What SAPAs Do

Office Hours
Are you interested in studying abroad, but don't know how to go about choosing a program or applying? Do you just want to hear about another UF student's experience? Then you should come chat with Peer Advisors during their office hours! During the Fall and Spring semesters, SAPAs hold in-person office hours Monday-Friday, 10:40am-2:45pm in the International Center (Hub). 

Information Sessions & Tabling
SAPAs lead the Study Abroad 101 information sessions that happen every Tuesday and Wednesday in the International Center. These take place from 3-4pm and outline the basics of study abroad at UF. (If you cannot attend one of these sessions, but would still like the information, you can watch a recorded version featuring the SAPAs here.) SAPAs also table weekly around campus - look out for us!

Outreach & Events
SAPAs help the UF International Center with various events throughout the year, including the Study Abroad Fair, pre-departure sessions, scholarship writing workshops, scholarship ceremonies, and more! We also often participate in student panels such as the Black & Abroad Panel and First-Generation Student Panel.

Study Abroad Presentations
Are you planning a student meeting or event that relates to study abroad? Looking for an interesting guest speaker to liven up your classroom? Consider requesting a Peer Advisor to come speak! Peer Advisors are trained by the UF International Center to present about the study abroad application process and answer questions about program types, costs, and credits. SAPAs frequently present in student organization meetings, First Year Florida classes, and at other gatherings. Email ufsapa@gmail.com to request a presentation!

Graduation Cord Sales
Near the end of each semester, the SAPAs sell study abroad graduation cords for UF study abroad alumni to honor their achievement at graduation. The cords are green and blue, and cost $20 cash. All proceeds go to funding SAPA Scholarships for future study abroad participants! To purchase a cord, stop by the UF Study Abroad office or SAPA Office Hours.

The SAPAs are excited to offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 for students who demonstrate strong financial need. We are looking to award students who show a passion for study abroad, a drive for personal growth, and a genuine interest in immersing themselves in their host country's culture. These scholarships are fully funded and reviewed by the Study Abroad Peer Advisors. Applications for Spring 2025 programs will open and be due in Fall 2024.