A Well-Rounded College Experience at One of the Nation’s Most Diverse Universities
In October of 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson gave a speech inaugurating a new era of American universities. The event was the dedication of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), founded with the goal of making higher education accessible to all qualified individuals.
As one of the most diverse universities in the country, FAU, based in Boca Raton, is now home to around 30,000 students, including 1,000 international students and scholars who represent 99 countries.
Excellent housing, student organizations, and campus activities give FAU students a well-rounded college experience. “If you like Miami, but do not necessarily want to live in the middle of it, this is a great location. It is cosmopolitan but laid back, safe, close to the beach, and affordable,” noted Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Mihaela Metianu.
Beyond traditional programs, FAU offers unique areas of study such as forensic accounting, ocean engineering, and programs for adults to further their education. Experienced business professionals can pursue an MBA, Masters in Finance, or Masters in Healthcare Administration.
Scientific research is FAU’s forte. The university hosts the only Max Planck Institute outside of Europe in its Jupiter Campus and the Scripps Research Institute, one of the largest, private, non-profit biomedical research organizations, in the world.
Florida Atlantic University has fostered academic exchange with Brazilian universities for over fifteen years and is currently launching a new program for domestic students to conduct research in the Pantanal. Looking to further expand the links with Brazil, FAU joined the Scientific Mobility Program three years ago, and has hosted forty Brazilians since that time.
FAU’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is there to help students through the process. Students can enroll in an intensive language program at the time they apply to the university in order to meet the English proficiency requirements. Additionally, FAU has comprehensive assistance available for students wishing to apply for visas from their home country – including detailed tips for successful American Embassy interviews.
Clearly, Florida Atlantic University is committed to creating a remarkable college experience and invites Brazilian students to be a part of its rich history of diversity and academic excellence. Ms. Metianu concluded, “I cannot imagine not having international students on campus. It would be a loss to our domestic students and to our faculty.”