2021 FSW Study Abroad Programs

The Center for International Education (CIE) at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) invites you to participate in a study abroad experience.

Through study abroad, students gain enhanced perspectives of the world, learn about new cultures, gain a deeper awareness of themselves, and make lifelong friends around the world.

Many students have reported that their study abroad experience has had a transformative impact on their life.

COVID-19 & Study Abroad: The Center for International Education (CIE) at FSW continues to monitor COVID-19 both domestically and abroad.

All programs are tentative and we are hopeful that both students and faculty will once again travel abroad in 2021. Questions related to study abroad can be sent to International.Education@fsw.edu.

Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici (LdM)

FSW in Italy at LdM 

Earn 6-7 credits by choosing one class from the LdM summer catalog, plus one FSW class from the list below:

  • MUL 1010: Music Appreciation
  • PHI 2010: Introduction to Philosophy
  • THE 1000: Theatre Appreciation

You will live in your own apartment in Florence, Italy for the month of June 2021, experience Italian language, culture, history and food for only $2,700 (plus $300 refundable housing deposit).

Program Dates & Cost

Course and study abroad travel dates are tentative until all logistics are confirmed. Student cost is estimated and will be confirmed at a later date. Non-FSW or transient students participating in FSW study abroad programs may have different costs associated with FSW programs. For more information please contact the Center for International Education at International.Education@fsw.edu.


The Center for International Education requires a $300 deposit to reserve your space in the study abroad course. A payment schedule will be provided to each student upon admission to the program. Deposits are refundable through March 1, 2021. No deposit is required for students participating in Non-FSW programs.

Study Abroad Application and Required Forms

Students interested in applying to FSW faculty-led, FSW in Italy at LdM, or Non-FSW study abroad programs are required to submit the below application materials to International.Education@fsw.edu or deliver by hand to the Center for International Education, Building S, Suite 281, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus. Students interested in study abroad programs through providers or other institutions should visit the Semester Study Abroad page.

Program Eligibility and Selection

The mission of Florida SouthWestern State College is to inspire learning; prepare a diverse population for creative and responsible participation in a global society. The FSW study abroad program supports this mission by allowing students to earn academic credit while studying and traveling abroad.

Priority consideration will be given to FSW students enrolling in courses that are required for degree completion.

If a student has already received credit for a course, they cannot retake the course in order to participate in a study abroad experience.

Other program requirements include the following:

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA for FSW in Italy or a minimum 2.5 GPA for FSW faculty-led programs.
  • Completion of pre-requisites for the selected study abroad course (if applicable).
  • In some cases, students may be asked to speak with the study abroad faculty leader in order to be approved for participation.

Study Abroad Student Code of Conduct

Each student, by registering for courses, pledges to accept and abide by the rules and regulations of the College. Students are responsible for the observance of all policies and procedures as published in the College Catalog, the Student Handbook, Board of Trustees Policies, and other College documents to include the Student Code of Conduct.

As noted in the Student Code of Conduct, the Chief Student Affairs Officer is authorized to determine if an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct warrants interim action. Interim actions may be implemented any time prior to the conclusion of the conduct process, including the appeals process. During a study abroad experience, faculty leaders have full authority to enact interim actions in cases where immediate contact with the Chief Student Affairs Officer is unavailable. The faculty’s interim action will be in place until such time that the Chief Student Affairs Officer can be successfully contacted. In cases warranting interim suspension, students may be prohibited from participating in scheduled activities and required to remain at the host site with one or more college-approved chaperones, or may be required to return to the United States before the scheduled departure. Students being asked to return due to a code of conduct violation may be responsible for the financial cost of the unanticipated travel (i.e. the ticket home) that results from disciplinary action.