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Program Description:

Term:  Spring 2018

This is a student study abroad exchange program between Santa Fe College and our Colombian partner institution, SENA. 

Trip Highlights:
  • Over spring break 2018, spend one week in Cartegena at SENA learning about Information Technology, Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship
  • Visit Plaza Santo Domingo
  • Enjoy and evening dinner on the beach
  • Enjoy a cultural tour of Cartagena
  • Learn how local businesses help preserve cultural and historical heritage of Cartagena
  • As part of this exchange program, Santa Fe College students will be accompanied by eight students and two faculty on their return to FL
CTS 2321 Linux Administration 1 3.0 credits
CTS 2322 Linux Administration 2 3.0 credits

The program fee for the Colombian program will cover:

•Round-trip airfare from Florida to Cartegena, Colombia
•International Insurance
•All in-country transportation and accommodations
•Tours, museums, and other activity fees
•Most meals 


Estimated costs not included in Program Fee
Tuition $320.31 (3 credits)
Books Currently Unknown
Passport $165
Immunizations Refer to Immunizations section
Personal Spending Money $50
Tips Unknown
Total: $535.31

*Please note that the Total Estimated Costs not included in the program fee is an approximation and that individuals will differ   

Read through the Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy to understand payment expectations. This policy will accompany the Study Abroad Application form that you must fill out and sign to join a program.

Payment Plan:

If you have been awarded a scholarship and have been accepted into this program, please make your payment of $320 at the Cashier's Office on or by November 17, 2017.
Payment Amount Due Date
$130 (Non-refundable deposit & application fee) Due with application
$800 November 17, 2017
$670 January 5, 2018

How to Make a Payment:

To make your payments, go to the Cashier's Office on the Northwest Campus. The Cashier's Office accepts payments by cash, check, or credit card. You can make your payments on the phone. For more information click here.


Please click here to visit the Center for Disease Control website for more information about immunizations in Colombia. Click here:  Alachua County Department of Health, to access information about Foreign Travel.

Local Laws and Special Circumstances
Click here to read about the local laws in Colombia as provided by the U.S. State Department. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Education Coordinator and/or the faculty leader(s) for your program. 

Safety and Security
Please read the U.S. State Department's travel warning advisory and safety and security information by clicking here. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Education Coordinator and/or the faculty leader(s) for your program. 

Itinerary and Dates:

Students will leave for Cartagena on March 3, during spring break. Two weeks after students return to campus, the students from SENA will be visiting SF College. 

Cartegena, Colombia:
March 3:  Arrive in Cartagena
                Orientation to program and activities and dinner in Plaza Santo Domingo

March 4:  Cultural Tour of Cartagena
March 5:  Academic Session on Linux Applications
                Entrepreneurship Workshop at the Unidad de Emprendimiento de SENA in Cartagena
                Evening cultural event

March 6:  Academic Session on Linux Applications
                Start Virtualization Project
                Evening cultural event

March 7:  Academic Session onLinux Applications
                Visit Technology Businesses
                Evening cultural event

March 8:  Academic Session on Linux Applications
                Work on Virtualization Project
                Dinner on Beach

March 9:  Academic session on Linux Applications
                Cultural Tour - Businesses, Cultural & Heritage of Cartagena

Gainesville, Florida

March 10:  Return to Gainesville, FL
                  Orientation to program and activities, late dinner

March 11:  Daytime outing to local spring, swimming and canoeing
                  Dinner at local restaurant

March 12:  Visit Rainbow Springs
                  Florida Museum of Natural History

March 13:  Academic Session on Cybersecurity & Linux
                  Security Workshop at SF's Collaborative Learning Computer Lab
                  Dinner in downtown Gainesville

March 14:  All day Entrepreneurship Workshop at SF's Center for Innovation and Economic Development
                  Evening downtown and cultural event

March 15:  Academic Session on Cybersecurity & Linux
                  Visit local IT business partner and tour the University of Florida's Innovation Hub
                  Dinner in Downtown Gainesville

March 16:  Academic Session on Cybersecurity and Linux
                  Conversations with local IT start-up, 352 Inc
                  Evening cultural event

March 17:  SENA students and faculty leave Gainesville and return to Cartagena  

Application & Scholarships:

In order apply for this Study Abroad program and for the scholarship, please complete this online application. (Note you will need to create an account. Do not try to log in with your Santa Fe credentials).

Faculty Leaders:

Dr. Mari Jayne Frederick is Assistant Professor of Networking and Security at Santa Fe College. She earned a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami, and M.S. in Education Technology and Distance Education and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Frederick has worked in both academia and private industry. Before coming to Santa Fe, she worked for the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center as a Network Administrator for 12 years.


Dr. Vilma Fuentes is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at SF where she provides leadership for the college’s education initiatives, international partnerships, and international grants. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida in 2003 with a regional specialization in on Latin America and an M.A. in International Studies from Florida International University in 1997. Dr. Fuentes has led study abroad programs to Honduras, Guatemala, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
This program is pending approval. All figures are subject to change. For more information, contact the International Education Coordinator.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.