Semester Study Abroad

You can earn college credit at an institution in another country for a semester. Since Valencia does not offer semester programs in other countries, you would need to enroll in a program offered by another university/college or organization and get transfer credit. You must be a full-time Valencia student and have completed a semester of coursework at Valencia in order to participate.

Please download the Semester Study Abroad Planner which will help you keep track of all the steps involved in this process. You must contact the SAGE office as soon as you are ready to begin the planning process.

Semester Study Abroad Student

How to Apply

The process to research, plan, and prepare for a semester study abroad program is a long one, so we recommend that you start at least one year prior to your program start date and no less than 6 months prior.

It is very important that you select a program that will provide you with a transcript issued by a U.S. institution to obtain transfer credit. If you directly enroll in an overseas institution that has no U.S. affiliation, you cannot use your financial aid, you cannot get a sage scholarship, you will need to pay for a NACES transcript evaluation upon program completion, and there is no guarantee that the credits will transfer back to Valencia.

Steps to Apply

Important Websites

Before you travel you must register with the SAGE office 30 days in advance

Funding Your Travel

The SAGE office has scholarship funding from the Valencia Foundation and Student Development to help offset the costs of study abroad. You must submit a separate application for semester study abroad. Awards range from $1000 to $3500 depending upon the number of applicants, the contents of your application, and the amount of scholarship dollars available for the current academic year.

Finding the money to support a semester study abroad program can be challenging for some. The first step in the process is to create a budget. Use the Budget Worksheet for Study Abroad form to help you. If you are applying for a SAGE scholarship or plan on using your financial aid, this is a required form.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of applying to the program.
  • Submit a SAGE Scholarship Application Form and supporting documents (see How to Apply).
  • Submit proof of program acceptance.
  • Be a degree-seeking student at Valencia College:
  • Have not received a study abroad scholarship within the current academic year
  • Completed at least one semester with Valencia within the last year
  • Submit a thank you card to your donor addressed to "My Esteemed Donor"
  • Complete the online course evaluation at the end of the program
  • Register Your Trip with the SAGE Office once you have your flight, passport, and living arrangements confirmed.
  • Be willing to participate in a SAGE event to help promote study abroad to future students.
Semester Study Abroad Student

Financial Aid

Recent changes in federal law have made it possible for students to use some or all of their federal financial aid for semester study abroad. Full-time, Valencia students who are eligible for Financial Aid can use these funds for study abroad programs that award academic credit and grades counted towards your cumulative GPA for study. Eligibility is determined by the type of study abroad program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive. Only students earning a degree at Valencia are eligible. It is important that you begin this process at least one year prior to your program start date. Any program for which you will not receive transfer credits or grades is not eligible for any financial aid funds. Financial aid can be used to support summer study, as long as you are enrolled for academic credit and you meet all other requirements.

For semester programs, check with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses you are going to take will transfer back to Valencia. You will need to fill out the Course Pre-Approval and Consortium Agreement Form for Study Abroad before you go. These forms will be required when you meet with the Financial Aid Services Department.

NOTE: You cannot use financial aid for study abroad after you graduate from Valencia! It is important to meet with a Financial Aid Services advisor prior to accepting any scholarship money to determine if it will affect your overall financial aid package. Take your budget and the course approval forms to your Financial Aid Services advisor for him or her to review to determine your eligibility. Eligibility is determined by the type of program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive.

Financial Aid Funding Source Valencia Study Abroad Affiliate Study Abroad
Federal Pell Grant YES YES
Federal SEOG YES NO
Federal Work-Study NO NO
Federal Stafford Loans YES YES
Federal PLUS Loans YES YES
Valencia Student Development Funding YES NO
Valencia Foundation YES NO
Valencia SAGE Grants YES NO
Gilman International Scholarship Program YES YES
David L. Boren Scholarships NO YES
Florida Student Assistance Grant YES NO
Florida Bright Futures YES NO

For more information, check out the following resources:

Other Funding Sources

Generation Study Abroad

The Institute of International Education has just announced the launch of Generation Study Abroad, a five-years campaign to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.

AIFS is the first study abroad organization to become a committed partner of Generation Study Abroad. We are now offering Generation Study Abroad Scholarship for semester and summer programs

Every student should have the opportunity to study abroad. Our goal is to have 600,000 U.S. students studying abroad in credit and non-credit programs. Over the next 5 years, Generation Study Abroad will reach out to educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to encourage purposeful, innovative action to get more people interested to undertake an international experience.

Why? Because international experience is one of the most important components of a 21st. century education.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship offers awards up to $5,000 to study abroad to U.S. citizen undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities. Students studying a Critical Need Language may receive a $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000.

NOTE: For your application and essay, please be sure to include the following details IF they apply to you.

