First Semester Abroad

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The First Semester Abroad (FSA) program offers students the unique opportunity to spend their first semester of college abroad! Students on the FSA program spend the fall semester exploring new customs, cultures, and cuisines before returning to FSU main campus in the spring with new-found friends and great memories. This program is a great option for students offered Seminole Pathways or summer admission to FSU who are eager for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Getting Started

  • Step 1: Read the FAQs at the bottom of the First Year/First Semester Home Page. Those admitted to FSU for the summer term or as part of the Seminole Pathways program are required to take an online course over the summer in lieu of main campus courses. See the Seminole Pathways FAQ for details.

  • Step 2: Choose your Study Center. Use the garnet tabs below to explore each location, its course offerings, program fee & financial aid details, visa information, and program dates & important documents. Also, check out “Which Study Center is right for me?"

  • Step 3: Apply to your chosen study center location using the garnet pencil under the Description tab! If the application link is not available, check the garnet Dates & Docs tab below to find out when applications will open.

Contact our dedicated Freshmen Programs Team via email (IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu) or phone (850) 644-3272, with any questions or for assistance choosing a location.

Program Description

First Semester Abroad applications for 2021 will open on February 18, 2021. Click here to receive updates via email and text message and/or check our website and follow us on social media.

Florence, Italy

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Study Center

Founded in 1966, FSU Florence is one of the oldest U.S. study abroad programs in Italy and one of the few located in the historic, medieval heart of this remarkable city. The study center is located in the 16th century Bagnesi Palace on Via de Neri, one of the city’s most famous streets and a paradise for foodies. FSU Florence is only two blocks away from the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Galileo Museum, and one of Europe’s most renowned outdoor spaces, the Piazza della Signoria. The study center features an atrium with coffee bar, glass-ceiling library & courtyard, interior & exterior student lounges, nine classrooms, two computer labs, state-of-the-art textiles and media labs, as well as a Tuscan-style tasting & learning kitchen. On-site security means students, staff, and faculty alike can use the study center as a safe and secure gathering spot for both academic and social activities.

Click here to read more about FSU’s new Florence Study Center and see renderings of the Bagnesi Palace.

Housing

Students studying at FSU Florence are housed in shared Florentine-style apartments within a 20-minute walk of the study center along beautiful cobblestone streets. Each residence includes security, furnished living spaces, a kitchenette and shared kitchen space, washing machines, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, safes, and a weekly cleaning service with a change of bed linens and towels. Students receive meal vouchers that can be redeemed at dozens of local cafes and restaurants throughout Florence. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. Please click here for a listing of recommended hotels in Florence.

Excursions & Group Activities

Cultural immersion and social events planned for this program may include the following. Group activities and excursions vary per session and may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities.

  • Overnight Excursions

    Rome: Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, and Trevi Fountain
    Venice: Burano, Torcello, St. Mark’s Basilica, Gallerie dell’Accademia, and Peggy Guggenheim
    Naples & Amalfi Coast: Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Positano, and Greek temples of Paestum
    Verona & Lake Garda: Romeo and Juliet’s house, and live opera in the ancient Roman amphitheater

  • Day Excursions

    San Gimignano, Siena, San Galgano, organic vineyard, and Bologna

  • Class Excursions

    Ferragamo Museum, Galileo Museum, Gucci Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Machiavelli’s house, Dante’s house, archaeological sites, churches, and artisan workshops

  • Other Activities

    • Sunset Arno River Boat tour
    • Cooking classes
    • Fresco-making activity
    • International school soccer tournament
    • Ceramic-making activity
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Fiorentina Series A soccer games
    • Night at the Opera

Program Fees

Include:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 17 credit hours (fall); instructional costs for the Global Foundations course offered the summer semester prior to studying abroad
  • Welcome orientation
  • Housing
  • 10 meal vouchers per week while school is in session (each worth approximately 5 euros)
  • Group meals including welcome dinner, dinner on group trips, some holiday dinners, Farewell dinner
  • Program-planned excursions/group activities
  • Full-time academic support
  • Health insurance
  • 24/7 student support
  • IP t-shirt
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Luggage tag

Do Not Include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Passport
  • Food (except as noted)
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal travel/activity money
  • Personal spending money
  • University-assessed fees (e.g., per credit hour technology fee)

London, England

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Study Center

The FSU London Study Centre is housed in the heart of the historic Bloomsbury district within walking distance of a variety of historic and cultural sites! The study center features a library, computer lab, conservatory & student lounge, lecture theatre, classrooms, and administrative offices. Swipe card access, 24/7 reception, and on-site Program Assistants ensure student safety is the top priority.

