“This trip not only helped me learn about myself, but my fellow students as well. I met so many great people and made friendships that will last a lifetime.”
“London was probably the best time I’ve ever had in my life. My favorite part was the exceptional food! I would also recommend swimming in the English Channel- it’s a once in a lifetime experience”
“London is the most amazing place!”
“During my summer abroad I made great friends, studied with excellent professors and had an overall enriching experience”
“London allowed me to broaden my horizons while learning and experiencing new things!”
“London taught me so much about living”
“I know this is the best time of my life and I am so happy I am able to take advantage of travelling now”
“One of the greatest and most fulfilling moments of my life and I will never forget it”
“I almost wish I hadn't grown so close to my flatmates because it will be that much harder to say good bye”
“ All the pictures, t-shirts, and souvenirs that I carry home with me will never compete with the friends found, lessons learned, and memories made in this great city. Life after London will never be the same."
First Year Abroad
First Year Abroad (FYA) is an extraordinary educational and career opprotunity, created especially for high-achieving, global-thinking adventurous students.
The First Year Abroad program allows students to complete the first twelve months of their FSU careers studying abroad with International Programs. Students can choose to spend their first year at any of our study centers: London, England; Florence, Italy; Panama City, Republic of Panama; Valencia, Spain. Students can opt to change their location for the summer term and spend it at another study center, though visa restictions apply for some locations
Note: Students interested in science or engineering majors must choose FSU Panama, London, or Valencia to meet all of their prerequisites.
Benefits and Rewards
FYA is designed for seamless continuation toward graduation
Students take up to 49 credit hours over 12 months, beginning in the fall term.
Classes are taught in English, except for foreign language classes. Additionally, living among native speakers immeasurably aids Spanish or Italian Skills.
Classes satisfy requirements of the Liberal Studies Program, many minors, and first-year prerequisites for most majors
An academic advisor ensures students follow "mapping" for their majors
First Year Abroad fulfills the summer residency required of most Florida State students.
The rewards of being an FYA student continue upon return to the main campus. Upon completion of a minimum of 36 FSU credit hours at their European or Panama IP study center with an FSU GPA of 3.0 or better, FYA students who are in good judicial standing may qualify for out of state tuition waivers allowing students to pay in-state tuition rates for the remainder of their first undergraduate degree at Florida State in Tallahassee. After earning 14 credits in a semester, Florida residents (as determined by the FSU Office of Admissions) with a cumulative FYA GPA of 3.0 or better receive a $1,500 scholarship toward the next semester. (A savings of $3,000 if earned for both the Spring and Summer semesters!)
For a typical four-year degree, the savings could total $35,000 to $40,000 dependent upon the student’s study location.
Locations, Faculty, Classes
Each location’s resources—historical sites, art, libraries, museums, government, and professionals—are fully integrated into courses.
Faculty members have a passion not only for their subjects but for the cities, for the cultures, and for undergraduate teaching. International Programs faculty are by nature intellectually curious, globally conscious, energetic, inspired and inspiring.
Small classes and personal attention create an intimate, liberal arts college atmosphere: no huge lecture classes, much more one-on-one instruction, and a chance to grow and mature. Our students, even in upper-level classes, always find that confidence, independence, and self-knowledge are chief rewards of our programs.
FYA Program Students must meet the following criteria:
- Upon admittance to Florida State, must also apply to the FYA program. Click here to apply
- Pay the non-refundable $100 application fee. For those students who ultimately participate on the FYA program, International Programs will apply the application fee toward the program fee.
Program Fees and Dates
Each program fee is comprehensive, including: up to 49 credit hours, housing, health insurance, center cultural excursions and activities, full-time administrative and academic support, some meals (London, Valencia and Florence), and some visas (Florence, Republic of Panama, and Valencia). Students who take fewer than 49 credit hours are not entitled to a refund of any fees. All program dates and details are subject to change.
Note: Financial aid may be applied toward program fees.