Getting Started

The Study Abroad pre-application and pre-departure process can be time-consuming.  WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND SPEAKING WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR ABOUT YOUR STUDY ABROAD PLANS AND WORKING ON A FOUR-YEAR (GRADUATION) PLAN DURING YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR.  Once you know the courses you need to take to complete your degree requirements, it will help determine the best time to study abroad and which courses to take while abroad.

No retroactive credits will be given to students who do not follow our application process and deadlines.


You should plan to apply at the beginning of your Sophomore year.

  1. Students must meet with a Study Abroad Advisor and complete a USF STUDY ABROAD PRE-APPLICATION online for their program of choice. Pre-Applications completed by the December 10th deadline will be reviewed and students will be notified of their nomination by the 3rd week of January.
  2. Accepted students can then apply for their nominated program. Students are responsible for submitting their host program's application and required documentation by the program's deadline. Please note that nomination by USF does not guarantee acceptance by the host program.

*Students must have completed a minimum of 64 units by the start of their academic semester program abroad and have a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  School of Management students must have a 2.75 major GPA as well.

**Students are required to declare their major with the Registrar's Office prior to submitting their pre-application to study abroad. THE SELECTION PROCESS IS COMPETITIVE AND STUDENTS MAY NOT BE APPROVED.  In addition, participation is dependent upon completion of all prerequisites, while maintaining satisfactory academic and disciplinary standing.