Before You Start

Soon you’ll be at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues or delays for international students. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!
We have a team of dedicated personal advisors to answer your questions and ensure you have a smooth transition to the university.

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

Africa

Africa

China

China

Latin America

Latin America

Middle East

Middle East

North America

North America

North Asia

North Asia

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

South Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

UK and Western Europe

UK and Western Europe

Abbie

Abbie (North Asia excluding Korea)

+852 8481 0532

Whatsapp: +852 8481 0532

Email Abbie
Ainara Gainedenova

Ainara Gainedenova

+7 (778) 887 17 53

Whatsapp: +7 (778) 887 17 53

Email Ainara Gainedenova
Alexis

Alexis (North America)

+1 239-744-9468

Whatsapp: +1 239-744-9468

Wechat: alexis0426

Email Alexis
Alice

Alice (Northwest)

+1-857-315-8730

Whatsapp: +1-857-315-8730

Wechat: aliceqinus

Email Alice
Alsu Samatova

Alsu Samatova

+7 939 346 09 59

Whatsapp: +7 939 346 09 59

Email Alsu Samatova
Amanpreet Singh

Amanpreet Singh (India)

+91-9311136326

Whatsapp: +91-9311136326

Email Amanpreet Singh
Amol Pote

Amol Pote (India)

+91-9326469936

Whatsapp: +91-9326469936

Email Amol Pote
Bibiane

Bibiane (Korea)

+82-10-7711-6538

Whatsapp: +82-10-7711-6538

Email Bibiane
Chau

Chau (Vietnam)

+84-908-792-892

Whatsapp: +84-908-792-892

Skype: diemchau.dt

Email Chau
Chau Luu

Chau Luu (Vietnam)

+84 962 442 193

Whatsapp: +84 962 442 193

Skype: live:chau.luuquynh

Email Chau Luu
Chris

Chris (Southwest)

+1-508-948-7542

Whatsapp: +1-508-948-7542

Wechat: chris040594

Email Chris
Damini Rajpoot

Damini Rajpoot (India)

+91-8800020429

Whatsapp: +91-8800020429

Email Damini Rajpoot
Daniyal

Daniyal (Pakistan)

+92 310 588 8648

Whatsapp: +92 310 588 8648

Email Daniyal
Diksha Roy

Diksha Roy (India)

+91-8882593634

Whatsapp: +91-8882593634

Email Diksha Roy
Doris

Doris (South China)

+86-150-1870-6751

QQ: 2282183545

Email Doris
Hitesh Arora

Hitesh Arora (India)

+91-8826911998

Whatsapp: +91-8826911998

Email Hitesh Arora
Isha

Isha (India)

+91 9953550789

Whatsapp: +91 9953550789

Email Isha
Jane

Jane (West China)

+86.159.2876.6884

QQ: 713070180

Email Jane
Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev (India)

+91-7982570704

Whatsapp: +91-7982570704

Email Kapil Dev
Laxmi Pawar

Laxmi Pawar (India)

+91 98183 96406

Whatsapp: +91 98183 96406

Email Laxmi Pawar
Lisha

Lisha (North China)

+86-183-1016-8200

QQ: 18310168200

Email Lisha
Maryna Kyselova

Maryna Kyselova

+31 6 48685505

Whatsapp: +31 6 48685505

Email Maryna Kyselova
Mohammad Shaban Khan

Mohammad Shaban Khan (India)

+91-8700757968

Whatsapp: +91-8700757968

Email Mohammad Shaban Khan
Ngoc Hoang

Ngoc Hoang (Vietnam)

+84 382 027 922

Whatsapp: +84 382 027 922

Skype: live:bichngoc.ufm

Email Ngoc Hoang
Nikita

Nikita (India)

+91 9310587075

Whatsapp: +91 9310587075

Email Nikita
Padma

Padma (North America)

+91-6381067726

Email Padma
Prerna Dhir

Prerna Dhir (India)

