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Going Abroad

Florida State University recognizes the importance of preparing students to be successful citizens in the global society of the 21st century, and supports international study and intercultural experiences as an integral part of the academic, social, and cultural development process of university education. That is why Florida State University is committed to supporting students who want to go abroad and develop global competencies.

STUDY

Studying in another country transforms students’ educational and personal perspectives and enhances their future development in profound ways. FSU offers students a variety of options for international experiences abroad during their graduate careers.  

  • Beyond Borders – Participate in a unique exchange program that is an alternative to traditional academic study abroad programs and provides students with short-term, rich cultural learning experiences through immersion in the target cultures, Jamaica or Germany.
  • College/Department Opportunities – Students should check with their department to see if they have additional opportunities for overseas study.
  • Winthrop-King Scholarship – Supported by a generous bequest from the late Mrs. Ada Belle Winthrop-King, Florida State University's Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies is a center for interdisciplinary scholarship on France and the French-speaking world. They offer travel awards to graduate students in the depart of Mondern Languages and Linguistics to support both conference and research travel.
  • Global Exchanges – Exchange programs offer students a unique opportunity for cultural immersion and in-depth academic learning. Students participating in an exchange program benefit from the opportunity to become fully immersed in the host university as an international student and attend classes with local students. Courses are taught in English, with the exception of language learning courses. FSU students selected for an exchange program pay FSU tuition and fees and can use their financial aid. 
  • International Programs – Study abroad at one of FSU's three international study centers or participate in a faculty-led program in over 20 locations.
  • Republic of Panama Campus – FSU’s satellite campus in Panama City, the Republic City of Panama, offers a master's degree program in International Affairs.
  • Transfer International Credit Back to FSU – Direct enroll to earn credit for study at other accredited international institutions.

RESEARCH

An increasing number of students are doing research which includes an international component. Not only do students benefit from the experience of designing and implementing a research project, but they also learn invaluable life lessons from living and interacting with the local communities in which they are working.

  • College/Department Opportunities  Students should check with their department to see if they have resources for international research opportunities specific to their discipline. 
  • Independent Research  Students may receive academic credit for internships arranged independently and conducted in locations other than those where FSU International Programs provides internships. All students must register their internship through the International Programs office to receive credit for the internship. 
  • International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship – This prestigious international fellowship for advanced doctoral students offered by the Graduate School, facilitates research and timely completion of the doctoral degree that requires extended research-time abroad.

INTERNSHIPS & SERVICE

International and intercultural internships provide remarkable opportunities for students to gain incomparable career experience and develop intercultural competencies while earning academic credit. Likewise, sustained service is another way to serve in the community while gaining experience related to personal, professional, and academic goals. 

  • Career Center Library – Resources in the Career Center Library assist students in finding international or intercultural internships include the Directory of International Internships, Internships in International Affairs, and The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas. A career advisor can help students get started. The Going Global – Career Guides & Employer Database (requiring FSUID login) provides a network of international internship opportunities. 
  • Center for the Advancement of Human Rights – Through its internship program, the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights seeks to not only provide substantive human rights experiences to FSU students but to also directly support the work of human rights NGOs around the world. CAHR provides funding for numerous annual placements, many of them in partnership with FSU Schools and Departments. 
  • College/Department Opportunities – Students should check with their department to see if they have resources for international or intercultural internships that are specific to their discipline.
  • Florida State Alternative Breaks – A program within the Center for Leadership and Social Change, Florida State Alternative Breaks sends students out to serve in diverse communities across the country and around the world during spring and other breaks. It facilitates service immersion experiences for students to serve with and in a diverse community, learn about social issues, and develop as leaders and active citizens.
  • Global Peace Exchange – This student-led initiative was founded at Florida State University in 2006. Undergrad and grad students fundraise, budget, plan, execute, and evaluate sustainable community development projects. During the summer, teams travel to Ghana, Moldova, Nepal, Rwanda, and Uganda to implement these 8-12 week innovative empowerment projects. 
  • Independent Internship – Students may receive academic credit for internships arranged independently and conducted in locations other than those where FSU International Programs provides internships. All students must register their internship through the International Programs office in order to receive credit. 
  • International Programs – FSU International Programs offers graduate credit for international internships at organizations and corporations in London, England; Florence, Italy; Panama City, Republic of Panama; and Valencia, Spain.
  • Moellership Program – Named for its founder Bill Moeller, the Moellership Program is a Center for Leadership and Social Change program that provides funding for students to engage in a summer of service, focusing 8-12 weeks of their summer on full-time service at a nonprofit agency.

FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Students interested in immersing themselves in different languages and cultures through international or intercultural research, study, and service may be eligible for fellowships and scholarships. 

  • Center for the Advancement of Human Rights – Through its internship program, the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights seeks to not only provide substantive human rights experiences to FSU students but to also directly support the work of human rights NGOs around the world. CAHR provides funding for numerous annual placements, many of them in partnership with FSU Schools and Departments. 
  • International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship – This prestigious international fellowship for advanced doctoral students offered by the Graduate School to facilitate research and timely completion of the doctoral degree that requires extended research-time abroad. Recipients must conduct research abroad for the duration of the fellowship. 
  • International Programs – Florida State University students can apply for one or more of the scholarships available for those studying abroad on Florida State University's IP programs. Some of the scholarships are for use on specific programs, while others can be used on any IP program. 
  • Moellership Program – Named for its founder Bill Moeller, the Moellership Program is a Center for Leadership and Social Change program that provides funding for students to engage in a summer of service, focusing 8-12 weeks of their summer on full-time service at a nonprofit agency.
  • Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards – The Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards (OGFA) assists current FSU graduate students in obtaining prestigious external awards. External sponsors, from foundations to agencies, recognize graduate student excellence through nationally competitive award programs. This type of merit-based funding offers resources for graduate students to conduct research, participate in programs, and further their studies.
  • Winthrop-King Awards – Supported by a generous bequest from the late Mrs. Ada Belle Winthrop-King, Florida State University's Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies is a center for interdisciplinary scholarship on France and the French-speaking world. They offer travel awards to graduate students in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics to support both conference and research travel.

 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS & RESOURCES

Find links to FSU's Travel Policy, travel alerts and warnings by country, information about returning home after your experience, and more.

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