Before You Arrive

Welcome to the Global First Year at Florida International University!

Soon you’ll be on campus. How exciting! There is a lot to consider before you arrive. While moving to a new country can be intimidating, we’re here for you. Follow the six steps below to make sure you have everything in place before you board the plane.

Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local Ambassador. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your Ambassador an email, Skype, WhatsApp or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you!"


Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

    • Apply for Your Visa

      After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:

      a. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.

      b. Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.

      c. Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.


      After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.

      1. Complete your Visa Application.

      2. Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.

      3. Visit to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.

      4. Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.

      5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:

      Other links that international students find useful:

    • Submit Your Flight Details

      When purchasing your ticket to Miami, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day. Once you book your flight, visit to enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

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      English Language Institute September 6, 2017
    • Pay Your Tuition and Fees

      Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment. Before you begin, please make sure you have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

      Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

      • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit FIU’s flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can not use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
      • Wire transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include the student’s name and birthday.
    • Complete The Required Forms

      You will need to complete and submit the following form before your arrival.

      • Immunization Form: Complete this mandatory health and immunization form prior to your arrival, as required by law.
      • Consent for Treatment of a Minor: If you are under the age of 18, please complete this mandatory form with your parents prior to arrival.
    • Prepare for the PERT exam

      All FIU Global First Year incoming students are required to take a reading and writing assessment (PERT exam) once they arrive on campus.

      You can begin preparing for the exam with this helpful study guide.


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    Next Steps Brochure
    This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the FIU campus.
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    Immigration Guide
    This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Miami, Florida.
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    Pre-Arrival Checklist
    Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the Florida International University campus.
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    Orientation Schedule
    Here’s an example of what your orientation schedule might look like. During orientation, you will receive a full campus tour, see the sights around Miami and get to know your fellow international students!
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    Academic Calendar
    Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.