  • You're a current/past student at community college
  • You're studying in a field underrepresented in study abroad (sciences and engineering)
  • You're a first generation college student
  • You're a student of diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • You're a student with disabilities
  • You're traveling to a country outside of Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand
  • You intend to study a critical need language during your study abroad experience
    • Arabic (all dialects)
    • Chinese (all dialects)
    • Bahasa Indonesia
    • Japanese
    • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
    • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
    • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
    • Korean
    • Russian
    • Swahili
Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad for a semester or a year in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to work for the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. Refer to "Boren Scholarship Basics" for complete details. Funding varies by length of program up to $20,000. Read the Boren FAQs for more information.

AIFS Study Abroad
  • More Information

Each year, more than $600,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. Please check the website for more details and how to apply.

Florida Prepaid College

If you have a Florida Prepaid College program, you can use those funds to pay for the regular tuition rate for a study abroad course. These funds cannot be used for any additional program costs or lab fees.

The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Participants must be studying at least 4 weeks in country.

U. S. Fulbright Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

College Consortium for International Studies

The College Consortium for International Studies offers scholarships each term to students at CCIS member institutions. Valenica maintains a membership to CCIS. If you are participating in a CCIS Program, contact the Study Abroad Office for CCIS Scholarship information.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.

Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.

Freeman-Asia: Awards for Study in Asia

Open to undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia. Fall, Spring and Summer cycles. Awards amounts vary from $3,000 for summer term $5,000 for semester and $7,000 for academic year programs.

IBS-Americas (International Business School)

Open to all students, second year and up or graduate students to apply for their programs and scholarships ($4,000). International Business School IBS-Americas has been offering international programs to students, young professionals and executives since 2003. No background in Portuguese language is required, all courses are taught exclusively in English. This program will offer participants the opportunity for intercultural integration, international engagement and managerial development. Held in Brazil, in the United States and in Europe, their short-term programs are offered in January and July, with full-time classes and activities, allowing the participants to have a deep contact with knowledge and the business real situation of the chosen country without needing to break professional and academic bonds.

Institute of International Education

With hundreds of scholarship and grant listings, IIE's online directory Study Abroad Funding, is among the most comprehensive directories for U.S. students to find funding for studying abroad. It contains thousands of study abroad listings offered by U.S. and foreign universities and study abroad providers, along with key information on funding opportunities for study abroad experiences.

Hispanic Study Abroad Scholars (HSAS)

Over $8 Million in scholarships for Hispanic study abroad. The HSAS Scholarship offers $1,000 per semester to students whose college or university is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and are attending Global Learning Semesters programs.

Rotary International

The Rotary Club offers ambassadorial scholarships for students and grants for university professors. These programs can change the lives of those who participate. Through these programs, participants can travel on cultural exchanges, or help a community through a service project.

Scholarship Bulletin Board

This Scholarship Bulletin Board offers students information on available scholarships. Scholarship advertisements include application requirements, locations of applications, and specific deadlines.

SIT Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarships

The School for International Training and World Learning offer a variety of study abroad scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. Awards are based on need, merit, and the inclusion of students from a variety of institutions, from across the U.S. and from around the world. Most scholarship funds are available for semester or summer programs.

Scholarships to Japan
IIE Funding Study Abroad

This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Financial aid for undergraduate study abroad consists mainly of federal grants and federal and private loans. However, scholarship money is also available from organizations and sponsoring companies. You likely have many questions about the cost of studying abroad and about how you can fund your abroad experience. Be sure to speak with your campus financial aid officer and study abroad adviser to learn more about specific funding options available at—and required procedures for—your college or university.

Turkish Coalition of American - TCA

The Turkish Coalition of American (TCA), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that aims to foster a better understanding of U.S. -Turkey relations and Turkish Americans here in the U.S.

TCA has the funding for 100 scholarships per year for African American, Armenian American, Bosnian American, Filipino American, Hispanic American, Macedonian American, and Native American students who have been accepted to a study abroad or language program in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Eligible students will receive between $500 and $2,000.

Please visit their website for more information.

CCIS Scholarship

The College Consortium for International Studies, a partnership of colleges and universities - two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign - encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS was founded over 30 years ago on the values and commitment that all students should have access to and opportunity in education abroad, regardless of background, major, or socio-economic status.

Program Providers

Semester Study Abroad Student

Valencia College does not offer its own semester study abroad programs, so it is up to students to identify a program provider. The following are some resources to assist you in this search.

It is important to note that you MUST select a program provider that will issue a transcript from an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. Valencia will not approve foreign institutions that do not have a US partner for credit transfer.

Study Abroad Program Search Engines
Country-Specific Programs
Study Abroad Programs and Agents

Program Advisors

Check your program type for instructions on how to apply and be sure to check in with a study abroad advisor to ensure that your program fits your learning plan. Click on the name to send an email:

Direct Connect Students

It's never too early to plan! Contact UCF's Study Abroad office if you want to study abroad after you graduate from Valencia. Call 407-882-2300.

Students with Disabilities: