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Switzerland: Leysin
Since 1970, Florida State has offered students the opportunity to discover a world of hotels, restaurants, foods, and wines in the heartland of the European hospitality industry. This unique program achieves an ideal educational balance: accelerated classroom instruction, travel, and on-site observation of industry operations. Students benefit from a myriad of professional, cultural, and recreational attractions throughout Switzerland and neighboring countries. The class schedule is structured to augment guest lectures and class meetings with course-related field trips. There is also ample time for individual and small group travel, which provides a framework for the curriculum and program learning objectives. The Burgundy and Alsatian wine regions, the French and Italian Riviera, Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich, Lucerne, and Amsterdam are a few of the destinations students often visit traveling independently.


Session CodeTermStart DateEnd DateNumber of NightsProgram FeeStatus
LE01Summer 2014May 8Jun 1235$7,480.00Closed

Eligibility
This program is open to all interested students, but is of particular interest to Hospitality majors.

Housing
Participants reside and take classes in a residential learning center. Located just above the village, the center offers comfortable shared accommodations, shared bathrooms, recreation room, dining room, and television lounge. Most bedrooms boast balconies with spectacular views. A European staff prepares and serves meals each class day.

Areas of Study:

  • European Food and Culture
  • European Lodging and Luxury Hotels
  • European Travel and Tourism
  • Managing Service Organizations

PROGRAM SPECIFIC EXCURSIONS & GROUP ACTIVITIES*
Cultural immersion/social events planned for this program may include:

  • Two night trip to Interlaken
  • Guest lectures
  • Tours of accommodations ranging from hostels to five-diamond hotels
  • Group meals in luxury restaurants
  • Tour of the Nestlé Maison Cailler chocolate factory
  • Wine-tasting, tours of wineries and vineyards
  • Wine caves exploration in Beaune, France
  • Evian resort and bottling plant visit
  • Swiss museums excursions

*Plans may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities.

FEE INCLUDES
The program fee above includes:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 9 undergraduate credits
  • Housing
  • Welcome orientation
  • All meals on class days (estimated 3 days per week)
  • Program planned excursions
  • Program planned group activities
  • Full-time academic support
  • Full-time administrative support
  • Health Insurance
  • International Student ID Card
  • IP T-shirt and travel water bottle

Not included: Round-trip international airfare; passport; Eurail pass (required); food (except as noted); books and supplies; extensive personal travel/activity/spending money; university assessed fees (e.g. per credit hour technology fee).

Course Descriptions

LE01-6-14

CourseTitleCredits
HFT3240Managing Service Organizations3
HFT4930European Food and Wine3
HFT4930European Hotel Operations3
HFT4930European Travel and Tourism3

 

*/**/***/****/^ Courses followed by these symbols denote cross listing. Students may take one or the other, but not both.

Please note: Forms and packets are currently being updated. If you do not see the forms for your program listed below, they will be posted as soon as they are complete.

General Information
General Pre-Departure Pack
First Year Abroad: General Pre-Departure Pack
Visa Information (If Applicable)
Embassy Listings for Europe
Embassy Listings for Central and South America
Embassy Listing for China

Forms for All students:
Important Forms Packet
Release of Information Form
Student Deferment Form (if applicable)

Additional Forms for Transient/Special Students:
Wellness Center Health Compliance Forms (1, 2, and 3)
Transcript Request Form

Countries requiring a visa are listed below. If the country of your program is not listed, a visa is not required for U.S. citizens. If you are an Independent Study participant or an Independent Intern please check the U.S Department of State Website to see if a visa is required. If you are a non- U.S. Citizen, please contact the appropriate consulate. If your country is listed, please read the General Information and your Site Specific Information. If you are unsure if a visa is required to participate in a program or if you have any questions, please contact the Immigration and Passport Agent, Tina Brooks.

Visa Information for all FSU IP Participants

U.S. Citizens requiring visas to participate on a program will receive guidelines and assistance from International Programs. If the country of your program is not listed below, a visa is not required for U. S. Citizens (Independent Study, Independent Internships and Non-U.S. Students need to check if a visa is required). The receipt of a visa is a privilege, not a right. Each foreign country has the right to establish its own parameters for the granting of a visa, and as an American requesting permission to enter that foreign country, you must abide by all of its requirements. IP cannot guarantee receipt of an entry visa. Immigration laws, visa requirements, and application processes vary depending on location but below are some general immigration guidelines that we ask all participants requiring a visa to follow.

  • Students planning on traveling before or after the program dates are responsible for making their own entry arrangements. It is imperative that you discuss any extended travel plans with the IP Immigration Officer, Tina Brooks, as certain countries restrict entry to dates specific to the program.
  • A visa is a seal that is affixed inside of the passport. Most students (except Panama program participants) will be required to either submit their original passport to the appropriate consulate or to International Programs in order for the visa to be processed. The passport is submitted well in advance of the program start date and may impact international travel. If you have international travel plans before the program, please contact the IP Immigration Officer, Tina Brooks.
  • Changes in immigration regulations change frequently which may affect program structure, dates, and fees.
  • Students who fail to comply with IP or host country visa processes may incur financial penalties, delayed arrivals or cancellations.
  • Students may be required to make a personal appearance at the appropriate consulate to obtain a visa.
  • Students choosing to obtain a visa independently must notify International Programs of this intention and must be aware that failure to obtain the proper entry or student visa may not release you from responsibility of the full program fees.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance which covers failure to obtain a visa. Further information is available on the Travel Insurance Review website.
  • Students under the age of 18 will be required to provide additional documentation which may include a certified copy of their birth certificate and notarized permission to travel by their parents or legal guardians. More information will be provided in the visa packet.
  • U.S. citizens living abroad- must contact the appropriate consulate for the steps to obtain necessary visas.

*For additional assistance, please contact our Passports and Immigration Officer, Tina Brooks.

Non-US Citizens

Although International Programs provides guidelines regarding the student visa process for U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens are advised to contact the appropriate consulate to learn the student visa procedures governing their nationality. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. citizens to contact our office if any information must be provided by International Programs in order for you to obtain your student visa. Any non-U.S. Citizen must contact our Passports and Immigration officer, Tina Brooks.

Specific Visa Requirements by Country

Specific visa requirements can be found below, listed by County. If the country of your program is not listed, a visa is not required for U.S. Citizens (Independent study, Independent Internships and Non-U.S. Students need to check to see if a visa is required). Visa Packets will also be linked below according to program. Visa Packets are instructions on how to apply for your visa and will also be emailed to students approximately 2 months before the start of the program. Please make sure to check your emails for important immigration related emails.

