Valencia is currently working with the following institution on a Student Exchange Programs. In this arrangement, there is a one-for-one exchange where each student pays the tuition of his or her home institution, but studies for one semester at the host institution.

Zealand Institute of Business and Technology, DENMARK



PROGRAMS OF STUDY: Marketing Management, Service Hospitality and Tourism Management, Multimedia Design, Computer Science, Logistics Management

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING: The SAGE office has up to $3,500 to support this program. You must meet eligibility requirements.


  • Spring 2017 (February 1 - end of June) - The application deadline is December 1.
  • Summer 2017 - Not available
  • Fall 2017 (beginning of August - end of January) - The application deadline is May 1


  • Have at least one year of college studies in the relevant program area.
  • Have a valid passport up to 6 months past the program end date.
  • Pay tuition fees to Valencia College.   There is no ZIBAT application fee to pay.
  • Be able to show financial support for the program duration for accommodations, air and ground transportation, books, meals, activities, insurance, and incidentals.  Estimated costs per semester are $7000.
  • Report one week before the term begins but do not arrive any earlier.
  • The TOEFL test is not required.


  • Contact the SAGE office at 407-582-3188 or by email at
  • When you have been cleared to apply by the SAGE office, go to the following website and complete the program application form:   Follow the instructions on how and where to send your application. Be sure to copy the SAGE office on your application.   When you submit your application you must indicate on the top of the first page of the application form that you are applying as:  Valencia College Exchange Program.
  • You must complete the Course Pre-Approval / Consortium Agreement Form for credit transfer and get the appropriate signatures.


  • 15 U.S. credits equals 30 ECTS credits. This equates to approximately 40 hours of work per week including class time, homework, projects, etc.
  • You will need to plan out the courses that you want to take in advance. Be sure to talk to an academic adviser and a financial aid adviser to ensure that the courses you select fit into your degree program, otherwise, you will not get sign off.
  • You must indicate the semester and program you will be attending on the application form. 


  • ZIBAT does not offer student housing, but in most cases you will get assistance with finding accommodation. In some of the cities where you find a ZIBAT Campus, finding housing is relatively easy, but in others, not as easy (in general – the closer to Copenhagen the more difficult and more expensive)
  • Normally you have to pay the first month’s rent plus three month’s rent as a deposit.  The monthly rent for a single room with a small toilet and bath ranges from $430 to $650 per month. 
  • For housing assistance, contact the campus contact person indicated on or in your information package received from your ZIBAT Campus. Be sure to let them know that you are a Valencia College exchange student.

TRANSPORTATION: Students will arrive to Coppenhagen Airport: and will be picked up by a ZIBAT representative from your campus.  ZIBAT has campuses in 5 cities in the Copenhagen capital region (island of Zealand). All cities are not a big city in a US context but mid sized cities in a Danish context..  If you are traveling from Copenhagen to one of the ZIBAT campus cities, you should take the train.  The ride is about 20 minutes to 1 hour long (depending on ZIBAT Campus/City location your chose/study in). Most Danes ride bikes, and in 2008 Copenhagen was declared the world’s first bike city.  They have free city bikes, bicycle taxis, guided bicycle tours, and bike rentals.  You can also rent a bike yourself to get around.


  • Upon arrival students will be paired up with a Danish “buddy” to help acquaint them with the college, the city, and getting used to life in Denmark.  Students will receive an orientation as well as a guide with basic “need to know” information.

  • Students are allowed to work 15 hours per week.  The salary is approximately DKK (Danish Krone) 80-100 per hour ($1.00 = 5.20 KDD).  Students often can find work in the service industry.  You must pay income tax on all income earned which is approximately 40 percent.

  • Approximately 5.4 million inhabitants of Denmark speak Danish, a Germanic language related to both English and German.  Danish uses the same alphabet as English but with three additional letters.  Free  Danish language courses are offered by the College as a supplement to help in managing day-to-day life in Denmark.  About 80 percent of the Danes speak English.

  • Students must be sure to get their original transcript sent to the SAGE office.  A copy will be kept on file and the original will be sent to the Admissions Department.


Verify that you meet the scholarship eligibility requirements below. You must meet the requirements at the application deadline date above.

