Parent Information

Parental support is essential to help students assume responsibility during their time abroad. Students will need their parent’s advice, assistance and encouragement which is crucial to the success of a student's experience abroad. However, the Global Nursing International Program Office requires that students act independently and take responsibility for this process. Studying abroad will help your student become an independent, global citizen, and it starts at the beginning. Our office will serve as a guide, but students should accept the responsibility for the process themselves.

Benefits Of A Study Abroad Program

The benefits of studying abroad are tremendous. In addition to cultural, personal, social and academic growth, students who study abroad are more marketable upon graduation. In today’s world, employers and graduate schools increasingly value an overseas experience.  See healthcare delivery at the international and ‘global’ level.  Understand healthcare delivery in different areas of the world. 

Program Costs

Costs vary depending on length, type of program and are approximately $2,500.  Current costs are discussed during the information sessions offered each fall, parents are welcome to attend. All students are required to pay the entirety of the study abroad program prior to departure. The student is responsible for tuition costs to the University and all additional program travel costs. Personal spending will vary and will be discussed during the pre-departure orientation course course along with managing a travel budget. 

Extra expenses which are not included:

  • Airline tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional student travel while abroad

Financial Aid/Scholarships

In general, students may apply financial aid (including loans, grants, and scholarships) towards the cost of any study abroad program, whether or not it is sponsored by the University of South Florida. Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Students who receive financial aid and are planning to study abroad need to contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Travel Dates

Anticipated dates of travel:

  • St. Croix - Mid May
  • Panama - Mid June
  • Scotland - Mid July

Travel dates are provided during our Information Sessions held each fall semester. All students are required to attend at least one session and parents are welcome to attend. See the Information Sessions schedule for more information.

Preparation Assistance Prior To Departure

The Global Nursing International Program Office is available for any questions, assistance needed, and provides support to students during the entire process. All students are required to participate in a mandatory information session as important program information will be discussed:

  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Immunizations
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Health & Safety
  • Cultural Differences

Students can also obtain contact information from former participants or international students from the country in which they will be studying to ensure your student feels fully confident about their upcoming experience.

Safety While Abroad

Student safety is our highest priority. General safety issues, as well as any country specific precautions are discussed at the mandatory pre-departure orientation and are included in the materials provided to students by the Global Nursing International Program Office. In addition, the accompanying faculty member will escort students throughout the entire experience.

  • Regardless of age students are required to travel with a faculty member at all times (including air and ground transportation)
  • Students are accompanied by a USF Faculty member to all clinical sites and outings
  • Students are not allowed to venture beyond the immediate premises without approval/supervision
  • All areas of lodging and clinical sites are safe areas with an established long term relationship with the USF Health College of Nursing

The Global Nursing International Program Office takes every precaution to ensure student safety. All USF CON students on faculty-led, USF CON sponsored programs are registered with the local U.S. Embassy upon arrival. We also have a Study Abroad Emergency Response Team prepared to manage any emergency.  The team receives U.S. State Department travel information and is available 24 hours a day through the USF Police.

Emergency Assistance Line: 813-317-5815 (Available 24/7)

Health Insurance Coverage

All students participating in a university-sponsored program abroad are required to carry the university-required, travel and medical evacuation insurance and will be automatically enrolled after registering through the USF World, Study Abroad Office.

Student Contact While Abroad

Students will have WiFi available at hotels and can stay in contact via Skype and FaceTime.  They can also purchase calling cards and international plans.  See the USF World, Education Abroad Office website for more information.


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