Study Abroad Overview

UWF Study Abroad offers a variety of study abroad opportunities for students and faculty in over 30 countries. Programs range from one week to one year and award academic credit. UWF Study Abroad works closely with our international partner universities to develop new academic programming and exchanges. UWF Study Abroad provides extensive planning assistance for both students and faculty program leaders, including pre-departure orientation sessions.

Mission of UWF Study Abroad

The mission of the Study Abroad Office is to provide all University of West Florida degree-seeking students access to international educational experiences, which allow for social growth, cultural competence, and global citizenship of the student body, with a commitment to service and safety.

Studying abroad is a way for students to get the most out of their education and prepare for life. When students study abroad they enrich their course of study and improve their knowledge of how things are done in other parts of the world.

Students planning to study abroad should consult with the Associate Vice President of the Office of International Education and Programs. Students should also review the links to information resources on International Center web site. We ask that all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students taking part in University-sponsored international travel to register on-line with the U.S. State Department's International Travel Registry. Faculty and staff who sponsor and/or lead students on trips abroad or who are engaged in research or other work connected with University business are strongly encouraged to register.

The International Center in collaboration with other units, 
• Administers over 20 study abroad programs primarily for undergraduate students. 
• Offers a general list of scholarship opportunities designed to support participation in study abroad programs.
• Serves as an information resource for work, study, and travel abroad options for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students.

Jenny and Karen in Spain Barcelona Parc Guell
UWF students in Barcelona, Spain during exchange semester to UVic

Types of Programs

Explore all programs currently accepting applications in the UWF Study Abroad Programs Database.

Be sure to check out the Application Process for Study Abroad.

UWF Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs – Faculty-Led programs are short-term (generally 2 weeks to 2 months) study abroad trips led by UWF faculty. 
UWF Exchanges – Exchange programs allow you to pay UWF tuition to study at foreign institutions with which UWF has exchange agreements. Students earn direct UWF academic credit for courses taken abroad.
Other State Of Florida University Programs Abroad – UWF students may study abroad through another FL SUS institution and use available Florida grants or scholarships. Study Abroad through another SUS institution means becoming a transient student to that institution for the semester of the study abroad program.
Provider Programs (Transfer Credit) – Program providers are third-party companies or universities that generally provide semester/year-long or summer session programs at universities and centers throughout the world. 
Volunteer/Intern/Work Abroad Provider Programs – There are many opportunities to volunteer, intern, work, and travel abroad with UWF student groups or other provider programs that may or may not provided academic credit. The International Center can provide information on these types of programs. 

Contact UWF Study Abroad at 850-474-2479 or for more information. 

UWF Faculty - Leading a Program Abroad

Faculty members are able to lead a program abroad for UWF credit. Select this link for more information.

Teach Abroad at UWF

Funding Your Program Abroad

How can you use existing financial aid for study abroad? Are there other scholarships available? This section provides more information.

Funding Study Abroad

Parents Looking for more information?

UWF Study Abroad has compiled frequently asked questions for parents of students considering and preparing to study abroad.

FAQs for Parents

Study Abroad Calendar

General Information Sessions – All students wishing to participate in Study Abroad, must attend an information session before they submit their application. - Each session reviews the application process and student responsibilities for study abroad. Contact the International Center at (850)474-2479 or to have a session added to your calendar. 

Study Abroad Fair - Provides opportunity for UWF students to explore program options through UWF for exchange and faculty-led programs and through providers for transfer credit & internships programs. UWF holds two Study Abroad Fairs annually, one in Fall and one in Spring.

Study Abroad Orientation - For Approved Students: Mandatory Outgoing Orientation for Study Abroad will cover travel & safety information, academics abroad, cultural adjustment, and financial aid. Advising meetings for individual students are not available immediately before or after the orientation sessions. This session is for students who approved a study abroad program departing in the upcoming semester.