Florida State University

Florida State University Overview

Florida State University is a public research university located in Tallahassee, Florida. Established in 1851, FSU has 16 colleges which offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. There are more than 40,000 students enrolled at FSU. The average age for undergraduate students is 21. Students from all 50 states and over 130 countries are represented.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies, Media Studies, Political and Cultural Studies and Business Management.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 27th August 2018 - 14th December 2018  7th January 2019 - 3rd May 2019

Application Deadline: 15/03/2018 for Semester 1 and 15/10/2018 for Semester 2.

Please Note: Orientation is required; dates are to be announced, however for Semester 1 usually the Wednesday or Thursday before classes begin and for Semester 2 usually the Thursday before classes begin.


You will pay no tuition fees to your host university.

For the 2018/19 Academic year in order to satisfy US Visa regulations you will need to prove that you have access to $6,676 for Fall (Semester 1) only, $7,295 for Spring (Semester 2) only and $14,754 for the academic year. This is the amount that the host institution believes that it will cost you to live there for the duration of your studies. 

Below a list of estimated expenses in US dollars. Actual expenses may vary from person to person. 

Shipment of Immigration Documents $50-90 depending on location
Tuition Paid to home university directly
Housing $600-$1000 per month
Food $300-$600 per month
Books & Supplies $500 per semester
FSU Student Health Insurance Academic Year: $2,750 Fall: $1,100 Spring/Summer: $1,650
FSU Student ID Card Fee $5 per semester
FSU Transcript Fee $12.75 per copy

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  here.

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. There are two acceptable plans through ISO, listed on the website.

If purchasing insurance through ISO, students must register with the following information:
• Visa: J1
• Status: International Student
• School: Florida State University J1 Exchange

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 2 ISO health insurance plans mentioned above 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: All students are required to submit proof of immunizations before being registered for classes by the Center for Global Engagement. Two combined MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccinations administered after the student’s 1st birthday and at least 28 days apart are required. The Immunization Form must be signed by a doctor or clinician. Download the Immunization Form here.


Student accommodation may be available on campus, but is not guaranteed due to high student demand. Students seeking on-campus housing should apply as soon as possible after being formally admitted to FSU. For more information please visit the website.

For off-campus housing, the Center for Global Engagement maintains a list of off-campus apartments. The “Short Term” housing options section lists apartments offering less than 12-month leases. Off-campus housing may be limited, particularly if only attending FSU for one semester. Furnished apartments may be available, but are 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. For more information please visit the website.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

This bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Alternative funding through the Erasmus+ scheme will also be available for some opportunities in Texas, New Zealand and China for 2015/16 and 2016/17. Students will be contacted direct and the deadline for this is 31st March 2016.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Below you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.