• Cultural Partner Program
  • Cultural Partner Program
  • Cultural Partner Program
  • Cultural Partner Program
  • Cultural Partner Program

Cultural Partner Program

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.

• Serve as a liaison for American culture and university life and assist a new international student integrate into the campus and community
• Interact with your cultural partner around 4-6 times during fall of 2017 through social, cultural, and campus or community activities and events
• Introduce the international student to key resources on campus and help the international student learn about American culture
• Learn about the culture of the international student and better understand the cultural adjustment process.

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

• Gain intercultural skills and competencies by interacting with students from different cultures.
• Increase awareness of global issues.
• Demonstrate to future employers that you have worked to gain the skills necessary to be a productive member of a global society.

Eligibility to be in the program

• Currently enrolled graduate student at FSU
• US citizen, permanent resident or have lived in the US for a minimum of eight years
• Willing to commit to a semester long interaction, attend a two-hour intercultural workshop and complete two surveys
• New, international graduate student beginning studies at FSU for fall 2017

Application information

• 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.

• If you are an international graduate-level student who will arrive fall 2017 to begin studies at FSU and are interested in being paired with a Cultural Partner, please apply here: cge.fsu.edu/cpp.



“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