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First Year & First Semester Programs

Start your college experience in another culture, learning from world-class faculty, earning FSU credit, and making new friends! FSU International Programs offers first year and first semester study abroad experiences in four unique locations across the globe: London, England; Florence, Italy; Panama City, Republic of Panama; Valencia, Spain.


First Year Abroad

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The First Year Abroad (FYA) program allows students to complete the first twelve months of their Florida State careers abroad. Students choose to spend their first year at any of our four year-round study centers. Program participants can choose to live in one location for a full calendar year or change locations for the summer term.


First Semester Abroad

For those offered the Seminole Pathway option or summer admission by FSU Admissions, or for those ready to jump into a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the beginning of their career at FSU, the First Semester Abroad (FSA) program is for you! You can enroll as an FSU student this fall through the FSA Pathway program.



Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are countless benefits to the FYA and FSA programs! Studying abroad provides students a chance to grow and mature. Increased confidence, independence, and self-knowledge are chief rewards of our FYA and FSA programs. Our programs, facilities, and excursions provide an environment conducive to academic achievement as well as social and personal development.

Small class sizes and personal attention create an intimate, liberal arts college atmosphere. Rather than large lecture classes, students receive personal attention from faculty members while taking courses that incorporate local academic, historical, and cultural resources into the fabric of student learning. Living among native speakers also immeasurably aids Spanish or Italian language skills in Valencia, Florence, and Panama City.

In addition to these benefits, out-of-state FYA students have the opportunity to receive an in-state tuition waiver for the remainder of their undergraduate degree on main campus upon successful completion of the FYA program. In-state students on the FYA program who take 14 credits in a semester and earn a cumulative FYA GPA of 3.0 or better receive a $1,500 scholarship toward their next semester abroad – a savings of $3,000 if earned for both the spring and summer semesters!

FYA & FSA programs are offered at each of FSU’s four study centers. During the fall semester, FYA and FSA students at a study center choose from among the same course offerings, live together in shared housing accommodations, participate in the same cultural excursions, and have access to the same academic facilities as other students in that location. Participants of both programs will have a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

FSA students return to main campus at the end of the fall semester, having earned up to 17 credit hours while abroad. FYA students will remain abroad for the spring and summer semesters, earning up to 49 credit hours and satisfying the FSU summer residency requirement before returning to main campus for their second fall semester. FYA students who maintain a 3.0 GPA on coursework taken abroad can earn an out-of-state tuition waiver (non- Florida residents) or an in-state scholarship for use towards the FYA program fee (in-state residents).

If you can’t decide between FYA or FSA, we typically recommend choosing FYA to give yourself the most flexibility. It is usually not possible for FSA students to extend their programs beyond the fall semester due to immigration restrictions, but it is possible for students on the FYA program to decide to return to main campus after 1 or 2 semesters abroad. However, if a student does not complete the FYA program, they would not be eligible for the tuition waiver.

Our team of freshmen program coordinators is also here to help answer any questions you may have! You can reach us at IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu.

Good question! FSU has year-round study centers in Florence, Italy; London, England; Panama City, Republic of Panama; and Valencia, Spain. FYA students must spend their fall and spring terms in the same location for immigration reasons but do have the option to switch locations for the summer semester.

There are a few things to consider when choosing a location for your FYA/FSA program. Are you drawn to a particular location’s culture, language, or cuisine? Which location(s) offer the courses needed to stay on track for your intended major? We recommend learning more about each study center by visiting our YouTube channel. You can also access the location descriptions and course offerings on the FYA or FSA program pages. Please note that FYA students interested in majoring in science or engineering must choose the Panama, London, or Valencia study centers to meet major prerequisites.

Our team of freshmen program coordinators would love to help you find the study center location that is right for you! You can reach us by emailing IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu.

Our FYA and FSA programs are designed for seamless continuation toward graduation. The courses offered abroad satisfy Liberal Studies and graduation requirements as well as first-year prerequisites for most majors and many minors. Academic advisors help students stay “on track” for their majors while abroad. You can view a list of course offerings by location and semester under the garnet “Courses” tab of the FYA or FSA program pages. For assistance in choosing a location that is well suited to your major, email IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu before applying.

Please note that FYA students interested in majoring in science or engineering must choose the Panama, London, or Valencia study centers to meet major prerequisites.

Classes abroad are taught by FSU adjuncts or main campus faculty members that have a passion for their subjects as well as for their location and its culture. Classes are taught in English (except for foreign language classes) and are taken for FSU credit.

Small classes and personal attention from faculty members create an intimate, liberal arts college atmosphere. Each location’s resources—historical sites, art, libraries, museums, government agencies, and professionals—are fully integrated into courses.

