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International Engagement

An effective international experience is defined as participation in an FSU-approved intensive international experience of at least one week abroad in which students collaborate effectively with people from cultures different than their own.

Through the International Experience, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Convey attitudes of respect, openness, curiosity and discovery towards a culture different from their own
  • Identify and interpret cultural differences
  • Adjust their behavior and/or language, based on intercultural situations
  • Collaborate effectively with people from cultures different from their own
  • Recognize that their worldview is not universal.

Minimum Criteria

To meet the criteria of the International Experience, students may choose 1 of the 3 learning activities:

  1. Complete the Global Pathways Certificate/Specialized Study (See reflection instructions below: International Reflection and Evaluation) 
    • As of Spring 2016, this program is no longer accepting new enrollment for this program. See #2 below. NOTE: Students completing this program must also participate in an approved International Experience.
  2. Complete the Global Citizenship Certificate (See reflection instructions below: International Reflection and Evaluation)
  3. Participate in an approved intensive International Experience abroad (see Criteria for the International Experience below) and take an approved Intercultural Communications Course (See Approved Intercultural Communication Courses below).
Criteria for the International Experience
  • At least one week abroad
  • Immersion in the target culture, as characterized by strategic daily interactions with the host culture that focuses on one of the following: cultural, educational, service activities
  • Provide opportunities to:
    • Engage in an intercultural experience
    • Adjust behavior, views and perceptions (intellectually, emotionally, socially, politically, etc.)
    • Collaborate with people whose culture/customs, ethnicity, attitudes, opinions, and ideas that are different from their own
    • Speak the local language and other ways to adapt communication
    • Acquire/gain specific skills, knowledge or abilities

For a non-FSU international experience, students must email IP-info@fsu.edu with an explanation of how the sustained international experience meets the above criteria. The review period for a non-FSU (not affiliated with Florida State University) international experience is 2 weeks.

Approved Intercultural Communication Courses
  • Courses that have a cross-culture theme. Students can view a list of these courses online here. OR courses that meet the diversity requirement that are labeled as cross-cultural studies [X] or diversity in Western experience [Y]. Students can search for these courses on the Liberal Studies website.
  • If you would like to submit a course for approval that is not featured on any of these lists, please contact IP-info@fsu.edu for information about course submissions. 

International Reflection and Evaluation

Utilizing the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society web portal, students will respond to reflection prompts relating to their international experiences. These responses will be evaluated as part of the process of completion of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society Program. Students should have their responses reviewed and, if appropriate, edited prior to submission.

* If a student is completing the Global Pathways Certificate/Specialized Study OR the Global Citizenship Certificate option, they will reflect on their experiences through the program's Blackboard page and are not required to submit responses to the GGSS prompts. Garnet and Gold Scholar students are still required to select the Global Pathways Certificate/Specialized Study OR Global Citizenship Certificate option on the International tab in the online portal system by the reflection deadline.

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