Anyone can leave home and see the world. Anyone can travel. But we believe that study abroad is an entirely unique experience – an exciting blend of academic proficiency, cultural immersion, and extraordinary adventures. Rather than sitting in boring lecture halls or self-teaching poorly explained topics on the Internet, let the world be your classroom! Learn new languages, experience new cultures, eat exciting new foods, and make friends from around the globe as you gain college credit.
After completing a program, study abroad participants are statistically proven to be more employable than their peers. Studies show that skills such as language proficiency, cultural understanding, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, and self-confidence are valuable to employers and allow students to secure jobs and/or grad school acceptances more quickly after graduation. Those who study abroad also typically see higher starting salaries because of these additional skills and experiences.
Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Programs open new doors in destinations around the globe with experiential learning opportunities that immerse you in local cultures. Details such as near-campus housing, intercity transportation, exploration activities, and on-site support are all included into each program and made easy for each traveler so you can focus on what’s important; the experience!
Globalized Citizen proudly awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to study abroad travelers every semester! Scholarships are awarded to students who have been identified as highly motivated, competent, and show alignment on how experiencing a Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Program will benefit their personal and professional goals. Click here to apply for a scholarship!
Studying abroad is easier than ever, but you have some homework to do to be able to earn credit internationally. Follow the steps below to cover all the necessary grounds to turn your study abroad dream into a reality!
Questions of health and safety are treated with the utmost care by Globalized Citizen and our staff, both in the United States and abroad. Prior to departure, Globalized Citizen requires all students to complete a health, safety, and general emergency preparation course. Students are asked during the application process to provide detailed medical and health concerns. This information better equips our on-site staff to handle potential health emergencies.
Each course is specific to the destination the student has registered for and are designed to provide essential information on how to recognize dangerous situations, staying healthy, and recognize cultural differences to prepare students for their experiences abroad.
Appropriate housing and activities are selected with quality, safety, and convenience in mind. All Globalized Citizen program details, from destinations to accommodations and activities, have been designed with safety as our first consideration. All housing locations are selected in areas of low crime and have been researched thoroughly by the Globalized Citizen staff.
Globalized Citizen Staff and representatives will be present and available throughout the Study Abroad Program. All of Globalized Citizen’s highly qualified and experienced English-speaking staff are responsible for essential health and safety duties, including:
Upon timely arrival, on-site transportation and orientation services will be provided. During the initial 24 hours upon the official start of the program, a mandatory orientation will be held to review safety and health information, remind participants of cultural taboos and differences, and begin establishing a personal relationship with all participants to encourage an open and honest environment. Throughout the study abroad experience, on-site staff will convey to participants what practices can be dangerous, which areas on the city are best avoided, and provide updated contact information for accommodations, local authorities and police, fire and 911 services, etc.
Globalized Citizen will intervene when students are at risk of harm. We will respond and assist participants in the following scenarios:
If a student is faced with an incident that represents a serious health risk or jeopardizes the continued participation of the Globalized Citizen program, parents/guardians may be notified.
It is common for travelers to fall ill while abroad due to environmental changes. New food and water systems and levels of stress may present a factor in these common illnesses. Globalized Citizen staff are well trained to respond to these types of illnesses but participants may request additional medical attention.
During any emergency affecting one or more individual participants, Globalized Citizen maintains regular communication with all involved parties (e.g., participants, victims and families) and home university officials as appropriate. Though not a university, Globalized Citizen strives to comply with best practices and federal regulations and policies mandated for U.S. universities, to ensure the utmost health, safety and privacy of our participants.
During any emergency affecting the entire Globalized Citizen group, pre-established communications through SMS, Facebook, and emails have proven to be most effective, efficient, and time sensitive. Such communication details will be discussed repeated during orientation and throughout the Globalized Citizen Study Abroad experience.
For UCF Students: University of Central Florida provides a blanket coverage for faculty, staff and students traveling outside of the United States on university sponsored trips. The foreign travel insurance program consists of Travel Accident & Sickness, and Foreign General Liability for the student traveler. UCF Study Abroad Insurance can be found here.
Arrival airport transfers are available between 6:00AM and 6:00PM on the start date of a program. Many students decide to arrival a day or two prior to the program to get aquainted with the host country, sleep of jet lag, and to fit in a couple of extra adventures before the program's curriculum starts. If you are planning on arriving early, you are responsible for your accomodations and transportation for the days leading up to the program start date. Once you are enrolled into a Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Program, contact group's travel coordinator for assistance with airfare, and pre-program logistics.
If you would like to extend your travels before or after the study abroad program, there may be a Globalized Citizen Adventure Backpacking Trip you can join. Contact us and let us know which study abroad program you are considering and we can help you coordinate your extended travel on an Exploratory Adventure.
All passports, visas, flights, and insurance are the sole responsibily of the traveler and are not included in the Globalized Citizen's Study Abroad Programs base price. If you need assistance booking airfare, obtaining visas or have any questions regarding your international logistics, please contact us or reach out to your program's travel coordinator.
We understand that studying abroad can be a financially challenging experience so we are dedicated to providing as many resources as possible to help you achieve your goal of studying abroad. One of your greatest resources for financial opportunities is your college's study abroad advisor as they will be able to direct you towards resources in your local area. If you haven't done so already, we strongly urge you to apply for a Globalized Citizen Study Abroad Scholarship.
Generally, financial aid resources are available to cover study abroad programs. We strongly urge you to speak with your college's financial aid office to learn about available financial aid programs.
All Globalized Citizen Program balances are due a minimum of 30 days before the program's start date. Our programs provide payment plans to help make studying abroad as affordable as possible. It is in your best interest to read about the policies regarding the payment plans so you are educated on how they work.