International Gateway Program

Introducing Our International Gateway Program A Unique Opportunity

Florida State’s International Gateway Program allows students to spend the first year of their undergraduate degree at one of our four international campuses and then transfer to the United States to earn the remainder of their degree at our main campus in Tallahassee, Florida. Gateway students also have the unique advantage of meeting and studying with American students with whom they will share the same campus when continuing studies in the USA. Transfer assistance will be available both at the international centers and in Tallahassee, providing a smooth transition to life in the States. One of the particular attractions of the program for UK students is perhaps the opportunity it provides to work in the US upon graduation through a visa designed to offer international students the chance to experience practical training in the workplace.

 

Re-Defining Study Abroad

By creating an environment where British and American students meet as peers in the classroom with a sense of common ground for each, the FSU International Gateway Program redefines the parameters of Study Abroad. Collaborating with people of different world views and understanding global issues is essential to any student's personal and professional development and is increasingly critical to a graduate's future success in the workplace. Through cross-cultural interactions and participation in intercultural dialogues, students on this program will draw on the rich heritage and environment that is Florida State University while earning an undergraduate degree comparable in both academic rigor and cost to that available in the UK. We believe this opportunity will be of particular interest both to students eager to combine their university career with study abroad, and to students keen to embrace the diversity and strength of a US Liberal Arts degree. With ever-increasing competition for university places in the UK, applying to FSU provides an alternative path to university for those students wishing to secure a place for entry immediately after A Level results.

 

The Liberal Arts Approach

Most students at US universities graduate with either a BA or a BSc with a major in a particular subject area such as history, psychology, communication, criminology, electrical engineering, biology, sport management or, for example, any one of the more than three hundred undergraduate degree courses offered at Florida State. One of the many advantages of the US higher education system, is that the Liberal Arts approach allows students to explore broad areas of academic interest before focusing on their final choice of major. The result is an undergraduate education as it was meant to be: a time to ask as many questions as to answer, a time to experiment with subjects not available in secondary school, a period of personal growth and academic development. In the Liberal Arts tradition, the university recognizes the importance of engaging students with a broad range of knowledge and with ideas both new and old. The Liberal Studies curriculum trains students and equips students with skills – to think logically, to analyze clearly, and to communicate with precision and power. On the understanding that the undergraduate years represent an opportunity for intellectual exploration, students at Florida State University are given the information, the skills, and the habits of mind that will enable them to fulfill their promise as an individual and as a member of the broader community.