  • Students must apply by the application deadline date (above) in order to receive the FULL scholarship amount. If you apply after the deadline date, you will only be eligible for a PARTIAL scholarship. ELIGIBILITY IS FACTORED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE, NOT THE TRAVEL DATE.
  • Be a degree-seeking student at Valencia. You do not qualify for a scholarship if you are a transient, audit, or dual enrollment student. For students who are currently enrolled at Valencia and graduating in the term (semester) prior to travel, you can get a scholarship, but you will not have access to financial aid.
  • Be enrolled in the minimum number of credits in the term of your study abroad program: 3 for spring (not including the study abroad program), 3 for fall (not includingthe study abroad program), or 2 for summer (can include the study abroad program). Please note that financial aid may have different requirements.
  • Have completed at least one semester with Valencia within the last year.
  • Receive only one SAGE scholarship for study abroad within the academic year (fall-spring-summer).
  • Meet all course requirements (attend all pre- and post-trip meetings, participate in all in-country activities, turn in all academic assignments, obtain a grade of a C or better).
  • Submit a thank you card to the donor addressed "To My Esteemed Donor."
  • Complete the online course evaluation within two weeks upon your return.
  • Upon your return, you must contact the SAGE Office within 30 days to coordinate your scholarship project. The project will involve promoting study abroad to future students by assisting at an event, facilitating an information session, or conducting a classroom presentation. Instructions will be provided and documentation of the project completion will be necessary in order to retain your scholarship.

(4) STUDY ABROAD / FINANCIAL AID ADVISING: Meet with a study abroad advisor on your campus (click on the WELCOME tab above for contact names) to ensure that the course fits into your academic plan and there are no financial aid issues. The program must count towards your degree in order to use your financial aid.

(5) APPLICATION FEE: Pay the application fee to the Business Office. DO THIS BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION!

(6) ONLINE APPLICATION: Complete the program online application process and do not skip any pages. Each application packet contains the application form, student agreement, risk and release waiver, and medical form. You can find the link on the program webpage. Please upload the following documents with your application: (1) UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT; (2) COPY OF A VALID PASSPORT UP TO 6 MONTHS AFTER THE PROGRAM END DATE.

If you do not have a passport, you will need to apply as SOON as you are accepted into the program (within 5 days). You will need to show proof of application (receipt) or a copy of your passport when the program deposit is due or you will not be enrolled in the course and your spot will be given to a waitlisted student.


Here are some tools to help you plan:

If this is your first semester in college, you will need to upload a copy of your reading and writing PERT scores with your application.

1. Before you apply, verify if you need a visa (it is usually a tourist visa that you will need) and what the requirements are at
2. Contact the program country embassy to confirm the requirements.
3. You can only get conditional acceptance into a program. A place may be held for you up to the program payment deadline, but you must secure the visa before we can enroll you.
4. Please note that not all visas are approved. You will have to do this at your own expense and risk.
5. If you are at Valencia on an F or J visa, you must meet with an international advisor to see if there are any travel restrictions on your visa.

Neither the SAGE office nor the International Student Services office is trained to handle tourist visa questions. You must contact the resources listed above.

1. You must check in with the Dual Enrollment office prior to applying: or call 407-582-1600.
2. The course must be 3 credits and your high school must accept it for credit. This should be done BEFORE you apply.
3. You must be 18 years old at the time of travel.
4. You do not qualify for a scholarship.
5. You must pay the program fee in full.


  • Be prepared to attend all predeparture meetings.
  • Have a valid passport ready to go.
  • Have your program payment ready to submit to the College.


Finding the money to support a short-term or 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 on the How to Apply pages to help you. If you are applying for any scholarship money or plan on using your financial aid, this is a required form. The following is a list of resources to help fund your study abroad program:

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. Read more about the Generation Study Abroad challenge

SAGE Scholarships

The SAGE office currently has funding from the Valencia Foundation and from Student Development to help offset the costs of study abroad. The amount for short-term study abroad is listed on the country website page. You must submit a separate application for semester study abroad. Awards range from $1000 to $4000 depending upon the number of applicants and the contents of your application. BE SURE TO READ THE SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS BEFORE APPLYING.

Full-time, Valencia students who are eligible for financial aid can use these funds for study abroad programs that award academic credit for study.  Read more about Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad.

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

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.


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.

How to Apply:


SAGE Scholarships: The SAGE office has semester study abroad scholarships for up to $4000 (depending upon the contents of your application) for which you can apply for the 2013-2014 academic year. You do not have to be accepted into a program at the time of applying, but you must provide proof of acceptance prior to receiving the scholarship. Scholarships will be issued to your student account. In order to apply, you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking student at Valencia:
    • You cannot go on short-term study abroad with financial aid or a scholarship if you are already graduated.
    • You do not qualify for a scholarship if you are a transient or audit student.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of applying to the program.
  • Submit a SAGE Scholarship Application Form and supporting documents (above).
  • Submit proof of program acceptance.
  • Have completed at least one semester with Valencia prior to travel within the last year.
  • Receive only one scholarship for study abroad within the academic year.
  • Meet all course requirements (attend all pre- and post-trip meetings, participate in all in-country activities, turn in all academic assignments, obtain a grade of a C or better).
  • Register Your Trip with the SAGE Office. IMPORTANT!
  • Submit a thank you card to the donor addressed "To My Esteemed Donor."
  • Complete the online course evaluation within two weeks upon your return.
  • Be willing to participate in a SAGE event to help promote study abroad to future students.