Australia: Sydney

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Sydney for the following programs: Interns

Interns will receive assistance in obtaining the visa and will receive more information once accepted into the program. The visa fee, as of today, costs around $250. (This fee is not included in the cost of the program and may change without notice). Since a visa is a seal that is affixed to the inside of the passport, all interns are required to also have a valid passport. All non-US citizens must contact International Programs before applying.

Brazil: Ourinhos

Interns will be required to obtain a visa which, as of today, costs around $250. (This fee is not included in the cost of the program and may change without notice). Interns will receive assistance in obtaining the visa but may require appearing in person to the Consulate General of Brazil in their area. Interns will receive more information upon acceptance to the program. A valid passport is required for this program.

China: Shanghai

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Shanghai for the following programs: Interns

Interns will receive assistance in obtaining the visa and will receive more information once accepted into the program. Since a visa is a seal affixed inside of a passport, your actual passport will need to be supplied to International Programs in order for the visa to be processed. This may impact any international travel plans during the months prior to the start of the program. All non-US citizens must contact International Programs before applying.

Passport Validity: Participants must hold a U.S. passport that is valid for 6 month after the end of the program and must contain at least 2 blank visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

China: Tianjin

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Tianjin, china for all programs: Summer, Fall, and Fall and Spring (2 consecutive semesters).

Students will be required to submit their passport in advance of the Tianjin Program so the visa can be affixed inside the passport. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Tianjin. If a visa is required, Non-U.S. Citizens must send original green cards, "H" visa or "F" visa. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For All Tianjin, China Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 3 consecutive empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.
  • Students with Chinese Background: Additional documentation is necessary for applications submitted for applicants with a Chinese background. Tianjin participants will need to provide name written in Chinese Characters. Applicants born in China must supply original Chinese passport to International Programs. Applicants born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must supply International Programs with a photocopy of their previous passport or other legal document, such as birth certificate issued from Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau.
Spring 2014
  • No Program Offered
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
  • Tianjin, China (Fall- 1 Semester)
  • Tianjin, China (Fall and Spring- 2 Consecutive Semesters)

England: London

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to London, England for the following programs: First Year Abroad, and Interns. Please note any program under 6 months in length does not require a visa (except London interns). Anyone interested in taking 2 consecutive semesters (not already participating in the First Year Abroad Program) will be required to obtain a visa and will need to contact International Programs.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Students will be required to apply for their visa online through the UK Border Agency Website. All students requiring a visa will be sending their actual passport to the British Consulate for processing. Processing times take a minimum of 4 weeks. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in London. If a visa is required, the processing times may take longer than 4 weeks and may require additional visa support documents. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

Passport Validity: Participants must hold a U.S. passport that is valid for 1 month after the end of the program and must contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

For First Year Abroad and Two Consecutive Semesters Abroad London Participants:

  • Visa Fee: London FYA and 2 consecutive semester participants will receive visa support but the nature of the application process requires students to apply on their own. Students will be required to apply through the UK Border Agency and send their Passports to the British Consulate. The UK Border Agency visa charge is approximately $500. This fee is not included in the London Program Fee.
  • Biometrics: One of the steps to receive the Visa will be to make an appointment for your biometrics screening (finger printing). Please note that the biometrics must be completed at a UK authorized facility and may require travel. A list of facilities will be supplied at time of Visa application with the UK Border Agency.
  • Support in the amount of $13,000: Proof of Financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank for an account either in the student’s or parents’ names. You must show that you or your parents have held the required money for a consecutive 28-day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance) ending no more than one month before your application. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.

For London Intern Participants:

  • Visa Fee: London Intern participants will receive visa support but the nature of the application process requires students to apply on their own. Students will be required to apply through BUNAC and the UK Border Agency and send their Passports to the British Consulate. The cost to apply and obtain entry clearance is £194.00 (about $310.00). Additionally, the BUNAC program fee is $750.This fee is not included in the London Program Fee.
  • Biometrics: One of the steps to receive the Visa will be to make an appointment for your biometrics screening (finger printing). Please note that the biometrics must be completed at a UK authorized facility and may require travel. A list of facilities will be supplied at time of Visa application with the UK Border Agency.
  • Financial Support: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of a recent back statement showing proof of sufficient funds- $1,500 (paid internship) $2,500 (unpaid internship).
Spring 2014
  • London, England (Interns)
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
  • London, England (First Year Abroad)
  • London, England (Interns)

Italy: Florence

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Florence for the following programs: Fall, Spring, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns. Please note any program under 90 days in length does not require a visa.

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Florence for the following programs: Fall, Spring, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns. Please note any program under 90 days in length does not require a visa.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Florence. If a visa is required, the application will be handled in the same manner for non-US citizens as for US citizens. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For all Florence Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of the program is required. The passport must also contain at least 2 blank visa pages. The last 3 pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

For Spring, Fall, First Semester or Interns:

  • Financial Support in the amount of $4,500: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank from an account either in the student’s and parents’ names. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.

For First Year Abroad Student ONLY:

  • Financial Support in the amount of $14,000: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank from an account either in the student’s and parents’ names. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2014
  • Florence, Italy (First Year Abroad)
  • Florence, Italy (Semester Students, Interns and First Semester Abroad)

Republic of Panama: Panama City

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Panama City, Republic of Panama for the following programs: Fall, Spring, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns. Please note any program under 90 days in length do not require a visa.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Panama participants will not be required to hand in their passport before the program since the application for a visa is completed after arrival in Panama. Even though the visa is applied for in country, visa documents are required to be turned in to International Programs prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Panama. If a visa is required, the application will be handled in the same manner for non-US citizens as for US citizens. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For all Panama Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.
  • Local Police Background Check and State Apostille Certification: A local notarized criminal background check will be required with State Apostille Certification. Apostille requirements differ according to state but are usually quick with processing (2-14 business days) and inexpensive ($3-$25). More information will be provided in Visa Packet.
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2014
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students, Interns and First Year Abroad)

Russian: Moscow

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Moscow, Russia for the following programs: Summer. Please note any Russian program, for any length of time requires a visa for U.S. Citizens.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Students will be required to submit their passport in advance of the Moscow Program so the visa can be affixed inside the passport. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Moscow. Non-U.S. citizens must provide a copy of their U.S. Resident Alien Card (also known as "Green Card"), or a copy of their valid U.S. visa. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For All Moscow, Russia Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 18 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.
  • HIV Test Results: Recent HIV test results is required in order to receive a Russian visa. This fee is not included in program fees, approximately $25. You can choose for the results to remain confidential when submitting to International Programs.
Spring 2014
  • No Program Offered for Spring
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
  • No Program Offered for Fall

Spain: Valencia

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Valencia, Spain for the following programs: Fall, Spring, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns. Please note any program under 90 days in length does not require a visa.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Students will be required to submit their passport in advance of the Valencia Program so the visa can be affixed inside the passport. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program. Additional Visa documentation will be required for participants under the age of 18.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Valencia. If a visa is required, the application will be handled in the same manner for non-US citizens as for US citizens. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For all Valencia Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

For Spring, Fall, First Semester or Interns:

  • Financial Support in the amount of $2,000: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank from an account either in the student’s and parents’ names. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.

For First Year Abroad Student ONLY:

  • FBI Background with Federal Apostille Certification: Student visa regulations require an FBI background check with Federal Apostille Certification as part of the visa application. Processing times for these two items can total up to 9 weeks. We strongly encourage all interested students to begin the background check process immediately, even if you are not absolutely certain you will participate. Additionally, the applicant must request that the FBI background check be prepared a certain way so that it may then be mailed to the U.S. Department of State’s Authentication offices to obtain apostille certification. An Apostille Certification is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law. FSU IP has prepared two packets detailing the processes to obtain both of these necessary documents:
  • Financial Support in the amount of $6000: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of financial aid award letters or an original, recent bank statement from the student or their parents/ legal guardians. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.
Spring 2014
  • Valencia, Spain (Semester Students, Interns)
Summer 2014
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2014
  • Valencia, Spain (First Year Abroad)
  • Valencia, Spain (Semester Students, Interns and First Semester Abroad)

Important Dates and Deadlines

Note: Students who apply on or before the deadline will receive a $100 reduction of the program fee. This does not apply to First Year Abroad (FYA) students.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014    
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 09/11/2013 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 09/11/2013 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 09/11/2013  
Confirmation deposit due (except interns, see below) Wednesday, 09/25/2013 $1500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1500
Important forms due Wednesday, 09/25/2013
Full payment due Wednesday, 10/23/2013

*After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns. The application deadline for First Year Abroad may be viewed here. Payment information for First Year Abroad students may be viewed here.

Spring Break Programs 2014

Spring Break Programs 2014
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 11/06/2013 $100
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 11/06/2013  
Confirmation deposit due (except interns, see below) Wednesday, 11/20/2013 $500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1500
Important forms due Wednesday, 11/20/2013
Full payment due Wednesday, 12/11/2013  

*After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns. The application deadline for First Year Abroad may be viewed here. Payment information for First Year Abroad students may be viewed here.

Summer 2014

Summer 2014
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 12/04/2013 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 12/04/2013 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 12/04/2013
Confirmation deposit due (except interns and Oxford Law, see below) Wednesday, 01/15/2014 $1500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1500
Oxford Law confirmation deposit due Wednesday, 04/02/2014 $1500
Important forms due Wednesday, 01/15/2014
Full payment due (Oxford Law, see below) Wednesday, 02/19/2014  
Oxford Law full payment due Thursday, 05/01/2014
Orientation Meeting TBA, late March/early April

*After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns. The application deadline for First Year Abroad may be viewed here. Payment information for First Year Abroad students may be viewed here.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 04/02/2014 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 04/02/2014 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 04/02/2014
First Semester Abroad and First Year Abroad application deadline Thursday, 05/01/2014
First Semester Abroad and First Year Abroad confirmation deposit deadline Thursday, 05/01/2014 $2,500
Confirmation deposit due (except FSA, as above and interns, as below) Wednesday, 05/14/2014 $1,500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1500
Important forms due Wednesday, 05/14/2014
Full payment due Wednesday, 06/11/2014
Orientation Meeting TBA, mid-March

*After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns. The application deadline for First Year Abroad may be viewed here. Payment information for First Year Abroad students may be viewed here. FYA student have no application fee. FSA students receive the $100 early application discount if they apply by the end of April 15.

Spring 2015

Spring 2015
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 09/10/2014 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 09/10/2014 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 09/10/2014
Confirmation deposit due (except interns, see below) Wednesday, 09/24/2014 $1,500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1500
Important forms due Wednesday, 09/24/2014
Full payment due Wednesday, 10/22/2014

*After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns. The application deadline for First Year Abroad may be viewed here. Payment information for First Year Abroad students may be viewed here.

Spring Break Programs 2015

Spring Break Programs 2015
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 11/05/2014 $100
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 11/05/2014
Confirmation deposit due (except interns, see below) Wednesday, 11/19/2014 $1,500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1500
Important forms due Wednesday, 11/19/2014
Full payment due Wednesday, 12/10/2014
 

*After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns. The application deadline for First Year Abroad may be viewed here. Payment information for First Year Abroad students may be viewed here.

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 of failing to explore 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 at finaid.fsu.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 2013-2014 is assessed at $5.25 per credit hour for all students, regardless of location of study.

After registration, the student must go to www.fees.fsu.edu to pay the applicable technology fee; this fee is paid directly to Florida State University Student Financial Services. Failure to pay this fee will result in a late payment charge being assessed to the student by Florida State University Student Financial Services (http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/SFS-For-Students/Payments/Late-or-Non-Payment). International Programs has no control over the fee or any associated late payment penalty.

Financial Aid and Financing Study Abroad Workshops, Spring Semester 2014

Financial Aid and Financing Study Abroad Workshops, Spring Semester 2014

Financial Aid & Financing Study Abroad Workshops will be held at the Student Life Building, room 101. See dates and times of workshops below. WALK-INS WELCOME!


  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 04, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Financial Aid

Understanding the Financial Aid Process for FSU Study Abroad Students

We know the financial aid process can be very confusing and somewhat overwhelming. We created this document to provide you with step-by-step guidance and we have a member of staff who specializes in financial aid for study abroad students, so if this document does not address your questions, please feel free to contact Rod Mack at IP-financialaid@admin.fsu.edu.

For non-FSU students, there are many helpful tips in this document that may apply to the financial aid process at your school. Page 6 of this document relates specifically to you. Please feel free to review the entire document, paying close attention to page 6.

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

The first step of the process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. This form is required to apply for federal, state, and/or Institutional grants, work study or loans. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal Stafford Loans, Florida Bright Futures, and Florida State University Grants. Basically, if you hope to obtain any financial assistance, this is the starting point.

Students and parents establish unique PIN numbers through the FAFSA process or online at http://www.pin.ed.gov. This allows you to sign the FAFSA online through the use of a federal PIN.

FSU’s school code is 001489.

Students must complete the appropriate FAFSA. You will need a copy of your tax return for the year before or an accurate estimation of the previous year’s earnings to complete the application. If you have not completed your taxes for an upcoming fall/spring term you may estimate your figure. Those who wish to receive financial aid for the summer semester will be required to submit additional paperwork during the school year (see Step 6 below).

