Study, Research and Internship Abroad

Take your education beyond the classroom and gain a global perspective through studying, researching and interning abroad. Explore our college’s study abroad programs and learn how to make your international experience affordable.
Are you interested in one of our college's study abroad programs? Contact the specific program’s faculty leader to learn about next steps.

Find a UCF Study Abroad Program

UCF in Botswana
Educational Diversity, Access, and Equity

Summer Semester - Session A

Participate in a transformational and life-changing experience in one of the most progressive and democratic nations in sub-Saharan Africa – Botswana. For one month, you will have the opportunity to meet a cross section of Botswana citizens, including rural farmers and city-dwellers, herders on cattle posts, individuals living with disabilities, and primary and secondary school teachers and students.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Karen Biraimah

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UCF in Colombia
Healthcare and Social Determinants in Colombia

Summer Semester

Join the College of Community Innovation and Education in Cali and Bogota to gain a greater understanding of the health care system in modern-day Colombia!

This program will explore the key socio and cultural characteristics of health care disparities in the diverse populations that make up both Colombia and the United States. Students will gain a basic understanding of the key elements of health care systems and will be able to identify useful ideas to address quality, access and delivery of care issues through a socio, economic, political and cultural lens.

This program was developed as a collaboration between Pontificia Javeriana University in Colombia and several departments at UCF. It will be conducted with faculty and local Pontificia Javeriana students. There will be an interdisciplinary approach and the program will be organized primarily by the Health Management & Informatics Department with the School of Social Work. This program will also include visits to the Javeriana campus, the Institute for Public Health research group, health care organizations and community health programs.

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Bernardo Ramirez and Dr. Tracy Wharton

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UCF in Czech Republic
Culture, Education and History

Spring Semester: February 28 - March 14

This program will immerse students within Czech culture, education and history. Participants will visit historical locations, as well as excursions, intended to extend the breadth of understanding of Czech history and culture. Lectures and presentations will be facilitated at sites instead of a typical classroom setting. Throughout the program, the participants will be evaluated upon their academic studies, observation, participation, selected readings and group discussions. While in the Czech Republic, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and lectures and work collaboratively with colleagues.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Scott Waring

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UCF in Dominica
Addressing Multicultural Competencies of Counselor Education Students

Summer Semester

The Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology is pleased to offer this exciting research abroad opportunity, particularly for counselor education graduate students who have completed at least three full semesters and have taken, or are currently taking MHS 6420.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Ann Shillingford-Butler

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UCF in Gambia
Public and Nonprofit Management

Summer Semester

The College of Community Innovation and Education has brought to you an exciting opportunity in The Gambia, West Africa, for students interested in becoming leaders in social change!

This program will give students the unique opportunity to learn what the value of partnerships, advocacy and community building can be in making an impactful change in communities and in people’s lives. Students will engage in discussions about various issues and develop cross-sectoral solutions that represent how they envision the world not as it is, but as it should be. This program will also include visits to local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and students will be able to interact with people who are “change makers,” who have been instrumental in making significant policy changes.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Stephanie Krick

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UCF in Germany
Birth of Kindergarten

Spring Semester

Spend a week exploring Germany and learning about the key foundations of early childhood education and development!

The College of Community Innovation and Education has developed a study abroad opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on early childhood educational decisions and theory. Students will study and experience the foundations of the Kindergarten movement and the Waldorf method through early childhood center visits, university lectures and various museums and exhibit visits that highlight the history and practice of Friedrich Frobel, Rudolf Steiner and Johan Heinrich Pestalozzi.

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Judit Szente and Dr. Marisa Macy

UCF in Iceland
Education Statistics Research Abroad

Spring Semester: March 6 - 14, 2020

The UCF in Iceland study abroad program will provide UCF graduate students the opportunity to learn from key experts in Iceland who are involved in the EU Kids Online initiative. Gain a unique experience in research design and statistical analyses – all from an international perspective and framed within a multinational survey research study related to how children use media.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Debbie Hahs-Vaughn

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UCF in Ireland
Internship Enhancement

Fall Semester

The School of Teacher Education invites students interested in comparative education across the pond to the Republic of Ireland.

Experience new cultures and educational systems and broaden your understanding of teaching and learning. Working in conjunction with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, students will have the opportunity to observe and interact within an international classroom environment.

The program functions as an extension of the Internship II course (ESE 4942). Students will first participate in a required 10-week internship course in the Florida school system followed followed by an additional two to three week internship in Ireland. You will engage in observation, interaction and teaching in a classroom abroad specific to your interests. When you are not in the classroom, students will enjoy cultural visits to historical sites, like Bunratty Castle, Galway, Dublin, and the Cliffs of Moher to incorporate into future lessons and activities.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Roberta Ergle

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UCF in Spain
Bilingual Elementary School Experience

Fall and Spring Semesters

Take your teaching experience to the next level in Castilla y León, Spain!

