• President Thrasher Meets Beyond Borders Students

German Students Welcomed as Part of Beyond Borders Intercultural Exchange

FSU students in the Beyond Borders program welcomed 10 German students and their team leader from our partner institution in Germany to campus last week. This unique, short-term cultural exchange program provides FSU students with the opportunity to host incoming international students at FSU then travel abroad to either Jamaica or Germany and participate in activities and events that allow them to develop a deeper understanding of that country and its people.

The Beyond Borders FSU students are participating in two weeks of activities with the guests, and part of this included a campus tour during which they had the opportunity to meet President Thrasher in Bryan Hall.

This unique exchange program offers an alternative to traditional academic study abroad programs. First-year FSU student Bernadyne Thelemaque studying nursing said that she had an interest in studying abroad, but liked that the Beyond Borders program would provide an in-depth cultural perspective.

“I wanted to go have experiences to challenge my preconceived ideas about American culture and people,” said Damian Krueger, German student pursuing a degree in communication psychology. “It’s so fantastic to be able to do this when just 50 years ago we weren’t able to travel as easily. I like to travel and experience life as a native.”

First, CGE hosts 12 students from the University of West Indies in Jamaica for one week in October and 10 students from Studentenwerk in Dresden (SWDD) in Dresden, Germany for three weeks in March. FSU students then travel to their host country institution to reunite with their international friends and experience their way of living through travel, relationship building, and academic enrichment. The Beyond Borders Germany group of FSU students will travel to Dresden in May 2019, and the Beyond Borders Jamaica group will travel to Kingston during Spring Break.

Beyond Borders helps students develop cultural competencies needed to make a difference in today’s global society. In addition to hosting students and going abroad, Beyond Borders participants register for and complete a one-credit hour course (INR3931) during the spring semester. This course teaches students concepts and theories to strengthen their global awareness and cultural adjustment skills, as well as their ability to interpret cultural identities and to navigate through re-entry challenges. Participation in the program fulfills the international requirement for the Global Citizenship Certificate and Garnet and Gold Scholar Society.

The deadline to participate in Beyond Borders Jamaica is early September and BB Germany is mid-October. If you are interested in the program visit cge.fsu.edu/beyondborders, or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Dean at lmdean@fsu.edu.