IP TIP #1: Make sure you use the correct URL (use the .gov suffix, NOT .com).

IP TIP #2: Apply Early! It’s important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 each year. Some types of aid are limited in funding. In order to be considered for ALL types of aid, do the FAFSA early. You can complete the FAFSA before you apply for FSU admission. You can complete the FAFSA using ESTIMATED federal tax data. You may be asked to provide an IRS-issued tax transcript.

Step 2: Learn all you can about the various types of aid available

Following is a list of links that provide a wealth of information about financial aid:

Federal Aid: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp

Federal Student Aid Guide: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html (available in English or Spanish)

State of Florida Aid for Florida Residents (including Bright Futures):
http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/home/ProgramsOffered.htm and
http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/home/ApplyHere.htm

Private Scholarships – We encourage all students to research scholarship opportunities. International Programs Scholarships information about study abroad scholarships is available here: http://international.fsu.edu/Students/Prospective/College/Scholarships.aspx

Step 3: Complete FSU Office of Financial Aid Paperwork

Once the FAFSA has been completed and submitted (using the FSU school code 001489), the Office of Financial Aid will receive your data and package you with an award. Some students are selected for a verification process and will need to complete additional documentation at the school level.

Prior to departure, you MUST monitor your financial aid file to view outstanding documents that may be required to complete your financial aid file at the school and avoid financial aid disbursement delays. You may also review disbursement data while you are abroad by utilizing this portal -- sign into Blackboard @ FSU: https://campus.fsu.edu. (This portal requires your FSUID and password. If you have not activated your FSUID, you must first be admitted to FSU, and then activate your FSUID: https://apps.oti.fsu.edu/FSUID/jsp/fsuidActivate.jsp).

Within Blackboard @ FSU, view the Secure Apps tab, then review the Financial Aid Student Toolkit link. Make certain you are viewing your most current Financial Aid Profile within the Financial Aid Student Toolkit; Should you need to submit outstanding documents, these items will be listed on this page under the Alert tab. Follow the prompts and submit the documents listed to complete your financial aid file at the school level.

  • Stafford Loan. If you wish to receive a Stafford Loan you must accept the loans offered within the Student Financial Aid Toolkit. To allow disbursement of loans, you must have the “Account Refund Setup” complete, take the online Loan Entrance Counseling and submit the Master Promissory Note, both of which may be accessed through www.studentloans.gov. Login using the student’s FAFSA pin number. If you do not complete these items, your Stafford Loans will not disburse. Stafford Loans will automatically be offered after completion of the FAFSA application. You must accept the amount of loans you wish to receive by entering the dollar amount and clicking the SAVE CHANGES button below your awards in the student toolkit. (If you do not want to receive these funds, you do not have to accept the loans and you may decline/zero out the loans.)
  • Parent PLUS Loan. Parents wishing to take an additional loan to assist students with costs must visit www.studentloans.gov and apply. Parent Plus loans are credit-based loans and the parent is the borrower. Parents must complete a Parent Authorization Statement to authorize disbursement to either the parent (by check) or student (by either check or EFT funds to the student’s FSUCard account): http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/FSF-For-Students/Forms/Parent-PLUS-Loan­ Disbursement-Authorization-Stateement-PAS. PLUS loans will disburse with the University’s normal financial aid on the second week of main campus classes. Once complete, fax or mail the form to Student Financial Services, A1500 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2394, fax 850.644.5142. For more information visit: http://financialaid.fsu.edu/aid/loans/Plus.html or 850.644.5716.
IP TIP #3: Any document submitted to the Office of Financial Aid must be signed and have your SSN or FSUSN on it.

IP TIP #4: Keep your own financial aid file. Keep copies of everything you ever submit to the Office of Financial Aid. If you speak to someone in the Office of Financial Aid, make a note of the date, time, and person with whom you spoke.

IP TIP #5: Monitor your financial aid status at campus.fsu.edu through Blackboard @ FSU, by viewing the Secure Apps tab, and then clicking on the Financial Aid Student Toolkit. Students must be admitted to FSU before any awards can be made.

IP TIP #6: Be patient. The financial aid process takes a lot of time but it does work if you carefully follow all the required steps. Don’t be afraid to contact Rod Mack in our office (IP-financialaid@admin.fsu.edu or 800.374.8581) or a representative in the Office of Financial Aid. There are no dumb questions!

Step 4: Disbursement

All students must complete the Account Refund Setup (ARS) in order to receive any type of aid (including all scholarships). This form may be completed and submitted online at campus.fsu.edu through Blackboard @ FSU, by viewing the Secure Apps tab, and then clicking on the Account Refund Setup link.

When distribution of financial aid occurs, current term fees owed to the university will be paid; if there is an excess of funds remaining (after the current term fees are settled in full along with any additional fees that may be owed to the University) funds will be disbursed to the student according to the completion of the “Account Refund Setup” form--either electronically to the FSUCard SunTrust account (see below for setup instructions) or by paper check sent via U.S. mail.

Again, financial aid will disburse (each semester) approximately on the 10th day of main campus classes. Your aid will be disbursed in one of two ways:

  1. By electronic funds transfer to your FSUCard with SunTrust Bank or;
  2. By check (checks are mailed to the “local” address you have on file with the Office of the Registrar).

Should you choose to have funds disbursed via the electronic funds transfer method, you must activate your SunTrust account on campus (next door to the FSUCard center). This account must be opened at the SunTrust branch on FSU campus. Students are not able to select any other banking institution other than SunTrust for the FSUCard electronic funds transfer process. Should you fail to activate your SunTrust account prior to departure please know you will experience a delay with receiving your financial aid funds as additional steps will be required and time zone differences often slow down the process. (Should you find yourself in this situation, you must contact SunTrust on campus in order to have the required account opened; a companion card along with a pin number will then be issued from SunTrust and must be mailed to a U.S. address). Prior to departure you may find it helpful to speak with SunTrust and order an alternate debit card, as the FSUCard may not work for all purchases abroad. You may contact SunTrust at 850-561-9171.

Should you choose to have your financial aid funds disbursed by check via U.S. mail, you will need to make certain the address listed under your “local” address within Blackboard is the address to which you would like your financial aid check mailed. To review the address that will be used for this purpose, visit Blackboard @ FSU (campus.fsu.edu), view the Secure Apps tab, and then click on the My Address link. Should you wish to update or change the address listed within the “local” tab you may do so by completing the steps indicated on the update button next to the local address.

You may read additional detailed information regarding disbursement procedures at the Office of Student Financial Services website here: http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/SFS-For-Students.

