Global Exchanges Students Prepare for Educational Adventure

Enthusiasm for FSU’s Global Exchanges is spreading with 31 students studying at 15 universities in 10 countries in the spring semester. The outbound FSU students for spring semester met with the inbound exchange students at FSU for fall semester at the Global Exchanges Bon Voyage Social on December 1 to talk about studying in a new culture and how to make the most of the experience.

Students with a wide range of majors study internationally through FSU's Global Exchanges at over 40 partner institutions around the world. Some of the majors of the outgoing group for spring include interdisciplinary social science, management information systems, marketing, international affairs, and biology.

Karly Kajay, FSU junior studying accounting, is heading to the University of Strasbourg in France. “I chose a Global Exchange because I want to truly become a global citizen and develop an understanding of other cultures,” Kajay said. “I’m in the Global Citizenship Certificate as well as the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. I chose Strasbourg because it’s in the center of Europe, which will allow me to travel and explore many different countries and cultures.”

Axel Duclovel is an exchange student from the University of Strasbourg in France who is studying management at FSU for the academic year. He met with the FSU students headed for Strasbourg and shared insights about his university and living in France at the social.

“This exchange experience is teaching me to work outside of my comfort zone and communicate with people from different cultures,” Duclovel said. “These are important lessons for my future career.”

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Students Forge Connections Through the Cultural Partner Program

This semester, 41 pairs of graduate students spanning about 40 majors and 12 colleges participated in FSU’s Cultural Partner Program. The program connects international and domestic graduate students for a semester-long intercultural interaction that provides them with the opportunity to develop cross-cultural competencies and knowledge of other cultures.

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CGE Welcomes New F-1 Student Advisor

Leesa Truesdell will advise all undergraduate students and graduate students whose family names begin with letters P – Z.  Leesa is available by email (, phone (850-644-0662), appointment, or during walk-in hours from 2-4 p.m. Monday–Friday. She received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from FSU in 2015 and recently returned to the U.S. after teaching English in Spain.


Weekly Newsletter Resumes in January

Thank you for following along with us this semester. We will resume our weekly newsletter in January during the first week of classes. If you have ideas or suggestions, please submit them below using the link below.


More Upcoming Events

International Coffee Hour – Every Friday | 5-6:30 p.m. | The Globe Lounge & Dining Room | Note: the last International Coffee Hour of the semester will be 12/8. We will resume 1/5 (the week before classes resume). *

English Conversation Club – Monday-Friday | 4-5 p.m. | The Globe Lounge | Note: the last ECC meeting of the semester will be 12/8. We will resume on 1/16 during the first week of classes.

International Students: Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop – Thursday, 12/7 | 2 – 4 p.m. | The Globe Room 2300 | To register, click here.


2018 International Bazaar Registration Deadline – Sunday, 12/10
Participate in this year’s International Bazaar held on Feb. 17, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. in The Union Ballrooms either through tabling or performances. Register here.

Florida International Leadership Conference 2018 – Monday, 12/11
Participate in the 2018 Florida International Leadership Conference (FILC) that brings together more than 150 domestic and international students from more than 15 different Florida colleges and universities to engage in a weekend of leadership learning activities. Apply here.