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FGCU International Services

FGCU International Services

Faculty-Led Study Abroad


FGCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs (FLSA) – FLSA programs are short-term (generally 2 weeks to 2 months) study abroad trips led by FGCU faculty. FLSA programs are designed to study a specific topic. Students earn direct FGCU academic credit for the course. The FGCU International Services Office coordinates applications for and serves as a central hub for information regarding FLSA programs.

How to Apply for FGCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) Programs

Step 1: Choose your program, See list of programs for 2018 below                

Step 2: Click on Program Title, Register yourself with FGCU Horizons (

Step 3: Apply for your chosen program, submitting your application materials as indicated by Horizons. Follow instructions regarding additional requirements and processes.

Step 4: Pay initial installment by the program's deadline date  

Step 5: Attend all pre-departure orientations scheduled for your program

Step 6: Have a great time studying abroad!


 Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs Running in 2019

Click program title for more information

Adventure, Cultural and Eco-Hospitality in Ecuador: Many hospitality enterprises in Latin America attract and serve in-bound travellers in search of adventure, cultural, ecological, and natural experiences. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of how hospitality firms levrage the natural and multicultural social environments to attract and delight customer to profitably deliver value to customers. 

May 19th, 2019 - June 2nd, 2019

Application open 

$2950 Plus Tuition for 6 Credits  


Puerto Rico: Social Work Practice with Latino/as Coping with the Impact of Natural Disasters: Students will learn specifically about Latinos/as residing in Southwest Florida and Puerto Rico. The course will highlight their migration/immigration experiences, acculturation, and how colonialism plays a role in their physical and emotional well-being as well as their process of recovery from natural disasters.  Students will learn how social workers in Puerto Rico are addressing health and mental health needs and the process of recuperation after the natural disasters in 2017. Both micro (individuals and families) and macro (organizations, communities and policy) level interventions having an emphasis on human rights and social justice will be covered. This knowledge can be used when practicing with stateside Puerto Ricans and other Latinos/as residing in United States.

 May 27th, 2019 - June 8th, 2019.  

 Application Open

 $2070 plus tuition for 3 credits


Environmental Justice in Brazil: The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most important environmental areas in the world. Protecting it and the people that live there is critical to the planet. This program will introduce students to the unique environment of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and will compare it to our own Florida Everglades. This program will focus on environmental justice and will also include international crime, environmental crime and international trafficking.

June 5th, 2019 - June 13th, 2019

Application Open.

$3983 plus tuition for 6 credits


FGCU Adventure Abroad to Greece, Rome and the Ancient Mediterranean:The 2019 FGCU Adventure Abroad to Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Mediterranean will give FGCU students the opportunity to explore some of the most important cultural, natural and historical landmarks in the cradle of Western Civilization. Emphasis is on the origins of Western drama and literature, with opportunities for students to pursue further interests in history, architecture, art, culture, and a wide range of subjects with roots in the Classical world. Travel Dates are June 1st - June 15th, 2019 (on campus dates 5/30 and 5/31). 

June 1st , 2019 – June 15th, 2019

Application Closed

$4950 + Tuition for 6 credits (2 courses)


Study Abroad Focus on Campeche, Mexico: This program will have a course devoted to Campeche, Mexico for 3 credits. This course is a total language immersion with the history and culture woven into the experience. Travel Dates are during spring break 2019, March 3rd to March 9th. 

March 3rd - March 9th, 2019

Application Closed

$1250 plus tuition for 3 credits


Italy 2019: Experience Italian Hospitality, Regional Features, and Gastronomy: Apply gained experiences to create community event and develop special menus and analysis with local restaurants and chefs OR design event that highlights the recreation of regional specialty food items as interpreted by FGCU students and includes demonstrations, analysis, and tastings for public or private group with feedback assessment.

May 19th, 2019 - May 29th, 2019

Application Closed 

$4280 plus tuition for 4 credits


London/Copenhagen: Designing for Sustainability: This course is a concentrated introduction to sustainability and design as practiced in selected cities in Western Europe. We will focus on the three spheres of sustainability; environment, equality, and economy within the context of design. We will start in London, UK, where we will explore past present and future design for sustainability in products, buildings, and urban planning. We will explore integrated transportation systems as well as natural spaces on the fringes of urban areas. From London we travel to the World’s most sustainable city, Copenhagen, Denmark. Here we will explore social sustainability through food and energy systems and explore how sustainability is practiced in this society. We take a day trip by train to Malmo, Sweden, allowing us to explore sustainability and design in Sweden’s third largest city.  

May 13th to May 24th, 2019

Application Closed

$2890 plus tuition for 6 credits


German Intellectual History and Culture:  This 3-week study trip through Germany is grounded in the Humanities. Students will be introduced to some of the great works of German philosophy and literature, and will learn about German history, culture, art, architecture, and politics. We'll spend a week in the capital, Berlin, and then visit different regions, cities, and landscapes in northern and southern Germany, and Austria. Other destinations include Leipzig, Heidelberg, Munich, Salzburg, and Berchtesgaden. See the fortress where Martin Luther translated the Bible, where the Berlin wall stood, tour the German parliament, hike in the Alps, and much more. Come find out why Germany is known as the "land of poets and thinkers". *Pre- and post-trip coursework is online. **Courses provide opportunity for Honors students to gain Honors credit

May 21st, 2019 - June 11th, 2019

Application Closed 

$2950 plus tuition for 6 credits


Public Health in Dominican Republic:This study abroad course will help you understand community health programs, examine the role of public policies affecting health and compare the delivery of healthcare in urban versus rural areas of Dominican Republic (DR) through visits to local hospitals, clinics and public health organizations. You will visit the capital and explore the city's Spanish Colonial culture through architecture, cuisine, music and art. You will also visit pristine and undisturbed natural places such as mountains with organic farms and waterfalls in Jarabacoa, beaches in Juan Dolio, and last but not the least engage in an immersion program with local Dominican university students.

