It’s no coincidence that when Bolivian native Jose Luis decided to go to college for a brighter future, he chose the “Sunshine State” and Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Besides the sunny skies, Jose found the undergraduate Global Student Success Program (GSSP), which is helping him achieve his goal of getting a degree and making a better life for his family back home.
“I chose to study in the U.S. because I wanted a brighter future and there are better universities here. I wanted to come to Florida because it is closer to home.”
Jose chose to major in business to best help his family, and FAU’s nationally ranked business program (#216, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2018) was the right fit for him. On top of being nationally ranked, FAU has faculty committed to the long-term success of their students.
“I like how the whole university is dedicated to their students. I like the business program a lot because it gives me good career options.”
While Jose makes the most of his FAU classes, the GSSP ensures that he makes the most of his time at FAU. The GSSP is designed for international students who need additional academic and/or English language support to excel in a U.S. university. The program provides two semesters of support, helping students learn the language and culture—all while being fully enrolled at FAU.
“The GSSP has helped me a lot with my new life in the U.S. because coming from Bolivia, it is a completely different culture. The GSSP helped me connect with other students and made the change a lot easier.”
Through the GSSP, Jose is part of a close-knit community of international students. But even beyond this program, the FAU campus is incredibly diverse: almost 50% of the students are minority or international, making it one of the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse colleges in the state. Jose is enjoying his time at FAU by exploring everything the community has to offer.
“Go out and make friends because your new friends will become like your family. Most of my friends are from America, Brazil and Russia.”
There are over 300 clubs and student organizations to join at FAU. Plus, there is sunny weather year-round and tons of cities to explore nearby. For students like Jose who engage with their peers and faculty, there’s an abundance of support to succeed, both socially and academically.
For now, Jose is taking advantage of all the opportunities FAU and the GSSP have given him, but he’s looking forward to the future.
“After I receive my degree, I want to go back to Santa Cruz and help my parents expand their business. I really like FAU. It has become a family for me and I love how the whole university has programs that help you succeed.”
If you’d like to follow in Jose’s footsteps and find a brighter future through FAU and the GSSP, start by visiting www.fauglobal.com today.