• Engagement Areas

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 Engagement Area, students may choose 1 of the 3 activities:

  1. Complete the Global Citizenship Certificate 
  2. Complete the Global Scholars Program
  3. Participate in an approved intensive International Experience abroad and take an approved Intercultural Communications Course (the course does not have to be taken while abroad).
    • Criteria for the intensive International Experience abroad:
      • 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 submit an experience form following the directions listed here. The review period for a non-FSU (not affiliated with Florida State University) international experience is 2 weeks.
    • Approved Intercultural Communication Courses:
      • Approved courses that have a cross-culture theme can be found here.
      • If you would like to submit a course for approval that is not featured on any of this list, please follow the directions listed here
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