Housing

Students studying at FSU London live in shared flats in the center of London. Short walks and easy access to city buses and the London Underground allow students to safely explore this fascinating city. All flats are located either on floors above the study center or in nearby buildings. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens, furnished living areas, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a weekly cleaning service with a change of bed linens and towels. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. For a list of hotels near the campus, please click here.

Excursions & Group Activities

Cultural immersion and social events planned for this program may include the following. Group activities and excursions vary per session and may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities.

  • London Excursions

    Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kew Palace and Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Greenwich, Kensington Palace, Street Markets, West End and Off West End Theatre Performances, Shakespeare's Globe, River Thames Boat Ride, Afternoon Tea

  • Overnight Excursions

    Edinburgh & St. Andrews, Bruges and Ypres, Bath and Stonehenge, Liverpool and North Wales, The Lake District, Yorkshire, Cornwall

  • Day Excursions

    Harry Potter Studios, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Cambridge, Oxford, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Hatfield House, and Blenheim Palace

  • Class Excursions

    British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Churchill War Rooms, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Charles Dickens' House, Hyde Park, Houses of Parliament, Old Bailey, Harrods, Museum of London, Bank of England, Royal Albert Hall, Abbey Road, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Wellcome Collection

  • Other Activities

    • Guided coach and walking tours of London
    • Opportunity to participate in London Scholars’ Program (Spring/Fall)
    • Events for charity, movie nights, and pub quizzes
    • FSU football viewing nights
    • Staff vs student football
    • Thanksgiving Day meal (Fall only)

Program Fees

Include:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 17 credit hours (fall); instructional costs for the Global Foundations course offered the summer semester prior to studying abroad
  • Welcome orientation
  • Housing
  • Continental breakfast on class days
  • Weekly pizza & salad dinners at the study center
  • Monthly group meals (Spring/Fall)
  • West End & Off West End Theatre performances
  • Program-planned excursions/group activities
  • Full-time academic support
  • 24/7 student support, including staff who live on-site
  • Health insurance
  • Scheduled group airport pick-up
  • London transport pass
  • IP and London Study Centre t-shirts
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Luggage tag

Do Not Include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Passport
  • Food (except as noted)
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal travel/activity money
  • Personal spending money
  • University-assessed fees (e.g., per credit hour technology fee)

Panama City, Republic of Panama

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Study Center

Situated within the City of Knowledge, FSU Panama offers the amenities of a full campus. With students studying from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, there is a unique opportunity to meet students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The City of Knowledge offers amenities such as a food court, swimming pool, basketball court, gym, and more. FSU Panama features classrooms, study spaces, science labs, as well as a library and a bookstore. The student lounge & terrace on the top-floor provides views of the Panama Canal and is the perfect place to spend time with friends while enjoying an empanada from the small café. On-site security ensures student safety is the top priority.

Housing

Students studying at FSU Panama live in a dormitory-style residence within the City of Knowledge complex. Located just a short walk or shuttle ride away from FSU Panama, each room is equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, mini-fridge, study-space, and balcony. On their floor, students have access to a kitchenette with a microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Fingerprint entry grants students access to a fully equipped kitchen, coin-operated laundry room, vending machines, and student lounge on the main floor. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. For a list of hotels near the campus, please click here.

Excursions & Group Activities

Cultural immersion and social events planned for this program may include the following. Group activities and excursions vary per session and may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities.

