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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.

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.

To introduce international students to Thanksgiving, FSU’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE) partnered with the Westminster Oaks Retirement Community whose residents welcomed about 60 students on Sunday, November 19, for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Students enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving cuisine – such as turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes – with Tallahassee residents. In addition, the CGE provided international food from several local restaurants.

The CGE offers the Global Partner Certificate to FSU’s faculty and staff who are interested in developing a well-rounded understanding of diverse cultures and cross-cultural communication skills.

Last week, 14 international students presented their research in the preliminary round of Florida State University’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition. This competition provides FSU’s graduate students with the opportunity to hone their communication and presentation skills by explaining their academic research clearly to a non-specialist audience.

The International Peace Scholarship (IPS) scholarship provides up to $12,500 for selected international women pursuing graduate degrees.

In 2016-2017, P.E.O. International awarded Xin Shan, an FSU international doctoral student in Industrial Engineering, an IPS award to help her pursue her degree in the U.S. before returning to her home country.

Last week, 12 students from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica visited FSU's main campus as a part of the Beyond Borders program. The program provides a unique opportunity for FSU students to host incoming international students and participate in a short-term cultural exchange then travel to either Jamaica during Spring Break 2018 or Dresden, Germany for three weeks following the spring semester.

Please join us for an Engage Your World about Bollywood films on Monday, October 30, in The Globe Auditorium from 5-6:30 p.m.

Indian films have carved a niche in the world of cinema in their own way. Known for elaborate musical settings and highly packed emotions, Indian cinema has embraced globalization with the same fervor a worldwide fan base has accepted the stereotypical storyboard and its film stars. This lecture will trace the history of great Indian cinema, and look ahead to its future of entertaining a global audience. 

Oumayma and Ishfaq, from Tunisia and Pakistan respectively, are two new students who will share their unique perspectives and culture with Florida State University and the greater Tallahassee community during fall and spring semesters.

“Learning to work well with people from other cultures helps you develop new perspectives and approaches to your work. When we share our strengths with each other, it only benefits our research,” said Dr. Farzad Ferdowsi, FSU Alumnus and Post-doctoral Associate at Louisiana State University.