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In accordance with the Florida State University policy for international experiences, International Programs provides administrative support for students who elect to earn Florida State University credits by interning or doing research abroad outside of the opportunities offered by International Programs. This program also applies to students conducting research abroad for FSU credit.

Participants receive health insurance and evacuation insurance, as well as administrative support, which includes collecting student contact information, their host details, and emergency contact information. The dates and fees for independent internships are based on the amount of credits to be earned and other costs.

Independent interns must apply through International Programs. For more info, visit our website or contact our internship coordinator at IP-Intern@fsu.edu.

Please Note: All independent interns and researchers must apply and be accepted at least 60 days prior to the start of the internship or research.

Program Sessions

Do not purchase airline tickets until advised to do so by International Programs.

CodeTermStart DateEnd DateFeeApply
II00Fall 201908/26/1912/13/19TBD
II00Spring 202001/06/2005/01/20TBD

Program Description

FSU IP Instruction Fee

  • $265 per credit hour for Undergraduate Students
  • $479 per credit hour for Graduate Students
  • $479 per credit hour (if graduate or undergraduate in Social Work or Education)
  • The above instruction fee does not apply to medical or law school students.

Insurance Fee

The insurance fee is $65 per month (1 month minimum). This insurance is mandatory for all independent interns and researchers, regardless of current enrollment in stateside or international health insurance.

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Getting Started

Getting Started section coming soon!

Money Matters

The biggest factor in deciding when and where to study abroad is often the financial aspect. In fact, too many students assume they cannot afford to participate, missing out on an invaluable opportunity because they are not aware of alternative methods of funding. The Financial Assistance Coordinator at International Programs (IP) is dedicated to helping students through the financial aid application process by conducting financial aid workshops on a regular basis in addition to meeting personally with each student needing assistance. Students who have received some form of financial aid throughout their collegiate careers, as well as those completely new to the process, receive expert care every step of the way. We also help concerned parents! Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at their home school as early as possible. Finally, Florida State students will find additional helpful information on the FSU Financial Aid website.

Please review Understanding the Financial Aid Process for Students Studying Abroad to explore a range of issues for students who anticipate receiving any type of financial assistance. This is a document just for FSU IP students and families, with step-by-step guidance for the process. FSU students, please click here. Non-FSU students, please click here.

For information about the 1098-T form, please click here.

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 $1601.16
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 $2772.72
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 obtain the deferment form by selecting Deferment from the menu above.

To use a Florida Prepaid dorm account during a summer term, the purchaser of the Prepaid account must complete and submit the summer dormitory form directly to: Florida Prepaid, 1804 Hermitage Blvd., Suite 210, Tallahassee, FL 32308. For more information, contact them at 1-800-552-4723.

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 $3310.00
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 2020 June 10, 2019 September 11, 2019 Prior to September 25, 2019
Spring Break 2020 September 4, 2019 October 23, 2019 Prior to November 6, 2019
Summer 2020 September 12, 2019 December 4, 2019 Prior to January 15, 2020
Fall 2020 January 6, 2020 April 1, 2020 Prior to May 13, 2020
Spring 2021 April 16, 2020 September 9, 2020 Prior to September 23, 2020

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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Study Abroad Loans

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.

Financial Aid and Financing Study Abroad Workshops

Financial Aid & Financing Study Abroad Workshops will be held at the Askew Student Life Center. See dates and times of workshops below. WALK-INS WELCOME!

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in 101A Student Life Center
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in 101A Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM in 101A Student Life Center
  • Thursday, February 07, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in 101A Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM in 101A Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in 101A Student Life Center
  • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 101A in Student Life Center
  • Thursday, March 07, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 101A in Student Life Center
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 101A in Student Life Center

Deferment Forms

This section is currently under construction. If you have any questions about deferment forms, please email IP-Info@fsu.edu or call our main office 1-850-644-3272.

Independent Interns & Researchers Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

Application Fee

The $250 application fee is due at the time of application. This fee and is nonrefundable and cannot be deferred. The application will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.

Full Program Fee

Once your application has been accepted, program fees for your independent internship are due within 1 week of receiving acceptance email and statement. It is imperative that you either pay your fee or fill out the deferment form and turn it in to IP within 1 week. Should you cancel on or prior to the due date; all cancellations must be placed in writing to ip-cancel@fsu.edu. If you have not withdrawn from the program as of the close of business 1 week after date of admittance, you become fully liable for the entire program cost.

Non-payment may result in a hold on your student account, inability to complete your registration or cancellation of your program.

Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in an independent internship by payment or deferral within 1 week of admittance and, who have not withdrawn from the program, become fully liable for the full program fee as of the close of business on the payment due date.

Refunds of Program Fees

Refunds of program fees WILL BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:

  1. Cancellation of program by International Programs
  2. Involuntary call to active duty
  3. Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, legal guardian, spouse, child, or sibling)

Refunds of program fees will not be granted where a student becomes ineligible to participate in a program for failure to meet or maintain admission requirements.