IP TIP #7: Designate your disbursement method! If you do not complete the “Account Refund Setup” form and do not select one of the disbursement options, your funds will not disburse.

Step 5: International Programs Deferment Process, Payments, and Florida Prepaid

We allow FSU students to defer payment to International Programs until Student Financial Services disburses financial aid each term. It is important for any student anticipating receiving financial aid to submit an IP Deferment Form (itemizing the type of aid and the dollar amounts per term) in order to delay your payment until the financial aid disburses each term.

With the completion of the deferment form you will have the choice to “delay” paying the confirmation and/or the final payment. In order to defer payment your financial aid award amount must meet or exceed the amount of the confirmation deposit ($1500) or be sufficient to cover the program cost for the term. Students may pay the confirmation deposit and defer the remaining balance, as long as the aid meets or exceeds the balance. Once a student has submitted a deferment form, they become fee liable in accordance with our fee liability policy (http://www.international.fsu.edu/Students/Admitted/Refund.aspx), even if they decide to cancel from the program.

The IP Deferment Form will be provided in your acceptance email when you are admitted. This form also requires that you submit debit or credit card information, to ensure International Programs will be paid should you fail to complete your financial aid file, should you decide you are not going to take out financial aid to settle your balance or should your aid disbursed not cover your balance owed. Once all the information is completed on the deferment form, you must have this form notarized. In order to have your form notarized you must appear in person before the notary and sign the document in front of the notary. If students are on campus, International Programs can assist with notarizing your form at no cost. Filling out the deferment form does not alter dates of fee liability; it only allows the payment to be deferred until the indicated financial aid is disbursed each term. Financial aid disbursement occurs each semester for the current term and deferred fees are posted to the student’s FSU account (viewable online) shortly before financial aid disbursement occurs each semester.

Florida Prepaid recipients should complete and submit the deferment form and indicate each term the anticipated amount of credit hours of enrollment along with the type of plan held (i.e, tuition, local, dorm). This will allow International Programs to bill Florida Prepaid directly each term. Should you wish to utilize the dorm payment during the summer term a letter must be mailed (from the purchaser of the account) to Florida Prepaid authorizing the use of the benefit (this is not required for fall or spring semesters). The letter should be mailed to: Florida Prepaid, 1804 Hermitage Blvd., Suite 210, Tallahassee, FL 32308. After you’ve mailed the authorization letter to Florida Prepaid you may want to phone their office to confirm receipt and request the required form letter issued to you from their office; 850-309-1660 ext. 4134. This process is required for the summer dorm payment to be issued to International Programs.

For further assistance with the financial aid process and deferments please contact Rod Mack at 850-644-7822 or IP-financialaid@admin.fsu.edu Monday to Friday from 8:00pm to 5:00pm EST.

Step 6: Summer Financial Aid Process

The FAFSA you complete for a fall and spring term will be applicable for the following summer term. However, there is a separate summer financial aid application which must be filed with the FSU Office of Financial Aid but is usually not available until sometime between late December and late January. Students must meet the minimum of six credits hours required to receive financial aid during the summer. These six hours may be taken at more than one location during more than one term as long as the total number of summer credits is at least six (6). If the number of credit hours does not reach six hours until the second summer session, aid will not disburse until that session. In other words, if a student takes 3 credits during the first London term, and 3 credits during Summer C in Tallahassee, aid will not disburse until the disbursement date for Summer C.

The summer application can be accessed via campus.fsu.edu through Blackboard @ FSU, by viewing the Secure Apps tab, and then clicking on the Financial Aid Student Toolkit. International Programs will email students when the summer application is made available and may be completed within the student’s toolkit.

The disbursement process for summer aid is the same as for fall and spring semesters. Pell Grant, Bright Futures and many other grant funds are not available during summer terms, regardless of location.

Step 7: Technology Fees, Drop/Add, and Bright Futures

With the exception of the technology fee, all fees assessed during the study abroad program will be done so through the International Programs Office and may be paid directly to International Programs as specified in the applicable payment deadlines (http://www.international.fsu.edu/Students/Important-Dates.aspx). Deferred fees will be placed on the FSU account (viewable online) the day before financial aid disbursement occurs each term. This enables disbursed financial aid to go toward paying the current term fees owed to International Programs or other University debts (i.e. parking tickets, library fines, and technology fees). Any excess aid will then be disbursed to the student according to the indicated method within “Account Refund Setup” feature as described above in Step 4.

The technology fee is a centrally administered fee based on the number of credit hours taken each term. The rates for the 2013-14 year have not yet been set, but they will likely be around $6 per credit hour. This fee should be paid directly to Student Financial Services (either online via www.fees.fsu.edu or by way of paper check to their office at A1500 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2394. Always include the student name and FSUSN on payment remittance). Online payment remittance will clear through the system immediately; if a paper check is being sent, of course you will have to be mindful of the mail time. Failure to pay the technology fee by the deadline could result in your being charged a $100 late fee. The deadline for the technology fee payment is the same as the campus tuition payment deadline found online on SFS’s website http://controller.vpfa.fsu.edu/Student-Financial-Services/SFS-For-Students. Please make certain to view this deadline date and settle the technology fee prior to this date to avoid any late payment assessment.

It is important to note that the technology fee amount due will change if students drop or add the total number of credit hours for which they are registered.

Bright Futures amounts are determined based on the number of credit hours enrolled per semester. If a student drops any credit hours after financial aid has disbursed, the student will be required to repay the Bright Futures scholarship for the appropriate number of credit hours. (If the student completes an even ‘swap’ -drops a class and adds a different class with the same number of credit hours - there is no change to the fee liability.)


Financial Aid Procedures for Non-FSU Study Abroad Students

Non-FSU students may qualify to receive financial aid, but you must contact your home school’s financial aid department to learn exactly how your school handles your request. Upon your request, your home school may initiate a Consortium Agreement with FSU.

The Consortium Agreement allows your home school to award financial aid even though you are registered for classes at a different school. It must be signed by both the home school financial aid office and the host school (FSU) financial aid office. Your home school financial aid office must send this agreement to the FSU Office of Financial Aid via fax (850.644.6404), attention: Financial Aid Special Programs Coordinator, or by mail, attention: Financial Aid Study Abroad Coordinator, FSU, A4400 UCA, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2430. Your home school financial aid office may require of the International Programs Office written proof of acceptance to our Program and verification of your enrollment. You must notify us, in writing, of anything your home school may require of this office in order for them to process your financial aid.

Non-FSU students must check with their home institution to determine which types of aid may or may not be used for overseas study with Florida State University but, in general, non-FSU students may not use tuition waivers (in/out of state) and College Work Study.

