"We provide many opportunities, not only for you to get to know Americans...but for Americans to get to know you too."
- Ms. Cindy Green
Director of the Center for Global Engagement
There are as many reasons to attend Florida State as there are students enrolled. Hear what a few of them have to say about their experience.
Each year, we enroll approximately 1,700 international students. The majority of our international students come to us for graduate education, but we strongly encourage undergraduate freshman and transfer students to study with us as well. Few schools offer more support and services to their international population than we do. Our Center for Global Engagement staff will work with you to ease your transition to our Seminole Community. We hope you will contact us with any of your questions that are left unanswered after browsing our website.
We are required by U.S. federal regulations to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019). You must show proof of financial support for the first year of study and confirm availability of funds for the length of your academic program.
As one of the top research universities in the country, outstanding facilities and libraries are a given. What are not, are world-class faculty members who are committed to your success. Our faculty works with you in a supportive and collaborative environment, continually challenging you to reach your highest educational goals.
On those all too rare occasions when you are able to break away from your studies and research, you will find an abundance of activities on campus and in the local community. Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, is located within 30 minutes of the coast and numerous rivers and lakes. It is the perfect location for outdoor pursuits like biking, hiking, and kayaking or just sitting back and relaxing.
The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and its staff are here to serve international students and their families. Whatever you need to help make your transition to Florida State go more smoothly, they will work hard to provide. They will advise you about F and J visa requirements and assist you with cultural adjustment, employment matters, housing, or personal concerns. The Center itself offers meeting space to international student organizations, a kitchen, and lounges for recreational use.
After you have been admitted to the University, please browse this site for information on your next steps.
If you need to improve your English skills before beginning your academic career in the United States, Florida State's Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) is the place for you. CIES is an English language school for serious students who want to improve their English skills. You will be given personalized instruction by highly qualified teachers in a safe, friendly environment.