College Year Abroad

Improve your English at the University of South Florida

A long-term intensive English program for students who want to improve their English language skills while living at an American university

Is the College Year Abroad program right for me?

The College Year Abroad: The American University Experience program is a long-term General English program for students who want to fully experience the American university. College Year Abroad students spend three to six months living on campus with access to all the university resources and facilities including:

  • Access to USF's recreation center and on-campus gym facility
  • Access to USF's library
  • Participation in USF clubs and activities
  • Free tickets to USF athletic events
  • Access to the Student Health Services and other student resources on campus

In addition, many College Year Abroad and General English students who choose shared on-campus housing are placed with American roommates, further enhancing their study abroad experience in America.

With American roommates and conversation groups/social programs organized by INTO USF, students are more likely to have a successful experience integrating to the campus community and American lifestyle.

What will I study?

The aim of the program is to provide high quality English instruction, helping you develop all aspects of your English ability. As a part of the program, you will develop skills and confidence in:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Social English
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • American culture
  • Discussion
  • Presentation skills

Program structure

  • All levels of instruction (beginner, intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced)
  • 18 hours of classes per week covering the following core skills: listening, speaking, reading, grammer and writing (Fall and Spring)
  • 3 hours of interest groups per week
  • 3-7 hours of outside cultural activities per week

College Year Abroad

How do I qualify?

English requirements:

Students entering the program should have enough knowledge of basic English to participate in class activities and to communicate using simple words and phrases. Students will be assessed and placed upon arrival.


17 years and above


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When can I start?

2016-17 Dates

Start Dates End Dates 
Fall 2016 September 19, 2016
October 17, 2016
November 14, 2016     
Spring 2017 January 9, 2017
February 6, 2017
March 6, 2017
April 3, 2017  
Summer 2017 May 15, 2017

June 12, 2017
July 10, 2017


2016-2017 Tuition

Session Cost
24 weeks $10,560

College Year Abroad

How will the College Year Abroad prepare me for success?

College Year Abroad will be able to:

  • Improve general language proficiency in listening, speaking, vocabulary, reading and writing
  • Expand career prospects by improving English language proficiency
  • Develop conversation skills for real-world situations such as greeting, initiating a conversation, turn-taking, interrupting, asking for information
  • Read and understand schedules, signs, ads and other authentic materials
  • Understand basic cultural values and behaviors of Americans in order to interact appropriately
  • Have the opportunity to interact with native speakers