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In accordance with the Florida State University policy for international experiences, International Programs provides support for students who elect to earn Florida State University internship credits by interning abroad in a location other than where International Programs currently has established internship programs. Please Note: All program fees must be paid or deferred prior to program start date. (Students may also choose to intern independently in a location where International Programs has an internship program at a different time of year.) Whenever possible, we are happy to assist students by providing an International Student Identification Card, health insurance, and evacuation insurance. We also provide administrative support which includes collecting student contact information, their foreign host details, and emergency contact information. Independent Interns must apply through International Programs, as outlined on the International Programs Independent Internships website page. Please contact our internship coordinator at IP-Info@fsu.edu.

Please Note: A 60-day notice prior to the start of the internship is required.

Program Sessions

Do not purchase airline tickets until advised to do so by International Programs.

CodeTermStart DateEnd DateFeeApply
II00Fall 201608/24/1612/11/16TBD
II00Spring 201701/03/1704/28/17TBD
II00Summer 201705/01/1708/25/17TBD

Program Description

FSU IP Instruction Fee

  • $225 per credit hour for Undergraduate Students
  • $375 per credit hour for Graduate Students
  • $375 per credit hour (if graduate or undergraduate in Social Work or Education)
  • The above instruction fee does not apply to medical or law school students.

Insurance Fee

The insurance fee is $65 per month (1 month minimum). This insurance is mandatory for all independent interns and researchers, regardless of current enrollment in stateside or international health insurance.

Obtaining an ISIC card is highly recommended but not required. Students who wish to purchase an ISIC card may do so at the reception desk of International Programs, the cost of which will be at current rates (as of August 2016, the cost is $34).

Internship Coordinator

Will International Programs assist with finding housing when doing an independent internship?

No. Students are responsible for securing their own housing in the location of their independent internship

Is the insurance fee mandatory?

Yes. The insurance fee is $65 per month (1 month minimum). This insurance is mandatory for all independent interns and researchers, regardless of current enrollment in stateside or international health insurance.

Will International Programs help secure an independent internship?

No. The student is responsible for securing their own internship and the associated logistics (housing, transportation, etc.).

What does International Programs assist with during my independent internship?

International Programs helps with 24/7 emergency support both overseas and in Tallahassee, your FSU academic course registration for pre-approved credit, development of your financial aid budget, maintenance of your contact details and those your emergency contacts, which are shared with the FSU Police Department and FSU Registrar’s Office.

Why does International Programs need a copy of my passport?

IP asks for a copy of the student’s passport in case it is lost or stolen while abroad and that way you will have a tangible document to show the consulate.

Money Matters

The biggest factor in deciding when and where to study abroad is often the financial aspect. In fact, too many students assume they cannot afford to participate, missing out on an invaluable opportunity because they are not aware of alternative methods of funding. The Financial Assistance Coordinator at International Programs (IP) is dedicated to helping students through the financial aid application process by conducting financial aid workshops on a regular basis in addition to meeting personally with each student needing assistance. Students who have received some form of financial aid throughout their collegiate careers, as well as those completely new to the process, receive expert care every step of the way. We also help concerned parents! Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at their home school as early as possible. Finally, Florida State students will find additional helpful information on the FSU Financial Aid website.

Florida Bright Futures

Florida Bright Futures scholarship funds may be used toward a semester abroad. Florida Bright Futures Scholarship funds are available during the fall and spring terms only. Students must complete a FAFSA to be eligible to receive Bright Futures funds for which they qualify. If a student receives Florida Bright Futures scholarship funds and wishes to defer a portion of his or her program fees, the student must complete the fee deferment request form provided at the time of acceptance.

The Florida Department of Education website contains additional information concerning eligibility, renewal criteria, appeal processes and legislative updates. Additional information may also be available through the Florida State Office of Financial Aid.

Credit Hours Bright Futures Academic
$103 Per Credit Hour
Bright Futures Medallion
$77 Per Credit Hour
6 $618 $462
7 $721 $539
8 $824 $616
9 $927 $693
10 $1030 $770
11 $1133 $847
12 $1236 $924
13 $1339 $1001
14 $1442 $1078
15 $1545 $1155
16 $1648 $1232
17 $1751 $1309
18 $1854 1386

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Florida Prepaid

Students receiving Florida Prepaid tuition, local fees and/or dorm benefits, may defer a portion of their Program Fee against Florida Prepaid funds. Completing and submitting the fee deferment request form will allow IP to bill Florida Prepaid and apply these funds toward the program fee balance. Completion and submission of the fee deferment request form allows this process to occur.

Students may obtain the deferment form by selecting Deferment from the menu above.

To use a Florida Prepaid dorm account during a summer term, the purchaser of the Prepaid account must send a letter authorizing the use of the benefit. Letters should be mailed to: Florida Prepaid, 1804 Hermitage Blvd., Suite 210, Tallahassee, FL 32308. For more information, contact them at 1-800-552-4723.

Note: Eligibility for summer financial aid requires enrollment in at least six credits.

How much is my Florida Prepaid worth if I study abroad?

# of Credits Enrolled FPP Tuition FPP Local Fees* Dorm Rate
1 $115.08 $34.73 $3240.00
2 $230.16 $69.46 Per Term**
3 $345.24 $104.19
4 $460.32 $138.92
5 $575.40 $173.65
6 $690.48 $208.38
7 $805.56 $243.11
8 $920.64 $277.84
9 $1035.72 $312.57
10 $1150.80 $347.30
11 $1265.88 $382.03
12 $1380.96 $416.76
13 $1496.04 $451.49
14 $1611.12 $486.22
15 $1726.20 $520.95
  • * Please note the above tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.
  • ** Contact FPP for authorization instructions to use dorm account during a summer term: 850-309-1660 ext. 4134

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Scholarship & Discount Opportunities

Florida State University has joined the Generation Study Abroad campaign sponsored by the Institute for International Education, committing to a goal of doubling the number of our study abroad participants by 2020. We are proud to be part of this pledge to undertake ambitious actions in order to increase the number of students who study abroad with Florida State!

As part of this commitment, International Programs has launched a $175,000 Generation Study Abroad Scholarships program, Which includes $70,000 worth of new scholarships as well as two existing scholarships being incorporated into the Generation Study Abroad Scholarships program.

Psychology In London Scholarship

This scholarship was established to encourage participation in the FSU Psychology in London summer program. Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.25 or above may apply for this need and merit-based scholarship.

Brooks Rogers Memorial Scholarship

Florida State degree-seeking students enrolled full-time in the College of Arts & Sciences or in the College of Fine Arts, who have an overall GPA of 2.85 or above may apply for this need-based scholarship. Preference is given to students studying Art History or the Humanities.

Generation Study Abroad Critical Language Scholarship

Florida State undergraduate degree-seeking students who are majoring or minoring in Chinese or Russian, and who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above may apply for this merit-based scholarship. Scholarships are available summer sessions in Tianjin or Moscow. Amounts may be up to 50% of the program fee and are determined based on the applicant pool.

Generation Study Abroad First Generation College Student Scholarship

Florida State undergraduate degree-seeking students who are the first in their family to attend college and who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above may apply for this merit-based scholarship. Scholarships are available fall, spring, and summer sessions. Amounts may be up to 50% of the program fee and are determined based on the applicant pool.

Generation Study Abroad International Programs Achievement Scholarship

Florida State degree-seeking students with an overall GPA of 3.8 or above may apply for this merit-based scholarship, available fall, spring and summer sessions. Amounts are determined based on the applicant pool.

Generation Study Abroad International Programs Anniversary Scholarship

Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above may apply for this need and merit-based scholarship, which is intended to help increase the number of Florida State students who study abroad. Scholarships are available fall, spring, and summer sessions; and amounts are determined based on the applicant pool.

Generation Study Abroad STEM Student Scholarship

Florida State undergraduate degree-seeking students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math, and who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above may apply for this meritbased scholarship. Scholarships are available fall, spring, and summer sessions. Amounts may be up to 50% of the program fee and are determined based on the applicant pool.

Other International Programs Scholarship Opportunities

Minority Scholarship

To help more minorities study abroad, we offer a Minority Scholarship to degree-seeking Florida State ethnic minority students with an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. There are two $5,000 awards each semester, to be applied toward a fall or spring program in Florence, London, Panama City or Valencia.

Spring Break Scholarship

IP offers a limited number of scholarships for students participating in FSU IP Spring Break programs. Applicants must be Florida State degree-seeking students with an overall GPA of 3.8 or above and no demonstrated financial need or an overall GPA of 3.5 or above with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships will be up to 25% of the program fee.