Partial Refunds of Program Fees

Partial refunds of program fees MAY BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:

  1. Illness of the student of such duration or severity that it precludes overseas travel. The student will be required to submit all relevant medical records for review and evaluation by Florida State'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.
  2. Exceptional circumstances that could not have been foreseen and were beyond the control of the student, as approved by the International Programs’ refund committee.
    • Timely notification in relation to the event that caused the need for withdrawal will be considered in evaluating refund requests. In no instance will a request be considered if it is made after the end of the semester for which the refund is requested.
    • Refunds cannot be granted, under any circumstances, in instances of withdrawal after a program has begun.
    • Applicants who apply and are accepted after the published due dates remain liable for fees in accordance with the published due dates.
  3. Rescission of admission by the Florida State University Office of Admission for failure to meet the conditions of one’s admission. Students whose admission offer to Florida State University is rescinded after the confirmation deposit is paid or deferred (in accordance with the due date) remain fee liable for the confirmation deposit

Submitting Withdrawals, Requests for Refunds, and Release from Fee Liability

All withdrawals, requests for refunds, and requests for release from fee liability must be submitted in writing via email to International Programs. 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

Nationality, location of travel, duration and purpose of travel may determine visa requirements. All independent interns should check with the U.S. Department of State at travel.state.gov and the appropriate consulate for visa, entry and immunization requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FSU International Programs at IP-Visas@fsu.edu.

Important Dates & Documents

Fall 2019
Applications OpenWednesday, May 15, 2019
Applications DueWednesday, June 26, 2019
DIS/Internship form to International ProgramsOne week after acceptance
Full Payment DueOne week after acceptance
Spring 2020
Applications OpenWednesday, April 10, 2019
Applications DueWednesday, November 06, 2019
DIS/Internship form to International ProgramsOne week after acceptance
Full Payment DueOne week after acceptance
Summer 2020
Applications OpenWednesday, September 04, 2019
Applications DueMonday, March 11, 2019
DIS/Internship form to International ProgramsOne week after acceptance
Full Payment DueOne week after acceptance
Fall 2020
Applications OpenWednesday, January 08, 2020
Applications DueWednesday, June 24, 2020
DIS/Internship form to International ProgramsOne week after acceptance
Full Payment DueOne week after acceptance
Spring 2021
Applications OpenWednesday, April 08, 2020
Applications DueFriday, November 06, 2020
DIS/Internship form to International ProgramsOne week after acceptance
Full Payment DueOne week after acceptance

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FAQ

1. How many credits hours will I receive for my internship abroad?

The amount of credits students can receive varies based on the requirements of their major. It is best to speak with an academic advisor to determine the specific amount of credit hours to be earned.

2. I already have my own health insurance; do I have to pay for the health insurance through International Programs?

Yes. This insurance is mandatory for all independent interns and researchers, regardless of current enrollment in stateside or international health insurance. The insurance policy is billed in monthly increments (1 month minimum). See the Description on the Independent Internship page for more information.

3. What is a DIS/Course Approval form and why I do need to complete it?

The DIS/Course Approval form allows you to receive academic credit for your internship. Students must have a DIS/Course Approval form completed by their instructor in order to receive academic credit. International Programs will build an International Programs section of the approved course.

4. Can I use financial aid for the internship?

Yes. Students can use financial aid to cover the costs of their internship. Refer to the Money Matters tab located on the Independent Internship program for information about financial aid and scholarships. For more information regarding financial aid, students can make an appointment with the International Programs Financial Aid Coordinator at IP-FinancialAid@fsu.edu.

5. Can International Programs help me find an independent internship?

No. Students are responsible for arranging the internship, finding housing, transportation and all other logistics that are involved.

6. Why do I need to turn in a copy of my passport?

International Programs keeps a copy in case the student’s passport is lost or stolen to provide tangible proof to the U.S. consulate.

7. Is the $250 application fee deferrable?

No. The $250 application fee cannot be deferred and must be paid before the application can be reviewed by International Programs.

8. I am a medical/law/ graduate research student. Are my classes registered through IP?

No. Students enrolled in the FSU College of Medicine, FSU College of Law, or a graduate research student courses are not registered through International Programs. Please see your college for more information about class registration.

9. I am doing research abroad and will not be taking classes in my overseas location. Do I still need to go through International Programs?

Yes. All students conducting research abroad for academic credit must be registered with International Programs as an Independent Intern. However, these students are only assessed for the cost of insurance for the duration of their research abroad. See the Description on the Independent Internship page for more information.

10. Why do I need to register my classes through International Programs?

Participating in an International Programs internship program, instructional costs are included in the program fees. Therefore, International Programs will build an International Programs section of the approved course. Students must have a DIS/Course Approval form completed by their instructor in order to receive academic credit.

11. I am doing an internship for 6 months that overlaps two semesters. Can I split my credit hours for the internship between 2 semesters?

Yes. Contact the International Programs Internship Coordinator at IP-intern@fsu.edu for information.

12. What does International Programs assist with during my independent internship?

International Programs helps with 24/7 emergency support both overseas and in Tallahassee, your FSU academic course registration for pre-approved credit, development of your financial aid budget, maintenance of your contact details and those your emergency contacts, which are shared with the FSU Police Department and FSU Registrar’s Office.