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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

Through our Junior Journey program, every new full-time undergraduate student is guaranteed a domestic or foreign travel learning experience to study in exciting locations around the world. 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

Africa

South Africa

South Africa - Multi-disciplined

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Exploring South Africa
FSC1998 - 1 Credit Hour
May 2 to May 12
Dr. Manners


Travel to the Western Cape of South Africa -- the very bottom of the African continent. We'll be based in Cape Town, "The World's Most Beautiful City," and do day trips from there. Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and hike among the rock dassies (cute dog-size relatives of the elephant). Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, one of the top two or three botanic gardens on the earth. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for shopping and food. Explore Cape Town's often sad and regrettable history with Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly 25 years during national apartheid) and the Castle of Good Hope. Then fly north to Kruger National Park, one of the world's great animal habitats, where we are likely to see lion, cheetah, leopard, elephants, hippos, white rhinoceros, hyena, giraffe, Cape buffalo, warthogs, meerkat, and many species of antelope, on a Land-Rover-based safari. Fly to Johannesburg and from there to home.

Asia/Oceanian

New Zealand

New Zealand - Multi-disciplined

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New Zealand Ecoturism & Environment
FSC2997 - 2 Credit Hours
May 7 to May 23
Dr. Daugherty


During this trip we will be experiencing ecotourism and evaluating the environmental issues related to these activities. We will also be linking this back to the local cultures. Does the native culture influence environmental policy?

Caribbean / Latin America

Bahamas

Bahamas - Biology

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Tropical Ecology
BIO3316 - 4 Credit Hours
March 2 to March 9
Dr. Kjellmark


Prerequisite: BIO 1500 or permission of instructor- Students should be enrolled in Tropical Ecology. A field course studying the geology, history, vegetation, and ecology of a tropical region. This field course will introduce you to the ecology of a tropical region. While ecology can be taught in the classroom, it is primarily a field science. One can describe the effects of fire, drought, predation, or competition in a lecture, but this is no substitute for seeing and experiencing the interactions between species and their environment in a natural setting. This course provides an opportunity for you to be immersed in a field setting and experience the science of ecology first hand. We will spend the first part of the semester at Florida Southern College learning about the history, geology, and ecology of the tropical area we will visit for the field portion of the course as well as learning techniques for collecting field data. The field study portion of the course will be spent looking at the different environmental and biological factors which structure the plant and animal communities of our field site. We will learn about the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and their parasitic symbionts (especially of the local lizards) of the field site as we encounter them and we will learn about the role these organisms play in the tropical ecosystem.
British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands - Biology

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Boat Tour of the British Virgin Islands
FSC2997 - 1 Credit Hour
May 3 to May 8
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 - Multi-disciplined

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Environmental Rhetoric and Policy in Costa Rica
FSC1997 - 1 Credit Hour
March 2 to March 10
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.

Domestic

Seattle & Vancouver

Seattle & Vancouver - Communications

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Corporate Visits & Workplace Culture
FSC1997 - 1 Credit Hour
March 2 to March 9
Ms. Melissa Kulp


Designated Junior Journey. Travel to Seattle visiting successful global brands such as Boeing, Nike, Microsoft, and Starbucks. Visit international companies in Vancouver, BC such as Lululemon and Royal Bank of Canada. Get first-hand experience with global companies, learn about their history and future, how they run their daily operations, and what their recruiting and hiring processes are like.

