When can I get to campus?

We hear this question every day from international students like you. With the coronavirus pandemic, we understand that visa availability and travel plans may have been impacted. As always, Global First Year has you covered.

We are working to get you to campus as soon as possible, in ways that ensure your health and safety. If you face delays in arriving to campus, explore our solutions for beginning your university journey in a way that is tailored to you.

Option 1.
On-Campus Fall Semester — August Start

Florida International University intends to open its doors in some capacity for Fall 2020. You are welcome to arrive on campus at the start of the regular semester in August, if that is possible for you. Our team will be available to support you during your transition to life in the U.S.

Option 2.
On-Campus Fall Semester — October Arrival

We are offering a mid-semester arrival option that will enable you arrive later this fall at our warm and welcoming campus. You will start one of your classes in August online and arrive on campus in October to continue your studies from campus. Please note that October starts will be required to take an additional course on campus during the winter break.

Option 3.
Virtual Start

If you are unable to arrive on campus for the fall semester, you are invited to participate in American Collegiate Live, a digital classroom experience that lets you begin your program right away, from home—no study delays or interruptions—and transition smoothly to beginning your coursework at FIU in January. Learn more here.

Find a Solution that Works

Explore which path to your university degree makes the most sense for you:

Question 1: Are you able to get a visa appointment by late summer or early fall?

Answer: Yes

Question 2: Are you able to book travel plans for August or October?

Answer: Yes

On-Campus Fall Semester—August Start or October Arrival

Question 1: Are you able to get a visa to arrive on campus in time for our August start?

Answer: No

Question 2: Are you able to begin working toward your degree virtually from your home this fall?

Answer: Yes

Virtual Start

Student Stories

Considering American Collegiate Live or want to learn more about what life is like as a student at FIU? Hear from international students who have already started classes!


“The Global First Year program provides everything an international student needs to adjust to life in the United States. The Global First Year staff have helped me get used to the new culture here and make Miami feel like my home.”


“You will feel that the professor is standing in front of you, delivering the course. We do not have any barriers communicating.”

Stay Informed

During this time of uncertainty, we are here for you. Check out the resources below for COVID-19 updates and information from FIU:


Reference this page for updates and information about COVID-19 from FIU.

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