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Traveling Scholars

The Traveling Scholar program enables UCF graduate students to take advantage of special resources available on another campus that are not available at UCF. Scenarios include:

  • Special course offerings
  • Research opportunities
  • Unique laboratories
  • Library collections

General Guidelines

Requests for traveling scholar work should be made as far in advance as possible using the Traveling Scholar Form. UCF should receive the transcript from the traveling institution as soon after the term is completed as possible, to finalize the process well in advance of graduation certification.

A traveling scholar must be recommended by his or her own graduate adviser, who will initiate a visiting arrangement with the appropriate faculty member of the host institution.

A traveling scholar will normally be limited to a total of six credit hours.

Students must submit the Traveling Scholar Form prior to the add/drop period of the semester they will attend the traveling scholar institution.

Credits earned at another institution while in Traveling Scholar status will be considered resident credits and are not counted as transfer credits under the nine hour rule.

Traveling Scholar courses to be used in a graduate Plan of Study must be graduate level (5000 or higher).

Traveling Scholar credits are guaranteed to be accepted as earned UCF credits, as long as the grades obtained are B- or higher.

Students engaged in Traveling Scholar status cannot receive UCF resources such as tuition waivers to be used at the other institution.

Graduate students may not be traveling scholars in their final term. Once the student has completed the course, they must request that a transcript be sent to the UCF College of Graduate Studies. Please note that degrees cannot be certified until the final transcript is received from the Traveling Scholar institution.


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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