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Social Work Internship Program

FSU social work graduate students who wish to be placed in an internship abroad should contact Neil Abell, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Director of International Programs, College of Social Work, 850-644-9753, nabell@fsu.edu. Fees and application process vary by location (see below). The study center in London, England hosts social work interns, who are supported by a full administrative staff and outstanding facilities during their stay. The fee information and dates sections below pertain to internships in London, as do the ‘Apply Now’ buttons on the right hand side of this page. Contact the International Programs Internship Coordinator for information about fees and the lengths of assignments.

In the past, other non-study center locations for social work interns have included Barbados, British Virgin Isles, England, Germany, Grenada, Mexico, Spain, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, South Africa and Trinidad. Students who wish to intern in a location other than London may consider applying as Independent Interns.

All social work interns, regardless of location, are eligible to apply for the International Programs scholarship opportunities.


Session CodeTermStart DateEnd DateNumber of NightsProgram FeeStatus
IN37Spring 2015Jan 8Apr 23105$12,500.00Closed
IN23Summer 2015May 6Jul 3085$12,975.00Open
IN25Fall 2015Aug 27Dec 10105$12,975.00Open
IN37Spring 2016Jan 7Apr 21105$12,975.00Open

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.

China: Beijing

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Beijing 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 for visa processing. 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: 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 2015
  • No Program Offered
Summer 2015
  • Tianjin, China (Semester Students)
Fall 2015
  • No Program Offered

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 6 months 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 UK authorized Biometrics Facilities can be found on the USCIS website.
  • Support in the amount of $13,700: 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. (The funds must be liquid and must be shown in financial aid or checking/savings. Retirement, stocks or bonds will not be accepted) 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 £200.00 (about $330.00). Additionally, the BUNAC program fee is $760.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 UK authorized Biometrics Facilities can be found on the USCIS website.
  • Financial Support: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of a recent back statement showing proof of sufficient funds, at least $2,500. This can be provided from the student or parent. More information provided in Visa Packet.
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
  • London, England (Interns)
Fall 2015
  • 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.

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 6 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 2015
Summer 2015
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2015
  • 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, Summer, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns.

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 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.
  • 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 2015
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students. Interns and Calendar Year Abroad)
Summer 2015
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students and Interns)
Fall 2015
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students and Calendar 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 may choose for the results to remain confidential when submitting to International Programs.
Spring 2015
  • No Program Offered for Spring
Summer 2014
  • Moscow, Russia (Semester Students)
Fall 2015
  • 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 when prompted, not earlier and have started the process by given deadline. 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 2015
Summer 2015
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2015
  • Valencia, Spain (First Year Abroad)
  • Valencia, Spain (Semester Students, Interns and First Semester Abroad)

Turkey: Istanbul

The process to obtain a Visa is an easy online process and will cost around $20. This price is subject to change and a different fee may be charged according to country of citizenship. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the return from Turkey. You will receive an email to indicate when and how the application should be completed. Please monitor your email account for important information regarding immigration.

Summer 2015
  • Istanbul, Turkey (Semester Students)

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.

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 Year Abroad confirmation deposit deadline Thursday, 05/01/2014 $2,500
First Semester Abroad confirmation deposit deadline Thursday, 05/01/2014 $1,500
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 $1,500
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 $1,500
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 Wednesday, 11/19/2014 $500
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.

Summer 2015

Summer 2015    
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 12/03/2014 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 12/03/2014 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 12/03/2014  
Confirmation deposit due (except interns and Oxford Law, see below) Wednesday, 01/21/2015 $1,500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1,500
Important forms due Wednesday, 01/14/2015
Full payment due (Oxford Law, see below) Wednesday, 02/25/2015
Oxford Law confirmation deposit due Wednesday, 04/01/2015 $1,500
Oxford Law full payment due Friday, 05/01/2015
Orientation Meeting TBA, mid-November

*Application fees are non-refundable. After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns.

