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Education Abroad FAQs

GETTING STARTED
BUILD YOUR CREDENTIALS THROUGH AN EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM
The University of Tampa’s education abroad programs prepare students to be global-ready so they may recognize international career opportunities in various disciplines and industries. Today’s employers seek graduates who are able to communicate in at least one foreign language, have multicultural knowledge, possess skills and training in negotiating with people of different cultures and have the ability to work outside of the United States.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO STUDY ABROAD?
UT Education Abroad programs are open to all UT students, including freshmen and graduate students. Applicants must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA and must not have any current conduct sanctions with UT's Office of Student Conduct. Good conduct standing means that a student has either had no conduct incidents, or that if they have been found responsible for an incident, that they have completed all sanctions in full and that any sanctions with an end date will terminate before the student's education abroad program would begin (for example, if a student has pending termination of residency with an end date of December 2013, they would not be eligible to study abroad until Spring 2014 or later). Applicants must also apply by posted deadlines; the deadline for Summer and Fall programs is March 1 and for Spring programs is October 1. Deadlines for UT Travel Courses may vary, but most UT Travel Course deadlines are November 15.

WHERE CAN I STUDY ABROAD? AND FOR HOW LONG?
At The University of Tampa, your options to study abroad are almost limitless. Students have travelled to Italy, Australia, Spain, Italy, and the UK, as well as less traditional destinations such as India, Brazil, and Ghana. Program lengths vary from several weeks to a full semester or academic year. Flexible options such as UT Travel Courses and UT Summer Abroad ensure that education abroad is available to all students, regardless of schedule constraints. Only countries under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Alert are off limits for study abroad programs.

CAN I USE FINANCIAL AID FOR EDUCATION ABROAD?
Students often assume it is more expensive to study abroad than to remain on UT's campus, however many education abroad destinations offer lower tuition and cost of living. In most cases, students can apply Federal Student Aid and Bright Futures Scholarships to education abroad, and many other scholarships and awards are available. Students should meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to determine how their financial aid could be applied towards an education abroad program. Please note that UT scholarships and aid cannot be applied towards study abroad. 

WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO PAY UT? 
The only cost associated with UT for a semester/summer/winter abroad is the mandatory UT Insurance & Travel Fee to be paid prior to departure. The cost is $350 for a semester, $290 for summer, $500 for a full academic year, and $95 for winter intersession. Housing and tuition are typically paid to the program provider. Please note, if participating in a UT Travel Course, this fee is included in the total program cost (available under the UT Travel Courses Abroad tab). 

WILL CREDITS FROM ABROAD TRANSFER TO UT?
All courses taken abroad are reviewed by UT faculty to determine credit equivalencies. In most cases, students are able to earn credit for courses taken abroad and many earn credits for their major or minor. It is important to plan ahead and discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor to ensure it will fit into your academic plan.

DO I NEED TO SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Many UT education abroad programs are designed to improve foreign language skills and allow students to earn credits towards a language major or minor. However, many programs are open to students with little or no foreign language background. Many schools offer courses in English, even in countries such as Italy and Spain, as well as beginner level language courses.


WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A PROGRAM NOT IN THE APPLICATION SYSTEM?
All students wishing to participate in an education abroad program for credit need to apply for approval first from the Office of International Programs. If you are interested in a program that is not currently in our system, please email abroad@ut.edu with a link to the program's website and a brief description of why you are hoping to participate in the outside program. One of our Education Abroad Advisors will reach out to you to discuss the outside program.

HOW DO I BEGIN THE PROCESS?
The first step in studying abroad is to apply to the UT Office of International Programs. The application is available online, here at https://ut.studioabroad.com. Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted by an education abroad advisor to set up a Study Abroad Prep meeting. At this meeting, you will find out the next steps such as how to complete your program application and how to ensure that your courses abroad are approved for credit transfer.