Non-FSU students may be eligible to defer up to 50% of the Program Fees, excluding the application fee, so long as sufficient aid has been awarded to cover the requested deferment amount.

Non-FSU students who wish to defer fees must:

  1. Pay 50% of the Program Fee due (within the published deadline).
  2. Read, understand, sign, have notarized, and return to the International Programs Office the Program Fee Deferment Request form. This form will obligate you to a financial liability if you withdraw from the Program after a certain date and/or insufficient aid is available to cover your deferred fees. Up to 50% of your program fee may be deferred on the basis of your anticipated financial aid award. The fee deferment request form must be completed, notarized, and on file with International Programs before any deferment of fees will be granted.

Non-FSU students should check with their home school financial aid office to learn how their aid will be disbursed.

Non-FSU students should contact their home school financial aid office if you have questions.

While the majority of this document deals with FSU’s process for students applying for financial aid and studying abroad, it is important to note that completing the FAFSA becomes the first step for all students in getting qualified for financial aid. Your home school may have similar processes in place as does FSU so the sooner you know about how your school’s Financial Aid office handles financial aid requests for students studying abroad, the sooner you can get the financial aid process working for you.

Quick Links

Scholarships

Scholarship and Discount Opportunities

Scholarships
International Programs is pleased to offer over $130,000 worth of scholarships annually.
Note: Availability of all scholarships will be subject to funding.

International Programs Anniversary Scholarship
In honor of our 50th Anniversary in 2007, International Programs established a scholarship fund of $75,000 with the intention of increasing the number of Florida State students who study abroad. Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better may apply for this need and merit-based scholarship. Scholarships will be available fall, spring and summer sessions.

International Programs Achievement Scholarship
International Programs offers $20,000 annually to the creme de la creme of the FSU student body. Florida State degree-seeking students who have an overall GPA of 3.8 or better may apply for this merit-based scholarship. Scholarships will be available fall, spring, and summer sessions.

International Programs Spring Break Program Scholarship
International Programs offers a limited number of scholarships for high achieving students participating on FSU International Programs spring break programs. Applicants must be Florida State degree-seeking students with an overall GPA of 3.8 or better and no demonstrated financial need OR an overall GPA of 3.5 or better with demonstrated financial need. Scholarships will be awarded in denominations up to 25% of the program fee.

Minority Scholarship
Nationally, less than twenty percent of those who study abroad are minority students. In an effort to help more minorities study abroad, the Florida State University has offered a Minority Scholarship for over twenty years. Florida State degree-seeking ethnic minority students with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better may apply for the Minority Scholarship. This scholarship can be applied toward a fall and spring semesters in Florence, London, Panama City or Valencia.

Psychology in London Program Scholarship
This new scholarship was established to encourage more FSU Psychology majors to participate in the Psychology in London program. Each scholarship will be $2000, and there may be more than one award each summer. This scholarship is need- and merit-based, and is available for FSU students participating on the summer Psychology in London program.

Spring Break Programs Scholarship
We have recently begun offering spring break programs, which are short trips that complement a course being offered in Tallahassee during the spring semester. An increasing percentage of students are only able to go abroad for a short period of time, and we want to encourage students to participate on these new programs. We are offering scholarships worth up to 25% of the program fee for FSU degree-seeking students who have a 3.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need, or who have a 3.8 GPA with no demonstrated need.

William Cullen Klein Memorial Scholarship
This new 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 by studying abroad. FSU International Programs will determine the amount of each scholarship; this scholarship is merit-based, and is available for FSU student participating on the summer Tianjin program.

Multi-Term Discount
Students who have completed 15 or more credit hours on programs administered by the International Programs Office, with a 3.0 average or greater in course work at the international location(s), are eligible for discounts for subsequent IP programs. Scholarships are $500 for summer sessions or $1,000 for fall or spring semesters. These savings have already been built into the program fees for First Year Abroad Program students.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:
Deadlines:
Spring 2014: September 11, 2013
Spring Break 2014: November 6, 2013
Summer 2014: December 4, 2013
Fall 2014: April 2, 2014


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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 shawkeswood@fsu.edu or 850-644-9121.

Bess Ward Honors Travel Scholarship:
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 Blackboard site.

College of Arts and Sciences International Enrichment Fund Scholarship:
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. Download list here.

Scholarships may be available for students participating in the International Affairs (England) and the Policy Studies (Croatia) specialized programs. Please contact the program leaders for further information or email International Programs at intprog1@admin.fsu.edu.

Related Materials

Financial Aid Procedures
Financial Aid Tips
FSU Financial Aid Office

External Links

Study Abroad Loans

Florida Prepaid

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 online: http://www.international.fsu.edu/Students/Prospective/College/Deferment.aspx.

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 850-309-1660 ext. 4134.

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

How much is my Florida Prepaid worth if I study abroad?  The following rates are effective as of Fall 2013: 

# Credits Enrolled

FPP Tuition

FPP Local Fees*

Dorm Rate

1

$121.64

$31.05

$2475.00

2

$243.28

$62.12

Per term*

3

$364.92

$93.15

 

4

$486.56

$124.20

 

5

$608.20

$155.25

 

6

$729.84

$186.30

 

7

$851.48

$217.35

 

8

$973.12

$248.40

 

9

$1094.76

$279.45

 

10

$1216.40

$310.50

 

11

$1338.04

$341.55

 

12

$1459.68

$372.60

 

13

$1581.32

$403.65

 

14

$1702.96

$434.70

 

15

$1824.60

$465.75

 

16

$1946.24

$496.80

 

17

$2067.88

$527.85

 

18

$2189.52

$558.90

 

Quick Links

Financial Aid Office www.finaid.fsu.edu
Deferment Forms (applicable to admitted students only)
Florida Bright Futures www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf
Florida Prepaid www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf

*Contact FPP for authorization instructions to use dorm
account during a summer term: 850-309-1660 ext. 4134

Bright Futures

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, www.finaid.fsu.edu.

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

 

Quick Links
Financial Aid Office www.finaid.fsu.edu
Deferment Forms (applicable to admitted students only)
Florida Bright Futures www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf
Florida Prepaid http://www.florida529plans.com/main/contact.html

Information for Non-FSU Students

Financial aid
Students who receive financial aid should meet with their financial aid office and discuss plans to study abroad with Florida State. Additional loan monies may be available because the estimated cost of attendance to study abroad is generally higher than studying at the home campus. Most schools require a consortium agreement be signed by the host school (Florida State). Obtain this from the home school and send it to The Florida State University International Programs, A5500 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420. We will obtain the necessary signature and return it promptly to the student’s home school. Please read our financial aid procedures: international.fsu.edu/Students/Prospective/College/Financial_Aid.aspx.

