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Florida Atlantic University Global Student Success Program



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Florida Atlantic University Global Student Success Program


The Global Student Success Program (GSSP) prepares international students who want to go on to study a full undergraduate or postgraduate course at FAU. Students study at the Boca Raton Campus, located just three miles from the ocean and the famous beaches of Boca Raton. FAU GSSP students will have a full American college experience, living in on-site housing with incredible sporting facilities, clubs, recreational societies and even a movie theatre.

With undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programs, passing the courses guarantees progression into the mainstream programs at FAU. With small class sizes and a high level of one- to-one attention, students will be well prepared to make the most of their experience at FAU.

Students will be part of one of the most diverse student bodies of any Florida university, with nearly 50% of students classified as international or minority students. With 30,000 students from all 50 states in the U.S. and from 180 countries around the world, students have a chance to meet people from around the globe and intercultural understanding is a big part of campus culture at FAU.

FAU has an excellent reputation, with prestigious alumni now CEOs, COOs and CFOs of major corporations, plus two Pulitzer prize winners and a NASA astronaut.

The FAU GSSP helps international students get the most from studying abroad, with the specially tailored first year of study enabling progression to an FAU undergraduate or postgraduate course of their choice with the best chance of success.

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What's new

What's new

There is always exciting new research happening at FAU, and it has been awarded over USD 33 million in grants for science research and educational projects. This leads to exciting new developments on campus which students can participate in.

Recent projects include:

  • Brainy Days 2019 – launched by the Brain Institute, March 2019 was dedicated to understanding subjects in neuroscience including Alzheimer’s disease and violent behaviour.
  • The Charles E Schmidt College of Science is running a public lecture series called ‘Frontiers in Science’ with experts from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology and geoscience giving lectures open to all.

As well as academic developments, FAU prides itself on its community spirit. The Owls Care Leader Program educates students in looking after themselves, their peers and the university. Student leaders run workshops on a variety of issues, as well as hosting events. In 2019, it was ranked number one in the U.S. for its work helping FAU students understand issues around drugs and alcohol awareness, and mental health.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The Global Student Success Program is designed to give international students the experience of a first year studying at FAU, but with additional support and services to make sure they get the most out of their degree. The teaching is tailored to the needs of international students.

This include small class sizes, with typically less than 30 students, meaning students get personal attention from teachers.

Students also have access to free tutoring services should they need additional help from the Center for Learning and Success (CLASS). This can be subject specific tutoring or drop-in tutorials. For students in relevant subjects, there is also the Math Learning Center. Additional academic writing support is offered, so that students can navigate the transition into academic study at an American undergraduate level.

Department structure

Department structure

Students on the Global Student Success Program apply for either graduate or undergraduate pathways, with subject specializations. Each undergraduate course is equivalent to the first year of an FAU bachelor’s degree, and students move on to the second year at FAU. Each graduate course progresses into a master’s at FAU, and all courses are based on the Boca Raton campus.

Undergraduate Programs

Arts and Lettersstudents study political science and communication studies, as well electives within their desired major.

Business students learn a range of subjects, including accountancy, finance, marketing, economics and hospitality management.

Design and Social Inquirywith an emphasis on criminal justice, urban design and social work, students also choose electives in their desired major.

Educationthe course covers both elementary and secondary education, as well as exercise science.

Engineering and Computer Sciencestudents study areas including civil engineering, computer science and ocean engineering.

Sciencethe course includes a range of subject areas, including neuroscience, exercise science, geography and psychology.

Graduate Programs

Computer Scienceas well as chosen classes in specific computer science disciplines, students receive study skills and research classes to help with graduate study.

Economics students study data analysis, financial management and a range of study skills to help with graduate study.

Engineeringthe course includes options in mechanical engineering and methodology, as well as research and study skills.

MBAstudents study leadership and organization management as well as financial management, and additional research and study skills.

Sciencethe course combines specialist subjects in science with the research and study skills students need to progress to an FAU master’s course.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are a number of academic and English language entry requirements for those who want to undertake the GSSP.

Undergraduateinternational students must be able to show their competency in English. For the two-semester course, applicants will need an IELTS score of 6.0, a TOEFL score of 71, a PEARSON Versant score of 56, a Cambridge English score of 169 or a GCE O Level in English at B. For those who wish to undertake a three-semester course, applicants will need an IELTS score of 5.5, a TOEFL score of 69, a PEARSON Versant score of 50, a Cambridge English score of 162 or a GCE O Level in English at C. There is a three-semester course with additional Academic English. The entry requirements for this course is an IELTS score of 5.0, a TOEFL score of 59, a PEARSON Versant score of 46, a Cambridge English score of 154 or a GCE O Level English at D.

Graduateinternational students applying to the graduate GSSP program must have an IELTS score of 6.0, a TOEFL score of 71 or a Cambridge English Score of 169.

For those who do not meet the English language requirements, there are intensive English programs at FAU which can help students with their language proficiency before they begin their GSSP course.



The Boca Raton campus, which houses the Global Student Success Program, is the biggest campus at FAU and has amazing facilities that GSSP students can take advantage of.

Accommodation – As a GSSP student, you are guaranteed on-campus housing. Living on campus helps with meeting other international students, as well as local students on other courses, and students can take advantage of the excellent facilities on site. It also means students are located close to all of their classes. All accommodation has a laundry room, kitchen, study area, and some have dining services as well. 

Student Union – the center of the campus community, FAU’s Student Union houses many of the clubs and organizations on campus. It’s a place to meet people, and also hosts a range of events, including comedy shows, plays, special speakers and one-off concerts. Popular clubs and societies include Table Tennis Club, Surf Club, the Asian Student Union and the Muslim Student Association.

Sports – FAU’s Fitness & Recreation Center has excellent facilities available for students to use, including three basketball courts, a yoga and pilates studio, a lap pool, and track and field facilities, plus a cardio and free-weights fitness area. Students can enjoy it recreationally, sign up to classes or join a team.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a limited number of merit-based scholarships to the GSSP program. These are available each semester to students already enrolled full-time on the course who will be continuing their studies. Priority in receiving the scholarship is given to students who show outstanding academic excellence, as well as those who participate at the university and help to foster intercultural understanding on campus.

The value of the scholarship varies and can range from a one-off value of USD 500 up to full tuition for a semester of study. The scholarship would apply to the second or final semester of a course, and students must apply especially to be eligible. Students must have achieved competencies across the courses in their program of study in the prior semester to be considered for a scholarship.

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