Fall 2015

Fall 2015
Early application deadline (except FSA, as below)* Wednesday, 04/01/2015 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 04/01/2015 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 04/01/2015
First Semester Abroad Early application deadline Wednesday, 04/15/2015 $100
First Semester Abroad and First Year Abroad application deadline Friday, 05/01/2015
First Year Abroad confirmation deposit deadline Friday, 05/01/2015 $2,500
First Semester Abroad confirmation deposit deadline Friday, 05/01/2015 $1,500
Confirmation deposit due (except FSA, as above and interns, as below; this is payment 2 of 3 for FYA students) Wednesday, 05/13/2015 $1,500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1,500
Important forms due Wednesday, 05/13/2015
Full payment due Wednesday, 06/10/2015
Orientation Meeting (except FSA and FYA students, as below) TBA, mid-March
FYA and FSA Orientation Meeting TBA, mid-July

*Application fees are non-refundable. 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. The FYA application fee will be counted toward the total program fee for all FYA students who participate in the program.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 09/9/2015 $100
Internship application deadline Wednesday, 09/9/2015 $250
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 09/9/2015
Confirmation deposit due (except interns, see below) Wednesday, 09/23/2015 $1,500
Internship confirmation deposit due Within one week after acceptance $1,500
Important forms due Wednesday, 09/23/2015
Full payment due Wednesday, 10/21/2015

*Application fees are non-refundable. After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis excluding interns.

Spring Break Programs 2016

Spring Break Programs 2016
Early application deadline* Wednesday, 11/04/2015 $100
Scholarship deadline Wednesday, 11/04/2015  
Confirmation deposit due Wednesday, 11/18/2015 $500
Important forms due Wednesday, 11/18/2015
Full payment due Wednesday, 12/09/2015  

*Application fees are non-refundable. After the deadline has passed, applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

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 2014-2015 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, Fall Semester 2014

Financial Aid and Financing Study Abroad Workshops, Fall 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, October 01, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 07, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 09, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 06, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Financial Aid

We know the financial aid process can be very confusing and somewhat overwhelming, so we provide step-by-step guidance for the whole process. We also have a member of staff who specializes in financial aid for study abroad students, so if the document below does not address your questions, please feel free to contact Rod Mack.



For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid

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.

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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. Non-resident FYA students are not eligible to apply for this award.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:

Term Deadline
Spring 2015 September 10, 2014
Spring Break 2015 November 5, 2014
Summer 2015 December 3, 2014
Fall 2015 April 1, 2015
Spring 2016 September 9, 2015
Spring Break 2016 November 4, 2015

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.

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 2014: 


# Credits Enrolled FPP Tuition FPP Local Fees* Dorm Rate
1 $115.08 $34.73 $2550.00
2 $230.16 $69.46 Per term*
3 $345.24 $104.19
4 $460.32 $138.92
5 $575.40 $173.65
6 $690.48 $208.38
7 $805.56 $243.11
8 $920.64 $277.84
9 $1035.72 $312.57
10 $1150.80 $347.30
11 $1265.88 $382.03
12 $1380.96 $416.76
13 $1431.04 $451.49
14 $1611.12 $486.22
15 $1726.20 $520.95
16 $1841.28 $555.68
17 $1956.36 $590.41
18 $2071.44 $625.14

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.



In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Florida State University study center safety guides include institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The report also contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off campus buildings or property owned or controlled by The Florida State University; and on public property within or immediately adjacent and accessible from the campus. A paper copy is available upon request to FSU International Programs at A5500 University Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420, or by contacting FSU International Programs at (850) 644-3272 or (800) 374-8581.

Copies are also available from the study center administrative offices or you may download from the links below:

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.

Please note: The initial $2,500 confirmation deposit (for the first term of the program) must be paid rather than deferred. Students may defer the balance of their program fee, but neither the $100 application fee nor the initial $2,500 confirmation deposit can be deferred.

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. The application will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.
  • 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.
  • Students must pay the fees as outlined above to 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

International Programs offers internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in Sydney, Australia; Shanghai, China; London, England; Florence, Italy; Panama City, Republic of Panama; Iquitos, Peru; and Valencia, Spain. Students earn from 6-16 undergraduate academic credits during the internship through their academic department. Internships are generally unpaid, full-time or part-time work assignments. While we cannot guarantee specific placements, International Programs seeks to accommodate every qualified student with an appropriate internship.

In accordance with the University’s Policy on International Experiences, students are able to receive academic credit for internships arranged independently and conducted in locations other than those where FSU International Programs provides internships. All students must register their internship through the International Programs office to receive credit for the internship. This applies to all majors and departments. Students interested in pursuing an internship in a location other than the aforementioned locations can apply to receive credit as Independent Interns.

Why Intern Abroad?

These experiences can be invaluable in shaping and defining an education and a career. Internships help students to:

  • Gain professional experience and skills for future advancement.
  • Enrich academic study with practical application.
  • Increase opportunities for future employment and admission to graduate programs.
  • Experience personal growth as a global citizen.
  • Establish international professional contacts.

