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There isn’t a city in the world with a more vibrant theatre scene than London –from the traditional to the cutting edge. Theatre Academy London (TAL) is located in the heart of the West End. The opportunity to see a variety of theatre performances is a vital part of theatre training in London. This program is designed to make maximum use of these shows, alongside classes taught by distinguished faculty that include some of London’s leading theatre artists. This program provides an immersive experience through theatre training to develop and add depth to students' work. All sessions offer a theatre-going class where students take advantage of London’s extensive theatre offerings, including visits to the Globe and Stratford-upon-Avon. The program includes backstage visits to London’s great national companies as well as visits from guest artists.

Summer (LN71): Film Acting

This Film Acting program gives an intensive introduction to the craft in which students will learn the functions of key crewmembers, the technical vocabulary of the set, and the impact of learning techniques to expand their range of acting abilities.

Fall (LN74): Performance Studies

This program offers theatre training to develop students’ work. Focus is on the actor, and the courses may include classes such as Shakespeare, Scene Study, Movement, and Film Acting. Playwriting, Devising, and Stage Combat may also be offered.

Spring (LN75): Acting

The semester combines conservatory classes with analytical courses in theatre history and criticism. Classes offered include Shakespeare (Acting), Scene Study, and Physical Theatre. Alongside the regular class schedule, TAL also offers a series of master classes and workshops.

Program Description

Program Sessions

International Programs is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff, the academic integrity of our courses, and the high quality of our programming. We are monitoring the impact COVID-19 may have at all locations.

Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic all program elements including the program calendar, weekly schedule, classroom environment, course delivery, housing arrangements, 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 and practices of Florida State University.

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

CodeTermStart DateEnd DateFeeApply
LN74Fall 202009/20/2012/15/20$14,895.00Closed
LN75Spring 202101/06/2104/22/21$14,815.00Closed

Eligibility

LN71 & LN75

The spring and summer semesters of this program are open to all students pursuing degree programs in Theatre, Music Theatre, Film, English, Communication, Humanities, and in exceptional circumstances, other degrees. Due to the performance nature of this program, students may be asked to submit an audition tape to ensure appropriate academic advising.

LN74

The fall semester of this program is open to all theatre majors who have completed college level Acting 1 or Performance 1 courses at the time of application. FSU BA students must have completed, prior to the program, THE3213 World Theatre History I and THE3214 World Theatre History II. Due to the performance nature of this program, all applicants must be approved by the FSU School of Theatre. Students may be asked to submit an audition tape to ensure appropriate academic advising.

Housing

Students live in shared flats that feature fully equipped kitchens, furnished living areas, wi-fi and cable, and great views of the bustling Great Russell Street. Just below the flats, students have 24-hour secure access to the library, computer labs, laundry facilities, student lounge, classrooms, and administrative offices through the corridor that links the buildings. This set-up allows students the flexibility to make quick work of class assignments whenever they like, as well as have easy access to the student lounge for movie night. If these spaces are filled, students will be housed in comparable accommodations within central London. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. For a list of hotels near the campus, please click here.

Excursions & Group Activities

Plans may change due to unexpected events and/or new opportunities. Cultural immersion and social events planned for this program may include:

  • Overnight Excursions

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

  • Day Excursions

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

  • London Excursions

    Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kew Palace and Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Greenwich, Kensington Palace, Street Markets, River Thames Boat Ride, and Afternoon Tea

  • 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, and more historical/cultural sites

  • Other Activities

    • Theatre performances in the West End, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Minack in Cornwall, and Stratford
    • Guided coach and walking tours of London
    • Opportunity to participate in London Scholars’ Program (Spring/Fall)
    • St. Patrick’s Day celebration (Spring only), events for charity, scavenger hunts, ice-skating, movie nights, pub quizzes, and more
    • FSU football viewing nights, staff vs student football, Thanksgiving Day meal (Fall only)

Program Fees

Include:

  • All registration fees
  • Instructional costs for up to 6 undergraduate credits (LN71) or up to 16 undergraduate credits (LN74; LN75)
  • Welcome orientation
  • Housing
  • Continental breakfast on class days
  • Weekly pizza and salad dinner at the study center
  • Program planned excursions/groups activities
  • Course-related theatre/film performances
  • Full-time academic support
  • 24/7 student support
  • Health insurance
  • Scheduled group airport pick-up
  • London transport pass
  • IP 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)
  • Course-related fees (e.g., theatre tickets)

Courses

To speak with an International Programs Academic Advisor about study abroad courses, you can visit our office during drop-in advising hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00pm, make an appointment using Campus Connect (FSU students only), or contact our advisors directly (Sarah Lovins Bacani at slovins@fsu.edu or Mary Melton at mmelton@fsu.edu) to make an appointment.

IP provides Liberal Studies requirement areas in an effort to help students make informed decisions. Although every attempt is made to be accurate & current, requirement areas are fluid and it is the student’s responsibility to confirm all Liberal Studies requirement areas through the Liberal Studies Course Search Tool and your major advisor.

Session LN74Fall 2020
CourseTitleSatisfiesCredits
THE4935Diverse Voices

Looking at key theories of performance, representation and identity, the course will analyze strategies playwrights employ to configure notions of the self, community, and marginality. This course will examine how students might access their own voice and aid others to access theirs. Using the key elements of drama, we will dissect, discuss and begin to understand how theatre was, and is, used as a cultural space for creatives in the UK and the role that race and gender plays within these fields. A key part of the course will be asking the students to interrogate and develop their own practical process in relation to the stories they want to tell. We will also explore the similarities and differences of the writers writing from within their subject positions, and interrogating divergences if and where they may occur and whether these divergences suggest new ways of thinking about identity. The course will also interrogate the concept of marginality itself. The course will be taught as a combination of practical script development, reading, writing, debates, lectures, group online theatre viewings, student-led presentations and online contributions by working theatre professionals. Michelle Bonnard is an actress and writer with over fifteen years of lecturing experience at LAMDA, the Royal Academy of Music, Kingdom School of Arts and Identity. In 2013, she was part of a group of actors who set up the Act For Change Project - a project that aimed to increase diversity in the UK theatre and film, both in front of, and behind the lens. Acting: Michelle has played leads in a number of screen projects including; Unforgotten 4, The Strike Series - Career of Evil, George Gently, The Fear, Law & Order UK, Waking The Dead, Saddam’s Tribe, Five Days, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spooks and Ray and Liz. In the theatre, Michelle has played leads at The RSC, The Park, Bath Theatre Royal, The Kiln, The Barbican and Hampstead Theatre. Screenwriting: Michelle's debut short Black Road, won best film at the European Short Film Festival and her short Stand Still was premiered at The London Film Festival in 2019 as part of Film London's Calling slate. Michelle has projects in development with Working Title, Warp, and Island Pictures.
3
THE4935Screenwriting

A twelve week course looking at how to find that initial spark for your story, how to use genre to your advantage and how to develop strong characters with authentic voices. We’ll cover some of those screenwriting gurus and identify elements that work for your own personal style. We’ll also look analytically at great scripts and unpick what it is that makes them tick. By the end of the course you’ll have a working knowledge of how to write a screenplay using story, structure and character. As well as an ability to package your own work. Including: developing a logline, writing a treatment, crafting a screenplay and delivering a verbal pitch. Shirley Day Shirley Day is a writer / director and independent producer for film, theatre and TV. She has had eight feature commissions in the past three years. Last year one of her features whent to Raindance. She has won awards for her short films and theatre work. In 2020 she was engaged as showrunner on the TV series: Cosmic Girl, for the Piranesi Experience. She was also invited to be part of ‘Around The Globe in 80 Plays’ (for the Globe theatre in London); directing, producing and writing a new work called Hens. Shirley is currently running a course in devising solo shows for theatre. She has written for the BBC and has won awards for her short stories. She runs an independent production company called Passion Productions Ltd. https://www.passionproductions.co.uk
3
TPP2710Voice I

