Exchange Program

Call for application Florida State University/Université des Antilles exchange program

The Department of Modern Languages at Florida State University and the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies are now accepting applications for the fall 2017 exchange program with Université des Antilles in Martinique.

The Host University:

Université des Antilles, the only French University of the Caribbean / Americas area, is a multidisciplinary establishment which welcomes every year around 11,000 students. In 2010-2011, at the beginning of the school year (in September), the UA counted 11,140 students distributed on two French territories of Americas: the archipelago of Guadeloupe (6,145 students), and the island of Martinique (4,995 students). One of the priorities of the Université des Antilles is to participate in the regional development by means of exchange programs and cultural cooperation with a large range of foreign universities including American universities. Our partner for this exchange program is the campus in Martinique. Martinique is located in the Caribbean Sea, and is a French overseas territory. It is home to many French scholars including Aimé Césaire and Frantz Fanon.

Description of the Exchange Program: Through this program, the selected students (up to 2 students per year) will spend one full semester at the host university. The students will be enrolled in FSU credit hours and will take equivalent courses (chosen by a coordinator in the French program at FSU) at the host university. ALL COURSES will be taught in French. Upon availability of funds, students selected for the exchange program are eligible and will be considered for a Winthrop-King award of 3,000 USD to help with their living expenses in Martinique.

Eligibility: Students who meet the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  1. Enrolled as an undergraduate/graduate and have at least two semesters remaining at FSU at the conclusion of the exchange program.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in French and complete two 3000-level French courses at FSU by not later than the end of the semester in which the application is made
  3. Major or minor in French
  4. Show great interest to learn cultural and linguistic diversity of different countries


Interested students must submit the following documents on or before April 14th, 2017:

• 1-Page Resume
• 1 Recommendation Letter from a professor at FSU (have professor send their letter to

• Study Plan (list of courses that the student would like to take in the host university. Follow these links for an idea of courses offered )
• 500-1000 word cover-letter (Describing why you are interested in applying this exchange program and what your objective is; What are your strengths and weaknesses. Why should we pick you? How the student exchange can help in the student’s study/research?)
• Any other documents that will enhance your candidacy for the exchange program.

Deadline: Application must be completed and all documents (including recommendations) submitted to no later than April 14, 2017.

  • The Florida State University is an equal opportunity employer and educational provider committed to a policy of non-discrimination for any member of the University’s community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans’ or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, and contractors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University policies, procedures, and processes.
  • If your application is successful, you must contact Ms. Leigh Ann Osborne ( within a week of notification of the outcome of the application. Failure to contact Ms. Osborne and to start the paperwork for the exchange will result in cancelation of the award.
  • Prior to applying for the exchange, graduate students who are receiving  enhancement(s), scholarship(s) and/or a tuition waiver from their department  need to check with the  graduate office in their department on how the exchange program may impact their scholarships/ tuition waiver and plan accordingly.
  • For recipients who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who have completed all the necessary formalities by the due dates, awards are made available by FSU Student Financial Services the week after Drop-Add in the semester of the award after deduction of any balances owed by the student to the University.
  • Recipients who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will receive their awards up to two weeks after Drop-Add period in the semester of the award after deduction of any balances owed by the student to the University and after withholding up to 14% in taxes.
  • Under FSU and federal regulations, funds cannot be disbursed to recipients before the start of the study abroad program in the semester for which the scholarship is awarded, and not until Ms. Leigh Ann Osborne receives confirmation from the exchange university that the student is attending the program.  
  • If you expect to incur expenditures (e.g. in respect of the purchase of airline tickets or course fees) prior to the disbursement of the award, you will be responsible for making such payments at the time they are due; scholarship funds cannot be disbursed in advance of the time frame indicated above
  • If you receive federal or state financial aid, these awards may affect your entitlement. You are advised to check with the aid agency before applying for one of these awards.