Europe

Germany

Germany - Political Science

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


Permission from Instructor Only: 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 Ravenbrueck 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.
Germany

Germany - Education

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Children's Literature, the Holocaust, and Education
EDU2997 - 2 Credit Hours
May 6 to May 21
Dr. Powell


This course is designed to familiarize students with sites important to the history of Nazi Germany during World War Two, and connect it to children’s literature related to the Holocaust. The first week will be spent at the Ravensbrueck KZ, near Fürstenberg (Havel). We will also spend a week in the capitol of Germany, Berlin, with all that that major city has to offer in terms of history, museums, nightlife, shopping and food. Connections will be made between children’s literature, the use of fairy tales as a tool in children’s literature related to the Holocaust, and history.
Harlaxton

Harlaxton - Communications & Theater

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Study Abroad at Harlaxton Manor
COM2100/THE2997 INT1997 - 6 Credit Hours
May 5 to May 30
Dr. Trice & Dr. Paul Bawek


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 and Ireland

Iceland and Ireland - Art & Photography

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Photography in Iceland & Ireland
ART1140/ART3440/ INT1997 - 6 Credit Hours
May 6 to May 21
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-2019

Italy-2019 - Music

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The Music of Florence and Italy
FSC1997 - 1 Credit Hour
May 4 to May 13
Dr. Brian Brink


Must have permission from instructor to enroll. Florence was a center of great cultural, political, and artistic activity in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Its churches, palaces, and libraries serve as a rich depository of artwork, artifacts, and resources for one to understand music especially from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Students on this trip will explore through this course an overview of the music of Italy, Italian composers, and European composers who were active in Italy. Significant works will be presented and discussed. A constellation of historical songs and pieces will be studied and performed as highlights of Italian musical literature.
Russia

Russia - Music & Dance

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Exploring Russian Performing Arts & Culture
MUS2997 - 2 Credit Hours
May 6 to May 16
Dr. Omelchenko


Permission from Instructor: This course divides into two segments. The first segment allows students to explore Russian dance and music by visiting the homes of famous composers as well as the historic Mariinsky Theatres. In addition, students will attend concerts performed by the professional Russian Orchestra and Ballet companies. The second segment of the course allows students to discover St. Petersburg by touring the city, visiting the Hermitage museum, cathedrals, and palaces of the Tzars, enabling students to explore the various arts, history, foods, and culture of Russia.
Spain

Spain - Multidisciplined

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Southern Spain: A Cultural Adventure
FSC1998 - 1 Credit Hour
March 2 to March 10
Dr. Joshua Hall


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. Topics of economic development and the political environment will also be covered.
Spain

Spain - Healthcare

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Healthcare & Spanish Language
NUR2997/SPA 1101/1102/2203 - 4 Credit Hours
May 7 to May 20
Instructor Crosby & Dr. Marc


Must have Permission from Instructor: This cultural emersion course will be conducted in both English with Spanish translation when necessary. It will explore the historical and present-day healthcare model of Spain and within the European Union. The course will involve some research and data collecting prior to departure and during the trip. Furthermore, it will also provide multiple hands-on opportunities for students to experience the Spanish culture and language as well and learn about different healthcare practices in and international and professional setting. Students will visit several hospitals, clinics and other health care venues where they will come into contact with patients and healthcare professionals. Emphasis will be placed in developing students' skills and communication across cultural boundaries. The students taking this course will be taking a 3-hour language course depending on their level of Spanish language proficiency while they are in Alicante. This class will start with a lecture and research prior to departure from FSC and will meet in the afternoons at Proyecto Espanol.
Spain

Spain - Spanish Language & Music

Trip is full - Waitlist only

Spanish Language Immersion
SPA 1101, 1102, 2203, 2205 - 6 Credit Hours
May 7 to June 5
Drs. Garcia, Gibbs & Garr


This cultural emersion course will be conducted in English and Spanish. It will explore the musical and historical traditions of Spain in an international setting. The course will provide many opportunities to explore the current trends in popular music as well as the traditions of centuries past by studying and experiencing Spain’s rich cultural and musical heritage. No prior musical knowledge is required.

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.

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!


The Taiwan trip was amazing and the experiences we had were profound. I am so happy that FSC has these opportunities set in place for us, because this is a place that I would’ve never gotten to see, hear, and taste if it weren’t for the Junior Journey Experience —Jade Ferrell, Taiwan May 2018

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