With a rich history of supporting learning and scholarship in programs around the world, Florida State University ranked in the top five in several categories in a new report from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
FSU is ranked fifth among institutions overall and third among public universities in study abroad enrollment in the IIE Open Days Report 2023, with 2,469 students studying abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year. FSU also ranked third overall in short-term study abroad program enrollment (1,731 students) and fourth overall in long-term study abroad program enrollment (216 students).
“We are pleased to once again be ranked so highly among our peers in the number of students we send abroad,” said Jim Pitts, director of international programs at FSU. “These rankings demonstrate FSU’s continued institutional commitment to providing our students with meaningful educational opportunities abroad. We know from independent research that education abroad provides transformative learning experiences, which positively impact academic, educational and career outcomes.
Open Doors also ranked the top three destinations for studying abroad, namely Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain. FSU’s international programs maintain a year-round presence in all three countries with study centers in Florence, London and Valencia. FSU also has a branch campus in the Republic of Panama, in Panama City.
Other study abroad opportunities offered by FSU international programs include programs in Grenada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France and Switzerland. This summer, FSU International Programs is launching a new two-week program in Kosovo called “Human Rights in Europe’s New Democracy.” The program focuses intensively on human rights issues that emerged during the Balkan Wars in the 1990s.
“International programs have both deep roots and an entrepreneurial spirit, which positions us well to continue to support the university’s mission and goals,” said Louisa Blenman, associate director of international programs at the FSU. “We offer broad “proven” curriculum offerings, as well as innovative discipline-specific programs. Regardless of program or discipline, we help prepare students to meet current and future global challenges.
Over the summer, FSU President Richard McCullough and First Lady Jai Vartikar visited FSU study centers in London, Florence and Valencia with FSU Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Collins and his wife, Jennifer Collins, an FSU alumna and board member of the FSU International Programs Association, Inc. They had the opportunity to personally see FSU’s incredible facilities abroad and talk to students about their lives. -change experiences.
“The foresight of previous presidents to purchase these buildings and create these programs is incredible,” McCullough said. “I think we have additional opportunities to create sabbaticals for faculty members to go abroad and expand FSU’s international presence and reputation.”
Additionally, Vice President of Student Affairs Amy Hecht taught a leadership and change course focused on global perspectives at the FSU London Study Center last summer.
“Study abroad is all about experiential learning,” Hecht said. “Our students live in a new country and navigate transportation, shopping, nightlife, culture and homework. My course used the city as a teaching tool, and this is something the program encourages. Why would a student want to take a course in a classroom when going to study abroad? They want to explore and experience those unique experiences that London (or Florence or Valencia) can offer.
Stories about experiences like these can be found on Noles abroada blog and podcast aimed at celebrating the people, places and moments that have contributed to the growth of FSU’s international programs on FSU’s main campus and beyond.