February 26th, 2019 – March 9th, 2019 (Spring Break)

Application Closed 

$3625 plus tuition for 3 credits


France: World War I Centennial Tour: This trip is connected to an Honors course titled “World War 1 and European Literature and Culture” and adds an experiential learning component to the course. During the week of Spring Break we will visit battlefields of the First World War in the Somme and Marne regions, visit museums about the war in Meaux and Paris, and the Palace of Versailles where the Treaty of Versailles was signed one hundred years ago.

March 2nd, 2019 - March 9th, 2019 (Spring break)

Application Closed 

$2000, plus tuition for Spring course


Guatemala Global Health: Guatemala Immersion: A study abroad health immersion experience designed to provide the student with basic skills necessary to provide culturally competent health promotion for indigenous populations in rural Guatemala.

March 1st , 2019 – March 11th, 2019

Application Closed 

$3870 plus tuition for 1 credit hour


Folklore of Ireland:Students will explore various representations of Irish folklore through interpreting examples of cultural sites throughout the two countries. Activities include meeting with curators and preservationists at museums, libraries and historic sites, tours, demonstrations, and visits with local artists. During the spring semester, students will focus on one area of folklore research: Music/dance, home life, crafts or verbal arts. Cities visited include Dublin, Belfast, Derry, and Galway. Highlights include Dublin Castle, Black Taxi Tour of Belfast Murals, Giant’s Causeway, Trad on the Prom, Newgrange, Derry Medieval City, Derry Free Museum, and Research at the Irish Traditional Music Archive and UC Dublin National Folklore Collection.

 May 4th, 2019 to May 15th, 2019.

 Application Closed 

 $3820 Plus Tuiton for 3 Credits.


Beyond the Wall, Understanding Contemprary Mexico: Examination of contemporary politics and social movements in Mexico and development of video and filmmaking techniques in the development of a documentary on contemporary Mexico.

June 22nd, 2019 - July 6th, 2019.

Program Closed

$2665 Plus Tuition for 6 Credits


Trinidad and Tobago: Carnival, Calypso and Conservation: This course will explore the history, culture and environment of Trinidad and Tobago through experiential learning and cultural immersion, using calypso and conservation as the twin lenses of analysis.

March 1st, 2019 - March 10th, 2019

Appliation Closed  

$2650, plus Tuition for 1 credit







Past Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs:


Croatia: Cultural Heritage Management (2018)

Italy: Science, Engineering and Society (2018)

Peru: Life on the Amazon (2018)

Mexico: Presidential Politics and Social Movements (2018)

South Africa: Conservation issues in South Africa (2018)

Bahamas: Tropical Island Biology (2018) 

Trinidad: Carnaval, Culture and Conservation in Trinidad and Tobago (2018)

Ireland: Folklore and Heritage of Ireland (2017)

Hungary and Austria: Teach Abroad Experience (2017)

Ghana: Research and Conservation (2017)

Bahamas: Tropical Island Biology (2017)

France, England, Scotland: Theatre Adventure Abroad (2017)

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania: Musical Choir Performance (2017)  

Ireland: Identity and Culture (2017)

South Africa: Wildlife Conservation (2016) 

Ghana: Global Health Issues, Human Rights and Social Justice (2016) 

Germany and Austria: Cultural Highlights of Germany and Austria (2016) 

Spain: Discovering Spain: Language, Art, and Culture (2016) 

South Africa: Past Meets Present: historical framework for wildlife conservation in Africa (2016)

Bahamas:  Tropical Island Biology (2016) 

Trinidad: Carnaval, Culture and Conservation in Trinidad and Tobago (2016) 

Hungary: Study Abroad Student Teaching Experience (2016) 

Italy: Study Abroad Tuscany (2016) 

Paris, London and Edinburgh Theater Adventure (Summer 2015)

Germany Language and Culture (Summer 2015)

Croatia Museum Studies (Summer 2015)

Costa Rica Research Experience (Fall 2014)

European -Germany, Austria, Czech Republic- Choir Tour (Summer 2014)

European -France and Spain- Hospitality (Summer 2014)

Singapore Sustainability (Summer 2014)

Bahamas Tropical Island Biology (Summer 2014)

Bahamas Environmental Change (Summer 2014)

Ghana Social Work (Summer 2014)

Hungary Education Internships (Spring 2014)

Caribbean Cruiseline Operations and Management (Fall 2013)

Costa Rica Food, Ecology, and Sustainability (Summer 2013)

Bahamas Tropical Island Biology (Summer 2013)

Italy Food and Wine Tourism (Summer 2013)

Guyana Essential Life (Spring Break 2013)

UK Comparative Healthcare (Spring Break 2013)

Ghana Research Experience (Winter Break 2012/2013)

Argentina Effects of Agriculture on Wetland Ecosystems (Winter Break 2012/2013)

UK Theatre (Summer 2013)

Cruiseline Operations and Management (Fall 2012)

Bahamas Tropical Island Biology (Summer 2012)

Ecuador Galapagos Islands Biology and History (Summer 2012)

Hungary Education Internships (Spring 2012)