- Florida International University’s Global First Year (“FIU G1Y” or “G1Y”) students should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. Students admitted to the G1Y are bound by these terms for the duration of the Program. In addition to these terms and conditions students at Florida International University (FIU) are bound by the rules and regulations governing FIU. The most recent FIU rules can be found here: http://catalog.fiu.edu.
- FIU and FIU G1Y reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. At all times, students will be required to comply with the then-current terms and conditions. FIU G1Y’s current terms and conditions may be found at: https://www.globalfiu.com/enrollment-contract/?language=english.
- Application: Students may apply to the FIU G1Y, the FIU Intensive English program at ELI (English Language Institute), or for direct admission to FIU (collectively the “Programs”). Please use the application that is specific to the Program of interest. Each application contains terms and conditions governing the specific program, and students acknowledge by submitting an application that they agree to the terms and conditions of the respective program. Links to applicable applications and terms and conditions can be found here: https://www.globalfiu.com/enrollment-contract/?language=english.
- Degree Verification and Non-US Institutions. Florida International University is a U.S. accredited university. You may be required to submit your degree for verification (sometimes called “validation” or “authentication”), either by your employer or your country’s education authority if you wish to live and work in your home country. It is your responsibility to determine what level of verification is needed and how to obtain it. We do not guarantee that your FIU degree will be verified outside of the U.S. Degree verification does not impact the validity or value of your degree in the U.S. Further, we do not guarantee that credits earned at FIU will be transferrable to systems of higher education outside of the U.S. Whether and how much transfer credit to award is in the discretion of the foreign institution.
- Transfer Credits: Students who have completed 30 or more post-secondary academic college level credit hours are prohibited from applying to FIU G1Y. Students with more than one year or 30 transfer credit hours may apply for direct admission to FIU.
- Students who are admitted to the FIU G1Y will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the Program deposit, and arriving on campus.
- Tuition, Fees, and Housing Accommodation Payment: Following payment of the deposit, students must pay the remaining outstanding balance by the posted payment deadline for the semester in which they enroll found here. FIU G1Y has the right to amend prices due to University actions, tax increases, governmental actions or other events beyond its control.
- Failure to Pay: Students must pay their full invoice by the posted payment deadlines. These amounts may include banking and/or transfer fees. Students who fail to pay tuition, housing, and any applicable fees by the payment deadline may incur late fees, may not have access to housing, may not use meal plans, may be prevented from enrolling in classes, and may have existing enrollments dropped. As described in this document, G1Y staff must report all non-enrolled students to the FIU Designated School Official (DSO); non-enrolled students may lose their immigration statuses.
- ALEKS Placement Assessment: Students must take the ALEKS prior to the start of classes. Please note that students who are unhappy with their initial ALEKS score, may take the exam one additional time during G1Y Orientation.
- Registration: FIU G1Y students must follow the FIU University Core Curriculum (UCC). G1Y academic staff will advise and register students for their courses. The academic staff will select courses for students based on their ALEKS score, intended major, and advanced standing or other transfer credits. Academic staff will change student schedules only under extenuating circumstances. The Academic Director or their designee must approve all proposed changes to schedules.
- Program of Study: Prior to the start of classes, students will be required to take an English language assessment test. The results of the test determine placement in the Program based on the student’s skill level. If the assessment test score does not meet the criteria for the student’s intended Program, the student will not be permitted to enroll in that Program. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and involve additional costs including tuition and accommodation fees. If a student chooses to withdraw from the G1Y because they do not wish to enroll in the assessment identified Program, the refund terms contained in this document will apply.
- Consecutive Semesters: Students must complete the program in consecutive semesters. This includes enrolling in Summer classes if participating in the 3-term program or when beginning the 2-term program in Spring. Students continuing from the Pre-sessional English program into the two or three term program must enroll in the semester immediately following completion. Exceptions will be considered for extenuating circumstances, upon written request to the G1Y Managing Director and require approval by FIU’s DSO to ensure F-1 visa compliance.
- Absences: F1 students must comply with all applicable USCIS regulations related to study on a student visa at FIU, including attendance requirements. Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status. Any student who is absent during the program or loses immigration status due to absences will not be eligible for a refund.
- Academic Criteria: Students are accepted into the FIU G1Y with the strict understanding that progression through the FIU G1Y and successful completion of any program will require satisfactory attendance and successful attainment of specified progression grades. Students who do not meet the criteria for successful completion will not be allowed to proceed. Students may be offered advice on suitable alternative options, which may or may not include taking additional courses or repeating certain courses. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and accommodation fees.
- Academic Resources: G1Y students must purchase all books and learning materials upon arrival at FIU. The cost of books and materials are based on the student’s current course schedule and requirements and, therefore, are subject to change.
- Public Holidays and Vacation: Classes are normally not held on public holidays and most school facilities will be closed. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations. FIU G1Y will not make reimbursements for classes not offered. Please reference the academic calendar for specific dates.
- Student Conduct: All FIU G1Y students are required to follow FIU’s policies, rules, and regulations. Any student who commits a criminal offense, violates campus rules, has poor attendance, or fails to meet program requirements may be expelled or suspended. No refund will be given in cases of expulsion. FIU’s Student Handbook (http://Studentaffairs.fiu.edu/about/student-handbook) provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. Students are responsible for understanding and complying with these policies. All students studying at FIU have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy by FIU staff and fellow students in an environment free from harassment and conducive to learning. FIU expects G1Y students to abide by these policies by accepting responsibility for their behavior and conducting themselves in a professional manner at all times, treating fellow students and staff with respect, honesty, and courtesy.
- Academic Performance: Students are accepted to the FIU G1Y Program with the strict understanding that successful completion of the Program requires satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria, and adherence to the Undergraduate Academic Misconduct Policy which can be found at http://integrity.fiu.edu/misconducts.html. To continue in the G1Y, students must also be in compliance with the Program’s academic standards and progression requirements. Failure to meet the criteria for successful completion will block student progression. Students unable to proceed will receive advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from FIU. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and accommodation fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances to FIU’s Designated School Official.
- Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: All FIU G1Y students are required to live in the FIU G1Y residence hall. All FIU G1Y students must commit to a housing agreement for the entire duration of their program. By signing these terms and conditions, students acknowledge that the housing agreement may extend beyond the last day of their program. FIU G1Y students unable to live on campus must submit the FIU G1Y Housing Wavier Form with written explanation for consideration. The waiver request must be submitted at the time of official acceptance of the FIU G1Y offer. The FIU G1Y housing requirement will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. In the event of program cancellation, students may be eligible for a full or partial accommodation refund for any semesters not attended. Additional cancellation fees may apply. A housing cancellation fee may apply 30 days prior to the Program’s move-in date. Thereafter, students may receive prorated refund amounts, less a cancellation fee, for the current semester up to the no refund date. After the no refund date, students may be eligible to receive a housing refund for future semesters. Students living in FIU G1Y residence halls are also required to purchase a G1Y-designated meal plan as a condition of enrollment. The cost of the meal plan is nonrefundable for the current semester of the Program.
- Minimum Age Requirements: Students must be 17 years old by the move-in date (found here) in order to reside in on campus residence halls. Students who are under the age of 18 will be required to obtain the signature and consent of a parent or legal guardian on their application before they are able to participate in the program.
- Health Insurance: All international students studying at FIU are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. government, State of Florida, and FIU requirements.
- At the time of their application, students are required to purchase coverage from a G1Y-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
- Prior to orientation, all students must have a completed FIU Student Health Services Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR], and either proof of immunization against Meningitis and Hepatitis B, or a signed waiver declining these two vaccines. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained through the FIU Student Health Services website (http://studenthealth.fiu.edu/ forms/forms-immunization.html). Students must have immunization documentation prior to class start date to live on campus.
- The cost of health insurance is nonrefundable. Not all services are covered by insurance. Students are responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered/partially covered medical services.
- F-1 Status: Students must comply with all applicable Federal regulations to maintain proper F-1 visa status. Most importantly, student must maintain full-time enrollment towards the completion of their Program. Students will be in jeopardy of losing their immigration status if they fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. FIU must report any immigration status violations to the appropriate Immigration and Custom Enforcement authorities as required by law. Personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach of FIU’s or FIU G1Y’s policies may be shared with the Department of Homeland Security, or other agencies as required by law. Students leaving the Program due to their loss of immigration status will not receive refunds.
- Internships and Externships. All internship or externship options, such as Career Premium, are awarded by a third-party organization at the organization’s sole discretion.
- FIU Global First Year Pre-Orientation Program (POP). If you are beginning your FIU G1Y program early through an in-person or virtual pre-orientation program, you are agreeing to the additional terms set forth here. If you cancel your POP enrollment prior to its start date, you may request a full refund of POP fees paid, less any non-refundable fees such as banking, housing and administrative fees. After start date, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your Pre-Orientation Program at FIU G1Y are nonrefundable.
- Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer should be made at least two weeks in advance by visiting www.GlobalFIU.com/welcome. Airport transfers are available for the student’s initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Miami International Airport (MIA). FIU G1Y cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than two weeks in advance; however, staff will make every attempt to accommodate late requests. In the event that a flight is canceled or delayed, students must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform G1Y’s staff of the new arrival date and time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.
- Cancellation, Change, Curtailment, or Withdrawal: Students who cancel their FIU G1Y course prior to arrival on FIU’s campus may request a full refund of deposit, tuition, and fees. To be eligible for a refund of your deposit, within 60 days after your program’s start date you must submit a written refund request together with documentation showing your visa application was denied before your move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.
After the start of the G1Y program orientation, students may be eligible for the following partial refunds: 90% refund during the 1st week of class, 50% refund during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of classes. No refunds are available after the 4th week of classes for the remainder of the program duration without exceptional circumstances.
The no refund dates for each program start date follow:
Last Day for 100% Tuition Refund
Last day for 90% Tuition Refund
Begin 0% Tuition refund
Prior to published move-in date
Friday of 1st week of class
Monday of 2nd week of class
Prior to published move-in date
Friday of 1st week of class
Monday of 2nd week of class
Prior to published move-in date
Friday of 1st week of class
Monday of 2nd week of class
- Undergraduate Enrollment Deferrals. Deferrals must be requested prior to or within 60 days after your original move-in date. You may defer your enrollment for up to one calendar year (i.e., three consecutive semesters, including summer); however, your deposit will roll-over for one deferral only (i.e., a Fall deposit will apply for Spring, but a new deposit is required starting with the Summer semester if you defer again). We will not refund your original deposit. After one calendar year, you will be required to re-apply with a new application and deposit.
- G1Y Visa-Denial Refund Exceptions- Virtual Start. Students beginning their program virtually through G1Y acknowledge that completing the program on-campus requires students to obtain a valid U.S. F-1 visa. The issuance of F-1 student visas is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. GIY cannot guarantee nor intervene on behalf of visa applicants. Moreover, due to the timing of visa interviews, students may not know if they are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of their virtual studies. Students denied a visa after having successfully completed the virtual portion of their program will be allowed to defer the start of their program up to three semesters (approximately 12 months). If students are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, they may be eligible for a refund of 50% of the tuition paid, subject to the following conditions: (1) Submit documentation to G1Y (visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment) verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for the next term of study, and (2) Remain in good standing and achieve a GPA of 2.0 or higher during the virtual portion of the program. No refund is available if students are able to continue in their degree program online.
- G1Y Visa-Denial Refund Exceptions- Live Start. Students beginning their studies through G1Y Live, acknowledge that completion of their studies require students to obtain a valid U.S. F-1 visa. The issuance of F-1 student visas is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. G1Y cannot guarantee nor intervene on behalf of visa applications. Moreover, due to the timing of visa interviews, students may not know if they are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of their G1Y Live program. Students denied a visa after having successfully completed any part of their G1Y Live program will be allowed to defer the start of their next consecutive term up to three semesters (approximately 12 months). If students are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, they may be eligible for a refund of 75% of the tuition paid, subject to meeting the following conditions: (1) Submit documentation to G1Y verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for the next term of study (visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment), and (2) Achieve a GPA of 2.0 or higher during the G1Y Live portion of the program. No refund is available to students who are able to continue in their degree program online.
- Refunds Generally. You must submit your refund request for all eligible refunds within 60 days of program completion, withdrawal, or dismissal. The request form can be found here. All refunds will be issued in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, including any fees incurred for a rejected payment, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All eligible refunds will be processed when students complete, withdraw, or are dismissed from our program. This may be transferred to the student’s university account or processed as a refund directly to the student. Refunds are typically issued within 60 business days from receipt of completed form.
- Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: Students must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner. The FIU student grievance policy and procedure can be found at http://integrity.fiu.edu/grievences.html.
- Photography, Filming, and Sound Recording: FIU G1Y or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. Any student who does not wish to participate should advise FIU G1Y in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting they wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions students indicate their consent to use photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless students follow the above opt-out requirements.
- Liability: The liability of the FIU G1Y, its operator, Shorelight-Scientia, LLC, its parent Shorelight, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract, or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to FIU, G1Y, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim, or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of Florida without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdiction of such court for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agrees to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
- Legal Compliance. FIU G1Y has the legal obligation to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. FIU G1Y may use certain information provided to us on the application to ensure compliance with export and other regulations by screening students against lists prepared by federal government agencies, such as those prepared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control(OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Students hereby consent to the transfer of personally identifiable information to third-party screening services that FIU retained solely to conduct such screenings.
- Force Majeure: FIU and the FIU G1Y will not be liable in cases where FIU and/or FIU G1Y is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, disease or pandemic, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes, or any other reasons that are beyond FIU’s or G1Y’s control.
- Cancellation: “Cancellation Period” refers to the period up to the start date of the first course. Cancellations must be made during the Cancellation Period in writing, and in these cases, provided the student never attends, 100% of the tuition fees will be refunded. In all cases, the courier fee (if utilized), enrollment fee, and any other service charges (e.g., airport transfer fee, medical insurance, campus fee, program supplement fee, etc.) are nonrefundable.