course will explore some of the most important locations in England associated with the life, novels, and mileau of Jane Austen (1775 – 1817). We will spend several days in Bath, where Austen lived from 1801-1806, which provides the setting for two of her novels, and which has preserved many of the Regency-era buildings that she would have known. We will visit Chawton, where Austen lived from 1809 until her death and see the house where she wrote several of her novels – which is now a museum dedicated to the author. We will visit Winchester, where the author died, and see her burial site in Winchester cathedral. We will spend five days in London to visit locations that would have been familiar to Austen and which provide the background for several of her novels. We will go to museums that display art and artifacts that will help us gain a better understanding of the world that Austen knew. We will also explore some major historical & cultural sites not directly associated with Austen – such as Tintern Abbey, The Roman Baths, Hampton Court, and the Globe Theater.
Scotland

Scotland - Multi-disciplined

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Explore Scotland
FSC 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 12 to October 21
Dr. Malcolm Manners


Explore Scotland, including the city of Edinburgh, castles, fortresses, battlefields, ancient stone monuments, gardens, Loch Ness, and beautiful mountainous scenery, including filming sites for Harry Potter and James Bond's "Sky Fall."
Sicily

Sicily - Multi-disciplined

Trip is full - Waitlist only

History of Sicily
FSC 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
December 13 to December 23
Dr. Serrano


Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. Join in on this winter Junior Journey as we travel the island and explore archeological digs and ruins, visit cathedrals, museums, and theaters, and scale Mt. Etna on this fabulous 11 day journey to Sicily!
Spain

Spain - Multidisciplinary

Trip is full - Waitlist only

A Spanish Cultural Adventure: A Journey of Discovery
FSC 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 13 to October 21
Dr. Garcia


This course will try to explore various aspects Southern Spanish history and culture. It will focus on the rich Christian, Islamic and Judaic influences that allowed these religions and cultures to coexist and flourish for hundreds of years with tours, presentations, and museum visits in Madrid, Cordoba, and Seville among with many other cities. We’ll also spend evenings learning about the rich culture through food, art, and Flamenco and Gypsy dancing and music.
Switzerland and Italy

Switzerland and Italy - Healthcare

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Global Health Organizations
HCA 1997 - 1 Credit Hour
October 13 to October 21
Dr. Krause


This travel course introduces students to international organizations focused on humanitarianism and global health, an interdisciplinary field exploring major health problems, interventions, and policies impacting the health status and well-being of all persons. We will spend several days in Geneva and then Florence and Rome, where we will meet with representatives of global health organizations such as the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Red Cross. There will also be visits many museums, cathedrals, and other unique cultural and historical sites in both cities.

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.
Learn More about Regent’s University 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.

Learn More about Harlaxton College!

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.

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