Important Websites: The following are some important website links for you. They are all referenced in the Semester Study Abroad Planner above.


This information will assist you with your overseas travel. You can print this page and use it as a checklist:

  • Per College policy 6Hx28:5-08, all Valencia staff and faculty traveling overseas must register with the SAGE office no later than 15 days prior to departure.

  • You do NOT need to complete this process if: 1) you are leading a study abroad program with students or 2) you are traveling to Canada or Puerto Rico.

  • GROUP TRAVELERS (i.e., NEH Grant): One person should be the communication point person with the SAGE office. Please complete the Traveler's Information Worksheet - Group Travel for the entire group and send it to the SAGE office.

  • Email the SAGE office at or call 407-582-3188 if you have any questions on filling out these forms.
Check for a Travel Warning
All travelers Check for a Department of State Travel Warning for the destination country. If you see that your destination is listed on the warning list, please contact the SAGE office. The College may not fund any trips going to a country with an active travel warning.
Request for International Travel Form

Faculty exchanges

International conferences

Program Leader-in-Training


You do NOT need to complete this step if you are traveling on an Endowed Chair, a sabbatical, or an NEH grant.

Complete the Valencia Request for International Travel Form by October 1 for the academic year in which the travel will take place. This form requires dean/supervisor and campus president/vice president signatures. Send the form with signatures to the SAGE office DTC-2 or email it to

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION BUDGET FUNDING REQUESTS: If you are requesting funding from the International Education (SAGE) budget, you must submit a Planned Program Itinerary for International Travel and a Proposed Budget for International Travel with the request form. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COLLEGE NO LONGER REIMBURSES FOR MEALS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL.

Proposal Form

Faculty exchanges

International conferences

Program Leader-in-Training

Complete any additional paperwork as applicable. Ask the SAGE office if you are exempt from this step or which forms apply if you are unsure. Obtain the required signatures and send the completed forms to the SAGE office. Sabbaticals and Endowed Chairs: These have their own application/proposal process. You can skip this step.

Passport and Visa
All travelers

Ensure that your passport is up to date and apply for a visa if applicable (be sure to verify the visa requirements). Some countries require your passport to be valid at least 6 months after your return to the United States. Please send a clear copy of your passport to the SAGE office.

STEP 5: Airline Reservations All travelers

INDIVIDUAL TRAVELERS: You can make your reservations online. Ask your department for assistance. You can request a cash advance on your authorization form for the airline ticket. Accounts Payable will send you a check one week prior to departure. If the money is coming from the SAGE budget, you must contact the SAGE director to get approval on your ticket before making the purchase.

GROUP TRAVELERS (i.e., NEH grant): Contact Robert Reed at Travel Max (407-704-7850). He will need you to complete the Traveler's Information Worksheet - Group Travel in order to purchase the tickets.

Ask your supervisor if you can use the department credit card (P-card) to pay for the flights. The cardholder will need to charge the amount to the approved budget in PaymentNet. The budget manager will need to be informed of the purchase and will require all receipts. Contact Accounts Payable if you do not know the budget index number.

STEP 6: Accommodations Reservations All travelers

Make your hotel or other accommodations arrangments. You can either: 1) pay for the hotel and get reimbursed after your trip, or 2) get the hotel set up in the system as a vendor and Valencia will pay the hotel directly. Please contact Accounts Payable for more details (ext. 3312).

STEP 7: Authorization for International Travel Form All travelers

Faculty and staff must complete their own form. Contact your department assistant for help. For detailed instructions on how to complete this form, click HERE.

Authorization for International Travel Form

Per the requirements of Accounts Payable, you MUST provide supporting documentation for ALL costs related to the international travel for which Valencia is paying. Example supporting documents....

  • airline quote or receipt from the travel agent or a website (please provide the days and times of departure and return)
  • tour operator quote or receipt
  • insurance quote or receipt
  • hotel website pages with prices (if you cannot obtain hotel costs, we will use the Dept. of State'smaximum lodging rate on the Per Diem by Country website page below)
  • cultural activities webpages with prices
  • supporting documentation for any other costs associated with the trip

The following is a list of expenses that SAGE funds will NOT cover: meals per diem, airport parking, airline upgrades, entrance fees to cultural or social activities that are not directly related to the internationalized curriculum project, and expenses for incoming participants from the overseas institution

Please forward your signed paperwork to the SAGE office at DO-335. We will stamp it received and forward it to Accounts Payable. Accounts Payable will not process your form without the SAGE stamp on it.

