Study Abroad Opportunities for UF Undergraduates

Heavener International Programs is accepting applications for study abroad while closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on international travel. Students should review the COVID-19 Study Abroad FAQs for important information about planning to study abroad during this time. If you have any questions or concerns related to status of our programs, you can contact our office at 352-273-0151 or via email.

In the Heavener School of Business, we strongly encourage and support our students’ efforts to study abroad. International studies serve to enhance not only the students’ professional experiences but their personal ones as well. In conjunction with the University of Florida International Center (UFIC), Heavener works closely with students, aiding them throughout their planning process and upon their return.

Heavener students have the option of studying abroad on a Heavener International Program or on a Warrington Exchange Program.

Warrington Exchange Programs

  • Placements at 27 partner universities across the world
  • Independent experience – live with other exchange students or local students
  • Courses taught in English
  • Take required coursework at international universities
  • Enhance your major with discipline-specific courses that may not be offered at UF
  • Get involved in a variety of student groups and activities
  • Support services are primarily provided through the host university
  • Typically the least expensive type of study abroad program for in-state students
  • Available Fall and Spring semesters
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 UF GPA and be in good standing.
  • Students must have completed two full semesters at UF by program start.
  • Students should avoid studying abroad in their final semester.
  • By the application deadline, students must have a passport that is valid through at least six months after program end date.
  • All majors are eligible, but business students receive priority.

Deadlines vary for each partner university

  • Limited spaces available, please apply early.

Heavener International Programs

  • Offered in 7 different countries
  • Live and study with other UF students
  • Courses taught in English
  • Language, culture, and business courses offered through international partners
  • Take select online UF business courses
  • Internships available in London, Dublin, Madrid (for high intermediate Spanish speakers), Paris (for advanced French speakers), and Vietnam
  • Package program (activities, transport, housing)
  • More affordable than comparable programs
  • Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 UF GPA and be in good standing.
  • Students must have completed two full semesters at UF by program start.
  • Students should avoid studying abroad in their final semester.
  • By the application deadline, students must have a passport that is valid through at least six months after program end date.
  • All majors are eligible.

Fall Semester

  • April 1st
  • May 15th (Dublin)

Spring Semester

  • October 1st

Summer Semester

  • February 25th (Dublin & London)
  • March 1st (Madrid, Paris, & Rome)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Heavener School of Business have its own study abroad programs?

Yes, the School has its own study abroad programs designed to expose students to business and culture in a variety of countries. The Heavener International Programs and Warrington Exchange Programs are managed by the International Programs Office.

What’s the difference between a Heavener International Program and a Warrington Exchange Program?

With Heavener International Programs, students pay a program fee that includes UF and partner tuition, housing, and other expenses. Credits earned via these programs will appear on the UF transcript, but the grades earned will NOT factor into the UF GPA (although they will factor into the core, major, and area of specialization GPA). Warrington Exchange Programs are based on reciprocal agreements and students pay UF tuition. Exchanges grades are computed into the UF GPA.

Do I need a specific GPA to study abroad?

The Heavener School of Business requires you to be in good academic standing and have a 2.5 overall UF GPA to study abroad. Participation in Warrington exchange program requires a minimum 3.0 overall UF GPA. Heavener will not approve students for study abroad if they are not making appropriate progress in their universal tracking requirements. Additionally, students will not be eligible to study abroad if they are on or have failed College probation.

Can I study abroad as a freshman?

Students can study abroad beginning the summer after their freshman year. Transfer students should also expect to complete two semesters before studying abroad. Students must have a UF GPA on file by the application deadline.

Can I study abroad in my final semester?

We do not recommend studying abroad in your final semester. Due to course availability and transcript processing deadlines, studying abroad in your final semester is likely to delay your graduation timeline. Instead, work with your academic advisor to select a study abroad term prior to your last semester at UF.

What degree requirements can I complete abroad?

Heavener students may take core, major, upper division business electives, and business minor requirements exclusively through a UF exchange program or UF sponsored study abroad program. Transfer credits are posted without a course number and are applied to the “other” courses category in the degree audit, unless pre-approved as equivalent to a UF course by a non-business department, such as the Spanish department.

Will studying abroad satisfy the internship requirement?

The internship requirement can be waived for students who participate in a study abroad experience of at least six weeks; however, students who waive the requirement via study abroad are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship to improve their chances of obtaining full-time employment and/or admission to graduate programs or law school.

Will studying abroad count toward UF’s nine hour summer requirement?

UF students who earn six or more credits through UF Sponsored, UF-exchange, or approved State University System (FSU, FIU, UNF, etc.) summer study-abroad programs satisfy the “nine-hour summer” requirement. Students going on all other approved study abroad programs can count those credits towards the summer residency requirement.

Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

With very few exceptions, all the study abroad programs managed by Heavener are taught in English.

Can I study abroad more than one semester?

Undergraduate students may study abroad on an approved exchange or transfer program for a maximum of two semesters (fall and spring, or academic year.) Students may petition the Heavener School of Business for permission to study abroad for a third semester if the semester is a summer term or an international internship. The student’s previous performance abroad can be a significant factor in the petition process.

Can I use my financial aid to study abroad?

Yes, you can apply Bright Futures, grants, loans, Florida Pre-Paid, and other awards toward your study abroad experience; however, you must be registered as a full-time student. For more information, see a study abroad financial aid advisor in S107 Criser Hall.

Are there any scholarships for study abroad?

Yes, both the Heavener School of Business and the UF International Center offer study abroad scholarships.

I am interested in study abroad programs offered outside of the Heavener School of Business. Can I participate?

Students may select to participate in other UF Sponsored, UF Exchange, or Non-UF study abroad programs. Students will need to meet with an International Programs Advisor to complete the necessary academic advising form for these program types. Note that Heavener students may take core, major, upper division business electives, and business minor requirements exclusively through a UF exchange program or UF sponsored study abroad program.