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Florida State University (FSU) is the second oldest center of higher education in the Republic of Panama. It was established in 1957 to provide the U.S. military personnel based here with the opportunity to pursue a university degree. Today it is located in the City of Knowledge and offers Panamanian and foreign students the opportunity to obtain a U.S. degree at a fraction of the cost of moving to the United States to study.
FSU has been on the City of Knowledge campus for the last three years. The new location has resulted favorably, with students benefitting from the stimulating academic community and from the ability to carry out internships at many of the companies and organizations that make up the community.
Alonso de la Guardia, vice rector of university relations at FSU-Panama, told The Visitor that FSU offers five undergraduate programs in Panama and a total of 86 degree programs at the Tallahassee, Florida campus. Most students opt to start their studies here for two years and finish stateside. There are also options for semesters abroad in European cities like London, Florence and Valencia.
Good grade scholarship
Students who maintain a grade point average of of 3.0 (B) enjoy a scholarship during their studies at the main campus in Tallahassee. They are charged an in-state tuition rate of $6,403 annually versus $21,569 that other out-of-state students have to pay.
Students who want to study at FSU should not be discouraged if they do not speak English; a program is offered that leads to the TOFEL exam prior to entering the university.