Florida State Programs
Students can select a program meeting either their major degree requirements or
liberal studies requirements – or in some cases both! Those requirements can be
met by attending programs during the fall, spring or summer semester at one of
our four study centers in London, England; Florence, Italy; Valencia, Spain; or
Panama City, Republic of Panama, or by participating during the summer terms in
programs in a variety of other exciting locations around the world.
All of our courses are taught in English by faculty members who are either
Florida State on-campus faculty who have traveled to teach in that location or
local experts who have been vetted and approved by Florida State academic
departments. Florida State credits are earned for all courses and are
transferable within the U.S. university system, in accordance with the student’s
home university regulations.
Whether students are taking liberal studies courses or focusing on a particular
major, their programs will include day and/or overnight trips related to their
specific course work. Learning becomes an adventure when students go on
excursions to museums, fashion events, legal and political forums, financial
institutions, or other places of business.
Because of our dedication to providing the most extensive and comprehensive
study abroad experience possible, after completing 18 credit hours through
programs, students can apply to receive a discounted fee for future programs.
Academics and Cultural Immersion
The Florida State University approach to study abroad carefully coordinates
academics and cultural immersion. Courses are taught by distinguished university
faculty and guest scholars from Florida State and the host countries; and each
program features university guided learning excursions to enhance program course
work. Our students live and study in the midst of incomparable academic
resources: local architecture, museums and libraries, plus institutions of
government, commerce, and education. While enjoying intimate small classes and
extraordinary research opportunities, they live within another culture amongst
students from all areas of Florida, our nation, and the world.
Student Support Beyond the Classroom
Florida State stands apart from other university study abroad programs because
of the personal support staff and faculty commitment to our students. Every
program begins with an on-campus orientation which includes travel, safety and
location-specific information. Staff and faculty who know the country well help
students in many ways: finding the nearest grocery or bank, getting health care,
juggling essays and field trips, riding buses in the city, or planning
Student Security Measures
The security of our students is one of our top priorities. Florida State is
among the leaders in the nation in emergency preparedness for study abroad
students. Each program and study center have emergency plans tailored to the
unique needs of the programs and their locations. Staff, faculty and resident
advisors are dedicated to the safety and well-being of our students and are in
close and regular contact with participants.