Conditions and Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking students with at least a 3.0 GPA (3.5 for British Parliament and DLA Piper Rudnick Carey and the U.S. Embassy).
  • Interns in Valencia and Panama must have a strong background in both Spanish comprehension and conversation. Any placement that requires proficiency in a certain language will necessitate an interview with a native-speaker, arranged through International Programs.
  • Florence interns must complete Elementary Italian I prior to departure. Shanghai interns must complete Elementary Chinese I and II prior to departure.
  • Florida State social work students interested in interning should initially contact: Neil Abell, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Director of International Programs, College of Social Work, 850-644-9753, nabell@fsu.edu.
  • Non-Florida State students must obtain approval from their home university.

Interns going to:

  • China
  • Panama
  • Paris
  • Valencia

Must complete college level I & II of that language and passed with a “C” or better prior to the internship.

NOTE: Some placements require a higher level of speaking and comprehension.

Visas and Work Permits
Interns may be required to obtain a work permit and/or entry visa to participate in the Internship Program. Interns are responsible for completing the necessary steps to obtain the work permit or visa in a timely manner, and may be responsible for associated costs.

U.S. citizens requiring visas will receive guidelines and assistance from International Programs. Interns not holding U.S. passports must contact the appropriate consulate to obtain necessary visas. International Programs does not take on the responsibility for obtaining non-U.S. entry work permits or visas.

The visa application processes and requirements are constantly changing, and vary greatly from location to location. Failure to complete the visa application process within the stated timeline will possibly result in late arrivals or inability to participate in the program. Any financial penalties associated with delayed arrivals or cancellations will be the responsibility of the intern. Because of variables that are beyond their control, interns are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance when purchasing their flights.

Any applicant who intends to participate on a program that requires a visa and will start in a fall semester should be made aware that they will be required to give International Programs their passport for an extended portion of the summer. This is because International Programs will apply for the necessary student visa on behalf of the applicant. A visa is a seal that is affixed to a page in your passport, therefore we must collect your passport. Consequently, interested students are advised against making international summer travel plans since they will be without their passports for a period of time.

Credit Hours and Academic Requirements
Interns are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 academic credit during the internship. The number of credit hours earned varies based on term, location, and discipline. Academic requirements, including assignments during the internship, will be specified by the student’s department, the instructor of record, and the International Programs Internship Coordinator. Students must meet with their advisor and/or departmental intern coordinator or professors to obtain academic approval for their internship. Non-Florida State students must obtain approval from their home university.

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.

(Independent Interns click here for more information)
 

1. Before applying for an International Programs internship, contact your major department about its internship policies to ensure you will be able to receive academic credit for an internship. We need to know if an internship is a degree component as well as any specific departmental requirements that may apply.

Please Note: Graduate student applicants MUST gain approval from their academic department before applying for an internship. For more information, please contact our International Programs Internship Coordinator.

2. Complete the program application online by clicking the appropriate location button on the right.

3. Complete the Internship Request Form

4. Submit to International Programs:

  1. The application online.
  2. The Internship Request Form.
  3. Resume that has been critiqued and stamped by the FSU Career Center. Additionally, an electronic resume must be submitted directly to the Internship Coordinator. Non-FSU Students should contact the International Programs Internship Coordinator.
    Note: Students applying for an internship in Panama or Spain must also submit a resume in Spanish.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation: 2 academic and 1 employer (use reference form).
  5. Non-FSU students must submit an official transcript.
  6. Intern application fee of $250.00.

Note: Before applying for an internship in Panama or Spain, contact the International Programs Internship Coordinator for Spanish-language requirements. Interns in Panama and Spain should be highly proficient in Spanish.

Application and supporting documents MUST be received by the application deadline in order to be admissible. 

After a student applies, International Programs will contact him/her to confirm eligibility and discuss placements. If you have any questions contact Gisela Fisher, Internship Coordinator, at (850)644-7217, or (800)374-8581.

Fee includes The fee includes all registration and instructional costs for up to 12 undergraduate or 10 graduate credit hours for summer 13-week session, or up to 16 undergraduate or 10 graduate credit hours for fall/spring session; housing in London; an extensive program of social/cultural excursions and activities; health insurance; international student ID card; T-shirt; full-time academic and administrative support.

Not included The fee does not include round-trip international airfare; housing in some locations; passport; food; books and supplies; personal travel/ activity/spending money; class-related performances and events; entry clearance/visa; university-assessed fees (e.g. per credit hour technology fee).

Spring 2015
Jan 8- Apr 23 (105 Nights) $12,500 IN37 London SP15 Internship Social Work Closed

Summer 2015
May 6- Jul 30 (85 Nights) $12,975 IN23 London SU15 Social Work Internship 12 wks  Apply Online

Fall 2015
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Spring 2016
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