  • Overnight Excursions

    Bocas del Toro, Achotines tuna fish research laboratory, liquor distillery, turtle hatching expedition, highlands of Panama with visit to coffee plantation processing plant, San Blas Islands

  • Day Excursions

    Indigenous communities of Embera People, countryside excursion, certified agro-touristic farm, Toboga/Contadora Islands, Portobelo/San Lorenzo fortress, Isla Grande, Saboga Island, Viveros Island, Playa Blanca and Pollera Conga festival, Diablos and Congos festival, Jungle safari tour with beach and zoo visit, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and surfing

  • Panama Excursions

    Panama Canal Visitor Center, Colonial/Old/Cosmopolitan Area visits, Colón Free Zone, Eco-Canal tour, eco-tourism and hiking

Program Fees

Include:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 17 credit hours (fall); instructional costs for the Global Foundations course offered the summer semester prior to studying abroad
  • Welcome orientation
  • Housing
  • Some breakfast items
  • Two pizza nights and two group dinners
  • Program-planned excursions/group activities
  • Full-time academic support
  • 24/7 student support
  • Health insurance
  • Scheduled group airport pick-up
  • IP t-shirt
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Luggage tag

Do Not Include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Passport
  • Food (except as noted)
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal travel/activity money
  • Personal spending money
  • University-assessed fees (e.g., per credit hour technology fee)

Valencia, Spain

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Study Center

Positioned behind the iconic Torres de Serranos, FSU Valencia is located in the heart of Valencia’s historic district. The study center brings history to life with exposed 10th century Moorish walls and glass floors that showcase 14th century leather tanning tanks. Modern comforts, including classrooms, a computer lab, study spaces, and administrative offices blend in seamlessly with the historic learning environment. A beautiful river-bed park is just steps away from the study center, and the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences is within walking distance. 24/7 reception and swipe card access ensure student safety is the top priority.

Housing

Students studying at FSU Valencia are housed in shared apartments in the historic district of the city. Apartments are located either above the study center or in nearby buildings. Amenities include fully-equipped kitchens, lounge space, cable TV, laundry facilities, weekly cleaning service with a change of bed linens and towels, and secure access to the study center’s library, computer lab, and study spaces. Students receive meal vouchers that can be redeemed at restaurants across Spain. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. For a list of hotels near the campus, please click here.

Excursions & Group Activities

Cultural immersion and social events planned for this program may include the following. Group activities and excursions vary per session and may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities.

  • Overnight Excursions

    Madrid: El Prado Museum, Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca, Alcalá de Hernares
    Barcelona: Dalí Museum and Sagrada Familia
    Andalucia: Granada’s Alhambra, Sevilla, Córdoba, Flamenco activities
    Pyrenees: River water activities, mountain activities, medieval castles, and monasteries

  • Day Excursions

    Roman city of Sagunto, Xátiva Castle, wineries of Requena, mountain walks, historical locations, special interactive museums

  • Class Excursions

    Visits and/or tours of theaters, operas, museums, and markets

  • Other Activities

    • Sports events
    • Language exchange conversation meetings
    • Food tastings
    • Weekly events with Club de Español

Program Fees

Include:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 17 credit hours (fall); instructional costs for the for the Global Foundations course offered the summer semester prior to studying abroad
  • Welcome orientation
  • Housing
  • Breakfast on class days (fall/spring)
  • 4 meal vouchers per week while school is in session (each worth approximately 8 euros)
  • Group meals
  • Program-planned excursions/group activities
  • Full-time academic support
  • 24/7 student support, including staff who live on-site
  • Health insurance
  • IP t-shirt
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Luggage tag

Do Not Include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Passport
  • Food (except as noted)
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal travel/activity money
  • Personal spending money
  • University-assessed fees (e.g., per credit hour technology fee)

Courses

Course offerings are listed below by semester and location. Incoming freshmen considering the First Year or First Semester Abroad programs are encouraged to contact IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu before applying with questions about how course offerings in each location align with your intended major.

Current FSU students abroad can make an appointment to discuss courses with their academic advisor or the International Programs academic advisor via Campus Connect.

Pathway and Summer Admits

Incoming freshmen admitted to FSU for the summer term or through the Seminole Pathways program must enroll in an online course, Global Foundations, offered by International Programs during the Summer C semester prior to going abroad (Late June – Early August). After successful completion of the course (grade of “C” or better), students begin in-person coursework abroad for the fall semester. 

