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.
Last update: August 17th, 2017
Florida State University does not have any International Programs located in Barcelona, nor do we have any reports of any students traveling independently to Barcelona at the time of today’s horrific incident. Our condolences go out to those affected by this tragedy. In accordance with our emergency plans, we are following guidance of local authorities, remaining abreast of developments through US and international resources, and we will maintain open communication with program participants in the region. At this time, all programs are continuing as scheduled.
News and Announcements
Last update: May 2, 2017
The U.S. Department of State updated its Travel Alert for Europe on May 1, 2017. This advisory does not instruct, or recommend, that U.S. citizens avoid travel to Europe. It does urge travelers to exercise “vigilance", particularly in light of the large number of tourists in Europe in the summer and the risk of potential attacks at major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation hubs. This travel alert is scheduled to expire September 1, 2017. Please visit the U.S. State Department website for more information.
Last update: August 4, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for regions currently experiencing Zika infections. International Programs is closely monitoring the outbreak in those regions and worldwide. The virus is a risk for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant as the virus is known to cause birth defects. Please visit the CDC website for more specific information on the virus and for guidance on preventative measures.
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.
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.
University Policies & Resources
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: