Program Information


"Opting for this program is one of the hallmarks of my learning experience.”
Zhang Xiaoshi, Program Participant from China University of Petroleum, Beijing

"My TOEFL score increased by 20 points during the SAP program.”
Wenjie Miao, Program Participant from Tianjin University of Technology

"I would like to thank the Center of Global Engagement for doing a great job helping me adjust to the study and life here in US. This special program is challenging because it is an accelerated process, but I would never have known my potential without participating in it."
Chen Xuejian, Program Participant from China University of Petroleum, Beijing

How the Program Works

Senior students and recent graduates are able to study two semesters at FSU which helps them transition to the U.S. educational system, complete prerequisite classes for future graduate study, and complete the Bachelor degree from the home institution. Students should review program pages for their chosen major to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites to succeed at FSU and ensure that the FSU coursework meets their graduation requirements from the home university.

Students pay a comprehensive program fee of $30,500, in lieu of tuition, during the two semester non-degree program. The program fee covers housing, meals during term, two semesters of classes at FSU, program support, and access to FSU’s gym and other recreational activities for students. In addition, students pay the SEVIS and visa application fees, airfare to Tallahassee, medical insurance meeting FSU requirements, textbooks, and personal costs and food during breaks. Upon completing the program FSU will send the home institution the student’s official transcript for posting to the student’s academic record.

Master Degree at FSU

Students who successfully complete the program and meet all of the admission requirements to enter the graduate program may apply for graduate admission to FSU. Students pay out-of-state tuition, and they are expected to be self-supporting during the graduate program. However, they may apply to the appropriate Florida Linkage Institute for tuition waivers or be eligible to receive university support through the normal departmental mechanisms (e.g., teaching and research assistantships). Acceptance into the Special Academic Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Master program, however, successful participants in the Special Academic Program will be well-positioned to earn a place in the Graduate program.

The Special Academic Program fast-tracks students through the master's degree program in most majors. Students can typically graduate with a Master degree in three additional semesters.

  • Up to 12 credit hours (4 classes) taken during the Special Academic Program counts toward the FSU masters' degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Public Administration. This reduces the graduate program by at least one semester. 
  • Up to 9 credits count toward the master's degree program in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • The Master of Science degree in Finance and MBA are designed to be completed in 1 calendar year (summer immediately following the Special Academic Program, Fall, and Spring.) Therefore, no credits transfer to these Masters' program.

Program Dates

  • end of August – beginning of May

Application Deadline