Short-Term Programs

Intended to provide the maximum amount of exposure to a subject in the shortest period. These programs are often led by one or more UCF faculty/staff, may last anywhere from 1 to 8 weeks, and can include one or more UCF academic courses. The amount of credit that can be earned is discussed on the program webpage.

» Courses associated with these programs must meet the same criteria for regular UCF courses and can be delivered completely abroad or as a complement to a course delivered on campus or online.

» The minimum requirements for these programs will vary and are listed within the specific program information at

Reciprocal Student Exchange Programs (RSE)

RSE programs provide an opportunity to become a student at a university abroad for one or two semesters, while maintaining your official registration at UCF. UCF will host a student from the same partner institution in exchange for them hosting you. The following requirements and expectations apply to RSE.

  • Since RSE programs require more from students and are more competitive, participation is limited to UCF students who have attained at least a junior status and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must be enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more for undergraduate), and the courses taken may or may not be complimentary to your degree program.
  • RSE program courses may be delivered in the language of the host country. For these programs, you will need to demonstrate language proficiency at a level that will make you competitive in the classroom. Information on the level of language proficiency required is available on the specific program webpage.
  • RSE participants will have to adapt to different academic environments and systems. You may have to learn to work more independently; be asked to read and find additional resources to support your learning; be tested only once or twice a semester; have no feedback until the end of the semester; have departmental exams rather than single course exams; or have professors who are not as accessible and may not have posted office hours.
  • In general, RSE programs are more demanding and require greater personal commitment, maturity, and organization than short-term programs. RSE participants must learn to manage the requirements of a new academic system while adjusting to a new cultural environment.

Experiential Programs

Experiential Programs can include internships, service learning or volunteering. These programs will have identified learning objectives.

» Experiential learning at UCF is coordinated by Career Services and Experiential Learning These offices provide information and support for students interested in experiential activities.

» Specific information about study abroad programs with an experiential component is found at

Non-UCF Programs


These programs can be divided into four groups: in-state institutions (universities within the state of Florida), U.S. academic institutions outside of Florida, 3rd party providers, and direct enrollment in institutions abroad. The process and level of difficulty for transferring credits from non-UCF programs will vary and it is your responsibility to look into this issue before you commit to a particular program. Access to your financial aid and scholarships will also vary depending on the type of non-UCF program. Become well informed before committing to any program.

In-State Institutions

In-State Institutions include all members of the State University System (SUS) of Florida, public community colleges, and other accredited members of the Florida Statewide Numbering System. Transfer of academic credit within these institutions is made easier through the use of the same numbers for equivalent courses.  Financial aid and non-UCF scholarships may travel with you as long as the coursework counts toward your degree.

  • Note that there may be restrictions on the transfer of credit. For example, if the credit is not from an accredited academic institution, it may not transfer. Credit from institutions that only provide lower-level credit, like community colleges, may not be accepted as upper-level credit at UCF. UCF may also restrict the use of credit for which there is no equivalent approved at UCF or that is noted in the Statewide Numbering System as non-automatic transfer.

U.S. Academic Institutions Outside of Florida

The process for participating in programs hosted by accredited U.S. institutions outside of Florida is similar to the in-state process, except that it may be more difficult for the transfer credit to be used toward your degree, as course equivalencies have not been previously articulated. There are also more limitations in the use of state financial aid and scholarships. For more information about transferring credit, please refer to the UCF Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog, respectively.

3rd Party Providers

Non-Academic Providers administer and sponsor a wide range of study abroad programs. Some of these programs have been in existence for a long time and have great reputations. However, unless the credit comes from an academic institution, you will not receive credit at UCF. If you are evaluating a program that is sponsored by a 3rd party provider and it lists credits, ask questions about which institution would be issuing the transcript, otherwise you may not get any credit at UCF. Furthermore, you will not be able to use financial aid or scholarships if the program is not for credit.

Direct Registration at An Institution Abroad

This may be an appealing option for you; however, transfer credit from an institution outside the U.S. will require an evaluation by a UCF approved transcript evaluation firm (such as World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates). The cost of this evaluation will be your responsibility and you should include it in your budget calculation. Furthermore, having the evaluation does not necessarily mean the credits will transfer or dictate how they will apply at UCF. Financial aid and scholarships most probably will not travel with you to these programs.

  • Directly registration comes with varying levels of student support. Many foreign universities do not have the same level of student support services common in the U.S. and you may have to find your own housing. In addition to transfer of credit and financial aid, issues of health, safety, and welfare should all be considered when evaluating non-UCF programs. Make sure that you have thoroughly evaluated all aspects of the program before committing to anything. While OIS can provide tips on things to look for, we do not have any control over non-UCF programs and do not formally recommend them.

Provider Options and Transfer of Credit
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