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Incoming Exchange Students

Florida State University is a preeminent research university in Florida and is ranked 38th among top public universities in the nation. Established in 1851, FSU has 17 colleges which offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs. There are more than 41,000 students enrolled at FSU, from all 50 U.S. states and over 130 countries. International exchange students are a valuable part of the FSU student body, and FSU has student exchange partnerships with universities all over the world.

Becoming an Exchange Student at FSU

Step 1) To be an exchange student at FSU, you must be currently enrolled at one of FSU’s exchange partner institutions and you must receive your home university’s nomination. FSU does not admit free mover or direct-enroll students. Graduate students visiting to pursue research only (no course enrollment) are considered Visiting Scholars at FSU, rather than exchange students. See the "Student Exchange Partners" list below to determine if your home university has an exchange partnership with FSU.

Student Exchange Partners

Country University
Australia Griffith University
Austria Krems University
Austria University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Austria University of Salzburg
Brazil Federal University of Parana
Brazil Universidade Federal Fluminense
China Fudan University
China University of International Business and Economics
China, Hong Kong Hong Kong Baptist University
China, Macau University of Macau
Denmark Aalborg University
Finland Hanken School of Economics
France Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
France University of Strasbourg
French Antilles University of the Antilles
Germany Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Germany Ludwig Maximilians University
Germany Oldenburg University
Italy University of Pavia
Italy University for Foreigners of Perugia
Japan Hiroshima University
Japan Kwansei Gakuin University
Japan Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Japan Waseda University
Netherlands Erasmus University
Netherlands University of Amsterdam
Netherlands University of Groningen
South Korea Hanyang University
South Korea Kyung Hee University
South Korea Sookmyung University
South Korea Soongsil University
South Korea Sungkyunkwan University
Spain University of Alicante
Spain Politecnica University of Valencia
Spain University of Zaragoza
Sweden Jonkoping University
Thailand Khon Kaen University
United Kingdom University of Sussex
United Kingdom University of Swansea

Step 2) Is FSU a good fit for you? See below to find out about courses, estimated expenses, housing, and other important information.

Step 3) If your home university is a current exchange partner with FSU, please contact your home university’s Exchange Coordinator to find out the steps necessary to be nominated as an exchange student.

Step 4) The Exchange Coordinator at your home university will nominate students by forwarding their names and credentials to the FSU Program Director, Exchanges and Intercultural Programs.

Step 5) After FSU accepts a nomination, students will be given the information needed to apply to FSU as an exchange student.

General Requirements for Incoming International Exchange Students

  • Degree-seeking student at one of FSU’s exchange partners
  • Studying and seeking courses in the academic departments that are partners in the specific exchange
  • Proof of financial support
    • Academic Year 2020/21 - $17,824
    • Fall 2020 - $7,800
    • Spring 2021 only - $8,849
  • International Student Health Insurance Compliance
  • Health Compliance Forms
  • An original university transcript (scanned copy accepted)
  • Required scores for language proficiency:
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550 (institutional TOEFL reports are not accepted)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 77
    • Pearson Test of English: 55

*Incoming exchange graduate students to the School of Communication are required to have a 100 on the Internet Based TOEFL. Incoming exchange graduate students to the College of Law are required to have a 90 on the Internet Based TOEFL.


Students must be nominated by our partner universities by the following dates so we can process their application in time for them to participate in Florida State University's term:

Semester Nomination Complete Application
Fall  March 1 March 15
Spring October 1 October 15

Nominations include the name, email, grade point average, year of study, and area of study. Once the nominations are accepted, complete application instructions are sent to the coordinator and student.

Academic Calendar

View the academic calendar at the FSU Registrar website.


Courses available to exchange students are limited to the FSU College or Department that initiated the exchange, unless the exchange is university-wide. In general, students may also be able to select from lower-level Liberal Studies (1000 or 2000-level) courses on a space-available basis, providing they meet the course prerequisites.

For an overview of academic colleges and departments, see:

Visit the FSU Registrar website for a list of courses offered at FSU by semester.  

Students will need to maintain some flexibility in their class selections. When choosing classes, we ask that students provide a list of their top choices, as well as a list of alternates and we do our best to ensure that exchange students are able to take the classes they want while at FSU.

Please speak with your home university’s exchange coordinator to find out more specific information about the classes available to you at FSU before you seek your home university’s nomination for the exchange.

Language of Instruction

English, except for language classes offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.

Estimated Expenses 2020-2021

Shipment of Immigration Documents $50-90 depending on location
Tuition Paid to home university directly
Housing $600-$1100 per month
Food $300-$600 per month
Books & Supplies $500 per semester
FSU Student Health Insurance Academic Year: $2,776; Fall: $1,089; Spring/Summer: $1,778
FSU Student ID Card Fee $5 per semester
FSU Transcript Fee approximately $13 per copy ($5.00 transcript fee + service charge)                            


Students will be provided assistance with the application for a J-1 student visa from staff in the Center for Global Engagement at FSU.

Student Health Insurance   

Florida State University and the State of Florida, in addition the US government, have very specific requirements regarding health insurance for J-1, non-degree students.

The FSU Student Health Plan offers comprehensive coverage that meets all of these requirements and allows students to use the FSU Student Health Center without paying for the visit and costs upfront. Therefore, it is recommended that international students enroll in the university’s approved plan. Students may purchase insurance after receiving notice of admission to FSU and creating an “FSUID” login account.
Purchase the FSU Student Health Plan: http://studentinsurance.fsu.edu/.

In addition to the FSU Student Health Plan, an alternative plan option that meets the FSU/State of Florida/US government requirements is offered from a company named “ISO”. Note that in general a cheaper health insurance plan does not mean it offers the same coverage as another plan. It is important to do one’s own research to make the best choice that meets an individual’s needs. Accepted students will be sent information about the approved ISO plans after acceptance.

Health insurance and/or Travel insurance plans from the student’s home country do not meet the very specific state requirements for mental health care, and they require students to pay for healthcare services out of pocket and apply for reimbursement, which can cause a significant financial burden during the short study program. Therefore, only the FSU Student Health Plan or the ISO insurance plans will be accepted. No other insurance plans will be reviewed or accepted to meet this requirement. Students must submit proof of insurance enrollment after admission to FSU.

Student Immunization Requirements

Two combined MMR vaccinations administered after the student’s 1st birthday and at least 28 days apart are required. 

Find more healthcare compliance information on the University Health Services website.


Student accommodation may be available on campus, but it is not guaranteed. Students seeking on-campus housing should apply as soon as possible after being formally admitted to FSU.

See the University Housing website for more information.

Off-campus housing is very limited for exchange students, particularly if only attending FSU for one semester. Many off-campus apartments require a 12-month lease. Furnished apartments may be available but will be offered at a higher monthly cost.

The Center for Global Engagement maintains a list of off-campus housing options on their website.

Meal Plan Options

Students living on or off-campus may purchase a meal plan to use the FSU dining halls and retail food service locations.

Visit the Seminole Dining website to find out more about dining memberships.

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