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Office of International Education and Development
305 North Perry-Paige
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 
Florida Linkage Institutes
The Office of International Education, a unit under the Florida Department of Education, announces the availability of out-of-state tuition exemption program to eligible international students. International students attending any of Florida's state universities/community colleges may be eligible to apply to be considered as residents for tuition purposes only.

Who is eligible?  In order to qualify, the international student must be from one of the countries with whom Florida Linkage Institutes are established. A very important condition that students need to meet is that they are required to return home after their tenure of graduate or undergraduate study for a length of time equal to their exemption period. The institutes have set criteria for the selection of such students.

Countries/Regions with whom Florida Linkage Institutes are established:
Brazil, Canada, The Caribbean, People's Republic of China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico and West Africa.

What are Linkage Institutes? The Linkage Institutes were created by the Florida Legislature to assist in the development of stronger economic and social ties between Florida and strategic foreign countries. Linkage is developed through the promotion of expanded public/private dialogue on cooperative research and technical assistance activities, cultural exchange, the enhancement of language training and student/faculty exchange programs.

How Do I Apply?  To apply for the out-of-state tuition exemption, a student must contact the Linkage Institute Director for his/her country of origin. Please note that Linkage Institutes are established with selected countries only.

Brazil Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Graduate students, Community College students
Deadline:
July 1

Canada Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadlines:
March 31 (new applicants), March 2 (renewal applicants)

Caribbean Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadline:
May 1
Eligible countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

China Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadline:
April 1

Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadlines:
Summer - March 15; Fall - July 15; Spring - Nov. 15

Eastern Europe Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadlines:
Postmarked by March 24 (international mail), March 30 (domestic mail), March 2 (renewals)
Eligible countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

France Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadlines:
Summer - April 16; Fall - July 30; Spring - Nov. 15

Israel Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadlines:
Summer - March 15; Fall - June 15; Spring - Oct. 15

Japan Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadlines:
Summer 2009 - March 6; Fall 2009 - June 12; Spring 2010 - Nov. 6

Mexico Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadline:
May 1

West Africa Linkage Institute
Website:
Degree levels:
Undergraduates, Graduates
Deadline:
Contact Institute
Eligible countries:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo