Alerts | Emergency Information & Instructions

Our highest priority is the welfare and security of our students, faculty, staff and facilities. We have emergency plans in place for each of our locations and work closely with our insurers and 24/7 emergency response providers to monitor and respond to all situations worldwide. It is our policy is to follow guidance from the respective U.S. Embassies, U.S. State Department, as well as local officials and will keep students abreast of any new information.

Current Alerts


COVID-19

Last Update: June 1, 2020


Fall 2020: As of June 1, 2020, Florida State University made the decision to cancel all fall study abroad and internship programs. Participants have been notified directly of cancellations and should continue to monitor their email and the International Programs Student Portal for more information.

Spring 2021: All programs are currently expected to proceed as scheduled. International Programs is reviewing guidance from trusted local, national and international sources and will communicate updates via email and the International Programs Student Portal.

For the university’s latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to https://news.fsu.edu/tag/coronavirus/.




March 26, 2020

Spring 2020: International Programs continues to deliver all spring program courses remotely.

Summer 2020: As of March 26, 2020, International Programs has made the decision to cancel all summer programs. Program participants have been notified directly of cancellations and should continue to monitor their email and the International Programs Student Portal for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions related to the cancellation of summer programs will be available soon.

Fall 2020: All programs are currently expected to proceed as scheduled. International Programs is reviewing guidance from trusted local, national and international sources and will communicate updates via email and the International Programs Student Portal.

For the university’s latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to https://news.fsu.edu/tag/coronavirus/.




March 20, 2020

On Thursday, March 19th, the U.S. Department of State announced a Global Health Advisory Level 4: Do not Travel for all international travel. A Level 4 is the U.S. Department of State’s most serious warning. According to the advisory, all international travel should be avoided due to COVID-19. U.S citizens currently abroad, are advised to return immediately to the U.S. if commercial departure options are available or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

International Programs is delivering all spring program courses remotely.

We will provide an update regarding summer programs at the end of March. Program participants will be notified directly of any cancellations.

For the university’s latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to https://news.fsu.edu/tag/coronavirus/.




March 10, 2020

On Tuesday, March 10th, the University made the decision to cancel all spring break international programs, regardless of destination. Therefore, FSU International Programs has cancelled all remaining spring break programs to Grenada and the United Kingdom. Students have been contacted directly with additional instructions.

As of March 10, 2020, all summer and fall programs are taking place as scheduled. Program participants will be notified directly of any cancellations. We continue to monitor the situation, which is extremely fluid.

For the university’s latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to https://news.fsu.edu/tag/coronavirus/.




March 2, 2020

On Friday, February 28th, the Centers for Disease Control raised the level for Italy to Warning Level 3: Avoid Non-essential Travel, and the US State Department has increased their Italy Travel Advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Therefore, Florence spring programs have been cancelled and students have been asked to leave Italy no later than March 9th. Current Florence students have been contacted directly with additional instructions. University officials have advised students returning from Italy to self-isolate for 14 days and to not return to main campus.

FSU International Programs continues to monitor COVID-19. In addition to the spring semester Florence program, we have cancelled two spring break programs – one in Seoul, South Korea and the other in Florence, Italy. The Exploring China summer program was cancelled on February 5, 2020.

As of March 2, 2020, all other spring break, summer and fall programs are taking place as scheduled. Program participants will be notified directly of any cancellations. We continue to monitor the situation, which is extremely fluid.



February 24, 2020

FSU International Programs is closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus), reviewing guidance from trusted local, national and international sources. International Programs is communicating directly with all current spring program participants.

The Exploring China summer program was cancelled on February 5, 2020. As of February 24th, all other summer and fall programs are taking place as scheduled. Program participants will be notified directly of any cancellations.

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Health & Safety

For sixty years, Florida State University's International Programs has been committed to providing a rewarding academic and cultural experience that enriches the lives of our students. Our highest priority is and always has been the welfare and security of our students.

Program directors maintain contact with our Tallahassee office, local authorities, and United States officials, both at home and abroad. Each program holds meetings with students in which safety procedures and precautions are detailed and regularly re-emphasized. Each program has an Emergency Plan which includes details about local health care facilities, meeting points and procedures, and contingency plans and funds should it ever become necessary to evacuate our students.

Students are reminded to inform International Programs of the details of their independent travel details via our online travel form, heed US State Department travel advisories, and take relevant emergency and US Embassy/Consulate contact information with them.

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 in a safe and secure learning environment.

Insurance

International Programs Insurance

All International Programs fees include international medical and evacuation insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). A link to our policy is provided below. The coverage will be effective for participants from the day the program starts until the day the program ends. Please note: this policy is NOT intended to replace your domestic coverage. For more information, visit studentinsurance.fsu.edu.

Travel Insurance Information

FSU International Programs encourages program participants to consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance comes in many forms and can protect you in case you need to change your travel plans due to unforeseen circumstances. The coverage ranges from help with lost baggage to delay in flight plans to trip cancellation.

Travel insurance that covers fees associated with changing your airfare plans is especially helpful for those attending programs that require entry or student visas. Immigration approval can take months with regulations changing often that can cause the need to delay or cancel flight plans. Often airfare arrangements are non-refundable or cannot be changed without fee penalties. Certain types of trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you the cost of your airfare or penalty fees. Travel Insurance must cover failure to obtain visa.

You may wish to begin researching travel insurance and trip cancellation policies by using the Travel Insurance Review website. Their Travel Insurance 101: The Complete Guide to Travel Insurance section is particularly helpful for those just beginning their research. They also have a section that allows you to compare different policies.

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University Policies & Resources

Clery Act

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: