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Study Abroad Application Instructions

Simply clicking the "Apply" button from this website does not complete the application process. It is your responsibility to make sure you have filled out all required and relevant application and enrollment materials necessary for the program you wish to attend. See Form Explanation to review all application and approval forms. 

Create an Online Account

Even before you are ready to study abroad, it is beneficial to create an online study abroad profile so you can communicate with study abroad advisors, get invited to information sessions and presentations, and make the study abroad office aware of your interest in study abroad.
  • Click on Create Account, fill in the relevant fields and choose a secure Password for your account.
  • Fill in all the profile sections listed (Academic Info., Program Preferences, Current Address, etc.). Remember to use your UWF Student email address. 
  • Once you fill in your entire profile, you will be able to:
  • ask questions about study abroad program details
  • apply for a program

Consider the Cost

Where you go may be influenced by the cost.  On UWF sponsored exchange programs, you are able to pay your UWF tuition while attending the host school.  Other expenses, including transportation, room/board, insurance, and personal expenses will average between $3,000 and $10,000 for a semester.  Some special programs may include a program fee to cover instruction and program administration.

Decide WHERE you want to go and WHEN

Many programs are limited to certain disciplines or courses, so where you can go may depend on your major.  When you can go may depend on the academic calendar at the exchange school of your choice.  Some school calendars do not coincide with UWF’s calendar for fall semester, so you must go for either an academic year or just spring semester.  Some schools do not offer summer programs.  Most language programs are summer only.  In general, you need to plan well in advance in order to complete the application process for the host school and to get everything ready at UWF before your departure.  For example, if you don’t have a passport, it could take 6-8 weeks (or longer) to get one.  It is a good idea to plan at least one whole semester in advance.

Meet with an Advisor in the Financial Aid Office

If you are eligible for financial aid, you can use it to study abroad.  Check with the Financial Aid Office for specific guidelines.  In general, financial aid is applicable to all UWF sponsored exchange programs.  It is important to promptly notify the Financial Aid Office after you have decided to study abroad and to complete all required paper work before your departure.  Taking care of Financial Aid details before departure is the student’s responsibility.  Things left undone before departure can create serious delays in the disbursement of aid.  Also, you should be aware that even if everything is in order, there is normally a delay in the disbursement of aid until after classes start at your host school.  Therefore, you need to have sufficient funds to carry you over until your financial aid arrives.

Find a Study Abroad Program

You can find study abroad program through the interactive world map, or use the Advanced Search categories:

Programs by Major

To search for a program which will offer courses in a particular major, use the Advanced Search page.
  • From the "Major" pull-down menu  - choose a major that is relevant to the courses you would like to take while abroad.  If you want to take course in more than one academic field (for example: Psychology and History) be sure to look at listings for both Psychology and History and find a program that will have courses in both areas.
  • The "Subjects" pull-down menu can only be utilized if you already choose a major and then the major has various areas listed.

Programs by Country
  • To search for a program by country, use the clickable world map which breaks out regions and countries and lists study abroad programs.
  • By selecting a world region, the map zooms in and shows the different countries in that region where there are available study abroad programs.
  • You can select a country either from the list on the left or by clicking on it on the map.
  • Selecting a country will take you to that country's description page, where you can find information about the country and the available study abroad programs on the bottom of the page.
  • Clicking on a specific program will take you to a program's description page where you can learn more about the study abroad program.

Apply to a Study Abroad Program

If you would like to apply to a study abroad program, you need to be logged in to your account. You can then apply as follows:

Go to the interactive world map or the advanced search to find the specific program in which you are interested.
Click the "Apply" link next to the program name. This will link you to the application process for that specific program.

My Applications

This is your listing of application status. Look under the "Online Forms" column. There will be two numbers indicating "0 out of X". This indicates how many forms are related to that specific application, and how many of those forms you have filled out. Thus, you need to click on this (0 / X) link and then you will see a list of the forms you need to fill out. Click on the form name and fill in the form(s) completely.

Once you have completed the necessary form(s) for that specific program, your forms will be reviewed and you will be notified as to the next steps in the process.

Program Provider or Host Institution

After you are notified by the study abroad office that you have been "Approved" to study abroad, you will then need to click on the link to the specific program and follow the application instructions for the specific program provider or host institution.

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