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

Money Matters

Program Fees

The FSA program fee is comprehensive and includes a 3 credit hour online course during the summer prior to the program; up to 17 credit hours abroad; housing for the program’s duration; international health insurance; cultural excursions and activities; full-time administrative and academic support; some meals or vouchers (as described for each location); and visas (Florence, Panama, and Valencia). Students who take fewer than 17 credit hours are not entitled to a refund of any fees. The program structure, dates, and fees are dependent upon immigration laws of the host country and are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Almost all sources of Financial aid (Florida Prepaid, Bright Futures, Loans, Grants, VA funding, Scholarships) are applicable toward program fees. Read Understanding the Financial Aid Process for Students Studying Abroad and click the boxes below to learn more about each type of aid.

If you have any questions about Finances, contact the IP Financial Aid Coordinator at IP-financialAid@fsu.edu.

Florida Bright Futures

Florida Bright Futures scholarship funds may be used toward a semester abroad. The Bright Futures Academic Scholarship and Medallion Scholarships will be available for all terms. The Academic scholarship will also include a $300 textbook award for fall and spring only.

The Florida Department of Education website contains additional information concerning eligibility, renewal criteria, appeal processes and legislative updates.

Credit Hours Bright Futures Academic
$213.55 Per Credit Hour
Bright Futures Medallion
$160.16 Per Credit Hour
6 $1281.30 $960.96
7 $1494.85 $1121.12
8 $1708.40 $1281.28
9 $1921.95 $1441.44
10 $2135.50 $1601.60
11 $2349.05 $1761.76
12 $2562.60 $1921.92
13 $2776.15 $2082.08
14 $2989.70 $2242.24
15 $3203.25 $2402.40
16 $3416.80 $2562.56
17 $3630.35 $2722.72
18 $3843.90 $2882.88

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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 complete the deferment process by selecting Deferment from the menu above.

To utilize a Florida Prepaid dorm account during the summer term, the purchaser of the Prepaid account must contact Florida Prepaid and complete the steps required to authorize use of the summer dorm plan for studying abroad.

Contact Florida Prepaid directly at 1-800-552-4723 or access their requirements online https://www.myfloridaprepaid.com/resources/forms/

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

How much is my Florida Prepaid worth if I study abroad?

# of Credits Enrolled FPP Tuition FPP Local Fees* Dorm Rate
1 $115.08 $34.73 $3890.00
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 $1496.04 $451.49
14 $1611.12 $486.22
15 $1726.20 $520.95
  • * Please note the above tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.
  • ** Contact FPP for authorization instructions to use dorm account during a summer term: 850-309-1660 ext. 4134

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International Programs Scholarship Opportunities

As a member of the Generation Study Abroad campaign sponsored by the Institute for International Education, Florida State University is committed to the goal of doubling the number of our study abroad participants by 2020. As part of this commitment, International Programs awards an average of $200,000 in scholarships annually to about 100 students.

Current FSU students who have been admitted to an International Program can apply to IP scholarships through the FS4U portal (link below). Before applying, you should review the list of available scholarship opportunities as well as the application process instructions.

Please note: IP scholarships are not available to in-state/out-of-state students currently on the First Year Abroad (FYA) program or First Semester Abroad (FSA) program or those who are directly enrolled at FSU-Panama. Some scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria in addition to what is listed below. Please reference the Scholarship Application Instructions for complete details.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Scholarship Open Date Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Award Decisions Communicated to Applicants
Spring 2021 April 16, 2020 September 9, 2020 Prior to September 23, 2020
Summer 2021 November 11, 2020 January 22, 2021 Prior to February 3, 2021
Fall 2021 Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon

Scholarships Administered by Other FSU Departments

Other departments at FSU also offer their own study abroad scholarship opportunities. You can review the list of scholarships administered by other FSU departments by following the link below.

As a member of the Generation Study Abroad campaign sponsored by the Institute for International Education, Florida State University is committed to the goal of doubling the number of our study abroad participants by 2020. As part of this commitment, International Programs awards an average of $200,000 in scholarships annually to about 100 students.

Current FSU students who have been admitted to an International Program can apply to IP scholarships through the FS4U portal (link below). Before applying, you should review the list of available scholarship opportunities as well as the application process instructions.