+91-9872221636

Whatsapp: +91-9872221636

Email Prerna Dhir
Rakesh

Rakesh (India)

+91 9096507300

Whatsapp: +91 9096507300

Email Rakesh
Sahil Massey

Sahil Massey (India)

+91- 9811718710

Whatsapp: +91- 9811718710

Email Sahil Massey
Sakshi Bhatia

Sakshi Bhatia (India)

+91-995-351-0160

Whatsapp: +91-995-351-0160

Skype: arorasakshi187

Email Sakshi Bhatia
Sakshi Parashar

Sakshi Parashar (India)

+91- 880728950

Whatsapp: +91- 880728950

Email Sakshi Parashar
Samah

Samah (Middle East)

+971 58 831 8521

Whatsapp: +971 58 831 8521

Email Samah
Sanjukta

Sanjukta (North America)

+91-9820162776

Whatsapp: +91-9820162776

Email Sanjukta
Saranya

Saranya

+66-96-982-0007

Whatsapp: +66-96-982-0007

Skype: awesome.saranya

Email Saranya
Sayli Vaydande

Sayli Vaydande (India)

+91-9653473094

Whatsapp: +91-9653473094

Email Sayli Vaydande
Sofya

Sofya (North America)

+1 347 399 35 72

Whatsapp: +1 347 399 35 72

Email Sofya
Solayide Adenuga

Solayide Adenuga (Africa)

+234.806.662.9088

Whatsapp: +234.806.662.9088

Email Solayide Adenuga
Taha

Taha (Pakistan)

+92-307-333-6878

Whatsapp: +92-307-333-6878

Skype: tshahid29

Email Taha
Tiffany Chan

Tiffany Chan (North Asia excluding Korea)

+886 903006063

Whatsapp: +852 9222 3579

Email Tiffany Chan
Valeria

Valeria (Latin America)

+57 310 7880364

Whatsapp: +57 310 7880364

Email Valeria
Vartika

Vartika (North America)

+91-8920463212

Email Vartika
Veena Iyer

Veena Iyer (India)

+91-8828317960

Whatsapp: +91-8828317960

Email Veena Iyer
Vicky

Vicky (North China)

+86-135-2182-7910

Wechat: vickychen7910

Email Vicky
Viraja

Viraja (India)

+91 7028090894

Whatsapp: +91 7028090894

Skype: +91 7028090894

Email Viraja

Review your conditional offer letter and make sure that you have submitted all documents listed as missing.

Once all your documents are submitted, please submit your I-20 Request Form along with your financial statements as outlined in the Certificate of Finances.

The university will process your I-20 and email it to you as soon as possible – please expect a minimum of 10 business days.

As soon as you have your I-20, please Apply for Your Visa.

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:
  1. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  2. 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.
  3. 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-901 (SEVIS) fee.
    3. Visit usembassy.gov 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 personal 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:

How to Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa

Other links that international students find useful:

We are so excited for you to join us on campus! To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, plan to arrive on or before your official move-in day. Airport pickup is available at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Once you book your flights, you must fill out the student arrival form. If your family is joining you, you must also complete the family arrival form.

We are looking forward to meeting you in person!
For discounted international travel, click here

Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will avoid enrollment delays. Before you submit your payment, make sure you have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to it to complete the payment process.

For all application and payment deadlines, as well as move-in and program start dates, please visit the Important Dates page.

  1. Flywire by Peer Transfer: To submit international and domestic ACH payments via FIU Global’s Flywire portal:
  • Flywire payment options include international wires, international credit cards, and other country specific payment options.
  • Flywire guarantees the best exchange rates, offers 24/7 multilingual customer service, and provides payment tracking and an instant payment receipt.
  • Flywire will be accepting U.S. bank accounts.

For student loan information, contact:

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

There are many things to consider when preparing for university, let alone moving to a new country! To make your transition to the US easier, we’ve put together a list of everyday necessities.

