Study Abroad


Expand your world and your future

By immersing yourself in another culture somewhere across the globe, you will broaden your international perspective, gain greater awareness of your own culture and history — and collect amazing travel stories to share for a lifetime. Studies show that international experience leads to greater employment opportunities after you graduate — isn't that worth the investment of a semester or summer abroad?

Explore the variety of programs and locations available here. Our staff can help you match your goals and interests with the best international options. 

Explore Education Abroad 


  • Education Abroad 101

  • Friday Global Drop In Sessions

  • Schedule an Appointment



  • FGCU Global Virtual Content

  • Faculty and Student Resources

  • FGCU COIL Initiative

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  • International Event Calendar

  • Funding Education Abroad

Program Types

  • Education Abroad Provider Programs

  • Faculty Led Programs 

  • FGCU Harbor Programs

  • Partner University Exchange Programs 

  • International Internships

  • Service learning Abroad 


Featured Programs

FGCU in Greece: Hellenic American University in Athens

Summer and semester programs
Greece HAU ImageGreece, the birthplace of democracy and cradle of Western civilization, offers extraordinary opportunities for a rich learning experience. A meeting place of East and West, Athens is a vibrant modern metropolis with a thriving arts scene.  It's an affordable, safe and friendly Mediterranean city, where life is lived outdoors in the squares and sidewalk cafés of its many, diverse neighborhoods. Hellenic American University offers both summer and semester options with courses for a variety of majors. More information for FGCU Students 

Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy 

Summer and semester programs 
Photo of Sorrento ItalySant'Anna Institute is an international community of constant cultural exchange among faculty, staff and students. Located in southern Italy, the school is an impressive historic structure perched on the cliffs of the Amalfi coast, overlooking the fishing village of Marina Grande and a short walk from the city center. Course Offerings 

Universidad de Costa Rica, San Ramon (USAC)

Summer and semester programs 
San RamonThe San Ramon, Costa Rica program is offered by USAC. The host university The Sede de Occidente (UCR) has an enrollment of more than 2,200 students. Students have use of the campus laboratories, teaching collections, herbarium, and research collections, as well as access to a small reserve on campus.  San Ramón is truly the heart of Costa Rica, where you will encounter friendly people and a peaceful, relaxed lifestyle.  More about the program , Courses , Application 

Kookmin or Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea

Summer or semester programsSeoulThe Seoul program with provider USAC offers courses that introduce you to the business, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, and language of Korea, one of the most rapidly developing nations in East Asia. Seoul is a city of opposites bustling with palaces, city gates, and temples next to government offices, embassies, theatres, shopping, and more. Courses,Application

Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy 

Summer and semester programs
Florence Photo Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is one of the most distinctive and well-established study abroad institutions in Italy. LdM prides itself on offering academic and professionally-oriented courses designed to foster a variety of study abroad programs, as well as enrich students’ knowledge, education and skills. Students may choose from over 500 different courses in 35 departments, which are taught in English at LdM’s two locations: Florence and Tuscania. More information for FGCU students, Courses

Mahidol University International  Bankok, Thailand

KEI Abroad, semester programs 

KEI Thailand

Discover the traditional spices of Bangkok, Thailand as you float through the market and visit the golden temples. Then experience the energetic dominance of the modern city when you see the maze of skyscrapers pushing into the sky. Hundreds of courses in a wide variety of disciplines available, including Business, Sciences, Health, Humanities, Communications and more.   More about this program

Harlaxton College in Grantham, England

Summer and semester programs 
Lion w FGCU PennentImagine studying in a 100-room Victorian manor house in the rolling English countryside one hour north of London. At Harlaxton College, you will do just that. And you'll share the manor with a community of committed faculty, supportive staff and fellow students from UE and our partner colleges. Course Offerings 

FGCU Harbor Programs:  Spain or Greece Harbor Programs

Take your FGCU online courses online while abroad! All forms of financial aid will apply. FGCU has partnered with preferred program provider organizations to offer a comprehensive experiential learning based program during the semester. You take a full semester course load from the hundreds of virtual courses offered at FGCU and let education abroad providers CEA or SAA do what they do best, facilitate high quality immersive high impact programming in the iconic cities of Seville Spain (CEA) or Athens, Greece (SAA). FGCU Harbor Program in Athens, Greece (SAA),   FGCU Harbor Program in Seville, Spain (CEA)

Funding Resources

Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity that leads to life-changing experiences. However, the costs associated can seem daunting at first. FGCU is committed to providing its students with the tools and resources necessary to offset the cost of an international experience. On this page, you will find multiple ways to fund your experience abroad.

  • Scholarships

  • FGCU Financial Aid

Education Abroad Activities & Events

Event Date  Description 
Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Information Session  Thursday,  January 27th  3pm to 4pm. Zoom Link 

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant at a two-year or four-year college or university. Winners of the Gilman Scholarship receive up to $5,000 to study abroad for a minimum of 21 consecutive days up to a full academic year.  Information about the Gilman award, types of study abroad programs and locations and application strategies will be presented.  

Peace Corps Prep Info Session Thursday, January  20th 3:00pm , Zoom link 

Register in advance for this meeting:

Sant'Anna Institute in Italy Info Sessionn  Friday February 18th at 10:30am. 

Tune in to find out why the Sant'Anna Institute is one of FGCU's most popular study abroad options.  Join Zoom Meeting

COIL Information Session Monday, February 21st 1130am  - 1:00pm 

The Global Engagement Office invites you "Conversations in the Living Room" in the Lucas Center (LIB 221) so that faculty can learn more about Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), a way to incorporate a global element into courses. Contact Jackie Salmond or Matt Ryan with any questions.  

Friday Global Drop In Session  
  • Friday, January 21st, 3pm to 4pm.  Zoom Link 
  • Friday January 28th, 3pm to 4pm.  Reed Hall 113 
  • Friday, February 18th, 3pm to 4pm. Zoom Link 
  • Friday, February 25th, 3pm to 4pm. Reed Hall 113 
  •  Friday, March 18th, 3pm to 4pm. Zoom Link 
  • Friday, March 25th, 3pm to 4pm, Reed Hall 113 
  • Friday, April 22nd, 3pm to 4pm, Zoom Link 
  • Fridat April 29th, 3pm to 4pm. Reed Hall 113 

Friday Global Drop In Sessions are informal meetings our study abroad office has with students to chat aboad study abroad no matter what stage of the process students are in. Sessions will happen on the final two Fridays of each month during the semester at 3pm and students can fee free to drop by our sessions at any time within that hour. Sessions will alternate between Zoom and Live in Reed Hall Room 113 See Schedule. Link to join the Zoom sessions: 

Global Engagement Office Reception Party January 26th, at 5pm in the Cohen Center Ballroom 

Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday evening at 530pm in the Cohen Center Ballroom to celebrate international educations. 




Our staff and student peer advisors are here to answer your questions...

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Assistant Director

Global Engagement Office


Matt has been working in the field of international education since 1999. As a student he studied abroad in London and since then has backpacked or lived in Australia, Southeast Asia, South America and Europe. Before relocating to SW Florida in 2015 to work at FGCU, Matt worked with an education abroad provider organization in Brazil. His experiences living and working abroad have enhanced his commitment to international education and transformative learning.