- 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.