Please note: IP scholarships are not available to in-state/out-of-state students currently on the First Year Abroad (FYA) program or First Semester Abroad (FSA) program or those who are directly enrolled at FSU-Panama. Some scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria in addition to what is listed below. Please reference the Scholarship Application Instructions for complete details.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Scholarship Open Date Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Award Decisions Communicated to Applicants
Spring Break 2020 September 4, 2019 October 23, 2019 Prior to November 6, 2019

Scholarships Administered by Other FSU Departments

Other departments at FSU also offer their own study abroad scholarship opportunities. You can review the list of scholarships administered by other FSU departments by following the link below.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Follow the link below for a general listing of  scholarships that may be available for international study. These scholarships are available to both FSU students and Non-FSU students.

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Additional Discount Opportunities

Students who have completed 15 or more credit hours on programs administered by the IP office, earning at least a 3.0 average or above in course work at the international location(s), are eligible for discounts for subsequent IP programs. Discounts are $500 for summer sessions or $1,000 for fall or spring semesters. Note: These savings are built into the program fees for First Year Abroad program students.

Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute

The Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute, known as FLORICA, was created in 1986, authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1987, and formalized by an agreement signed by the State University System of Florida, the Florida Community College System and the Council of Rectors of Costa Rican Universities (CONARE). Since its beginning, FLORICA has been administered for Costa Rica by CONARE and on behalf of the State of Florida by The Florida State University and Valencia College, with co-directors appointed from each institution.

FLORICA has strong credibility both in Florida and Costa Rica as a stimulus and a catalyst. The Institute has interfaced broadly in Costa Rica with public and private institutions and agencies including all the public universities.

Costa Rican citizens who have applied and been accepted in a Florida public university or community college may apply for out-of-state tuition waivers through the Florida-Costa Rica Institute Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Program.

Co-Directors

Florida State University
Stephanie Tillman
Florida State University
282 Champions Way
University Center Building A
Office Suite A5500
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420
Phone: 850.644.3272
Fax: 850.644.8817
Email: linkage-flcr@fsu.edu

In Partnership with Valencia College
Rocky Blesso
Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Valencia College
P.O. Box 3028
Orlando, FL 32802
Phone: 407.582.5287
Email: hblesso@valenciacollege.com

Florida-France Linkage Institute

The Florida-France Linkage Institute was created by the Legislature of the State of Florida in 1989. Over the years, the scope of activities and outreach of the Institute have grown considerably; in Florida, in France, and in the départments of the French Caribbean. The Florida-France Linkage Institute is administered by The University of South Florida in partnership with Florida State University and Miami-Dade College. The educational mission of each of these institutions lends an unusual and unique diversity to the joint co-sponsorship of the Florida-France Linkage Institute. The Florida-France Linkage Institute is supported on behalf of France by the office of the French Consulate-General in Miami.

The Florida-France Linkage Institute utilizes the resources of the State University System and the Community College System. The Institute also serves as a clearinghouse for inter-institutional and community networking to bring projects and activities to college and university campuses.

Thus, the Florida-France Linkage Institute places a high priority on its mission to serve as a facilitator for international tourism, trade, economic development, and business for the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED).

For more information about tuition waivers for the Florida-France Linkage Institute and to apply: http://www.usf.edu/world/centers/florida-france/index.aspx

Co-Directors

University of South Florida
Christine Probes
Florida-France Linkage Institute
International Affairs Center
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CPR107
Tampa, FL 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-3104
Fax: (813) 974-4613
Email: probes@usf.edu

In Partnership with Florida State University
To be announced

In Partnership with Miami-Dade College
To be announced

FSU Fees

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 2019-2020 is assessed at $5.25 per credit hour for all students, regardless of location of study.

After registration, the student must pay the applicable technology fee; this fee is paid directly to Florida State University Student Business Services. Failure to pay this fee will result in a late payment charge being assessed to the student by Florida State University Student Business Services. International Programs has no control over the fee or any associated late payment penalty.

Facilities & Equipment Fees (Not Included in Program Fees)

International Programs fees do NOT include Facilities and Equipment Fees, which are assessed each semester for some majors (Medicine, Motion Pictures Arts, Music, Nursing, Fine Arts, Dance, Digital Media Production, etc.) even though you are studying overseas. If you are in one of these colleges/majors, you will be assessed a fee. Details can be found on the Registration Guide, under Fees and Financial Information.

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Deferment Forms

The online fee deferment is located in the International Programs Student Portal under the Money Matters area. Login here to access the portal.