William Cullen Klein Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Cullen Klein, a talented linguist double-majoring in Spanish and Chinese. His family established the scholarship in his memory to help open the world to other students through studying abroad on the FSU Tianjin summer program. Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above may apply for this merit-based scholarship.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Spring 2017 September 7, 2016
Spring Break 2017 November 2, 2016
Summer 2017 December 7, 2016
Fall 2017 April 5, 2017

Scholarships Administered by Other FSU Departments

For information about study abroad scholarships administered by other FSU departments, view the following links:

Ada Belle Winthrop-King Scholarships

Available through the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. Contact the department for guidelines.

Audrey Wilson Florence Travel Scholarships

Humanities majors participating in the Florence Program may apply for Audrey Wilson Florence Travel Scholarships. Apply through the director of the FSU humanities program Contact the Program in Interndisciplinary Humanities at 850-644-9121.

Bess Ward Honors Thesis Award

Florida State University liberal studies Honor students and Honors in the Major students may apply for a Bess Ward Honors Travel Scholarship. For more information, see the Honors Program website.

The College of Arts & Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship sponsored by the International Enrichment Fund

Available through the College of Arts and Sciences students who meet certain requirements and are attending an FSU International Program (more information available on the scholarship's website).

Scholarship List

General listing of scholarships that may be available for international study. These scholarships are available to both FSU students and Non-FSU students.

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Study Abroad Loans

Additional Discount Opportunities

Students who have completed 15 or more credit hours on programs administered by the IP office, earning at least a 3.0 average or above in course work at the international location(s), are eligible for discounts for subsequent IP programs. Discounts are $500 for summer sessions or $1,000 for fall or spring semesters. Note: These savings are built into the program fees for First Year Abroad program students.

Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute

The Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute, known as FLORICA, was created in 1986, authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1987, and formalized by an agreement signed by the State University System of Florida, the Florida Community College System and the Council of Rectors of Costa Rican Universities (CONARE). Since its beginning, FLORICA has been administered for Costa Rica by CONARE and on behalf of the State of Florida by The Florida State University and Valencia College, with co-directors appointed from each institution.

FLORICA has strong credibility both in Florida and Costa Rica as a stimulus and a catalyst. The Institute has interfaced broadly in Costa Rica with public and private institutions and agencies including all the public universities.

Costa Rican citizens who have applied and been accepted in a Florida public university or community college may apply for out-of-state tuition waivers through the Florida-Costa Rica Institute Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Program.

Co-Directors

Florida State University
Gisela R. Fisher
Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Florida State University
282 Champions Way
University Center Building A,
Office Suite A5500
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420
Phone: 850.644.7217
Fax: 850.644.8817
Email: gfisher@fsu.edu

In Partnership with Valencia College
Rocky Blesso
Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Valencia College
P.O. Box 3028
Orlando, FL 32802
Phone: 407.582.5287
Email: hblesso@valenciacollege.com

Florida-France Linkage Institute

The Florida-France Linkage Institute was created by the Legislature of the State of Florida in 1989. Over the years, the scope of activities and outreach of the Institute have grown considerably; in Florida, in France, and in the départments of the French Caribbean. The Florida-France Linkage Institute is administered by The University of South Florida in partnership with Florida State University and Miami-Dade College. The educational mission of each of these institutions lends an unusual and unique diversity to the joint co-sponsorship of the Florida-France Linkage Institute. The Florida-France Linkage Institute is supported on behalf of France by the office of the French Consulate-General in Miami.

The Florida-France Linkage Institute utilizes the resources of the State University System and the Community College System. The Institute also serves as a clearinghouse for inter-institutional and community networking to bring projects and activities to college and university campuses.

Thus, the Florida-France Linkage Institute places a high priority on its mission to serve as a facilitator for international tourism, trade, economic development, and business for the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED).

