Francis Marion University – Florence, South Carolina

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Frances Marion University (FMU) is a public liberal arts university located six miles east of Florence, South Carolina. The campus includes 100 acres of mixed pine-hardwood and bottomland forests accessed by a series of trails, and is located just an hour’s drive from Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled at FMU, and they welcome exchange students from 18 partner universities in 13 countries.

Programmes of study

FMU offer a variety of academic programmes including Business, Education, Fine Arts and Humanities, all of which consist of specialised academic departments. Full details of the majors on offer can be found on the FMU website.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at FMU.

Campus activities and events

FMU competes inter-collegiately in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference in 12 varsity sports, including basketball, cross-country, volleyball and tennis, and the brand new Griffin Athletic Facility is home to baseball, softball and soccer teams. The campus also features a number of recreational facilities – including two swimming pools, a gym, volleyball and racquetball courts and spacious athletic fields – that are available for use by students.

Student experiences

Francis Marion’s 468-acre main campus is known for its beauty and serenity. The campus includes acres of mixed pine-hardwood and bottomland forests accessed by a series of trails.

In the past several decades Florence has become a major medical, financial and industrial centre. Situated at the intersection of two major interstates, Florence is near a number of exciting tourist destinations. Ninety minutes to the east is the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach, one of the most popular vacation areas in the United States. About two hours south is Charleston, established in 1670 as a major colonial “port towne” and the site of the cannon shots that began the American Civil War. Directly west is Columbia, the capital of South Carolina and the largest city in the state.

For more information visit the FMU International Student Guide.

Here about a DMU student’s experience at FMU here:



It is recommended that you purchase your flights  once you have your Letter of Acceptance and the required documents to enter the US such as: passport; Visa; Study Permit.

Upon arrival at Florence (South Carolina) Regional Airport, a member of the International Programmes team will meet you and take you to your accommodation.


It is recommend that all exchange students should live on campus because as an exchange student you will be better able to build a social network and become involved very easily into the MRU student community. For more information visit the FMU Housing Office webpage.

 Contact details

Visa information

To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that meet US immigration requirements. Further visa information will be provided to all accepted students.

Insurance information

DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in the US, and students are required to purchase emergency medical insurance while attending FMU. FMU requires that all international students have health insurance up to at least $100,000 in medical coverage and coverage for medical evacuation.

Fees and costs

Whilst studying at FMU, you don’t need to pay any tuition fees. You will be required to pay for the following: accommodation, meal plans, health insurance and books.

Key Information

  • Departure date: September 2020
  • Return date: June 2021
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £800 (50% of the bursary will be paid after completion of the 1st term)
  • Deadline for application: Monday 20 January 2020 9am