The University of Florida has a deep commitment to the educational enrichment of its undergraduate students.

International education and international exchanges are fundamental aspects of this academic commitment. The University of Florida offers a range of educational opportunities that begin with foreign language instruction and area studies programs and extend to numerous study abroad opportunities. The University remains dedicated to serving the international interests of Florida and the nation and to preparing its students for the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. Students may choose from short-term study tours, to summer abroad programs, to year-long exchanges.



Merida, Mexico

Live with a Mexican family in the beautiful in the modern city of Mérida in Yucatán, Mexico during Summer B. Develop conversational Spanish ability in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish class (3 credits) at the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY). Earn UF credits in Tropical Ecology (3) and Humans & the Environment of the Yucatán Peninsula (2), and gain an understanding of the structure and function of the ecosystems on the Yucatán Peninsula. All instruction is in English, except Spanish classes.

Estimated 2022 Summer Program fee: $5,611 (round-trip airfare not included). Florida residents receiving a Bright Futures Scholarship may use the award to fund tuition. Fee includes: tuition for 8 credits, room and board, weekly excursions (travel, hotels, meals, admission to sites, boat rentals, etc.), international health insurance.

Contact: Honors Associate Director Regan Garner rlgarner@ufl.edu


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Both Eastern/traditional and Western/modern health care is practiced in a complementary fashion in Thailand. Thailand has a universal health care system, which will allow students on this program to make important comparisons to the current U.S. health care system. The academic objectives for this program include building cultural competency, identifying similarities and differences in approaches to health care, examining viewpoints on health care from the provider and recipients’ points of view, and structured reflection and assessment of academic and cultural experiences. This program will help students become competitive applicants to their health profession schools. 


  • Understand health care treatment options used in Southeast Asia
  • Analyze how cultural norms shape how Thai patients view health care
  • Examine challenges and barriers that patients from other cultures must overcome to receive treatment in the U.S.
  • Describe the concept of humanism in relation to health care
  • Analyze current health care issues and ethical dilemmas

Summer A: Early May - Late June, TBA. This program is not running in 2022.

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