Join us for an unforgettable 12-week English language teaching experience. This program will provide field experience for students working in a Spanish bilingual elementary school for 10 to 12 weeks in the Castilla and Leon region of Spain. Students will gain firsthand experience working with Spanish teachers while supporting English instruction in their assigned schools.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Elsie Olan

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UCF in Taiwan
Asian Culture, Healthcare and Aging Society

Summer Semester

With partners from Chang-Gung University of Science & Technology (CGUST), Chung-Shan Medical University (CSMU), Hsiang Shang Social Welfare Foundation (HSSWF), as well as local communities, this integrated course will introduce the Asian culture, healthcare system and aging issues in Taiwan. Discussions will also include lessons learned and challenges from its universal health insurance system; issues, policies and resources related to the aging society, as well as observation of community-based senior health programs in action. Students will explore how Asian culture, values and lifestyles influence the health of individuals and communities in Taiwan. Potential site visits may include healthcare/long-term care facilities, senior homes/centers, night markets and cultural sites.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Su-I Hou

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UCF in United Kingdom
Comparison of Legal Systems of the US and Great Britain

Summer Semester

Join the Department of Legal Studies in Oxford, London and Edinburgh to compare the existing legal systems of the United States and England in some of the most iconic cities!

This program will provide students a glimpse into the English legal system. Participants will visit historical locations, as well as excursions intended to provide an understanding of British history and culture. Lectures and presentations will be facilitated at sites as well as in a classroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to attend seminars by barristers as well as guided tours of major historical landmarks. Finally, students will have an opportunity to explore the culture and traditions of the United Kingdom. In England, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and lectures and work collaboratively with colleagues.

Faculty and Staff Leaders: Dr. Jason Fiesta and Ms. Katie Connolly

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UCF in United Kingdom
Internship Enhancement Program

Spring Semester

The School of Teacher Education invites students interested in comparative education across the pond to Plymouth, England!

Experience new cultures and educational systems and broaden your understanding of teaching and learning. Working in conjunction with Marjon University, students will have the opportunity to observe and interact within an international classroom environment.

The program functions as an extension of the Internship II course (ESE 4942). Students will first participate in a required 10-week internship course in the Florida school system followed followed by an additional two to three week placement in a local school in Plymouth, England. You will engage in observation, interaction and teaching in a classroom abroad specific to your interests. When you are not in the classroom, students will enjoy cultural visits to historical sites, like Stonehenge and Tintagel Castle, to incorporate into future lessons and activities.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Roberta Ergle

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Exchange Programs

Public Administration Exchange at Kaunas University of Technology – Lithuania

The agreement permits UCF to send up to two (undergraduate and graduate) students per year for up to two semesters each to study at KTU in Lithuania. UCF faculty members may visit KTU for one week and develop an agenda that aligns with the interests of KTU faculty members and students, primarily in the social sciences, arts and humanities. SPA students can travel to KTU in Lithuania as part of the Erasmus+ program.

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Public Administration Exchange at ADA University – Republic of Azerbaijan

A study abroad partnership between ADA University in the Republic of Azerbaijan and UCF allows undergraduate students to study at either university for up to two semesters. Interested UCF undergraduate students can spend up to two semesters at ADA University in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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Get Funding

There are multiple ways to help fund your study abroad. Learn about the variety of scholarships and awards available to students.

Gilman Scholarship: Scholarships to Study and Intern Abroad
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, is committed to getting students abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This is only available to Pell Grant students. It has a fairly standard application, including a service project for post-program. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000 to be used toward the cost of study abroad or international internship programs.

College Study Abroad Scholarships
The College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) may award up to four $500 scholarships during the spring and summer semesters to current CCIE students accepted to participate in a study abroad program developed by the college.
Contact Dr. Karen Biraimah for additional information.

Burnett Honors College Study Abroad Scholarships
The Burnett Honors College awards scholarships to University Honors and Honors in the Major students in good academic standing pursuing study abroad programs. Learn more about available scholarships.

Fulbright U.S. Students
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for students to conduct a study or research project or engage in an English Teaching Assistantship during one academic year (eight to 10 months) in a country outside the United States. Learn more about Fulbright grant opportunities.

Office of Prestigious Awards
The Office of Prestigious Awards (OPA) provides UCF students and alumni with information and advising for major national and international fellowships and scholarships. OPA serves as the UCF campus representative for all awards requiring university endorsement or nomination, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships. While OPA is housed within The Burnett Honors College, it serves the entire UCF community. Learn more about OPA fellowships and scholarships.

UCF Abroad Scholarships
The UCF Abroad office offers UCF students scholarships that cover costs associated with study abroad programs. Learn about available scholarships and the application process