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Sophomore Experience Abroad

Summer C  2012

Czech Republic Germany 

Program Full

Program Description:

As a complement to the services offered by UCF to enhance the freshman and sophomore experience, SDES has designed a study abroad program geared toward students completing their sophomore year and beginning courses specific to their major. 

This program is an excellent opportunity for the student interested in strengthening his or her own self-awareness, self-reliance, professional exploration, decision making and other life skills.  These skills; plan development, accountability, global contextualization, and self-reliance are vital to sophomores during this stage of their academic career in preparation to become a globally competent student.

The SEA program will be administered in English, but will use Germany as the backdrop to engage participants in unique historical and cultural experiences.  The program locations and activities shall both engage and challenge each participant to go beyond his or her own stereotypes.

Germany has a rich, diverse culture throughout its regions, a thriving economy, and deep roots in history.  This program will include sites in Berlin, Tübingen and Munich in Germany as well as day trips to Dresden and the Neuschwanstein Castle above the village of Hohenschwangau in Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.

Participants will start their journey in the USA with five mandatory pre-travel meetings. These meetings will include discussions, exercises and assignments on various topics.  The participants will then transfer to Germany for 14-16 days. While in Germany, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Berlin, Germany by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

This program has an open jaw itinerary.  Students will arrive in Berlin at the beginning of the program and depart from Prague to return to Orlando at the end of the program.

Assignments while abroad include; presenting mini-lectures to the other participants at sites designated in the itinerary, working in teams to complete projects, and keeping a reflective journal which will be reported to the group each evening. Upon their return to the USA, students will attend a debrief meeting. 

For more information about the program, please click http://www.sophomoreexperienceabroad.com

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $650
Payment 4:  $650

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate proficiency using maps and other geographic data sources to navigate through unfamiliar surroundings
  • Communicate effectively with people from other cultures
  • Engage in immersive, diverse cultural situations
  • Demonstrate enhanced coping and resiliency skills in unfamiliar scenarios
  • Articulate the effect of historical forces upon people and landscapes
  • Compare and contrast college life in the USA and Germany
  • Communicate the differences in the practice of intended fields of study between the USA and Germany
  • Describe the differences between pre-travel expectations of Germany and actual experiences
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.00 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 
  • Instructor consent
  • 30-60 credit hours completed by Summer 2012
Courses[click to expand]:
IDS-3955 Interdisciplinary Studies Abroad (SEA) - IDS 3955
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared hotel accommodations in Berlin, Tübingen, Munich, and Prague including breakfast
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • Berlin City transportation pass
  • Ground transportation between Berlin, Dresden, Hohenschwangau, Tübingen, Munich, Prague, Kutna Hora, Berlin
  • Walking tour of Dresden
  • Admission to Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Underground Museum, Neuschwanstein Castle, Deutsches Museum, Munich Opera Festival
  • Tour of Bundestag
  • Stockerkahn ride
  • Dinner cruise on the river Spree
  • Walking tour of Prague
  • 5 scheduled dinners
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative Fee


The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • One way flight between Orlando, Florida and Berlin, Germany
  • Return one way flight between Prague, Czech Republic and Orlando, Florida
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition
  • Departing transfer to the airport
Price (in US Dollars): 2400.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Chris Cook
Email: christopher.cook@ucf.edu
Office: by appointment
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-06-30
Program Ends: 2012-07-16
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu