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FSU Wins National Award for Campus Internationalization

Florida State University recently became one of only four universities to win a prestigious national award for integrating international education throughout the university.

FSU was selected for the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, awarded annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. FSU was selected for a wide variety of study, research, and service opportunities for students to gain intercultural skills and experience, both on campus and abroad. Some of these are highlighted through global.fsu.edu and include Global Exchanges, study abroad at FSU’s three study centers and on faculty-led programs, Global Scholars, Social Science Scholars, Moellership Program, and intercultural programming provided by the Center for Global Engagement.

The Global Citizenship Certificate, FSU’s academic program that maximizes cultural learning opportunities for undergraduates, was a key reason FSU won this award. This program includes curricular and co-curricular components that help students develop cross-cultural communication skills.

“FSU has a rich history of supporting internationalization and cultural diversity,” said President John Thrasher. “Ensuring that our students have the skills, competencies and global awareness needed for success in the 21st century has long been one of our top priorities. We are honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award.” 

FSU, in addition to Santa Monica College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Pittsburgh, will be featured in NAFSA’s fall report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities; the 2017 winners will also be honored at an event in Washington, D.C., during International Education Week in November.