Some questions and answers to get you started:
You can go almost anywhere. At FGCU, staff and faculty members lead study abroad tours and other short-term study abroad programs. Also, Florida Gulf Coast University maintains affiliation and exchange agreements with a number of international educational institutions.
In addition, FGCU students can participate in many other study abroad programs sponsored by other Florida State Universities and organizations. The resource library located in the Office of International Services can help you find the right program to suit your academic and personal interests. The possibilities are endless!
Speaking the language of the country is not a requirement, but it is helpful. Many programs do offer classes taught in English and also offer language courses to assist you in learning the local language.
With the appropriate approval signatures on your study abroad approval form, credits you receive while studying abroad may be transferred back to FGCU. Transfer credit is dependent on the course content, equivalency to FGCU courses, and degree requirements in your particular major.
You can study for just a week over the Spring break, a few weeks in the summer, one semester, or one full academic year. Program lengths and designs vary.
The cost may vary depending on the type of program and program sponsor, location, length, services provided, and course tuition fees. Some of the costs to consider are: Course tuition, living expenses (room and board, personal expenditures, health care/insurance, local transportation, cultural tours, etc), airfare, application fees, passport, visas, etc.
Eligibility will vary from program to program. In general, programs will require a 2.0 or better cumulative average. A strong start in your freshman year will be very helpful, but there are programs of study or work abroad for all students. When in doubt, come in and talk to us about requirements for different programs.
Housing arrangements vary among the study abroad programs. Some offer a room in a residence hall, or with a host family. Others offer a shared apartment. Meals may be provided in a dining hall, or kitchen facilities may be provided so that you can prepare your own meals.
Deadlines vary according to the program. Generally, for year-long programs, you should begin to prepare your application a year in advance. For semester programs, a semester ahead of time is usually appropriate. For summer programs, you should begin the application procedure in January.
You may schedule an appointment with the coordinator of Study Abroad or attend one of the Study Abroad information sessions and the Study Abroad Fair.
Office of International Services and Study Abroad
Reed Hall 122
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Students who want to go abroad must follow a series of steps in researching and selecting a program, going through the application process and preparing to travel. Students who would like to go abroad need to follow the steps listed here.