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Outgoing Exchange Programs

Spend a semester, or even a year, taking major-specific classes at a university abroad! Also known as reciprocal exchanges, UCF Abroad currently has 71 agreements with universities worldwide, in 28 countries, to offer a world-class educational experience. By partnering with international institutions, UCF Abroad is able to offer handpicked, pre-approved coursework that will fulfill degree requirements. Exchange programs are major-specific and to participate, a student must be of at least junior standing (in credits).
 
Exchange programs offer affordable UCF tuition while studying at a foreign university and typically, the tuition abroad is waived. Here is a list of some of the highlights of participating in an exchange program:
  • Most exchanges are one semester or longer, so it is a more immersive experience!
  • Major-specific coursework
  • Pay UCF Tuition
  • Earn UCF credits
  • Dual Enrollment (you will be registered for courses both at UCF and the institution abroad)
  • Housing options vary (on-campus or off-campus)
 

Application Process

There are certain components to an exchange program that is unique. In this arrangement, there is a dual application and registration process. Students will need to apply both through UCF Abroad’s website, and, when directed to do so, will need to apply and be accepted and admitted into the institution abroad. Applying for an exchange is an independent, but guided process, and students are expected to monitor dates and deadlines and ensure all steps are completed.
 
Please review our application process document here for further details.

Exchange programs also involve two advisors at UCF:
  • Major-specific College Advisor
  • UCF Abroad Exchange program Advisor 
The college advisor is responsible for assisting the student with coursework, UCF application decisions, and grading. The UCF Abroad exchange program advisor nominates students to the university abroad and assists them with applying, being admitted, obtaining their visa, and all of the logistics involved with going abroad!

Once a student has selected a program, it is strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to discuss program costs, which should be helpful in making a final commitment decision. Appointments can be made by emailing SFAstudyabroad@ucf.edu.
 
For any travel assistance or international safety inquiries, please contact intlsafety@ucf.edu.
 

Available Areas of Study

The following colleges currently offer exchange programs:
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • English
  • History
  • Nicholson School of Communication and Media
  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Italian Language
  • Japanese Language
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Politics, Security and International Affairs
  • Public Administration
Please note: Every college/department has different application requirements and processes. Please carefully review the program page for the program you are interested in prior to application. All of the program pages are available on our website and listed in alphabetical order by college/department here.


Student Testimonials

Samantha Outgoing Testimonial
 
Samantha Bonbon, Hospitality Exchange at the University of Canberra, Australia 
Spring 2020

"Be confident, be open-minded, remain positive throughout the whole process from the time you prepare to go until the time you return, as well as being ready to face some challenges. Remember that when you experience hard challenges it helps you grow, and more positive things come out of it in the long run instead of if the experience was easy."

Read more here
Watch Samantha's testimonial video here
 
Outgoing Student Testimonial
Victoria Hetlage, Business Exchange at MCI, Innsbruck, Austria
Spring 2020

"During my abroad experience, I was challenged in ways that I never thought I would be. 
It was difficult knowing that the whole world turned to chaos and I was thousands of miles
from any safety net I had but the experience allowed me to truly see the beauty in where I was. I know it is cliché, but I have truly grown as an individual and have made worldwide connections. Throughout the pandemic especially, the locals showed me true hospitality and took me in like I was one of them. I have a family in Innsbruck that I truly love like me own."  

Read more here