For over fifty years, The Florida State University's International Programs has been committed to providing an extensive academic and cultural experience that enriches the lives of our students. It has always been our policy to put students' safety first.  Our highest priority is the welfare and security of our students.  We make every effort to facilitate a secure and rewarding learning environment. Students venture abroad to experience other cultures, and to gain a deeper appreciation of their role as American citizens in the world. FSU International Programs is fully committed to helping students realize these aspirations.

Our year-round programs are administered by permanent resident staff members who are sensitive to the unique needs of American students. Program directors maintain contact with our Tallahassee office, local authorities, and United States officials, both at home and abroad.

Each program holds regular meetings of students and staff in which safety procedures and precautions are detailed and re-emphasized.   Each has an Emergency Plan designed specifically for it.  Plans include details about local health care facilities, meeting points and procedures, and contingency plans and funds should it ever become necessary to evacuate our students.

All participants on overseas programs—students, faculty and staff—are advised to monitor and follow all US State Department announcements and travel advisories.  Students are reminded to inform center directors of the details of their independent travel, heed US State Department announcements and travel advisories, and take relevant US Embassy/Consulate contact information with them.



If you do not see your fee liability listed below, please reference the "General Fee Liability" accordion.

General Fee Liability (includes FSA)

Application Fee:
The $100 application fee is nonrefundable.

Confirmation Deposit:
The $1500 confirmation deposit is refundable until the close of business on the deposit’s due date. If an applicant has paid the deposit or been granted a deferred payment plan for the deposit and has not withdrawn from a program as of the close of business on the deposit due date, the applicant becomes fully liable for the confirmation deposit.

Full Program Fee:
Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in the program by payment or by deferral of the confirmation deposit and who have not withdrawn from the program as of the full payment due date become fully liable for the full program fee as of the close of business on the full 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 the 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)

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.
    • 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

First Year Abroad (FYA) Fee Liability

Confirmation Deposit: 
The confirmation deposit is refundable until the close of business on the deposit’s due date.  If an applicant has been granted a deferred payment plan for the deposit and has not withdrawn from the program as of the close of business on the deposit due date, the applicant becomes fully liable for the confirmation deposit.

Program Fee:

  • Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in the program by payment or by deferral of the confirmation deposit and who have not withdrawn from the program as of the 1st payment due date become fully liable for the program fee as of the close of business on the 1st payment due date.
  • Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent of continued participation in the program by payment or deferral of the confirmation deposit and participation in the first semester of the program, and who have not provided written notice of their intent to withdraw from the program at least sixty days in advance of the beginning of any subsequent semester remain fully liable for all remaining program fees.

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 the 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)

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 precludes overseas travel. The student will be required to submit all relevant medical records for review and evaluation by FSU’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 has been 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.
    • 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

Tuition Policy for Out-of-state students: 
Upon completion of a minimum of 36 FSU credit hours at their European or Panama IP study center with an FSU GPA of 3.0 or better, out-of-state students will be assessed in-state tuition rates for the remainder of their first undergraduate degree at FSU in Tallahassee. This arrangement is contingent upon the student remaining in good academic and judicial standing throughout their FSU career. Students must attend consecutive semesters without interruption (summer terms excluded), progressing toward their degree completion, and staying "on map".

Independent Interns and Researchers Fee Liability

Due Dates:

  • Application Fee: The $100.00 application fee is due at the time of application and is nonrefundable.
  • Full Program Fee: Must be received by International Programs no later than 30 days in advance of the start of your program. Failure to remit the fee or complete appropriate deferral will result in your cancellation from the program.
  • If you cancel within 30 days before the start of your program, you will be liable for the entire program fee.
  • Students who submit applications after the published payment due dates remain liable for fees as outlined above.

Fee Liability And Refund Policy

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 the 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)
    • 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.
    • 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

Internship Fee Liability

Application Fee:
The $250 application fee is nonrefundable.

Confirmation Deposit:
The $1,500 confirmation deposit is refundable until the close of business on the deposit’s due date. If an applicant has paid or been granted a deferred payment plan for the deposit and has not withdrawn from a program as of the close of business on the deposit due date, the applicant becomes fully liable for the confirmation deposit.

Full Program Fee:
Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in the program by payment or by deferral of the confirmation deposit and who have not withdrawn from the program as of the full payment due date become fully liable for the full program fee as of the close of business on the full payment due date.

Upon notification of acceptance to The Florida State University International Programs Internship Program, the applicant will receive an Internship Agreement which details the terms and conditions of the Internship.

Fees will be fully refunded if The Florida State University International Programs is unable to notify the intern of a potential placement by 60 days prior to the start of the program, provided all application materials are received by the application deadline. Program fees will be fully refunded if International Programs is unable to notify the intern of placement by the placement notification deadline as stated in the Internship Agreement. The structure of internships is dependent upon immigration laws of the host country. Thus, the structure and dates of each program are subject to change.

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 the 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)
  4. 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 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 a request for a refund. In no instance will a refund request be considered if it is made after the end of the semester for which the refund has been requested.
      • Refunds cannot be granted in instances where withdrawal occurs after a program has begun.
      • 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 International Programs
    A5500 University Center 282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062420
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420

Spring Break Fee Liability

Application Fee:
The $100 application fee is nonrefundable.

Confirmation Deposits:
A $500 confirmation deposit is refundable until the close of business on the deposit’s due date. If an applicant has paid the deposit and has not withdrawn from the program as of the close of business on the deposit due date, the applicant becomes fully liable for the confirmation deposit.

Full Program Fee:
The non-refundable final payment is due by the close of business on the full payment due date. Program applicants demonstrate their final intent to participate in the program by payment of the final balance. Students who have not paid in full or withdrawn from the program as of the full payment due date will be cancelled from the program with no refund of confirmation deposits.

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 the 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)

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.
    • 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

Admission Criteria
Priority is given to students with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. Students below the minimum standard may petition for admission. Both in-state and out-of-state students may be eligible, but preference is given to students who are enrolled in The Florida State University and other State of Florida universities. Program enrollment is limited. Early application is advisable. Non-Florida State college students must submit official transcripts to the Office of International Programs (IP).

To apply for a specific program, you must first go to the relevant program page, and then click on the “Apply Now” button from that page, which you can find by using the program location links on the left margin menu or by using our “program finder."

Program Details
See each program for its details. Fees, courses, prices, dates and all details for all programs are subject to change. Dates listed in this catalog indicate the first night in housing until the morning of the program’s last day. In many instances, this may require leaving the U.S. a day earlier than the first date listed.

Courses and Credits
For course descriptions and semester credit hours per course, see the site specific page on this website. Distance learning courses may also be available.

