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.

Your health and safety remain our top priorities as we work to get you to campus as soon as possible. Global First Year is prepared to support you in beginning your university journey in a way that is tailored to you. Explore our start solutions below.

Option 1.
On-Campus Spring Semester — January Arrival

Florida International University remains open for Spring 2021. You are welcome to arrive on campus at the start of the regular semester in January, 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 Spring Semester — Late Arrival

We are offering a mid-semester arrival option that will enable you arrive later this spring at our warm and welcoming campus. You will start some of your classes in January online and arrive on campus in March to continue your studies from campus.

Option 3.
Virtual Start

If you are unable to arrive on campus for the Spring semester, you are invited to start your studies virtually. You can begin your program right away, from home—no study delays or interruptions—and transition smoothly to begin your coursework at FIU when you are able to make it to campus.

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 this fall?

Answer: Yes

Question 2: Are you able to book travel plans for January?

Answer: Yes

On-Campus Spring Semester—January Arrival

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

Answer: Yes

Question 2: Are you able to book travel plans for March?

Answer: Yes

On-Campus Spring Semester— March Arrival

Question 1: Are you able to get a visa to arrive on campus mid-semester?

Answer: No

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

Answer: Yes

Virtual Start

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

5 Reasons to Enroll Virtually

Experiencing delays in arriving to campus on time? Here are five reasons to start with us virtually this spring.

1. A head start

Don’t delay—start your coursework now, with no interruptions.

2. Recognized credits

Stay on track—when you arrive on campus, your credits come along with you.

3. An engaging classroom experience

Learn from FIU professors alongside your FIU classmates.

4. Dedicated support

Get academic assistance with Global First Year advisors, plus guidance on your transition to campus.

5. A connection to campus

Become part of the Florida International University community with regularly scheduled virtual events like game nights and campus “tours”.

Student Stories

Want to learn more about what life is like as a student at FIU? Hear from international students like you!


“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.”


“My favorite thing about FIU is the flexibility and support. No matter what personality type you are, you will find a perfect place to fit yourself.”

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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