You can view a list of course offerings and descriptions for each location and semester under the garnet “Courses” tab of the FYA or FSA program pages. For assistance in choosing a location that is well suited to your major, email IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu before applying.

On main campus, students typically pay for their tuition, housing, meals, and activities separately. The estimated cost of attendance for FSU main campus can be found here.

By contrast, program fees for the FYA and FSA programs are comprehensive and include: tuition (up to 17 credits per semester); housing (for the program’s duration); cultural excursions & activities; international health insurance; full-time administrative and academic support; some meals or vouchers (as described for each location).

Almost all sources of financial aid (including Florida Prepaid, Bright Futures, loans, grants, and other university or private scholarships) can be applied toward FYA & FSA program fees. If you have any question about scholarships or financial aid for studying abroad, email IP-FinancialAid@fsu.edu

Yes! Florida residents on the FYA program who take 14 credits in a semester and earn a cumulative FYA GPA of 3.0 or better receive a $1,500 scholarship toward their next semester abroad- a savings of $3,000 if earned for both the spring and summer semesters! Out-of-state residents don’t forget about your opportunity to earn in-state tuition for the remainder of your undergraduate degree after successful completion of the FYA program!

Additionally, almost all sources of financial aid (including Florida Prepaid, Bright Futures, loans, grants, and other university or private scholarships) can be applied toward FYA and FSA program fees. Below are links to helpful scholarship resources.

Students and families are encouraged to read "Understanding the Financial Aid process for FSU students studying abroad". If you have any questions about scholarships or financial aid for studying abroad, email IP-FinancialAid@fsu.edu.

FSU International Programs has offered dedicated freshmen study abroad programs since 2004. As the number of applications for first-year admission to FSU have continued to rise in recent years, the FYA and FSA programs were identified as ideal pathways to the University. Smaller class sizes at the study centers create a small, liberal arts college atmosphere that is conducive to students’ academic achievement, cultural exploration, and identity development.

If offered FSU admission as part of the Seminole Pathways program, students begin their FSU careers by enrolling in a 3-credit hour online course, Global Foundations, offered by International Programs during the summer term prior to studying abroad. Upon successful completion of this course, students join us abroad for the fall semester to begin in-person coursework as part of the FYA or FSA program. In order to be considered for admission through the Seminole Pathways program, students must have applied for regular Freshman admission to the University.

The intimate, liberal arts college atmosphere of each study center makes it easy to quickly develop new friendships with fellow program participants. The bonds you form while traveling, learning, and exploring new cultures with friends will continue upon your return to main campus. Our freshman programs run concurrently with broad curriculum and internship programs at each study center, so students share excursions, classes and other program components with upper division students – providing an opportunity to learn about life on main campus and in Tallahassee!

FSU culture is also alive and well at each study center. Whether its gathering with fellow participants to cheer on FSU’s sports teams or spotting a fellow ‘Nole repping the garnet and gold around your new home city, you will feel connected to main campus and the Seminole spirit no matter where you are studying.

To get a recent student’s perspective, we encourage you to reach out to our Ambassador team who have been there, done that.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been admitted to FSU for the fall or summer term or as part of the Seminole Pathways program. More details about the FSU application process can be found here.

Application Process: After receiving your FSU acceptance or Seminole Pathways offer, students must apply for the FYA or FSA program on the FSU International Programs website. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and early application is advised. The application process takes about 10 minutes. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee. Before applying, be sure to check out . Questions about the application process can be directed to IP-Freshmen@fsu.edu

Absolutely! To get a recent student’s perspective, we encourage you to reach out to our Ambassador team who have been there, done that.

Congratulations! We are excited to welcome you to the International Programs family. We have created an International Programs Student Portal to help guide you through the pre-departure process. You should login to the IP Student Portal frequently to access program-related information (program specific packet, payment schedule/deadlines, packing lists, etc.), important notifications & reminders, and a “Next Steps” document with answers to questions like:

  • Is there an Orientation specific to FYA/FSA students? How do I register?

  • Do I need to pay the FSU Admissions deposit or Main Campus Housing deposit if I have paid the International Programs commitment fee?

  • How/when should I activate my FSUID/FSU email account?

  • What are FSU’s Health Insurance and Immunization requirements?

  • How/when do I register for study abroad courses?

  • Do I need a passport or visa?

  • What should I do if I have travel planned for the summer before I study abroad?

  • How/when should I book my flights?

  • How/when do FYA students select a summer location?

  • Am I eligible for main campus housing when I return from study abroad?

  • And More!