  • Unless otherwise noted, all courses, except language courses, are taught in English.
  • Courses at all summer IP locations may be used toward fulfilling the university 9-hour summer residency requirement.
  • Fall/Spring students must take at least 12 credit hours through IP. Visa requirements may supersede this policy.
  • Students on 4-week sessions must enroll in 3 credit hours unless the program is designed for students to take more.
  • Students on 5-, 6- and 8-week sessions must enroll in at least 6 credit hours.
  • Students on 10-week sessions must enroll in at least 9 credit hours.
  • Students on sessions of 12 weeks or more must take at least 12 credit hours, with 6 credits in each of the 5- or 6-week sessions (if applicable). Students on the London 12-week session must take at least 3 credit hours per 4-week session.
Note: Specific location requirements for credit load may vary and will be addressed during registration.
  • When International Programs offers online courses, students may not take more than one online course per term.
  • University drop/add policies apply to all programs; however, the IP policy on minimum credit hours remains in effect. Students may not drop below the minimum requirements specified above.
  • Students may be approved to take additional credits beyond those included in the program fee by paying an additional fee.
  • Currently, an additional undergraduate 3-credit course is $700; an additional graduate 3-credit course is $1,100. Standard overload permission requirements apply.
  • Students may opt to take Directed Individual Study (DIS) courses with Florida State faculty at program locations, pending departmental approval. Contact the IP office for information.

International Programs Minors
International Programs offers several minors, designed to enhance and provide focus to a student’s program in England, Italy or Spain. The minors are built around the residency in the respective study center location, but can be pursued before and after it as well. Each minor requires 15 credits (to include at least two disciplines), of which 9 must be taken in at the study center location. Students may choose from various disciplines. Consult the Florida State Bulletin and contact International Programs for formal declaration of the minor.

Information for Non-FSU Students

Not an FSU Student?  Not a problem!
International Programs accepts applications from students from all colleges and universities. Students from other schools are classified as Transient students. This means they are degree-seeking students elsewhere, but will attend The Florida State University for at least one term.

Applications
Apply on-line at International Programs. In addition, be sure to send an official transcript from the home school to International Programs, The Florida State University, A5500 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420. If students have attended more than one school, the transcript from the most recently attended school will suffice because it usually has credits from the other school(s) posted.

Completion of the Program
Non-FSU students must submit the FSU International Programs Transcript Request form prior to studying abroad in order to receive one free transcript after the semester grades are posted. Once a program ends and grades are posted, the official transcript from Florida State is sent to the address indicated on the Transcript Request Form.

For Summer semester, grades will post to students’ final transcripts in mid-August regardless of the dates of your program. Grades will post in mid-December for Fall students and in early May for Spring students.

Additional transcript requests and fees must be submitted through the Registrar’s website:  http://registrar.fsu.edu/services/transcripts/apdefault.htm

For More Information
Still have questions? Please call 850-644-3272 or 800-374-8581 or email us at: IP-Info@fsu.edu.

Congratulations – your student is among the elite! Only about 1% of students in US higher education will study abroad as part of their university or college experience.

We are very proud to report that one in four 'Noles study abroad and our students understand the importance of expanding the learning opportunities beyond our borders and becoming globally competent citizens. They have life-changing experiences that are intellectually rigorous, personally challenging, culturally enriching and intensely fun! We know you have raised an independent, open minded student, but you may still be anxious. We strive to provide students with the information and assistance they need to succeed and to strike the ideal balance between supporting students and letting them overcome challenges on their own. We encourage you to do the same – be informed and supportive but not too involved.

Our well-trained staff and faculty, outstanding facilities, thorough orientation programs and extensive emergency plans are worthy of the confidence you’ve placed in us. Learn more about your student’s program by exploring the other tabs on this page.

Responsible Decision Making
We encourage you to discuss responsible decision-making with your student before departure. On occasion, students who are otherwise extremely responsible take uncharacteristically dangerous risks and make poor choices. In many cases, the consequences while abroad are much greater than in the United States. Violations of the Florida State University Student Code of Conduct or other rules and regulations of the program will result in judicial proceedings for which there are sanctions, up to and including expulsion from the program/university. In most countries, the legal drinking age is 18, so the study abroad experience is the first time many students can legally possess or consume alcohol. The majority of students who choose to consume alcohol do so responsibly, but it’s probably not a great surprise that most judicial or legal issues involve excessive alcohol consumption.

Communication
Students typically stay very ‘connected’ while they are abroad. Most of our programs provide internet access, though some have varying levels of access, depending on the location, facilities and nature of the program.

Many students purchase a ‘pay as you go’ cell phone or SIM card once they arrive in country. Others use smartphones or computer devices to communicate via Skype, FaceTime, or apps such as Viber. We encourage you to discuss your method(s) of communication, how often you expect to be in touch, and what you both should do in case of emergency. If you are unable to reach your student in the case of an emergency, please do not hesitate to contact the program director (whose number is included in the site-specific pre-departure pack), our office (850-644-3272), or the FSU Police Department (850-644-1234).

Culture Shock/Homesickness
Most students experience some degree of culture shock while participating on a study abroad program. Ironically, the discomfort that accompanies living in a place that has different values, expectations, standards, practices and in some cases, language, is often rooted in the cultural differences that the student is seeking when studying abroad!

Very often, within a day or two, routine problems resolve themselves or students find a solution and move on. Give your student some time to sort things out, and encourage them to find solutions. Check back with them in a day or two, and you’ll usually find that a problem that seemed insurmountable on Monday ceased to exist by Wednesday! However, for more serious issues, please encourage your student to deal directly with the resident assistant or program leader first rather than involving parents and staff who are thousands of miles away. Resolving problems independently usually yields even greater confidence and more independence. However, should a rare case or emergency arise, please feel free to contact the program director or our office.

Privacy
As a US university that receives Federal funding, we follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Your student has the right to authorize us to discuss some or all aspects of his/her program with you (e.g. finances, grades, judicial, etc.). The program application gives the student the opportunity to select an option allowing us to discuss financial aspects with parents/guardians. The student may also complete the Release of Information form, which allows us to discuss even more program-related issues.

Visiting Your Student
Family members often wish to visit students before, during or after their program. We are always happy to meet family members, and we’re pleased to help facilitate a successful visit. In fact, our study centers provide listings of local hotels and hostels: Florence, London, Panama City, and Valencia. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. If you visit during the program, please remember the program is an academic one, and your student’s course requirements should still be their priority.

Applications from Non-FSU Students
Non-FSU students must send an official transcript from the home school to International Programs, The Florida State University, A5500 University Center, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420. If students have attended more than one school, the transcript from the most recently attended school will suffice because it usually has credits from the other school(s) posted.

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