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
|Austria||University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria|
|Austria||University of Salzburg|
|Brazil||Federal University of Parana|
|Brazil||Universidade Federal Fluminense|
|China||University of International Business and Economics|
|China, Hong Kong||Hong Kong Baptist University|
|China, Macau||University of Macau|
|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|
|Italy||University of Pavia|
|Italy||University for Foreigners of Perugia|
|Japan||Kwansei Gakuin University|
|Japan||Kyoto University of Foreign Studies|
|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|
|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:
|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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.