As a complement to the services offered by UCF to enhance the freshman and sophomore experience, SDES has designed a study abroad program geared toward students completing their sophomore year and beginning courses specific to their major.
This program is an excellent opportunity for the student interested in strengthening his or her own self-awareness, self-reliance, professional exploration, decision making and other life skills. These skills; plan development, accountability, global contextualization, and self-reliance are vital to sophomores during this stage of their academic career in preparation to become a globally competent student.
The SEA program will be administered in English, but will use Germany as the backdrop to engage participants in unique historical and cultural experiences. The program locations and activities shall both engage and challenge each participant to go beyond his or her own stereotypes.
Germany has a rich, diverse culture throughout its regions, a thriving economy, and deep roots in history. This program will include sites in Berlin, Tübingen and Munich in Germany as well as day trips to Dresden and the Neuschwanstein Castle above the village of Hohenschwangau in Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.
Participants will start their journey in the USA with five mandatory pre-travel meetings. These meetings will include discussions, exercises and assignments on various topics. The participants will then transfer to Germany for 14-16 days. While in Germany, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.
Students on this program should plan to arrive in Berlin, Germany by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel. Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking. To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program. Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.
This program has an open jaw itinerary. Students will arrive in Berlin at the beginning of the program and depart from Prague to return to Orlando at the end of the program.
Assignments while abroad include; presenting mini-lectures to the other participants at sites designated in the itinerary, working in teams to complete projects, and keeping a reflective journal which will be reported to the group each evening. Upon their return to the USA, students will attend a debrief meeting.
For more information about the program, please click http://www.sophomoreexperienceabroad.com
Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:
Payment 1: $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2: $1000
Payment 3: $650
Payment 4: $650
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
The following services are not included as part of the program fee:
Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.