We’ve partnered with campusSIMS to help connect you with mobile phone service. Get your US phone number in your home country and have service that’s ready to use as soon as you land. Click here to get your free SIM card.

campusSIMS helps international students get connected with mobile phone service in the US. Through campusSIMS’ exclusive partner Mint Mobile, students can sign up and get their US phone number while in their home country, and have mobile phone service ready to use as soon as they land.

Students can get low-cost, reliable mobile phone service starting at as low as $15 per month that includes:

  • A free SIM card
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • High speed data
  • Nationwide coverage on the fastest, most advanced network

For more information, visit campussims.com.

Easy Flight Bookings and Travel Discounts

StudentUniverse in collaboration with Shorelight, provides exclusive student-only discounts on flights around the world. StudentUniverse has exclusive deals with airlines to get the lowest-possible airfare for international students. If your travel plans change, don’t worry – all purchases have 24-hour risk-free cancellation.

StudentUniverse can be used to book not only your flight to campus, but also provides the best deals for Spring break and other travel. Use it to explore new cities like San Francisco or NYC, or book through them to go hiking in Yosemite National Park, or even when you fly home to visit family.

Center for Academic Success

Getting ready to study abroad can be challenging! Would you like some help with that? Shorelight’s Center for Academic Success (CAS) has many resources for you! For example, you can watch a quick webinar on How to Make American Friends, or take a short interactive eLearning course on Obtaining Your Visa, What to Expect at Orientation, University Dining, and so much more. If you wish you could just ask a live person a question, you can either use the Live Chat button or schedule a Zoom session with one of the friendly Academic & English skills tutors, all of whom are professionals at helping international students. Don’t wait to get your free account at CAS! Sign up today! Detailed instructions for how to register can be found on the Student Resources page.

  • Certificates and training:  If you are interested in certifications, Career Premium now offers unlimited access to training courses that lead to certification in Amazon Web Services, Java, Microsoft Azure, and Python, among many other in-demand skills.
  • Coaching and mentorship: Receive direct guidance from career coaches and industry experts on career exploration, skill training, and professional development.
  • The ALEKS assessment tests your current math level. This assessment is solely for students who intend to study in majors in Business, Science, Technology or Mathematics. You can either place in College Algebra, Business Calculus, or Calculus I depending on your major math track.
  • For a general overview of the ALEKS test please visit the website: https://www.aleks.com/. For an overview of how FIU uses ALEKS for placement, please visit the website: https://case.fiu.edu/mathstat/resources/math-placement/
  • You are required to take the ALEKS assessment before arriving onto campus and before orientation, and you will receive an email from the team with the link, the ALEKS code that is unique to you, and instructions how to take the test remotely.
  • ALEKS uses an online proctoring (invigilation) service that has a small fee of $5 – you will need to pay using an international credit card or Paypal. If you have any issues with payment of the fee please let us know in advance.
  • Take some time now to familiarize yourself with the ALEKS Remote Instructions Tutorial. The link to take the ALEKS exam is: go.fiu.edu/aleksg1y; remember you will be sent the code and clear instructions what to do in advance.
  • If you fail to take the ALEKS in advance of arrival and fail to respond to emails from the team you MAY be subject to a late fee charge of $250. Please don’t worry – as long as you communicate with us if you are having any difficulties completing the assessment or have issues with payment, we can help you.
  • If you do not take the ALEKS placement test in time, or if you prefer not to take it, or you test lower than you expected, you will automatically be enrolled into MAC1105 in your first semester.
  • The PERT assessment covers your English reading and writing skills. Not all students will be required to take the PERT, but if you are required to take the PERT, you must first do the steps to set up your FIU Account and university email.
  • After you have successfully set up your FIU account, you will need to register for the PERT test in the FIU Testing Center’s online system. Please click here for instructions on how to register for the PERT assessment. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from the University Testing Center with further testing instructions.
  • When you receive the email in your FIU university email, follow the instructions, watch the following video tutorial, and download HonorLock so that you are ready to take the PERT assessment.

Important Dates

For important dates, including payment and move-in dates, please visit our Shorelight profile page.