For more information about tuition waivers for the Florida-France Linkage Institute and to apply: http://www.usf.edu/world/centers/florida-france/index.aspx

Co-Directors

University of South Florida
Christine Probes
Florida-France Linkage Institute
International Affairs Center
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CPR107
Tampa, FL 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-3104
Fax: (813) 974-4613
Email: probes@usf.edu

In Partnership with Florida State University
Ceil Bare
Florida-France Linkage Institute
Florida State University
A5500 University Center
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420
Phone: (850) 644-1283
Email: cbare@fsu.edu

In Partnership with Miami-Dade College
Christina Florez
Florida-France Linkage Institute
Miami-Dade College
300 NE 2nd Ave., Room 3116
Miami, FL 33132
Phone: (305) 237-3485
Email: cflorez1@mdc.edu

Technology Fee (Not included in program fees)

Florida State assesses a technology fee which is NOT included in the International Programs fee. The technology fee rate for 2016-2017 is assessed at $5.25 per credit hour for all students, regardless of location of study.

After registration, the student must pay the applicable technology fee; this fee is paid directly to Florida State University Student Business Services. Failure to pay this fee will result in a late payment charge being assessed to the student by Florida State University Student Business Services. International Programs has no control over the fee or any associated late payment penalty.

Financial Aid and Financing Study Abroad Workshops

Financial Aid & Financing Study Abroad Workshops will be held at the Askew Student Life Center. See dates and times of workshops below. WALK-INS WELCOME!

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A, 101C Student Life Center
  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A Student Life Center
  • Tueday, October 4, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A Student Life Center
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Financial Aid Workshop 101A Student Life Center

Deferment Forms

Independent Interns & Researchers Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

Application Fee

The $100.00 application fee is due at the time of application. This fee and is nonrefundable and cannot be deferred. The application will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.

Full Program Fee

Once your application has been accepted, program fees for your independent internship are due within 1 week of receiving acceptance email and statement. It is imperative that you either pay your fee or fill out the deferment form and turn it in to IP within 1 week. Should you cancel on or prior to the due date; all cancellations must be placed in writing to administrative.cancellation@admin.fsu.edu. If you have not withdrawn from the program as of the close of business 1 week after date of admittance, you become fully liable for the entire program cost.

Non-payment may result in a hold on your student account, inability to complete your registration or cancellation of your program.

Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in an independent internship by payment or deferral within 1 week of admittance and, who have not withdrawn from the program, become fully liable for the full program fee as of the close of business on the payment due date.

Refunds of Program Fees

Refunds of program fees WILL BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:

  1. Cancellation of program by International Programs
  2. Involuntary call to active duty
  3. Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, legal guardian, spouse, child, or sibling)

Refunds of program fees will not be granted where a student becomes ineligible to participate in a program for failure to meet or maintain admission requirements.

Partial Refunds of Program Fees

Partial refunds of program fees MAY BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:

  1. Illness of the student of such duration or severity that it precludes overseas travel. The student will be required to submit all relevant medical records for review and evaluation by Florida State's University Health Services. University Health Services will advise International Programs’ refund committee of its recommendation. International Programs’ refund committee will notify the student of the decision.
  2. Exceptional circumstances that could not have been foreseen and were beyond the control of the student, as approved by the International Programs’ refund committee.
    • Timely notification in relation to the event that caused the need for withdrawal will be considered in evaluating refund requests. In no instance will a request be considered if it is made after the end of the semester for which the refund is requested.
    • Refunds cannot be granted, under any circumstances, in instances of withdrawal after a program has begun.
    • Applicants who apply and are accepted after the published due dates remain liable for fees in accordance with the published due dates.
  3. Rescission of admission by the Florida State University Office of Admission for failure to meet the conditions of one’s admission. Students whose admission offer to Florida State University is rescinded after the confirmation deposit is paid or deferred (in accordance with the due date) remain fee liable for the confirmation deposit

Submitting Withdrawals, Requests for Refunds, and Release from Fee Liability

All withdrawals, requests for refunds, and requests for release from fee liability must be submitted in writing via email to International Programs. Applicants should include their last name and program code in the subject line of the email.

Alternatively, requests can be submitted in writing to International Programs at the following postal address:

Attention: Refund Committee
Office of FSU International Programs
A5500 University Center
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062420
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420

Visa Information

Nationality, location of travel, duration and purpose of travel may determine visa requirements. All independent interns should check with the U.S. Department of State at travel.state.gov and the appropriate consulate for visa, entry and immunization requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FSU International Programs at IP-Visas@fsu.edu.

Important Dates & Documents

For Dates and Documents specific to your independent internship, please email IP-Intern@fsu.edu