Tampa, U.S., is a great destination to pursue an academic degree, if you wish to study in a relaxed and welcoming college town, with a rich academic offer and student-friendly services. Tampa was ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the best places to be outdoors in, one of the most popular in America, and a great destination for young adults. Tampa hosts one of the best universities in the States, with study programmes covering a wide array of academic subjects. With an island lifestyle and a cosmopolitan feel, Tampa will offer you a memorable study abroad experience!
Tampa is first and foremost a business district, and industries such as finance, retail, healthcare, real estate, professional sports and tourism make a lot of the city’s economy. You can find part-time and internship opportunities during your studies in Tampa, and universities offer career fairs and recruitment options.
Several large corporations, such as banks and telecommunications companies, have regional offices in Tampa. The largest employers in Tampa include OSI Restaurant Partners, Publix Super Market, WellCare, Verizon, TECO Energy, Wal-Mart, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citi, HCA West Florida and Raymond James Financial.
Tampa also ranks as one of the most popular American cities, based on where people want to live, and that is due to the great weather here, the relaxed atmosphere, and the many cultural and outdoors opportunities.
Major tourist attractions in Tampa include: Tampa Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Tampa Museum of Art and the USF Contemporary Art Museum, the planetarium, Henry B Plant Museum, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, and Florida Aquarium.
Shopaholics and gourmands will find many reasons to visit Tampa. Some well-known shopping areas include International Plaza and Bay Street, WestShore Plaza, SoHo district, and Hyde Park Village. Tampa has a diverse culinary scene from small cafes and bakeries to bistros and restaurants with different national cuisine, like Cuban, Spanish, Italian, Puerto Rican and Vietnamese cuisine.
Tampa is ranked as a top party city in the United States and popular nightlife destinations include Channelside, Ybor City, SoHo, International Plaza and Bay Street, and Seminole Hard Rock.
Tampa has a large community of residents with European ancestry, with the most common being German, Irish, English, Italian and French. The Hispanic community is also well represented in Tampa, so you will be able to practice both your English and Spanish language within the city. Make friends of people coming from all over the United States as well as other parts of the world and begin building a lasting list of contacts that may result in priceless future business partnerships.
The harmonic diversity of Tampa is enhanced by the large gay population and a gay cultural center existent in the city.
Tampa is known for its spectacular thunderstorms during hot summer days (according to some linguist, "Tampa" means "sticks of fire" due to the frequent lightning strikes). During summer, the average temperatures reach 27°C (80.6°F), while during winter the average temperatures drop to 15°C (59°F), making the city an ideal destination for students who don’t like cold winter days.
The University of South Florida is a large, public 4-year university offering undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral level degrees. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and is ranked 45th in the nation for research expenditures among all universities, public or private.
From the gleaming minarets of Plant Hall – Tampa’s signature National Historic Landmark – to the $530 million in new facilities and technology, The University of Tampa’s globally connected campus is the beating heart of a vibrant urban oasis.
The University of South Florida's mission is to deliver competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, to generate knowledge, foster intellectual development, and ensure student success in a global environment.