Undergraduate Study Abroad Opportunities

Take a look at where you could go!

The Department of Biology is pleased to provide the following study abroad opportunities for Summer 2019. International studies not only expand students’ academic experience, but stimulate personal and professional growth as well. Please note, students work with both the department and the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) in order to accomplish pre-departure and post-departure procedures.


UF in Cusco – Experiential Learning for Health Professions

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and the Department of Biology invite you to participate in an experience that will expand your linguistic and cultural fluency through language study and health-related community service.  Based on Spanish-language level, students will be placed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and/or with dentists.  On this program, students will have the opportunity to improve their command of Spanish, compare health systems, learn about diseases, and explore the cultures of South America.

Where: Cusco, Peru | When: Summer A 2020 | Application Deadline: February 7th, 2020

Courses taught:
SPN 3948: Spanish Service Learning
(Taught in Spanish)
Pre-req: At least one course at SPN 2000 level or equivalent

ZOO 4956: Emerging Disease in the Americas
(Taught in English)
Pre-req: BSC 2011 and 2011L or equivalent

For more details regarding requirements, costs, and the application, please see the following link: here! 

UF in Mérida – Epidemiology 

Learn Epidemiology and Spanish in Mérida, Mexico, a regional center of unique culture and medicine. Step outside of your familiar environment and immerse yourself in another, and you will acquire a broader understanding of the complex factors that drive disease dynamics. Nestled in the heart of the ancient Mayan empire, you will have an amazing time learning about the interplay between humans, the environment, and infectious disease.

Where: Mérida, Mexico | When: Summer B 2020 | Application Deadline: March 13th, 2020

Courses taught:
BSC 4956: Understanding Infectious Diseases (3 credits total)
(Taught in English by UF Faculty)

Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish Course (3 credits)
(Taught in Spanish by Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán Faculty)

For more details regarding requirements, costs, and the application, please see the following link: here!

UF in Madagascar – Biodiversity, Conservation, & Sustainable Development

UF in Madagascar offers a unique opportunity for students to experience one of the world’s most biologically diverse landscapes and explore the conservation issues it faces. Through guest lectures, visits to national parks, and field-work, students will critically examine current conservation efforts and sustainable development practices of organizations working in Madagascar.

Where: Madagascar | When: Summer TBD 2020 | Application Deadline: TBD

Course taught:
ZOO 4956: Madagascar – Biodiversity and Conservation in a Developing Country
(6 UFGPA Credits)

For more details regarding requirements, costs, and the application, please see the following link: here!


UF in Kenya – Field Ecology in Africa

*Program will NOT run Summer 2020, check back in for updates!*

For three weeks, you’ll live in some of the most beautiful and wild areas of East Africa, experiencing first-hand the extraordinary biological and cultural diversity of the region. Over the course of our program, you’ll learn about the ecology and conservation of tropical ecosystems, while gaining valuable field experience through participation in scientific fieldwork, conservation initiatives and interactions with ecologists and conservation biologists in the region.

Where: Kenya | When: TBD | Application Deadline: TBD

Courses taught:
ZOO 4926: Field Ecology in Africa  (3 UF GPA credits)
(Taught in English)

ZOO 4911: Undergraduate Research in Zoology(3 UF GPA credits)
(Taught in English)

For more details regarding requirements, costs, and the application, please see the following link: here! 

Additional Study Abroad Opportunities:

Semester of Immersion 

The Department of Biology is offering Biology, Botany, Zoology, and Marine Science students the opportunity to engage in authentic research-based courses in molecular biology, biodiversity, and ecology. Instead of spending the spring term taking a typical 12-credit load with courses meeting 2 to 3 times per week, the Semester of Immersion consists of courses that meet daily, giving you the time and flexibility to get more deeply involved in the subject. You can choose to go to adventurous field sites or immerse yourself in a molecular lab. You will produce and analyze real data, and experience biology as it is truly done, by completing actual research.

Note: the program is offered every even Spring semester. The next Semester of Immersion is Spring 2020.

For more details regarding the Semester of Immersion, please see the following link: here! 


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Exchange Programs

The University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or even an entire academic year. From Cardiff University in Wales to University of Sydney in Australia, there is an exchange program for all. Students participating in this exchange program pay tuition directly to the University of Florida at their usual tuition rate. All financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships are applicable. Students incur no additional tuition cost while they are on the exchange experience. Many programs are specifically tailored to Biology majors and pre-health students.

For more details regarding the CLAS Exchange Programs, please see the following link: here!