The Ultimate International Student Experience

Adjusting to college life in the United States can be challenging. To make your transition as easy and productive as possible, the Global First Year (G1Y) program sets you up for success with:

  • A dedicated Academic Advisor to guide you towards your desired major track
  • Dedicated courses with small class sizes
  • Intensive English-language support
  • Tutoring catered to help you succeed
  • College credit towards your FIU degree
  • A designated College Life Coach that will help you meet your personalized goals
  • Access to cultural and university events

Flexibility

Flexibility

Three Global First Year programs are offered to fit your English-language proficiency. You can change majors within the G1Y academic tracks and explore what interests you.

Dedicated
Support

Dedicated
Support

As a Global First Year student, you benefit from a team that will support you with every step of the process, from completing the application to getting your visa to packing for the airport.

Small
Class Sizes

Small
Class Sizes

Receive more individual attention and customized support with fewer students in your classes. Some of your courses are exclusively for international students like you.

American
Cultural
Experiences

American
Cultural
Experiences

Get to know your new city by going to fun events with the G1Y group. For instance, visiting downtown Miami and exploring museums, beaches and restaurants or exploring and learning about Florida’s famous Everglades National Park.

First Year
Experience

First Year
Experience

Gain the knowledge you need for daily life at FIU and the learning skills required in U.S. classrooms with this core FIU course.

Professional
Development

Professional
Development

Give your career a fast start with the Career Accelerator. This two-year program enhances professional skills and offers access to internships for invaluable experience.

Which Option Is Right for You?

Global First Year offers three different programs, including the one that’s right for you. Explore below the right option based on your academic needs.

Global First Year (G1Y) 2-Semester Program

The 2-semester G1Y program provides you with academic support and English-language instruction for credit towards your degree.

Global First Year (G1Y) 3-Semester Program

The 3-semester G1Y program provides you with academic support and English-language instruction for credit towards your degree.

Pre-Sessional English Program

The Pre-Sessional English program is designed for students seeking comprehensive English-language support.

Compare Your Options

Compare Your Options
Global First Year (GIY 2)
2-Semester Program
Global First Year (GIY 3)
3-Semester Program
Pre-Sessional English
12 – 14 Weeks
Recommended For High-achieving students with advanced English proficiency Students who want some English support Students who would like to prepare themselves for English-speaking classrooms
Main Benefit Rigorous academic experience and priority access to courses Just the right amount of support and tailored courses Strong language support students need to feel more comfortable learning in English
Minimum Length 2 semesters 3 semesters 12 weeks
Minimum GPA Required 2.8 2.8 2.8
English Skills Required Advanced Intermediate Moderate
Estimated Tuition and Fees $21,900 – $22,600 (USD) $25,900 – $26,900 (USD) $7,550 (USD)

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Estimated Program Duration

Time to completion varies based on your English-language ability, degree choice and number of courses per semester.

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Preparation for the Global Job Market

Qualified Global First Year (G1Y) students can get professional training, career advising and internship opportunities.