First Semester Abroad Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

Application Fee

All study abroad applicants are required to submit a non-refundable, non-transferrable $100 application fee in order to have their application reviewed by International Programs.

Commitment Fee

Once admitted to a study abroad program, a nonrefundable $1,500 Commitment Fee is required to confirm your participation in the program. FSU Applicants expecting to receive financial aid including scholarships, grants, and other sources of assistance have the option to submit a legally binding fee deferment form for all or part of the $1,500 commitment fee, with payment of the balance, if any. Non-FSU Students may not defer the Commitment Fee. Students whose offer of admission to Florida State University is rescinded after the commitment fee is paid will not be eligible to participate but remain fee liable for the commitment fee.

Applicants are fee liable for the entire $1,500 commitment fee on the date of receipt of the deferment form, payment of the fee or a combination of both, totaling $1,500.

Early Commitment Discount

Admitted applicants who pay or defer the entire $1,500 commitment fee by the Early Commitment Discount Date will receive a $250 reduction in the overall cost of their program.

Commitment Fee Payment Deadline

Admitted applicants who have not paid or deferred the non-refundable $1,500 commitment fee in full by the published commitment fee payment deadline will be canceled from their program and have no further fee liability. Applicants who apply to a program after the regular commitment fee payment deadline has passed must pay or defer the entire commitment fee to be eligible for admittance to a program.

Full Program Fee

All admitted applicants must pay or defer the full program fee in accordance with the published full payment date in order to avoid being canceled from the program.

  • Admitted applicants who have submitted a written request to cancel from the program by close of business on the full payment due date will be held liable for the $1,500 commitment fee but not the full program fee.
  • Admitted applicants who have not paid or deferred the full program fee or submitted a written request to cancel from the program as of the close of business on the full payment due date will be cancelled from the program and will retain liability for the commitment fee previously paid or deferred.
  • Fully paid or deferred admitted applicants who have submitted a written request to cancel from the program after close of business on the full payment due date will retain liability for the full program fee.

Refunds / Release of Liability of Program Fees

Refunds of program fees/release of liability for program fees will be granted when International Programs cancels a program.

Additionally, refunds of program fees/release of liability for program fees will be granted for student cancellations prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances, upon providing appropriate documentation:

  • Involuntary call to active duty
  • Death of the student or a death in the immediate family (parent, legal guardian, spouse, child, or sibling)

Partial Refunds / Release of Liability of Program Fees

Partial refunds/partial release of fee liability for program fees may be granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances, upon providing appropriate documentation:

  • Illness of the student of such a duration or severity that it 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.
  • Exceptional unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the student, as approved by the International Programs refund committee.
  • Failure to meet or maintain admission requirements, including rescission of admission by the Florida State University Office of Admissions for failure to meet the conditions of one’s admission. Students whose admissions offer to Florida State University is rescinded after the commitment fee is paid remain fee liable for the entire commitment fee amount.

Refund and Release of Liability Policy Details

In evaluating requests, the refund committee considers the timeliness of the notification in relation to the event causing the need for withdrawal and timeliness in relation to the start of the program.

  • Refunds or release of liability cannot be granted, under any circumstances, in instances of withdrawal after a program has begun.
  • In no instance is a refund or release of fee liability request considered if it is after the end of the applicable program or semester, even if the cancellation or withdrawal occurred prior to the start of the program.
  • Applicants who apply and are accepted after published due dates remain liable for fees in accordance with the published dates.

Submitting Cancellations and Refund / Release From Fee Liability Requests

Submit all cancellations and requests for refunds or release from fee liability in writing via email to ip-cancel@fsu.edu. 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

Visa Information

England

A visa is not required for US citizens participating on a study-abroad program under six months. Anyone wishing to partake in two consecutive semesters will likely be required to obtain a visa and should contact an Immigration Specialist at ip-visas@fsu.edu for assistance.

