USF World News

USF World Statement Regarding Recent Events in Paris
November 14, 2015

The University of South Florida is deeply saddened by the events in Paris on Friday, November 13. Our sympathies go out to the French people, our French community here at USF and all those who lost loved ones or were shaken by these events. While we are relieved that USF faculty, staff and students in France are unharmed, we recognize that as of Friday night the French nation is under a state of emergency. As of Monday (Nov. 16) morning, France’s businesses, tourist locations, schools and the borders are opening.  However, do plan on experiencing delays as security checks may be increased.

If you are currently traveling abroad and wish to reestablish your travel and security or seek further clarity around your current travel plans, please contact Ben Chamberlain, International Risk and Safety Officer, in USF World who will be an excellent resource for you.

Similarly, we recognize that members of the USF system community may be traveling internationally as the holidays approach and we want to reassure you that USF World monitors world events and maintains a 24/7 International Assistance Line (1-813-317-5815) for your use. You may also choose to contact Ben at and he can assist you in ensuring you have appropriately considered your safety.  As a reminder, please refer to the USF related student and business travel guidelines and services on our website.

Wishing the USF community safe travels,

Roger Brindley, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, USF World

2015 CI Day Events Completed at USF
November 3, 2015

The second annual “Confucius Institute (CI) Day” celebration was a series of events held from September 22 to 28 with great success at the University of South Florida and beyond. The total number of participants exceeded two thousand. (Read More…)

USF President Judy Genshaft Honored with Global Vision and Education Award
October 12, 2015

Next month,  USF System President Judy Genshaft will be honored for her global vision and cultural understanding at the 6th Annual Atlantic Institute Peace & Dialogue Awards Dinner, hosted by the Atlantic Institute’s Tampa Bay Branch, in partnership with the Istanbul Cultural Center at Tampa Bay.

The Peace & Dialogue Awards Dinner is an opportunity for community leaders of all cultures, backgrounds, faiths, and professions to share their views on a selected topic, this year highlighting “The Role of Education in Fostering Mutual Respect Across Global Civilizations.”

It is also the Atlantic Institute’s honor to publicly recognize influential community leaders who actively promote cultural understanding and diversity in their organizations and communities.  It is the hope that the public recognition will encourage the recipients to continue their efforts and lead others to similar activities and projects advancing a more peaceful relationship between our communities and nations.

For more information on the awards dinner, visit

Globalizing USF’s Dance Program
July 28, 2015

Help is needed for USF dance students to make the leap to China this fall after hosting Chinese dancers this spring. | Read More

12 USF Students Awarded Gilman Scholarship for Summer 2015
June 8, 2015

From Costa Rica to South Korea, 12 undergraduate students will travel to all corners of the world this summer for a range of study abroad programs after they were each awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The students will have the opportunity of a lifetime to be engaged with other cultures and languages, while furthering their studies related to each respective major. (Read More…)

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USF Engineering Student Receives NSF Fellowships
June 5, 2015

Joel Cooper, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded two prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships to conduct research in Japan.   (Read More…)