Can I get college credit for my semester at Kalu Yala?

Absolutely. Over 50% of students who applied to receive college credit for their time at Kalu Yala were approved by their universities. 

Past students have earned between 3-9 academic credits for their Kalu Yala semester, from universities including:

  • University of Florida
  • Florida State University
  • ​University of Georgia
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Purdue University
  • University of North California
  • University of California
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • Colorado State University
  • Texas State University
  • University of Illinois

...and dozens more.

While we do everything we can to help our students receive academic credit, it's up to you to speak with your advisor and/or study abroad department. Here are some tips for navigating the process.

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Tips for Getting College Credit for Kalu Yala

  • Set up a meeting with your academic advisor or someone in the study abroad department at your school. They will be the best source of information on your university's policies concerning study abroad programs and receiving credit abroad.
  • Before your meeting, prepare a list of questions you'd like to ask– such as what paperwork you'll need and any deadlines for application submission.
  • Make sure to bring your desired program's syllabus to the meeting with your academic advisor and/or study abroad department. (If you don't have one yet, email us for an updated copy.) It's a good idea to have an explanation of how your chosen program fits into your academic studies, as well as a personal explanation of why you're drawn to this particular opportunity.
  • According to our alumni, it really helps to have a faculty member who is willing to speak on behalf of the program's legitimacy (especially if their field is related to your program at Kalu Yala.) So if you have a good relationship with any of your professors, print out your program syllabus and start knocking on doors!
  • If your professors, academic advisors, or study abroad office would like to learn more about the program, they're more than welcome to contact us. We have a great track record of relationships with universities and professors and are always happy to add another to the list!
  • Your professor might also be interested in learning about our annual free Professor Appreciation Week, when they're welcome to join us at Kalu Yala to learn more about our program and get involved.

We know this part isn't fun. We're here to help. 

If you have any questions, would like more information, or just need a hand kicking the process off, shoot us an email to with subject line "Getting College Credit." Remember, we're here to help!