The course is designed to teach the fundamentals of the voice and the spoken word for performance. It teaches the craft of connecting the body breath and voice without restrictive habits or tension. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of how the voice works, learning and working through exercises to establish a reliable vocal technique. It will address what it is to be fully present using Patsy Rodenburg’s three circles of concentration and to understand that this energy is at the core to embodying our own presence and power. They will learn to engage with language with an ever increasing readiness to speak, owning the words and connecting the breath to the thought and the thought to the word simultaneously. The student will work on various poetic and dramatic texts during the course. The texts will be chosen by the tutor. All classes will be conducted on Zoom. Paula uses Zoom for international drama students and for corporate seminars and coaching and this has proven to be a highly successful platform. The student is required to have as large a screen as possible (laptop is fine) strong wifi and a good microphone. The student will wear loose clothing and have access to water. Paula Stephens - Registered Rodenburg Teacher Paula is a dedicated theatre professional with a passionate commitment to all aspects of vocal work. She trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and as a Registered Rodenburg Master Voice and Text Practitioner (RRT) at The Michael Howard Studios in New York. Paula has many years experience in Theatre, TV and Film to include several seasons with The Royal Shakespeare Company.
3
TPP4113Acting III: Shakespeare

This course is an acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of post-realistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.
3
TPP4404Advanced Acting/Directing

This course will focus on modern and contemporary texts. We will work online, sometimes in our scene groups of just 2-3 actors, and sometimes with the whole company present. When we ‘meet’ we will work in a practical way as actors do in rehearsal, often using improvisation exercises, to look at how to bring a text to life. We will navigate each scene and unpack it, to examine exactly what happens and why. Incorporating the teachings of Uta Hagen and Mike Alfreds, especially when it comes to actions and obstacles, we will learn how to affect the other characters to achieve our objectives from moment to moment. There will be homework between sessions, based on interrogating character choices and extracting as much information as possible from what the writer has given us. The aim is to empower the actor to make choices spontaneously and truthfully, based on a forensic understanding of the text. Catherine Bailey Catherine was born and trained in London. Her stage credits as an actor include numerous seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe and productions at The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Young Vic, The Hackney Empire, The Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Criterion. She runs her own London-based theatre company, BAZ Productions, dedicated to telling classic stories in unusual spaces. Their last production was told in both English and British Sign Language. Catherine has appeared in many television productions for the BBC, Hallmark, HBO and Netflix, and her feature films include the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion and French language film Casanova; Last Love. She has led drama workshops at Urdang Academy, The Brit School, Ithaca College London, and Keeble College, Oxford.
3
TPP4600Fundamentals of Playwriting

This course introduces the craft of playwriting. The course functions as a workshop and focuses on the mechanics of structure, form, and marketing. Mark Wheatley began his professional career researching documentaries for the BBC and then had a two-year period writing for Series and Serials at the BBC (including EastEnders) before beginning to write for the theatre. From 1990 to 1997 he was the principal writer/adaptor for Complicite and their literary manager. He adapted many shows with the company, including The Street of Crocodiles, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He remains part of their advisory team and his adaptations for Complicite are published by Methuen. Subsequently he has written for theatre, television, radio and film; his 2008 play, So Close To Home was first seen at the Brighton Festival and then at the Arcola in London. Mark is also an experienced teacher and has taught for many academic institutions in both the UK and the US, including FSU, Penn State, University of California, Yale and Madison, Wisconsin.
3
TPP4712Voice Techniques III

This intermediate course in voice focuses on increasing vocal stamina, breath capacity, range, and freedom on the stage. The course introduces speaking Shakespeare and offers practice with the use of complex language in acting classical texts. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
3
Session LN75Spring 2021
CourseTitleSatisfiesCredits
THE3061Introduction to Theatre in London

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the components of the theatrical experience as they relate specifically to current dramaturgy and stagecraft in London. It is to be offered only at The Florida State University London Study Center. It should be viewed as a companion class to THE 2000 Introduction to Theatre, for majors and nonmajors, but may be taken independently. It makes use of the theatrical resources in the city of London, including attendance at leading theatres, backstage tours, and lectures by prominent theatre artists.
3
THE4433Gender, Race, and Performance

This course is an advanced introduction to contemporary theories/practices of performance of race/gender on stage and in everyday life.
3
THE4935Scene Study

