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


Effective January 2021, FSU’s European study centers in London, Florence, and Valencia have reopened after an extensive planning process. International Programs continues to monitor the health and safety impact of COVID-19 at all program locations. Guidance & updates related to upcoming programs will be communicated directly to admitted students. Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, all program elements, including the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, internship placements, transportation policies, and inter-continental or in-country travel restrictions, are subject to modification at any time in order to comply with local public health recommendations as well as the policies & practices of Florida State University.

For the university’s latest updates on coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to

Last Update: April 20, 2021

On April 19th, the U.S. Department of State announced plans to update its method of determining levels of travel advice for U.S. citizens; given the ongoing presence of COVID-19, the Department will revise its Travel Advisories to align with the scientific and statistical data that inform the CDC’s Travel Health Notices (THNs). This realignment does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather an adjustment to synchronize information from the U.S. Department of State & CDC. FSU’s European study centers remain operational with current and future programs proceeding as scheduled.

Last Update: February 1, 2021

Spring 2021:
FYA, Broad Curriculum, & TAL programs in Florence, London, & Valencia are taking place as scheduled after an extensive planning process to reopen FSU’s European study centers. IP staff in Tallahassee & abroad continue to review guidance from trusted local, national and international sources to ensure compliance with local requirements, to meet university expectations, and to adapt to changing situations. Any updated guidance or procedures will be communicated directly to students abroad.

Summer 2021:
Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2021 programs based at the FSU Study Centers in Florence, London, and Valencia:

International Internships: IP is not accepting applications for International Internships during the Summer 2021 term.

Republic of Panama campus: FSU will not offer study abroad programs in Panama during the Summer 2021 term, though it has not yet been determined whether Summer 2021 classes at the Republic of Panama campus will be offered to direct enroll students face-to-face, remotely, or some combination thereof. The Republic of Panama campus administration will communicate directly with their students as they learn more information from the Panamanian Ministry of Education.

Fall 2021
Applications for Fall 2021 programs based at the FSU Study Centers in Florence, London, Panama, and Valencia, including First Year Abroad (FYA), First Semester Abroad (FSA), Broad Curriculum, & London Theatre Academy (TAL) programs, will open on February 18th, 2021.

International Internships: Students interested in applying for an International Internship during the Fall 2021 semester should contact

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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.


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

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.

Travel insurance is also offered through CISI and Travel Insured International. Please note that this plan must be purchased within 21 days of paying your first fee. For example, if looking to insure the cost of the program, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of paying the commitment fee to International Programs. If wishing to insure only the cost of the flight, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of purchasing airfare.

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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: