USF World News

2024 News


Living classroom for USF students devastated by Hurricane Beryl
July 12, 2024 -- USF Professor of Instruction, Dr. Bégin, and her study abroad group return to Union Island after Hurricane Beryl to witness the startling transformation of the island and its waters. Read about the students' encounters and learn how to help the local community.

Catching up with USF's Kalam Fellows
July 11, 2024 -- In recognition of the ninth anniversary of President Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam’s passing on July 27, 2015, USF World reconnects with three USF Kalam Fellows now paying it forward in higher education!

USF in London Dinner Celebrates USF Alumni, Students, and Faculty in Capital City
July 1, 2024 -- On June 26, more than 50 USF alumni joined over 130 USF students and their faculty to kick off the USF in London program in style. Celebrating 11 years of active engagement, the attendees gathered at Botanica, in London, to mix, mingle, and share their memories of the USF in London program.

USF Nursing Students Get Clinical Experience in Barranquilla, Colombia
June 28, 2024 -- As part of their practicum, the USF Nursing students, along with seven students from the nursing school at Universidad del Norte, in Colombia, completed the community health assessments in low-income communities in rural areas around the city of Barranquilla. Click to read more about this important opportunity.

An Effort to Use AI to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Brings a Global Team to Tampa
June 27, 2024 -- NIH/Oxford PhD student James Anibal is a visiting scholar from the United Kingdom, working with USF Morsani College of Medicine Assistant Professor Yaël Bensoussan to identify biomarkers of health from voice data and AI. Click to read more about the important work this international team is doing.

U.S. Department of State funds New Cybersecurity and AI Study Abroad Program at USF
June 14, 2024 -- The U.S. Department of State has awarded USF funding  to establish a study abroad program at the tech-focused Algebra University in Croatia. It’s designed for USF students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and computer science engineering. Located in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, Algebra University is the region’s leading higher education institution of computing and information technology. Read more about this exciting initiative here.

Kha Do’s 15 Seconds: “Be Prepared to Catch that Bus!”
May 22, 2024 -- One moment can change the trajectory of your studies and future. Learn how a missed bus created the opportunity for Vietnamese student, Mr. Kha Do, to re-orient his focus in the Muma College of Business, and become a featured speaker at his Spring 2024 graduation.

University of East London and University of South Florida Forge Global Partnership
May 7, 2024 -- USF and the University of East London (UEL) are pleased to announce a new formal collaboration between the two institutions that will foster innovation, enhance student opportunities, and drive impactful research. Read more about how the two institutions pledge to work together in four key areas: financial technology (fintech), sustainability, business/psychology, and global student mobility.

USF World’s Sash Ceremony Draws Packed House to Celebrate Graduation
May 7, 2024 -- More than 1,000 international students from more than 70 different countries were among USF’s spring 2024 graduates: 30 new PhDs, 602 students earning master’s degrees and 388 earning bachelor’s degrees. The sash ceremony on May 1 at the USF Marshall Center’s Oval Theater drew a capacity crowd. Read all about the event here.


Hurricane Awareness Event Kicks Up a Storm of Questions
May 7, 2024 -- Each semester, as hurricane season waxes and wanes, the USF International Student Support and Emergency Management teams offer hurricane awareness events that help students from outside of Florida learn what to do in case of a weather-related emergency. Supply kit contents, available shelters, and flood zone discussions all help  students feel more confident on making a plan of action during inclement weather. Read more for an overview of this Spring's event.

USF Celebrates 31 Years of Partnership with Universidad del Norte in Colombia
May 2, 2024 -- This year marks the 31st anniversary of the University of South Florida’s academic partnership with the Universidad del Norte (UniNorte) in Barranquilla, Colombia. Barranquilla is Tampa’s oldest sister city, dating back to 1966, and both cities have worked together on projects related to civic engagement, art, culture, and education. Read to discover more about the projects and programs that USF and UniNorte have shared over the years.

Students Can Earn Academic Credit Almost Anywhere with USF's Study Abroad Programs
May 1, 2024 -- Studying abroad has long been one of the best ways a student can become multilingual and enhance their academic career while gaining new life experiences, but did you know education abroad is not just about learning new languages? Read more about the adventures ahead for two USF students and others traveling abroad this Summer.

USF Patel College of Global Sustainability Attracts Top Talent from Around the World
April 25, 2024 -- Rida Ahmed, Daniel Bianco, and Julia Pastorek agree: the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) has offered them the opportunity to develop careers that can make a real difference in the world. Read more about how these three international students are engaged in innovative class projects and team research that showcases their commitment to applied sustainability.

USF International Business Forum Puts a Global Spotlight on Tampa Bay Region
April 15, 2024 -- In a daylong event on April 10, more than 200 people came together at the USF International Business Forum to take stock of the region’s potential as a gateway to the global economy. Hosted by USF World, the Muma College of Business, and the new Office of University Community Partnerships, read about how the inaugural forum put a spotlight on a globally-focused economic ecosystem that’s on the rise.

International Visiting Scholar Research Showcase Highlights Academic Stars
April 1, 2024 -- USF hosted the inaugural International Visiting Scholar Research Showcase on March 22 at the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus. Visiting Scholars from around the world showcased their research and/or teaching accomlishments and gave them a chance to make connections with both students and other scholars. Read more about the event here.

USF’s Peace Corps Week Highlights Optimism in Action
March 25, 2024 -- The Peace Corps works in 58 countries around the world with programs in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth. Every year this non-profit organization commemorates its founding on March 1, 1961, with a week of student-oriented activities and recruitment efforts on campuses across the country. Click to read more about the events that USF hosted to celebrate Peace Corps Week.

USF Women’s Basketball Coach Highlights Star Power of International Athletes
March 7, 2024 -- Of the 15 athletes on the USF women’s basketball team, 13 are international students. As the #1 destination in the State of Florida for international student enrollment, it’s no surprise to find students from around the world on USF athletic teams. Read on to learn about how attracting international talent is an intentional recruiting strategy by Coach Fernandez.

Students and Alumni Meet through Global Network Virtual Meetings
February 27, 2024 -- Virtual meetings offer global network members the incredible opportunity to meet across international borders and time zones. This February, USF World hosted online meetings for all seven networks and welcomed USF students and alumni from countries all around the world. Learn about what our alumni are doing around the world!

USF World Offers Solutions to International Students Navigating NCAA NIL Guidelines
February 27, 2024 -- More than 2 years after the announcement that the NCAA will allow college athletes to take advantage of name, image, and likeness opportunities, there is still no guidance on how to advise international students. Read more about how USF World works with local businesses to help bridge the gap.

Celebrating International Study Abroad Day, Seeking to Expand Scholarship Opportunities
February 13, 2024 -- International Study Abroad Day highlights the global impact and benefits of studying overseas. As a high impact practice, study abroad creates a pathway for student engagement as well as enhances their academic experiences, preparing them for a globally competitive work environment. Read more about the efforts of USF World to keep study abroad affordable and accessible to all students.

The University of South Florida Is Once Again Among the Nation’s Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars
February 13, 2024 -- The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has recognized the University of South Florida (USF) as a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars. Read more about the achievement and how USF values its global connections and supports the fulbright aspirations of the campus community.

Canada-Florida Chamber of Commerce Visits USF Tampa, Coinciding with the Launch of Network Canada
February 13, 2024 -- In early February, USF World hosted the Canada-Florida Chamber of Commerce Health Tech trade mission delegation at the USF Research Park, where members of the team presented the extraordinary resources available to entrepreneurs in the medical technology sectors. The visit included tours of the office space and research labs at the USF Research Park, USF Connect, and a trip to the university’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa, where they experienced USF Health’s state-of-the-art facilities firsthand. USF World is using this opportunity to announce the launch of Network Canada.

The Salty Science Team Take the Atlantic Ocean by Row
February 1, 2024 -- Read all about how Integrative Biology Professor of Instruction, Dr. Chantale Bégin, led her team − Salty Science − across the Atlantic to compete in the World’s Toughest Row-Atlantic. Dr. Begin also leads education abroad opportunities in the Caribbean over the summer. Click for more information.

USF Forges Strong Ties Across India
January 11, 2024 -- India is a key market for international student recruitment – especially for high demand STEM fields. Indian students constitute more than 25% of the over one million foreign students studying in the United States, according to the 2023 Open Doors Report (ODR) prepared by the State Department in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE). Read more about how USF has made a strategic investment in India with the object of understanding market for students, the higher education landscape, and the opportunities for all.

Bulls in India's Capital: Catching Up with USF Alumni in Delhi
January 11, 2024 -- Over the course of seven days, USF World’s India Country Advisor, Aruna Dasgupta, and Vanessa Martinez, assistant director of international community relations, traversed the Indian capital meeting with USF alumni from across Delhi's cultural, political, and professional spectrum. Click to discover who she met with and what our Indian alumni have been doing since graduation.

Provost Enjoys Dinner with Prominent USF Alumni in Hyderabad
January 11, 2024 -- Many of USF’s international student alumni living and working in India are based in and around the city of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is the capital of southern India's Telangana state and is a major center for technology and financial industries. USF Provost Mohapatra and USF World Vice President Kiki Caruson had the good fortune of meeting with a group of USF alumni last October 2023 during their visit to India.