You will explore traditional and contemporary approaches to text-based acting derived from the work of Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and movement psychology and character analysis derived from the work of Rudolph Laban and Yat Malmgren, in a conservatoire-style approach to actor training. You are responsible for bringing prepared scenes to class and for readiness in acting exercises.
3
TPP3510Movement Techniques

This course utilizes exercises for self-awareness, physical strength, flexibility, and versatility for the actor. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
3
TPP4113Acting Techniques III (Shakespeare)

This course is an acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of post-realistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.
3
Session LN71Summer 2021
CourseTitleSatisfiesCredits
THE3061Introduction to Theatre in London*

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the components of the theatrical experience as they relate specifically to current dramaturgy and stagecraft in London. It is to be offered only at The Florida State University London Study Center. It should be viewed as a companion class to THE 2000 Introduction to Theatre, for majors and nonmajors, but may be taken independently. It makes use of the theatrical resources in the city of London, including attendance at leading theatres, backstage tours, and lectures by prominent theatre artists.
3
THE3931Theatre in London*

Many of Shakespeare’s plays were inspired by the London he lived in, its buildings, its people and its class system. For British actors that cultural heritage is all around them, they take it for granted. This course is a chance to perform Shakespeare in context. Students will be able to develop practical strategies for working on Shakespeare’s text, using the clues he put in for his actors, actively analyzing the physical dynamic and muscle of the language and how that supports sense and development of character. Using my experience at Shakespeare’s Globe and with Cicely Berry and John Barton at the Royal Shakespeare Company as a springboard, we will start with ensemble work, exploring his use of language and rhythm. Researching the History plays we will retrace Shakespeare’s footsteps and visit The Tower of London, bringing scenes from the plays back to their real-life setting. The students will spend the remaining weeks focusing on small group scenes and duologues. In rehearsal we will explore the narrative drive of the scene, as well as staging in the original conditions of the Playhouses and how to keep intimacy and truth and to play heightened language with integrity while playing to a daylight audience. Topics change per semester depending upon instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
3
THE4935Film Acting Workshop

This course explores both TV and film formats in an intensive acting workshop for the screen. Screen acting is its own art form, which combines the ability to relax on set and be intensely truthful with an awareness of the demands of the technology involved, which can make very ‘dishonest’ demands on the actor. The camera lens scrutinizes the actor’s every movement, however small. Students will observe in their own performances the importance of listening in a film performance, see how a difference of a couple of inches can decide whether a shot is in focus or not, experience ‘hitting the mark’, and learn how the reaction shot is king. They will become familiar with film equipment, the names and uses of the various bits of kit - which can seem so alien and intimidating to the stage actor. They’ll learn the language of shot sizes and the demands these place on the actor. The course will look at the differing demands of film and TV, of the single camera and the multi camera shoot and the nature of blocking for the screen. Most importantly, students will do as much acting on camera as we can possibly fit in, using scripts from both film and TV. The world of the studio will be demystified and students will finish the course feeling at home in front of the lens and ready to take the next step into professional screen acting secure in their knowledge and experience of the medium.
3
Session LN74Fall 2021
CourseTitleSatisfiesCredits
THE3061Introduction to Theatre in London (mandatory)

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the components of the theatrical experience as they relate specifically to current dramaturgy and stagecraft in London. It is to be offered only at The Florida State University London Study Center. It should be viewed as a companion class to THE 2000 Introduction to Theatre, for majors and nonmajors, but may be taken independently. It makes use of the theatrical resources in the city of London, including attendance at leading theatres, backstage tours, and lectures by prominent theatre artists.
3
THE4923Theatre Encounters Workshop

A workshop production of a major dramatic work together with extensive study of the social, literary, and cultural contexts. Includes dramaturgical research and written assignments.
3
THE4935Voice Wheel

In-depth examination of various topics not covered in the regular course offerings. For seniors and juniors who have completed at least fifty percent of their major requirements.
3
TPP2710Voice I

This course introduces student actors to the basic principles of voice training. Group and individual exercises are designed to stimulate and develop the imagination, physical and sensory awareness, creativity, and the ability to work as part of an ensemble. Focus is on alleviating individual tensions in the vocal musculature that restrict the natural voice. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.
3
TPP3510Movement Techniques I

This course utilizes exercises for self-awareness, physical strength, flexibility, and versatility for the actor. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
3
TPP4113Acting Techniques III: Acting Problems in Genre and Style

This course is an acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of post-realistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.
3
TPP4531Stage Combat

This course explores the development of physical dialogue through armed (rapier and dagger, broadsword, quarterstaff, or knife) and unarmed stage combat applied to acting. Focus is placed on the processes of safety, technique, rehearsal, and performance. Students have the option to participate in the Society of American Fight Directors Skill Proficiency Test.
3
TPP4600Fundamentals of Playwriting

This course introduces the craft of playwriting. The course functions as a workshop and focuses on the mechanics of structure, form, and marketing.
3
TPP4712Voice Techniques III

This intermediate course in voice focuses on increasing vocal stamina, breath capacity, range, and freedom on the stage. The course introduces speaking Shakespeare and offers practice with the use of complex language in acting classical texts. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
3
Session LN75Spring 2022
CourseTitleSatisfiesCredits
THE3061Introduction to Theatre in London

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the components of the theatrical experience as they relate specifically to current dramaturgy and stagecraft in London. It is to be offered only at The Florida State University London Study Center. It should be viewed as a companion class to THE 2000 Introduction to Theatre, for majors and nonmajors, but may be taken independently. It makes use of the theatrical resources in the city of London, including attendance at leading theatres, backstage tours, and lectures by prominent theatre artists.
3
THE4433Gender, Race, and Performance

This course is an advanced introduction to contemporary theories/practices of performance of race/gender on stage and in everyday life.
3
THE4935Scene Study

You will explore traditional and contemporary approaches to text-based acting derived from the work of Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and movement psychology and character analysis derived from the work of Rudolph Laban and Yat Malmgren, in a conservatoire-style approach to actor training. You are responsible for bringing prepared scenes to class and for readiness in acting exercises.
3
TPP3510Movement Techniques

This course utilizes exercises for self-awareness, physical strength, flexibility, and versatility for the actor. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
3
TPP4113Acting Techniques III (Shakespeare)

This course is an acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of post-realistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.
3

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

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 $1601.60
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 $3440.00
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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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 Info Sessions

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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.

General Program Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

APPLICATION FEE (STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS)

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. Paying the application fee does not guarantee admission to a program

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 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.

Applicants are fee liable for the entire $1,500 commitment fee on the date of receipt of the deferment, 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. This reduction will be applied towards the full payment, not towards the $1,500 commitment fee.

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 in full and who have not 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.

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 may 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

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 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.

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.

Spring 2019 General Program Fee Liability (Including Withdrawal & Refund Policy)

Application Fee

The $100 application fee is nonrefundable.

Confirmation Deposit

The $1500 confirmation deposit is refundable until the close of business on the deposit’s due date. If an applicant has paid the deposit or been granted a deferred payment plan for the deposit and has not withdrawn from a program as of the close of business on the deposit due date, the applicant becomes fully liable for the confirmation deposit. Students whose offer of admission to Florida State University is rescinded after the confirmation deposit is paid or deferred (in accordance with the due date) will not be able to participate but remain fee liable for the confirmation deposit.

Full Program Fee

Program applicants who have demonstrated their intent to participate in the program by payment or by deferral of the confirmation deposit and who have not withdrawn from the program as of the full payment due date become fully liable for the full program fee as of the close of business on the full 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

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.

Important Dates & Documents

Spring 2021
Applications Open*Wednesday, April 08, 2020 $100.00
Early Commitment Discount**Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Scholarship Applications DueWednesday, September 09, 2020
Commitment Fee DueWednesday, September 23, 2020$1500.00
Full Payment DueWednesday, October 21, 2020

*Early application is advisable as program enrollment is limited and acceptances are offered on a rolling basis.

**All admitted applicants must pay the non-refundable commitment fee by the due date to reserve a spot on the program. If you are ready to commit early, you can earn a $250 discount off your program fee by paying the commitment fee by the discount date.

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 commitment fee to International Programs.

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: