Student Support

The FSU Center for Global Engagement provides participants with assistance and support, from the earliest stages of the application process and pre-arrival, through their arrival and first weeks on campus, and eventually, all the way through their first year on campus, including the process of applying for the Master's in Science degree program. Other Center for Global Engagement staff members also provide additional support to participants in this program in a variety of areas, including visa and immigration assistance.


  • Help students complete the FSU admissions process, get medical clearance, and provide the documents and instructions needed to complete the immigration process, including the visa interview, required to enter the U.S.
  • Make all housing arrangements, purchase and prepare all of the items students will need for the first night in their new room (bedding, shower curtain etc.), so that when new students arrive, they walk into a room that is ready for them to have a good night's rest.

Upon Arrival

  • Meet students as they exit the secure wing of the airport in Tallahassee, greet them warmly and in true FSU Seminole-style, assist with luggage and transport students to the FSU campus.
  • Provide Students with orientation to FSU, and a campus tour, as well as an introduction to the services offered through the Center for Global Engagement, and other types of sports, music, service, social and cultural activities which students may participate in at FSU.
  • A Peer Mentor picks up students at the Tallahassee airport and drop off at SouthGate Campus Center. (See more about Peer Mentors below).

Ongoing Support

  • The Program Director, FSU International Initiatives and the Student Services Coordinator are available to assist students throughout their Special Academic Program. The Program Director, FSU International Initiatives will provide support for anything concerning academic matters, including concerns that may arise in classes, difficulties with Blackboard, and course registration. The Student Services Coordinator is the first point of contact for students regarding non-academic matters, including life in at FSU, housing, access to student activities including football tickets, etc. The Special Programs staff are privileged to celebrate with students all the positive things that are experienced at FSU as well as help them when problems arise. Homemade treats from the U.S. are sometimes provided, along with a kind and respectful listening ear!
  • Dinner with Peer Mentors and/or Special Programs staff on special occasions.
  • Organize regular shopping opportunities to Wal-Mart and the Asian grocery stores in town and organize occasional activities on campus and around Tallahassee with Peer Mentors.

Transition to Graduate School

  • Support for master’s degree applications
  • Resume and personal statement writing workshops
  • Guidance in searching for research supervisors

FSU Student Mentors

  • Cultural resource to explain U.S. customs and answer questions
  • Connect new students to other FSU students and student clubs
  • Facilitate activities and excursions on campus and around Tallahassee


Program participants live in a nearby residence hall conveniently located within walking distance to the Florida State University campus and accessible to public transportation. Each student has a bed, a wardrobe and a desk for his/her personal use. All residence halls include Wifi and air conditioning and a bathroom shared with one or two other students.

Other amenities typically include: a fitness center, study rooms, and a lounge with games and televisions available for all residents to use. Residence halls also include staff who are available to answer questions, address concerns, and educate students on all the traditions of college life and FSU.

Our Staff

Dr. Jocelyn Vaughn

Program Director of FSU’s Special Academic Programs. Dr. Vaughn manages the agreement process with international partner universities.

Michelle Lawson

Oversees non-academic support for program participants throughout their time at Florida State University.

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