Covid-19 Update: Due to the global pandemic, semester study abroad travel has  been postponed until 2022. Please visit the FAQ page for more details.

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, at least 18-years-old by time of travel, and have completed a semester of coursework at Valencia in order to participate.
Semester Study Abroad Student
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.

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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

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

Study Abroad Advisors

Wayne BartDean of Students OSCAcademic Advisor(407) 582-4353
Martie Berrios GarciaDean of Students EACAcademic Advisor(407) 582-2323
Jenniffer Fernandez ToribioExec Dean's Office PNCStudent Services Advisor(407) 582-6063
Shari HamiltonDean of Students OSCCoord, Program Advisor(407) 582-4356
Fontella JonesDean of Students WECCounselor
Mike SanchezDean of Students WPKCoord, Program Advisor(407) 582-6526

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Funding Your Travel

Please note due to the current global pandemic, the SAGE Office is not offering semester abroad scholarships until spring 2022. 

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 $1,000 to $3,500 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 help SAGE 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 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 announced the launch of Generation Study Abroad, a five-year campaign to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.  Their goal is to have 600,000 U.S. students studying abroad in credit and non-credit programs. 

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

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.

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. Valencia 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.

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

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. 

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
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.

Additional Scholarship Information

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. This means you must choose a U.S. institution with a campus abroad or a foreign institution that issues credits through a partnering accredited U.S. institution.  Valencia will not approve or accept foreign credits.  Furthermore, if credits are issued by a foreign institution, you will not have access to financial aid.

Study Abroad Program Search Engines
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Study Abroad Programs and Agents