The Cultural Partner Program is a new initiative enhancing intercultural competence and connections for international and domestic graduate students at FSU. The Cultural Partner Program pairs incoming new international graduate students with domestic graduate students at Florida State University to engage in a variety of activities throughout a semester-long intercultural interaction. Each academic year, around 300 new international graduate-level students enroll at FSU. For the past three years, the Cultural Partner program has paired interested first-year international graduate students with domestic students during the fall semesters. The program requires that the pairs interact with each other 4-6 times per semester. During the year of 2017, we have had over a hundred students who were interested in being part of the program and we have matched 41 pairs together for this meaningful semester-long connection. Students participating in the program span across roughly 40 majors and 12 colleges within FSU. CPP participants come from a number of states and represent many countries.
Gain intercultural competencies and global awareness. Volunteer for the Cultural Partner Program.
Join FSU’s effort to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for graduate students from around the world by volunteering for the Cultural Partner Program and be matched with a newly arrived international graduate student for one semester.
Who will I be assisting?
A newly arrived international graduate student who has signed up to participate in this program. This student may not know anyone at FSU and is looking forward to meeting someone who is a fellow graduate student and can share American culture and campus/community resources.
Benefits to you
Eligibility to be in the program
• Students will be paired based on the number of applicants. In the event all matches are made by the time you apply, you will be invited to complete two short surveys in exchange for a $10 gift card.
“My experience in the Cultural Partner Program enriched my transition to graduate school, and taught me innumerable lessons that have translated to my personal and professional development. Since partaking in this program I have become more open-minded, learned how to ask culturally-sensitive questions and, most importantly, made a wonderful friend who I still keep in touch with today.”
– 2016 U.S. Cultural Partner
“My cultural partners are really nice people. They helped me to know better how nice people can be, no matter where they are from. I feel lucky to have met my cultural partners, and I enjoyed each time hanging out together with them.”
– 2016 International Cultural Partner
“I really enjoyed my experience in the Cultural Partner Program. Despite initial apprehensions that I had about my ability to connect with someone who came from a culture that was drastically different than my own, my partner and I immediately clicked and learned that we had a number of commonalities.”
– 2016 U.S. Cultural Partner