Register Your Travel Plans with SAGE
All travelers EXCEPT NEH Grant groups

Please complete the travel registration at least 15 days prior to your trip. You will need your destination itinerary, passport, airline, and accommodations information in order to complete your registration.


NEH Grant Participants: The coordinator will need to complete the Travelers Information Worksheet and send to the SAGE Office in lieu of completing the individual online form.

IMPORTANT: SAGE must receive specific accommodation locations in order to register you with the Department of State's STEP Program. Failure to provide this information will mean that you will not be registered and we will not receive important embassy updates in the event that something occurs in your country destination.

  • If you will need an international cell phone, you can request one through the SAGE office. Please note that we do not always have phones available. International calling is VERY expensive, so the SAGE phone should only be used for emergency purposes. Please see the Telestial Phone Country Rates. If you are not traveling as part of a study abroad program, you must provide the SAGE office with the budget information to charge your department. NOTE: You will be responsible for payment of all non-emergency phone calls.

  • If you would like to have an iPad instead of an international phone, the SAGE office can issue you one if available at the time of your travel (study abroad program leaders get priority). The iPad is set up with lots of travel apps and Facetime to make video calls. IF YOU LOSE ANY OF THE ACCESSORIES, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPLACE THEM.

  • If you have your own smartphone or iPad, we also have portable travel batteries that hold up to four charges and electrical adaptors for different countries that we can issue you.
Medical/Trip Insurance
All travelers

Valencia requires all international travelers who are working during their trip to carry medical/trip insurance. The cost is approximately $30.89 per person for every 15 days .Please note that this is additional coverage that includes overseas emergency assistance. See the coverage plan for details.

Once you have registered your trip online (step 8), contact Ashley Metz in the SAGE Office with the budget number that the insurance will be paid out of. If you are paying with personal funds, you can pay at the campus Business Office. Contact the SAGE Office for details on how to complete this process.

STEP 10: Department of State Registration All travelers

Upon receipt of your registration (STEP 8), the SAGE office will email you a copy of Valencia's Emergency-Crisis Management Plan for International Travel, register you with the Department of State's STEP (Smart Travelers Enrollment Program), and will inform Valencia's Emergency Response Team of your upcoming travel.

STEP 11:
All travelers

It is very important to keep a copy of all your receipts that are related to the costs of your travel. Please use the International E xpense Report to make it easier to figure out the expenses for the final per diem.

Our program providers suggest that you exchange money PRIOR to leaving the United States in order to get the best rates. There is a currency exchange booth at the Florida Mall (407-854-0860).

If you will be using a personal credit card overseas, be sure to contact the credit card company in advance to let them know so that they do not freeze your account for suspicious activity.

If you are traveling to Europe, be aware that some countries are in the process of using a new credit card system that uses a chip and pin. The magnetic swipe credit cards will not work. You should find out what system is in use at your destination and plan accordingly. You may need to have access to cash, which can be obtained at the bank or ATM. Be sure to take a debit card for cash access. Here is a copy that offers the new chip and pin credit card: Andrews Federal Credit Union.

STEP 12:
Know Before You Go
All travelers

The following is a list of other important information for your international travel:

You must contact CMI before you request or pay for any medical services. They may not reimburse you if you do not contact them first. Call the 24-7 number on your card.

Please visit the Travel and Safety webpage for lots of useful links.

STEP 13:
Upon Your Return
All travelers

Please complete the Per Diem Form for International Travel. Include a copy of ALL receipts (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, entrance fees, etc.) with your per diem form for close out. For detailed instructions on how to complete this form, click HERE. Send the Per Diem, receipts, and international cell phone (if applicable) to the SAGE office at DTC-2.

STEP 14:
Faculty Exchange Close Out

Faculty Exchanges

Program Leader-in-Training

  • Contact the SAGE office to let us know how you will be meeting the "sharing" requirement of your program (Cafe Conversations, department presentation, conference presentation, International Education Week, Skillshop, etc.).

  • OPTIONAL: Upload photos to the SAGE Flickr (create a set for your program): OR send us a link to your blog to post to the SAGE website.

  • EXCHANGES: Submit your "Internationalizing the Curriculum" project to the SAGE office by the end of the semester after you return.

  • PLIT: Submit your final report within 30 days upon your return.