  • Passport Validity: Participants must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended departure from the UK containing at least two empty visa pages. Keep in mind that the last three pages of your passport are not visa pages.
  • Arrival in the UK: You will be issued an immigration letter before departing the US which explains that you will be partaking on a study abroad programme in the UK. Upon arrival, you must not use the eGates. Instead, you will need to see a Border Force Officer and present them your immigration letter to ensure you receive a short-term student stamp.
  • Flight Restrictions: Due to the relationship between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, you will not have the opportunity to obtain the necessary student stamp. Therefore, you cannot arrive on a flight that has a connection through Ireland.
  • Non-US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the participant to check the following link to determine if a visa is needed to partake in a study abroad programme in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa. If a visa is required, please email an Immigration Specialist at ip-visas@fsu.edu and they will assist you to the best of their ability.
  • E.U. Citizens: Please be advised that if you possess dual citizenship with a European country, most countries require that you enter on your European passport. Check the expiration date to ensure it is valid for the duration of your time abroad and if it is not, you should renew it immediately.

Italy

A visa is required for U.S. citizens participating in a study abroad program longer than 90 days in Italy. A number of documents will need to be submitted in order for International Programs to apply for the visa on your behalf. Full visa information will be provided in a “Visa Packet”. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

  • Passport Validity: Participants must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended departure from Italy containing at least two empty visa pages. Keep in mind that the last three pages of your passport are not visa pages.
  • Financial Support: The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs require those applying for a semester-long student visa to have proof of financial support in the amount of $4,000. This must be in the form of an original recent bank statement (checking/savings only) or a notarized letter from the bank for an account either in the student’s or parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ names.
  • Travel Restrictions: You will be required to submit your passport for visa processing. As such, international travel prior to your program will be restricted. If you have preexisting travel arrangements, please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu.
  • Under 18 Years Old: Minors will be required to submit additional visa documentation. Please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu if you will be under 18 as of June prior to your program.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: Non-U.S. citizens will be required to submit documentation proving the ability to return to the U.S. following their study abroad program. Further information will be provided in the Visa Packet.
  • E.U. Citizens: Please be advised that if you possess dual citizenship with a country in the European Union, you will likely be required to enter Italy on your European passport. Check the expiration date to ensure it is valid for the duration of your time abroad. If it is not, you should renew it immediately.

Republic of Panama

A Temporary Resident Permit is required for U.S. citizens participating in a study abroad program in Panama. While the majority of the application process will occur in Panama, please take note of the following important requirements:

  • Passport Validity: Participants must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended departure from Panama containing at least two empty visa pages. Keep in mind that the last three pages of your passport are not visa pages.
  • Police Background Check: Please be advised that a criminal background check is required as part of the visa process. International Programs can obtain this on your behalf.
  • Under 18 Years of Age: Minors will be required to submit additional visa documentation to International Programs prior to departure. Please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu if you will be under 18 upon arrival in Panama.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: Depending on your country of citizenship, you may be subject to a different immigration process prior to departure. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu and we will assist you to the best of our ability.

Spain

A visa is required for U.S. citizens participating in a study abroad program longer than 90 days in Spain. A number of documents will need to be submitted in order for International Programs to apply for the visa on your behalf. Full visa information will be provided in a “Visa Packet”. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

  • Passport Validity: Participants must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond their intended departure from Spain containing at least two empty visa pages. Keep in mind that the last three pages of your passport are not visa pages.
  • Financial Support: The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs require those applying for a semester-long student visa to have proof of financial support in the amount of $2,600. This must be in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement (checking/savings only), or a notarized letter from the bank for an account either in the student’s or parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ names.
  • FBI Background Check: The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires all students applying for a visa with a duration greater than six months to obtain an FBI Background Check. Please do not start the background check process until prompted.
  • Travel Restrictions: You will be required to submit your passport for visa processing. As such, international travel prior to your program will be restricted. If you have preexisting travel arrangements, please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu.
  • Under 18 Years Old: Minors will be required to submit additional visa documentation. Please contact ip-visas@fsu.edu if you will be under 18 as of June prior to your program.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: Non-U.S. citizens will be required to submit documentation proving the ability to return to the U.S. following their study abroad program. Further information will be provided in the Visa Packet.
  • E.U. Citizens: Please be advised that if you possess dual citizenship with a country in the European Union, you will likely be required to enter Spain on your European passport. Check the expiration date to ensure it is valid for the duration of your time abroad. If it is not, you should renew it immediately.

Documents

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.

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.

Travel Resources

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: