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Orientation

Covid 19 Vaccine & Testing Travel Requirements
Pre-Arrival Emails and Webinars
G1Y 2 & 3 Term Academic Virtual Orientation & Move-In
Accelerated & Transfer Credits
Immunizations & Health Forms
ALEKS Mathematics Assessment
PERT Reading and Writing Assessment
FIU OneCard (Student ID)
Airport Pickup & Campus Check-In

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I miss orientation?

Orientation is an important and mandatory part of your preparation to attend FIU. Missing even one day could result in you missing important information about your classes and may result in a delay in your registration.

If you have an urgent situation that requires you to miss orientation, please contact Lukas Calafell at Lukas.Calafell@globalfiu.com.

When do I get my class schedule?

After orientation when your registration holds are removed and all of your placement results have been recorded by the Academic Team, our Academic Director, Lorna Baez will enroll you in classes.

How do I see my class schedule?

Your class schedule will be visible on your MyFIU account.

I'm having trouble setting up my MyFIU account. What do I do?

Make sure that you carefully follow the steps on the MyFIU Account Setup Page. If you’ve followed all of the steps there and are still having trouble, most likely what you are experiencing is something that only FIU IT can fix. Please go to https://fiu.service-now.com/sp?id=sc_somethingbroken. On this page, you will need to scroll down and view the tab that says “Chat”. In this tab, you can fill out information about the issue you are having. When you hit “Submit” you’ll be immediately connected to an IT person from 8 AM to 8 PM EST, Monday through Friday that can help assist you. If you have an issue outside of these hours, please wait until the office is open again to submit your request. You may also call IT at +1 (305) 348-2284.

I've followed all of the steps above, but I'm running into issues or it's not working. What do I do now?

If you’ve followed all of the steps above, most likely what you are experiencing is something that only FIU IT can fix. Please go to https://fiu.service-now.com/sp?id=sc_somethingbroken. On this page, you will need to scroll down and view the tab that says “Chat”. In this tab, you can fill out information about the issue you are having. When you hit “Submit” you’ll be immediately connected to an IT person from 8 AM to 8 PM EST, Monday through Friday that can help assist you. If you have an issue outside of these hours, please wait until the office is open again to submit your request. You may also call IT at +1 (305) 348-2284.

What is the ALEKS?

ALEKS is a web-based artificially intelligent system designed to determine exactly what a student knows. This information is used to place a student in a class for which they have sufficient background knowledge.

To take the ALEKS please follow this link:

If I took the SAT and I sent my scores to FIU, do I still have to take the ALEKS?

FIU uses the Math Placement Score (MPS) to place incoming freshman students in introductory math courses. MPS is calculated based on the student’s SAT/ACT score(s), high school GPA and high school math classes; it appears in the student’s MyFIU account.

If you have sent an SAT score to FIU and you have an MPS score on your FIU account then you do not need to take the ALEKS. Please contact a G1Y staff member to verify this.

When should I take the ALEKS?

All students who intend to study in majors in Business, Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics should take the assessment prior to Virtual Orientation. You will need to set-up your FIU Account and FIU E-mail prior to taking the assessment.

If you experience any technical difficulties then you can take the ALEKS assessment during orientation once you have attended the Tech Sessions.

How do I access the ALEKS?

All G1Y students who intend to study in majors in Business, Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics MUST access the ALEKS at go.fiu.edu/aleksg1y

What does my ALEKS score mean? What class am I eligible for?

ALEKS placement assessment evaluates your knowledge and indicates the class level.

Consult the second page of the ALEKS Placement Table for the classes you will be registered for depending on the score and your intended major.

What is the PERT?

The PERT assessment covers your English reading and writing skills.

If you are required to take the PERT, you will receive an email from the Academic Director – Lorna Baez.

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 to your FIU email address with further testing instructions.

How do I know if I need to take the PERT?

If you need to take the PERT, you will receive an email from the Academic Director – Lorna Baez during orientation. If you do not receive an email from her, then you are not required to take the PERT assessment.

Can I request changes to my schedule?

Class registration is final. Class schedule will be based on your Major and assessments if these are required. If you are requesting an exception and change to your schedule you will need to write an email from your FIU email account to the Academic Director at lorna.baez@globalfiu.com

When is the last day to request changes to my schedule?

The last date to Add/Drop classes will always be the second Monday after the start of the term.

When will I see my courses in Canvas?

Courses will populate in Canvas the first day of class. You will see the courses in Canvas on Monday. If you are having any issues with Canvas please contact the Canvas Support Team: https://canvas.fiu.edu/support/

Effective November 8, 2021:
YOU MUST BE VACCINATED TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES!

Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Please carefully read the information below that explains the U.S. travel requirements for international students during COVID-19.

For information about the U.S. travel requirements for international students and their families visit the CDC (Center For Disease Control) travel website. Once on the website, click on “Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-Immigrants: Air Travel to the U.S.”

Pre-Arrival Webinars

Pre-Arrival Webinars are a chance for you to meet with the FIU campus team and learn about how to prepare for your arrival and what to expect when you arrive on campus.

Spring 2023 webinars will be held on the following dates and times. Click the links below to access the webinar that best fits your time zone and region.

Thursday, November 3, 2022 – 8:00AM (Eastern Standard Time) 

Monday, November 21, 2022, 2022 – 8:00AM (Eastern Standard Time) 

Pre-Arrival Emails

All students start receiving pre-arrival emails when they are accepted to FIU G1Y. These emails contain important information about orientation and preparing for arrival to campus.

Pay close attention to these emails as you will be responsible for reading and understanding the information that they contain.

Virtual Academic Orientation

December 14, 15, 16 2022

Virtual Orientation is mandatory for all students and you must attend all sessions.

Move-In/Check-In Day January 5, 2023

*All Students are required to check in with our staff between 10AM and 6PM on January 5, 2023 at Everglades Hall (1590 SW 111 Avenue Miami, FL 33174). Students living on-campus will also receive their room key during check-in.

If you have completed Accelerated Credits By Exam or University Transfer Credits, please submit the following form: College Credits Earned

Deadline to submit all your documents: December 9, 2022

Accelerated Credits By Exam

Credit-by-exam allows students to accelerate their studies by earning college credit through examination.

Passing scores satisfy the FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, prerequisites for some majors, electives, and foreign language. Other accelerated exams, such as German Abitur, and Swiss Matura CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

You can review the Equivalency Tables through this link: Equivalency Tables

Simple Rules:

  • Official scores must be sent directly to Florida International University from the examining organization (College Board, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate etc.) .
  • A maximum of 45 credits are awarded for all exams combined; additional credits may be awarded upon request.
  • There are no grades associated with these exams, and therefore, no impact on GPA.
  • Exams and equivalencies are included in the Panther Degree Audit and transcript.
  • UCC1/UCC2 designations that satisfy FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements may not satisfy major requirements.
  • Duplicate credit is not awarded (earning ENC 1101 in AP and IB, awards 3 credits, not 6).
    • ELE UCC1 (elective) is an exception to this rule and may be awarded more than once.

How to send your Exam Score Report/Diploma Electronically:

University Transfer Credit- Transferring from a U.S. Institution

An important part of transferring to a new institution is knowing the number of credits that are transferring and how they transfer. Transfer students may satisfy the FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) which is essentially the first two years of college, or General Education requirements.

Simple Rules:

  • Send your official transcript directly to FIU at iadmiss@fiu.edu from your previous institution. You will have to log into your previous university account and request an official transcript be sent to FIU.
  • You can review the Course Equivalencies through this link: Transfer Equivalency Database. If you do not see the course you completed, it is because FIU has not received that course previously and will need to evaluate the course. A course syllabus will be required to complete the course evaluation. Your academic advisor will indicate which course syllabus you will need to provide.

University Transfer Credit- Transferring from an International Institution

An important part of transferring to a new institution is knowing the number of credits that are transferring and how they transfer. Transfer students may satisfy FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC), which is essentially the first two years of college, or General Education requirements.

Florida International University requires proof of immunization for MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella). FIU also asks that students provide proof of immunization for Hepatitis B & Meningitis; however, students can complete waivers to satisfy the Hepatitis B & Meningitis hold. Immunization holds will prevent you from registering for classes in the coming semester. Students must provide proof of vaccination or waivers (where applicable) to release these holds.

To submit your proof of immunizations, please click here.

Students can waive the Hepatitis B & Meningitis hold on the same form above.

At this time, FIU does not require proof of vaccination for COVID-19. 

Will you be under 18 years of age when you arrive to campus? If yes, you must complete the Consent for Treatment of a Minor form.

In the U.S.,  individuals under 18 years old require parental permission before receiving medical services. The form above allows you to visit and receive services from the FIU Student Health Center.

Hospitals and Doctors offices off-campus will have their own process for getting parental consent.

ALEKS Mathematics Assessment
The ALEKS assessment tests your math level. This assessment is only for students who intend to study majors in Business, Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

You must take this assessment BEFORE orientation. To take the ALEKS, you will need to first set up your MyFIU account and FIU email.

Watch the ALEKS Remote Instructions Tutorial to familiarize yourself with the ALEKS.

Please note that there is a $5 proctoring fee to take the assessment.

*Take the ALEKS at go.fiu.edu/aleksg1y*

The PERT assessment covers your English reading and writing skills.

If you are required to take the PERT, you will receive an email from the Academic Director – Lorna Baez.

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 to your FIU email address 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.

FIU has made getting your Student ID card even easier and accessible. You can submit your photo early and have your FIU OneCard prepared and ready for pick-up when you arrive to campus.

You can still get your photo taken and receive your FIU OneCard on-campus, but you may experience a wait depending on student traffic in the OneCard office.

*You must have access to your MyFIU account in order to complete the OneCard early photo submission process.*

For instructions on the Photo Submission Process, please click here.

Airport Pick-Up Fall 2022

FIU Global First Year offers students free transportation from Miami International Airport (MIA) to campus. Please provide your arrival details at least 15 days in advance to the program start date.

Students should arrive prior to or on the move in day, which is August 17, 2022. If you arrive prior to August 17, you will not be able to move into your Residence Hall (Dormitory) or check-in with the Global First Year Staff until August 17. 

Whether you require airport pick-up, please submit your flight information as soon as possible by clicking the button below.

Campus Check-In

On-Campus Check -In and Move – In will take place on August 17.

COVID-19 Information:

  • Students are highly encouraged to get tested prior to arrival and may be asked by Housing staff whether they have proof of a negative COVID-19 result; however, not having proof of a negative result will not prevent students from moving-in.

 

  • At this time, FIU highly encourages students to get vaccinated but it is not required.

 

  • Please wear masks while in  in-door, crowded spaces.
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Academics

Academic Calendar
Academic Advising
ACT/SAT Exam Registration & Info
Meet Your Instructors
Tutoring and Academic Support
Making an Advising or Coaching Appointment
Sample Academic Curriculum
Majors Offered

Frequently Asked Questions

How many online credits can I take after Global First Year?
Immigration requirements state that FIU students can register for no more than three (3) fully on-line credits as part of your required full time enrollment. Undergraduate students may enroll for no more than 3 of their required 12 credits each term. If approved for a reduced course load on your final term, you must enroll for at least one three credit in-person class. NOTE: Hybrid classes do not count as on-line classes.
How do I purchase textbooks for my G1Y classes?

Books and Supplies are not included in your tuition and fees within your Statement of Fees for the Global First Year Program.

FIU has implemented a program called the Panther Book Pack.  The Panther Book Pack is an affordable course materials rental program providing all undergraduate students with their required course materials by the first day of class at a fixed rate of 20 dollars per credit (around 260 USD for one semester while in Global First Year).

Students are automatically enrolled in the program for the semester; however, students can opt out within the first week of classes. If a student opts out, they are responsible for purchasing their course materials on their own.

How do I calculate my GPA?

Florida International University students can use this calculator to estimate the outcome of this semester’s grades on your overall college average. To calculate your cumulative average, enter in your current GPA and credit hours from previous semesters, then this semester’s grades and credits.

Can I take the summer off?
The answer to this question varies from case to case. Below you may find some of the most common scenarios

  • Enrollment during First Semester: You are required to be enrolled full-time if Summer is your first semester at FIU.
  • Enrollment during your G1Y program: You are required to be enrolled full-time if Summer falls during your G1Y program for your second or third semester.
  • Enrollment during Last Semester: You are required to be enrolled during the Summer Term if it is considered your last semester and you had applied for graduation. Please keep in mind that students who only need one course to complete their program of study, the course cannot be completed through online or distance education. F-1 students must enroll in at least one course that requires physical attendance in their final academic term.
  • Summer Term Optional Semester: Summer enrollment is optional ONLY if you are a progressed G1Y student and have completed a full course of study in Fall or/and Spring term. This means you can take the summer off (take no classes at all), take a part-time load, or take all online classes.
I need an enrollment letter/proof that I am a student at FIU for the army/my sponsor/etc. What do I do?

This is known as enrollment verification. An enrollment verification form can be completed AFTER the add/drop period of the term for which the enrollment information is requested. You can request an enrollment verification in one of three ways:

    • Official Enrollment Verifications can be obtained and printed through MyFIU. Self-service enrollment verifications via MyFIU for the current semester will be available 30 days after the start of the semester.
      • Select ‘Academic Records’.
      • Select ‘Enrollment Verification’ and click the ‘Request’ button.
    • The Enrollment Verification Form can also be uploaded online via MyFIU. Follow the submission instructions, located at the bottom of the form.
    • For letters of non-attendance, please email FIUverify@fiu.edu along with a Photo ID.

NOTE: Please check your student account for any financial holds. FIU will be unable to process these requests if financial holds are present on your account.

Academic Calendar

Visit FIU’s website for the complete Academic Calendar.

Application Deadline
I-20 Transfer Deadline
Payment Deadline
Arrival & Mandatory Check-in Date
Spring 2023
December 9, 2022
December 9, 2022
December 21, 2022
January 4, 2023
Application Deadline
I-20 Transfer Deadline
Payment Deadline
Arrival & Mandatory Check-in Date
Summer 2023
April 5, 2023
April 5, 2023
April 20, 2023
May 4, 2023
Application Deadline
I-20 Transfer Deadline
Payment Deadline
Arrival & Mandatory Check-in Date
Fall 2023
July 19, 2023
July 19, 2023
August 3, 2023
August 17, 2023

Christie Murata

Office: Primera Casa (PC) 248A
Phone: (305) 348-2978
Email: cmurata@fiu.edu

Academic Advising

Navigating your college career can be daunting, but you’re not alone. Advisors simplify the process, offering guidance every step of the way.

All G1Y students, regardless of their major, are assigned to Christie Murata as their Academic Advisor. Christie is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM for appointments and questions.

Christie’s job is to support G1Y students as they go through the first-year process of choosing a major and transitioning into the appropriate college at FIU.

All G1Y students meet with Christie during orientation and regularly throughout the semester to develop an academic plan. Additional, advising sessions with Christie also focus on degree requirements and progression requirements and is tailored to students’ academic performance and career goals.

Registration

Registering for Classes

FIU has created a video to show you how to both place classes in your Shopping Cart and Enroll in your classes.
*Please note that you will only be able to enroll in classes once you have reached your Enrollment Date. This information is found in your MyFIU under ‘Manage Classes’.*

Viewing your Advising Notes

Your Academic Advisor has placed your course suggestions for the upcoming semesters in the ‘Reports’ section of Navigate. You can access them by the following steps:

  1. Go to my.fiu.edu and sign-in with your FIU credentials.
  2. Select ‘Academic Advising’ and ‘Success Network’. Sign-in again with your FIU credentials.
  3. Select the ‘Reports’ tab right below Student Home.

ACT

The ACT is an entrance exam used by colleges and universities in the United States. It is also a multiple-choice test administered by the College Board. FIU is offering a specific ACT Test for Global First Year Program to be taken at the FIU Testing Center. If you are located in Miami currently, you will need to take the ACT to fulfill your testing requirement. Please see the registration instructions below.

*The ACT On-Campus at FIU is not transferable to another university.

SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the United States to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice test administered by the College Board. If you are located outside of the country currently, you will need to take the SAT to fulfill your testing requirement. Please click on the button below to learn how to register for the SAT.

If you have already completed the SAT, you need to send your scores to FIU in order for them to count. Please click on the button below to learn how to send your scores.

Meet Your Instructors

Professor Nathan Kurland

Nathan Kurland offers over forty years of high-energy Communication & Public Speaking expertise to FIU and G1Y. Mr. Kurland received his BA in History and Communication from Penn State University and an MA in Rhetoric & Public Address from Temple University. Mr. Kurland is passionately dedicated to the idea of mandatory public speaking instruction as a requirement for all, repeat, all university students. Mr. Kurland’s career is a virtual prism of communication diversity. He has taught public speaking at Temple University and the Free School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as private sector corporate communication. Nathan has been an Associate Professor with GIY since its inception. His two favorite words- preparation and energy. Outside of FIU, Mr. Kurland serves as Chair of the Miami Bayside Foundation, Chair of the Coconut Grove Art Festival, and Vice Chair of the Coconut Grove Neighbors Association.

Professor Nicholas Anderson

Hi there! My name is Nicholas Anderson and I’m a professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Department and Global 1st Year Program. You might have me as an instructor for your upcoming English composition courses. Before working at FIU, I received an AA in English from Miami Dade College, a BA in English, summa cum laude, from FIU, and an MA in Linguistics, also from FIU. Go Panthers! My teaching philosophy focuses on helping students develop their own identity, independence, and agency as writers, thinking about how to use writing and rhetoric in digital contexts and outside of the university setting, and creating a classroom culture of diversity and mutual respect. I have been teaching at FIU for eight years and also enjoy composing in a number of different genres, including websites, novels, video games, poetry, and linguistics research. If you have a creative project, blog idea, or entrepreneurial endeavor, I’d love to talk to discuss it with you! In the coming semesters, I look forward to working with you and seeing your great and innovative projects.

Professor Jason Ehlen

A native of New Jersey, Jason Ehlen moved to Miami Beach in 1999. He has a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Hampden-Sydney College and two master’s degrees from FIU (MA: Asian Studies, MFA: Fiction), and he studied Chinese at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. Before coming to FIU, he taught ESL in China and Colombia. He’s taught Business English within companies such as Exxon, Falabella, and LVMH. At FIU, he is a Teaching Professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Department and teaches exclusively for the G1Y program. His fiction has been published in The Battered Suitcase, Everything’s Broken Too, and Akashic Press’s “Monday’s Are Murder” webseries.

Professor William Lisenbee

William Lisenbee specializes in teaching multilingual students in first-year composition courses. He received his MA in English Literature from Florida International University and regularly teaches ENC 1930, ENC 1101, and ENC 1102. Prior to coming to the Global First Year program at FIU, he worked for six years tutoring student-athletes with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. He credits much of his appreciation for multilingual students to his work as a tutor. Professor Lisenbee’s teaching philosophy is that to write and to communicate well are very important skills that every college student can develop. I teach writing as problem-solving, exploration, and self-expression. Writing can be a difficult process, but one that is made easier when students bring their own experiences and motivations into the classroom.

Dr. Chad Chumbley

Dr. Chad W. Chumbley was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Forensic Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2010. Following his undergraduate studies, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with research focusing on the quantitation of pharmaceutical drugs in biological specimens using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) imaging mass spectrometry. To combine his undergraduate degree in forensics with his graduate degree in analytical chemistry, he began working for the Federal Department of Justice in his current position as a forensic chemist in 2018. He joined Florida International University as an adjunct professor teaching Survey of Forensic Science in the spring of 2020.

Professor Yasbel Acuna-Borrero

Professor Yasbel Acuna-Borrero has been teaching writing for over 15 years. She began teaching as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami where she earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. Since then, she has taught writing in multiple institutions including Nova Southeastern University, Miami Dade College, and more recently, at FIU where she has been for the last 8 years. Professor Acuna Borrero has published numerous works of poetry and creative non-fiction. She is also the recipient of the Rosine Offen Memorial Prize for writing. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and their daughter, Gala.

Dr. Donovan McFarlane

Dr. Donovan A. McFarlane is an Adjunct Lecturer in Politics and International Relations (PIR) in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Florida International University. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Liberal Studies in Political Science with a 4.00 GPA (M.L.S.) from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a Master of Science in Law (M.S.L. magna cum laude) from California Southern University School of Law, a Master of Public Administration with Honors (M.P.A. Hons.) from the School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the School of Arts and Education at St. Thomas University. Dr. McFarlane has over 15 years of higher education teaching and research experience and has taught from associate to doctoral level courses across diverse institutions including Barry University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Westcliff University, Liberty University, Broward College, and City College. He is published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of International Affairs and Global Strategy, Journal of Civil and Legal Sciences (JCLS), International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences (IJCJS), Open Ethics and Law Journal (OELJ), Journal of Law, Policy and Globalization, Journal of Public Policy and Administration, and the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (JMR). Dr. McFarlane is originally from Jamaica, West Indies. He likes writing essays and studying cultures and watching foreign films based on history and culture.

Professor Juan Castro

Juan Castro is currently a mathematics instructor at FIU. He has been teaching lower division Mathematics for more than 4 years here at FIU. Juan Castro is involved in developing new teaching methodology and is a certified hybrid instructor. Juan Castro and his colleagues developed a new hybrid course for Business Calculus which he is currently teaching. Juan is interested in combination and sports. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s in Mathematical science at FIU. He has an academic certificate from FIU in actuarial science. Juan’s future goal is to take and pass the Actuarial science exams form the Society of Actuaries (SOA)

Professor Stephanie Londono

Stephanie Londono is an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies Department. She is currently working on her doctorate in Cultural and Religious Studies at Claremont Graduate University and holds an MA in Religious Studies focusing on women and religion. Her investigations have centered around religion, ethics, and society, focusing on women and issues of memory, violence, and peacemaking in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has published on women and conversion in Miami, Orientalism and Islam in Latin America, and Liberation Theology. Before entering into the academic world, she practiced journalism for over five years covering sports. Today, along with teaching, she also participates as a commentator on religion, culture, and politics on CNN and other media outlets

Tutoring and Academic Support

FIU Tutoring

Tutoring is available through the main FIU tutoring center, the Center for Academic Success (CfAS), in a variety of subject areas. Services are currently being delivered online via one-on-one sessions, small groups, study halls, or workshops through the end of the Spring 2021 Semester.

Tutoring is also available through other FIU departments such as the Center for Excellence in Writing, AAA Tutoring, the Economics Tutoring Center and the Communication Arts Studio

You can browse information about and visit the pages for the FIU tutoring centers below.

Center for Academic Success

FIU Global First Year offers students free transportation from Miami International Airport (MIA) to campus. Please provide your arrival details at least 15 days in advance to the program start date.

Students are encouraged to arrive during the week of check-in (May 5-7). You can arrive in the country earlier than May 5, HOWEVER you will be unable to move into your dorm room or do the Global First Year check-in until May 5.

Whether you require airport pick-up or not, please submit your flight information as soon as possible by clicking the button below.

View Tutoring Schedule

Center for Excellence in Writing

The Center for Excellence in Writing, located in Green Library 120, offers individual consultations and workshops for any writing you are working on throughout your time at FIU. Whether you are brainstorming, drafting, revising or polishing, our writing consultants can assist you with projects such as:

  • Papers, reports and projects for any course in any department
  • Resumes and applications for fellowships and employment
  • Personal statements
  • Group projects
  • PowerPoint presentations and other non-print projects

Schedule an Appointment

Appointment Instructions

AAA Tutorial Program

The Assistance for Academic Achievement (AAA) Tutorial Program, located in GC 267, is one of the many free services offered by the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion. Tutoring is offered in a wide range of subjects in Math, Sciences, Humanities and more! For additional information and to schedule an appointment, visit their website.

Communication Arts Studio

The Communication Studio is staffed with experienced communication coaches eager to assist you with all of your presentation needs. Our mission is to provide you with the help and guidance needed, in order for you to give your best presentation. Their mission is to provide you with constructive feedback and guidance for effective communication through professional coaching to improve your public speaking, presentation and interview skills.

Schedule an Appointment

Appointment Instructions

Do you have additional academic support questions?

Contact Dean Buonomo, Global First Year’s Academic Coordinator, at dean.buonomo@GlobalFIU.com

Making an Advising or Coaching Appointment

Instructions

To schedule an Academic Advising or Coaching Appointment, you will need to:

  • Be able to log into your MyFIU Account
  • Know your Panther ID number
  • Make sure you are in Google Chrome
  • Turn off your pop-up blocker

Step 1 – Log into the Panther Success Network

  1. Log into your MyFIU Account and click the “Academic Advising” tile.
  2. On the next page, click the “Success Network” tile.
  3. Navigate to the success network once prompted on the following page.
  4. Log in to the network with your FIU username and password.

Step 2 – Click on “Schedule an Appointment” from your Panther Success Home Page

Step 3 – Choose “Academic Advising” from the drop down menu

Step 4 – Select “Global First Year” from the drop down menu

Step 5 – Select “General Advising” from the drop down menu

Step 6 – Choose the location of your appointment

To meet with Christie for Academic Advising, you will need to select “Online Arts, Sciences & Education Advising”
To meet with Lauren, Nate or Lorna for Success Coaching, you will need to select “Online Global First Year Coaching”

Step 7 – Select the name of your advisor or coach

Step 8 – Select an available day and time for the appointment

*Curriculum may vary according to major, course availability &/or accelerated/transfer credits

3 Semester Program

FIRST SEMESTER
SECOND SEMESTER
THIRD SEMESTER
COURSE
ESSAY WRITING – ENC 1930 (3)
WRITING & RHETORIC I – ENC 1101 (3)
WRITING & RHETORIC II – ENC 1102 (3)
COURSE
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES I – EGL 1002 (0)
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES II – EGL 1003L (0)
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES III – EGC 1100L (0)
COURSE
(MACRO OR MICRO) ECONOMICS OR AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (3)
(MACRO OR MICRO) ECONOMCS OR OTHER (3)
CGS 2060 OR OTHER (3)
COURSE
PUBLIC SPEAKING – SPC 2608 (3)
NATURAL SCIENCE 1 & LAB (3, 1) OR INTRO TO RELIGION (3)
NATURAL SCIENCE II (3, 1) OR OTHER (3)
COURSE
FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1)
-
-
COURSE
MATH (3-4)
MATH (3-4)
MATH (3-4) OR OTHER (3)
TOTAL CREDITS
13-14
12-14
12-14

2 Semester Program

FIRST SEMESTER
SECOND SEMESTER
COURSE
WRITING & RHETORIC I – ENC 1101 (3)
WRITING & RHETORIC II – ENC 1102 (3)
COURSE
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES II – EGL 1003L (0)
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES III – EGC 1100L (0)
COURSE
(MACRO OR MICRO) ECONOMICS OR AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (3)
(MACRO OR MICRO) ECONOMCS OR OTHER (3)
COURSE
PUBLIC SPEAKING – SPC 2608 (3)
NATURAL SCIENCE (3, 1) OR OTHER (3)
COURSE
FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1)
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COURSE
MATH (3-4)
MATH (3-4) OR OTHER (3)
TOTAL CREDITS
TOTAL CREDITS: 13-14
12-14

Math Sequence: *Sequence may vary according to majors
Business Majors (ALEKS): College Algebra (MAC 1105) – Calculus for Business (MAC 2233) – Statistics for Business (STA 2023)
STEM (ALEKS): College Algebra (MAC 1105) – PreCalculus & Trigonometry (MAC 1147) – Calculus I (MAC 2311) – Calculus II (MAC 2312) – Multivariable Calculus (MAC 2313)
Social Science/Humanities (No ALEKS): College Algebra – MAC 1105 & MGF 1106 Finite Math or MGF 1107 Math of Social Choice

Track 1- STEM Field & Computer Science, Biological and Environmental Sciences & Physical Sciences and Engineering

Biology

Biochemistry

Biomedical Engineering

Chemistry (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental, Forensic)

Civil Engineering

Computer Science B.S. or B.A.

Computer Science: Software Design & Development

Computer Engineering

Dietetics & Nutrition (Didactic)

Earth Sciences

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Studies w/ concentration in:
Natural Resources
Agricultural Studies

Geosciences (Atmospheric or Geosciences)

Information Technology

Internet of Things

Marine Biology

Mathematics/Statistics

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Statistics

Sustainability and the Environment (Agricultural, Natural Resources)

Track 2- Business, Finance & Economics Administration and Management

Accounting

Business Analytics

Construction Management

Economics

Finance

Health Services Administration

Hospitality Management
Major Areas:

  • Hospitality Management
  • Beverage Management
  • Culinary Management
  • Event Management
  • Hotel/Lodging Management
  • Restaurant/Food Service Management
  • Travel and Tourism Management

Human Resources

International Business

Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Management

Management of Information Systems

Marketing

Psychology: Industrial and Organizational Psychology Track

Public Administration

Real Estate

Recreation and Sports Management

  • Parks Management
  • Recreation and Sports Management
  • Recreational Therapy

Track 3- Global and Social Sciences & Humanities

Anthropology/Sociology

Art B.A.

Art History

Asian Studies

Broadcast (Communication)

Communication Arts

Criminal Justice

Crime Science

Digital Communications & Media

Elementary Education: Career Development

English

French

Geography

Global Studies

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

International Relations

Journalism (Communication)

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Liberal Studies

Modern Languages

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Public Relations, Advertising, Applied Communications (PRAC)

Sports & Fitness Studies

Religious Studies

Social Work

Women’s and Gender Studies

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Student Health

Health Services
COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

Does G1Y insurance cover the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Yes! G1Y insurance will waive all out-of-pocket costs for the COVID-19 vaccine. Student members will not be responsible for co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance regardless of which FDA approved vaccine they receive.
How do I get my G1Y insurance card?

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Visit the Wellfleet Home Page and enter FIU Global into the search box.
  • Pay attention to the dates and select the date that matches when you started your program. For example, Spring 2021 students will select FIU Global (1933) 1/1/21-12/31/21
  • From your school’s landing page, click the menu icon in the top right corner and select “My Account” to access your account.
  • Click “Create a New Account” on the student sign-in page.
  • Please use your FIU email address when creating your account. For more instructions on how to create your account, you can watch this video.
  • To access your online ID card, click on the “Student Options” tab.
Are appointments required to get the vaccine?

Yes! Retail pharmacies will not accept you without an appointment right now due to the high volume of people needing to be vaccinated.

Which vaccine should I get?

Experts say don’t wait, get whichever vaccine is available at the location where you are able to schedule an appointment. If you are under the age of 18, you will ONLY be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

What’s the difference between the three different vaccines?

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses and are somewhat more effective. Johnson & Johnson is a single shot vaccine and is somewhat less likely to cause side effects. Check out this USA TODAY story which outlines some of the vaccine differences.

Are there side effects?

After getting vaccinated, most people report mild to moderate side effects within three days, including headache, fatigue, chills, body aches, low-grade fever and redness or swelling at the injection site. These side effects should last for only a day or two but may affect your ability to do daily activities such as going to work or hitting the gym. Physicians emphasize the side effects are normal and also a sign the body is reacting properly to the vaccine.

Most people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines report stronger side effects after the second dose because it’s a booster shot and elicits a stronger immune response.

How long do I wait between COVID-19 vaccine doses?

People who receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine must wait at least 21 days before getting their second dose. Those who receive the Moderna vaccine must wait at least 28 days.

The CDC recommends getting the second shot as close to the three-week or one-month interval as possible. However, the agency updated guidance in January to say the second dose of a two-shot vaccine can be administered up to six weeks after the first, if necessary.

This guidance pertains only to the vaccines that require two shots, which were developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

What should I bring to my second dose appointment?

For the second dose appointment, make sure to bring all the necessary documents from the first appointment, as well as the vaccination card that should have been given after the first dose.

The vaccination card should detail the vaccine received (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), the date and the arm injected (right or left). If you lost this card or didn’t receive it at the first appointment, don’t fret! The state should have an electronic record of that information.

If your information can’t be found in the state’s Immunization Information System and you can’t remember which vaccine you received at the first appointment, the CDC updated guidelines in January to recommend getting whatever vaccine is available as a second dose instead of restarting the vaccination series.

How long before the vaccine is effective?

This protection doesn’t happen overnight. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity, which means it’s still possible to get sick just after vaccination. The CDC said it can take 10 to 14 days after the second shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines or the one-dose J&J vaccine for someone to develop the full immunity. This doesn’t mean a person can set aside all public health measures two weeks after getting fully vaccinated.

I had COVID-19. Do I need to get the vaccine?

The CDC says yes, you should still get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you’ve already had the virus. Experts don’t know how long you’re protected from COVID-19 after you recover.

Does getting a vaccine mean I can stop wearing a face mask?

No. Everyone, including those who have received both doses of vaccine, should continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on wearing face coverings, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

Can you catch COVID-19 after getting the vaccine and infect others?

Yes, it’s possible, but it’s likely you would not have symptoms so you may not know you are sick and able to infect others.

“You can conceivably get infected, get no symptoms and still have virus in your nasal pharynx,” Anthony Fauci said during a CNN town hall in January.

You’re more likely to catch the coronavirus within the two weeks after vaccination because that’s when you’re least protected. But you also have a small chance of becoming ill when you’re fully immunized since the vaccines are 72-95% effective depending on which vaccine you get. But it will most likely be a mild or moderate form of the disease since the vaccines are almost 100% effective against severe disease.

Now that I’m vaccinated, what stuff can I do?

The CDC said fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask or socially distance inside a home when visiting other vaccinated people or an unvaccinated person from one household who is at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

A person who is fully vaccinated should still wear a mask and socially distance in a home with someone who is unvaccinated and over 65 or has an underlying medical condition that raises the risk of getting severely ill with COVID-19.

In a situation where vaccinated people gather with unvaccinated people from multiple households, everyone should wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. The CDC recommends gathering outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.

Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC recommends avoiding medium to large gatherings. The agency defers to states that may have guidance restricting the size of gatherings.

If a fully vaccinated person attends an event or large gathering, the CDC said, he or she should follow prevention measures that reduce COVID-19 spread, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

Travel is still not recommended, but if you MUST travel, follow all CDC guidelines to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission and wait at least two weeks after getting fully vaccinated.

Student Health on Campus

All students are required to complete a safety screening questionnaire prior to coming onto campus. To access and download the P3 app, go online to go.fiu.edu/fiup3. COVID-19 testing at FIU Student Health is being offered to currently enrolled students based on test availability and by appointment only. Student Health is not accepting any walk-in or drive-up requests during this time. If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are having symptoms, please call 305-348-8385 to schedule a telehealth visit.

Schedule an Appointment

Due to classes moving to remote learning and in an abundance of caution, Student Health is not open for walk-ins and appointments are required. Clinic hours currently are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday.

To schedule an appointment, have your Panther ID number ready and call (305) 348-8385. Appointments are available in-person and remotely through telehealth.

Please note that telehealth appointments are only available to those currently located in Florida.

Getting Tested for COVID-19

FIU has partnered with Curative to expand COVID-19 testing by opening an on-campus walk-up testing station for students, faculty and staff.

COVID-19 tests are administered at the new station at no cost to those being tested and results will be sent to patients via private portal within 24-48 hours. The testing station is located in front of Parkview Hall. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note this testing station is a walk-up only; there is no designated parking in the vicinity.

To make an appointment at the Curative station, please visit Curative.com and search for testing centers by location using the zip code 33199. The station name is MMC-SWRC-Students.

G1Y Health Insurance

According to Florida Board of Governors and FIU policy, all International Students with F and J status are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. In the FIU Global First Year program, you are automatically provided with health insurance unless you already have insurance provided through a government sponsor.

As a Global First Year student, you have health insurance through Wellfleet Student. To finalize your insurance enrollment, you MUST sign an alternative insurance compliance form. If you have not received your form, please email Lukas.Calafell@globalfiu.com

FIU Global First Year has also put together a PowerPoint about your G1Y Insurance which includes a benefit summary and instructions to search for Cigna participating doctors.

Visit https://repopulation.fiu.edu/ for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 on campus.

Individuals with F-1 student visa status are required to show proof of COVID vaccination in order to enter the US. Vaccinations must align with the US’s approved list of COVID-19 vaccines. Only two exceptions apply:

  1. Student is from a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (see list here ).
  2. Student is under 18 at the time of travel.

Effective December 06, 2021 – all international travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must show results of a negative coronavirus test taken one day prior to their flight’s departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States.

If neither vaccine exceptions apply to you and you remain unvaccinated, you may not be able to enter the US on the date of your scheduled travel.

For those passengers traveling under one of the above exceptions, they must complete and present the Combined Covered Attestation Form to the airline at the time of departure. Passengers must be prepared to answer questions regarding Section 4 of the form and should have a clear understanding of their school’s COVID policies.

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Immigration

Immigration
New Panther Check-In

Frequently Asked Questions

I am out of status. What should I do?

If you are out of status you must schedule an appointment to meet with an ISSS advisor immediately to review your options in returning to status.

How can I get a Social Security Number (SSN)?

You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). An SSN will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc.

If you do have a job offer and need an SSN, you must apply for a social security number through your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. If the SSN is for an on-campus job you must first bring your offer letter to ISSS because an ISSS advisor must sign off on the letter from your hiring department. For the SSA location nearest you, please visit the Office of Social Security and type in your zip code. You may also call 1-800-772-1213 or visit International Students and Social Security. You may download the social security application (Form SS-5) online.

Do I need a new signature on my I-20 every time I travel?

No, the travel signature on page 3 is valid for 12 months.

What happens if my visa expires?

A visa is an “entry document” used to enter the U.S. If it expires in the U.S., there is no need for concern as long as you are maintaining valid status (maintaining full-time enrollment etc). However, if you plan to leave the U.S., you will need a valid visa for re-entry to the U.S. Visas are issued at U.S. embassies/consulates abroad. Check with the U.S. embassy/consulate in your home country regarding visa renewal requirements.

What happens if my I-20 expires?

You are considered to be out of status with the Department of Homeland Security if the program end date on your I-20 has passed and you have not graduated. DO NOT LET THIS DOCUMENT EXPIRE. If it has expired, schedule an appointment to meet with an ISSS advisor immediately to discuss how to get back in status.

What happens if I lose my I-20?

If your I-20 is lost, damaged, or stolen, you must request a new I-20 from ISSS by completing a Document Request Form. If your I-20 is stolen, you should also file a police report with the police department as soon as possible.

I want to travel outside the U.S. What should I do?

If you want to travel outside the U.S. you must have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa, a valid I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature, and a valid passport (valid at least six months into the future). If you are planning to travel to a country other than your home country, visit The Embassy Website for travel guidelines and visa requirements.

During your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status, you are subject to many complex immigration laws and regulations that relate to your legal status here. Advisors at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) are available to assist you and answer your questions about your immigration status, but it is your responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to maintain valid legal status. It is to your benefit to make sure to maintain legal status throughout the duration of your stay in the U.S.

New Panther Check-In

In order to keep your I-20 or DS-2019 active, and to keep your status in the US, all new international students are required to check in using the New Panther Portal no later than 30 days after they arrive in the United States.

You can upload documents, confirm your student information, and complete your mandatory information session online. You will be directed to a sign in page, where you will need to use your panther ID and password to sign in. Click on the button below for directions on how to complete the ISSS Check-In.

International Student Sessions

All students at FIU in F-1 or J-1 student status are required to attend a MANDATORY Welcome Immigration Session for International Students conducted by ISSS. This is a separate session, different from from other academic, departmental, or university-wide orientations and it will cover information specific to international students that you MUST be aware of. These sessions are offered at both the Biscayne Bay Campus and the Modesto A. Maidique Campus every semester.

Immigration and Enrollment Policies

All international students MUST register FULL TIME or will fall out of status and become ineligible for immigration benefits.
Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Full Time = minimum total twelve (12) undergraduate credit hours
  • Minimum of nine (9) credits must be in-person (NOT online) classes; only 3 online credits may be counted toward the 12 credit total
  • You MUST be enrolled full-time from the beginning of each semester (Fall or Spring Term A).
  • You MUST be enrolled in at least one course in person in Term A/C.

Summer Semester

  • If Summer A is your FIRST semester
    • Full Time = minimum twelve (12) credit hours
    • Minimum of nine (9) credits must be in-person (NOT online) classes; only 3 online credits may be counted toward the 12 credit total
  • If Summer B is your FIRST semester
    • Full Time = minimum six (6) undergraduate credit hours
    • Minimum of three (3) credits must be in-person (NOT online) classes
  • Summer is OPTIONAL (no class requirements) for most continuing students

Immigration Advising

Any immigration questions must be brought to an advisor in the ISSS office. This semester, the ISSS is holding virtual office hours for general questions Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 12 PM and 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Students can also request individual appointments for change of status requests, reinstatements, or approvals for a medical reduced course load.

Instructions

To complete your New Panther Check-In, you will need:

  • Your Panther ID Number – Found on your Letter of Acceptance (Ex. 6267385)
  • Scan of your passport
  • Scan of your visa
  • I-20 in PDF Form
  • Most recent I-94
  • Your birthday
  • Your U.S. Address

Step 1 – Access the ISSS Portal

Go to https://sunapsis.fiu.edu. Once there you will need to press the LOGIN button.

You will log in using your FIU username (the first part of your email before the @fiu.edu) and your password.

Step 2 – Register for ISTART Online Services

Register for ISTART online services by entering your Panther ID and Date of Birth.

Step 3 – Access your New Panther Checklist

Once you register, you should see an expanded menu of options on the left side of the page. Click on the tab labeled “New Panther” to access the check-in process.

Step 3 – Complete Steps 1-3

Once you open the tab, click on the “New Panther Check In Process”. You will need to complete all three steps in order starting with Step 1.

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Job & Career Support

Working as an International Student
Job & Career Support
Career Services Program
Applying for On-Campus Jobs
G1Y Student Employment Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a Social Security Number (SSN)?

You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). An SSN will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc.

If you do have a job offer and need an SSN, you must apply for a social security number through your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. If the SSN is for an on-campus job you must first bring your offer letter to ISSS because an ISSS advisor must sign off on the letter from your hiring department. For the SSA location nearest you, please visit the Office of Social Security and type in your zip code. You may also call 1-800-772-1213 or visit International Students and Social Security. You may download the social security application (Form SS-5) online.

How do I schedule an appointment with a Career Coach?

To request an appointment with a Career Coach, follow these steps:

  • Log into Handshake
  • Go to the “Career Center” drop down menu located at the top right-hand of your profile
  • Click on “Appointments”
  • Click on “Schedule A New Appointment” and select your preferred campus or virtual outlet with the topic of “General Career Counseling”
Can I work full-time on-campus?

The total hours of your employment on campus cannot exceed a maximum of 20 hours per week when you are in classes and 30 hours per week during breaks.

Can I work in more than one place on-campus?

Yes, but the total hours cannot exceed a maximum of 20 hours per week between both employers. You must obtain authorization from ISSS.

Do I have to attend or view an F-1 Employment Workshop in order to apply for CPT or OPT?

Yes. If you are planning to work off-campus in the U.S. you must get authorization for either Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). To apply for either of these F-1 employment benefits, you must view the online employment workshop on the ISSS website, or attend a live employment workshop hosted by ISSS. You must complete the workshop acknowledgement form and set up an appointment to meet with an ISSS advisor before engaging in any type of off-campus employment. Find all the information here on the F-1 Employment page.

Can I apply for OPT outside of the United States?

No, you must be in the United States to apply for OPT. This is a requirement that has no exception. If you are outside the country and make arrangements to come back to apply in the middle or towards the end of the semester, there is no guarantee that your application will be approved (based on your I-94 information). Do not risk it. Consult with an ISSS Advisor before making any decision. Visit the OPT page for more information.

Working as an International Student

On-Campus Employment

This is a benefit available to all students maintaining valid F1 status. It is not necessary to obtain special work authorization from USCIS to work on-campus; however, you must obtain an on-campus employment certification signed by an ISSS advisor to submit to Human Resources. Please review the F-1 On-Campus Employment Online Information to make sure you understand all the policies and regulations on this type of employment.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is a practical training that is performed for academic credit (part of the school curriculum and commensurate to degree level) AND that is required as part of the academic plan or program curriculum from ALL students in the program.

This includes:

  • Required internship, practicum, student teaching or field experience (paid or unpaid)
  • Optional internships for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study)
  • Cooperative (Co-op) education programs for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study

To learn more about CPT, you can visit the CPT information section on the ISSS website.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status are permitted by the USCIS to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies once they have completed their program of studies.

“Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion). However, all periods of pre-completion OPT will be deducted from the available period of post-completion OPT.”

To learn more about OPT, you can visit the OPT information section on the ISSS Website.

REMEMBER THAT WORKING OFF-CAMPUS OUTSIDE OF AN APPROVED OPT OR CPT PROGRAM IS ILLEGAL!

The G1Y Program has partnered with FIU’s Career and Talent Development office to assist students with:
Resume writing and critiques
Practice interviews
Career transitions and assessments
Networking
Professional development
Career events
And other services to help you move your career forward

Career Services Program

Utilize Brittany Chill, our Career Services Manager, who meets one on one with students to discuss on-campus job searching, resume writing, interview skills and more! Schedule a free, one on one consultation with her here.

Instructions

Searching and applying for jobs on campus is not as difficult as you may think! Read and follow the steps below.

Step 1

Go to https://hr.fiu.edu/prospective-employees/. Then scroll down the page and click on the button that says “Explore FIU Careers”.

Step 2

Now you should be in the FIU Careers Portal. You will see a menu of options. Click on “View All Jobs”

Step 3

If you are viewing on a computer, you should then be taken to a page listing all jobs available with a left side menu where you can filter your job types. In this filter area, scroll down to “Job Family” and make sure that you check the box next to “Student” so that you are only seeing student jobs.

If you are viewing this on a phone, you’ll see a little filter icon that you will have to click to open up the menu. On the menu you will scroll down to Job Family” and make sure that you check the box next to “Student” so that you are only seeing student jobs. Then you will click the “Done” button at the top to take you back to the results.

Step 4

Now you should see all available student jobs. To apply, you will need to follow the steps to create an account and upload your required materials such as resume, cover letter and so on. Help with your resume and cover letter can be received through the FIU Career & Talent Development Office.

G1Y Student Employment Opportunities

The G1Y Program periodically hires students to assist with office work and student orientation. Read on below for information about the job opportunities available and links to apply!

G1Y Student Workers

Job Description

Under the leadership of the Global First Year Program, Student Workers are responsible for representing the Global First Year Program – its history, opportunities, attributes, benefits, and services when hosting or welcoming visitors to campus. Acting as a representative for the G1Y, Student Workers are expected to warmly welcome all campus visitors, mainly serving prospective students and parents, while working to establish a quality first impression as guides for new students who are making the transition from high school and their home country to the United States and the University community.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Hosting virtual and in-person tours and calls that will include, but are not limited to: an audience of prospective students and their parents and recruitment agents
  • Assist students and staff with on-campus check in/move in.
  • Support Global First Year staff with administrative and logistical tasks.
  • Create and maintain a welcoming and friendly environment, while keeping the health and safety of the students as a top priority.
  • Create and maintain professional relationships with students, staff, and the campus community.
  • Provide peer-to-peer support for a variety of student needs, including but not limited to: navigating campus and serving as a campus resource

Qualifications

  • Successfully progressed through Global First Year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Currently a student in good conduct standing
  • Enrolled in classes for Spring 2021 semester
  • Demonstrate strong customer service and interpersonal skills, and a passion for helping others as well as the ability to work with diverse populations

Global Orientation Leaders (GOLs)

Job Description

Under the leadership of the Student Services Team, GOLs serve as guides for new students who are making the transition from high school and their home country to the United States and the University community. Orientation is designed to acclimate students to the United States and FIU. During the crucial first week on campus, students will complete a number of mandatory procedures and learn more about FIU.

While orientation will be a year-long process, the goals for Orientation week are:

  • Removal of admission holds to allow for class registration
  • Integrate students into the University by connecting them with each other, other students on campus, and vital University resources
  • Introduce students to academic opportunities and culture in the United States
  • Build a strong and supportive community

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a greeter for students requesting transportation from Miami International Airport.
  • Assist students and staff with on-campus check in/move in.
  • Support Student Services and other Global First Year staff with administrative and logistical tasks.
  • Create and maintain a welcoming and friendly environment, while keeping the health and safety of the students as a top priority.
  • Guide and motivate a small group of international students throughout the orientation.
  • Create and maintain professional relationships with students, staff, and the campus community.
  • Build community throughout orientation with icebreakers, energizers, and team builders should time allow it.
  • Provide peer-to-peer support for a variety of student needs, including but not limited to: navigating the area, serving as a campus resource, and responding to personal student needs
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Scholarships & Finances

Scholarships & Finances

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pay my tuition and fees?

Students need to pay all tuition and fees in a timely manner to avoid late fees, potential loss of scholarships, and delays in registering for classes. Click here for instructions: globalfiu.com/welcome/#Payment.

Scholarships

American higher education is quite expensive compared to that of other countries. This is a fact that you should be aware of as an international student.

International students are required to submit proof of sufficient funds to cover educational expenses in the U.S. in order to obtain a SEVS I-20. Having obtained an I-20, signing it and either entering the U.S. or filing a change of status to F-1 you agree to have funds available for the duration of your studies. It is important, therefore, that you responsibly plan and manage your finances.

Scholarships and grants are some of the ways that you can help to cover your costs. However, these opportunities will not simply find you. You will have to find them!

Recommended Links to Scholarships, Grants or Alternate Funding Sources

  • FIU Library – You can find guides or handbooks on financial assistance, scholarships, or grants in the library’s Reference section. These guides would list different international organizations, American institutions, or even multinational corporations that may offer some form of financial assistance to international students.
  • Your Academic Department – Some scholarships, grants or assistantships may be available through your academic departments. Meet with your academic advisor to find out if there’s any in your major field. Scholarships may also be available from the professional industry however, such information may not always be publicized and information could be available through professors in the specific fields. Let your professors know that you’re looking for possible scholarships.
  • FIU Scholarships
  • External Organizations and Resources

Tax Responsibilities

January 1 through April 15 is “Tax Season” in the United States. During this period, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and many non-immigrants must file income tax returns and other tax forms.

All international students, scholars and their dependents (F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 who have been in the United States the previous calendar year) who are non-residents for tax purposes MUST file tax Form 8843 regardless of whether they worked or not.

For more information, visit the Tax Responsibilities section on the ISSS Website.

Disclaimer
Remember! G1Y advisors are NOT experts in income taxes and thus, cannot advise or assist you in filing your returns. The information on this webpage is provided as a service to enrolled international students in G1Y. The information does not constitute tax advice and G1Y staff cannot assist with the preparation or completion of individual tax return forms.

U.S. Bank Accounts

Within the first few days of your arrival, you may want to open a checking account with a bank on or near campus. FIU has partnered with Wells Fargo to offer you the ability to link your bank account from them to your FIU One Card.

You may directly deposit traveler’s checks for free in most cases, or arrange for a wire transfer from your home bank for a fee of about $35. Typically, you may make an unlimited number of additional deposits or withdrawals thereafter. Be sure to always have sufficient funds in your account to cover all outstanding checks; if you “overdraw,” the bank may impose expensive fees. Also be aware that there is usually a waiting period of a few days before you may withdraw the money you deposit, as a way for the bank to protect itself from fraud.

To open a bank account, you will be asked for a number of supporting documents for your application. These might include:

  • Current Passport
  • Proof of address- a piece of mail will usually suffice
  • A letter of enrollment from your college
  • A personal identification number
    • Social security number*
    • Student ID number
    • Passport number
    • An international ID number with photo identification
    • Individual taxpayer identification number

* Note: As a non-US citizen, you will not automatically be given a social security number. In order to receive one, you must have been in the US for at least 10 days and be offered an on-campus position.

For more helpful information, click here.

Refunds

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.

If you are eligible for any refunds from Global First Year after the 4th week of classes, it is important to note that the refund policy states that refunds will not be processed until a student completes the G1Y Program to ensure that there are no additional pending charges due to unforeseen circumstances like housing fees, extension terms and so on.

Once a student completes their program in G1Y, they will be contacted to complete a refund form. This form will allow the student to designate where they would like their funds to be deposited. All refunds will be issued in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. Once this form is submitted, the refund will be processed within 45-60 business days.

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Clubs & Organizations

Get Involved
Global Leadership Outreach Workgroup (GLOW)

There’s more to college life than classes and textbooks. Get involved with an organization that suits your interests and grow as a leader while making lifelong friends.

Visit FIU’s Office of Student Affairs to learn more about campus clubs and organizations.

What is GLOW?

Overview

GLOW is a Global First Year work group is designed to help shape Global First Year policies and provide needed services to fellow students. GLOW is made up of elected student members who provide a voice on opinions, concerns and needs of their fellow students in G1Y. GLOW members also take part in planning programming with a focus on health/wellness, service opportunities, integration into the FIU community, and other student defined areas of need.

Why should I join GLOW?

Student leadership positions are a great way to become involved on campus and in the community. You can help shape Global First Year policies and provide needed services to fellow students. Additionally, we have a lot of fun, and it is a great way to get involved! Students involved in student organizations tend to do better in school. It’s a fact!

What do I have to do in GLOW?

  • Attend all weekly GLOW meetings at a mutually determined time
  • Provide feedback for focus group questions in person and potentially online
  • Attend a minimum of 3 Global First Year sponsored events
  • Regularly check email and phone for important communications
  • Be professional, responsible, reliable, articulate and able to reach out to students

Am I eligible to join?

All current Global First Year students are eligible to apply. Students are eligible for 1 semester during their time in Global First Year with potential to continue. The following positions are available:

  • Fall 2020 Representative
    • Open to students who began in Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021 Representative
    • Open to students who began in Spring 2021
  • Summer 2021 Representative
    • Open to students who began in Summer 2021
  • Housing Representative
    • Open to students living on campus. May apply to this position in addition to the semester representative for your start term
  • Commuter Representative
    • Open to commuters. May apply to this position in addition to the semester representative for your start term
  • ELI Representative
    • Open to former ELI students. May apply to this position in addition to the semester representative for your start term
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Parking & Transport

Parking & Transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park?
FIU has marked parking spaces which designate the permission needed to park in each space.

  • Students: Unmarked spaces are considered student spaces and require student permits.
  • Visitors: metered spaces. FIU has pay-stations that accept card and coin, as well as Pay-by-Phone parking application.
How do I appeal a citation?
Citations may only be appealed within 10 business days from the issue date of the citation (Note: Citations will have an issue date and violation date). Appeals should only be filed if a legitimate basis exists.

Login to your parking account using your FIU credentials. Hover over the Citations tab located at the Menu Bar. Select Appeal citation from the drop down menu. You may select the citation from the list or type the citation number into the text box.

What if I want to ride on the Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) busses?
MDT bus passes are available for purchase. Pre-ordering begins online the 14th of every month. The passes then are available for pick up or purchase at the FIU Parking & Transportation office three business days before the end of each month on both campuses. The last day to purchase bus passes in office is the 8th of each month.

An Easy Card (monthly Metro bus pass) for the Miami-Dade transit system is available to the FIU community at $56.25 and may be preordered online or purchased at our office in PG5. MDT parking permits must be purchased online through MDT’s website.

Can I park in the Parkview Housing Garage?
Parkview Housing Garage is for housing students only. A housing garage semester virtual permit will be made available to those who desire a higher level of parking service at the Parkview Housing Garage. You may purchase this permit in your parking web portal for one or two semesters starting in the Fall semester.

During the Summer semester, Parkview Housing Garage will have Pay-by-Phone spaces available for a daily rate for those who have a valid FIU parking permit.

Are there charging stations for electric vehicles?
Charging stations are available in all garages excluding Parkview Housing Garage.

To use the charging station, download the Semma Connect app from the App Store or the Google Play Store. Alternatively, call 1-800-663-5633 and follow the prompts to start charging by phone. EV stations can be found throughout the campus. Price for charging your electric vehicle starts at $1/ per hour.

The Parking & Transportation Office on campus provides a variety of services for students including, but not limited to:
Parking Permits
Paying/Appealing Parking Citations
Panther Express
CATS Shuttle
Panther Mover
SweetWater Trolley
NOMI Express
Doral Trolley

Getting a Driver’s License

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not issue a license until your F-1 SEVIS record is ACTIVE. You must complete the new student virtual check-in via the FIU ISSS Portal to initiate setting your record to active. You will receive an email notification from ISSS confirming your record is active. You must then wait 48 hours before visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles.

NOTE: Due to USCIS limitations – your SEVIS record may not be set to active until the semester starts and this registration is performed in the order your virtual check in occurred. This process may take up to 10 business days after you check in.

Once your record is active, you will need to make an appointment at the DMV and bring the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Non-immigration classification proof which the United States’ Department of Homeland Security provides
  • Documents to prove your F-1 or J-1 student status
  • Two original documents to show proof of your residence. (Examples: Cell Phone Bills, Original Transcripts, Apartment Lease, Bank Statements and Utility Bills)
    • If you live on campus, you will have to visit the Department of Housing and Residential Life for the proof.
  • SSN Card, if you have one

Student Parking Permits

Global First Year students will take all of their classes on the MMC Campus. This campus is the largest campus for FIU and has a large number of open air parking lots and covered parking garages on campus.

All enrolled students are able to get a virtual parking permit for free! Simply sign on to the FIU Parking Portal using your “Florida International University Single Sign On” using the same FIU username and password as for your MyFIU account. Check out the video in this section and follow along with the steps to register your vehicle and license plate.

Once your permit is active, you are able to park in any spot on campus that has a blank grey stone block. Remember not to park in a metered, staff/faculty or admin space and only park with the back of your car (and your license plate) facing out.

Getting Around Campus

FIU has several ride services that can help you to get around campus.

Panther Mover
The panther movers look like small shuttle cars pulled by a golf cart. This service operates continuously Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM with stops throughout campus.

Freebee
Freebee is a free on-demand door to door transportation shuttle. To order a ride, simply download the Ride Freebee app, request a ride and jump onboard! Operates Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM. All rides must begin or end inside the MMC Campus or the Engineering Center.

Panther Express
The Panther Express Shuttle is a bus that provides an alternative to driving between FIU’s MMC and Biscayne Bay (BBC) Campus. Currently enrolled FIU students can ride the bus for free by swiping their FIU One Card. The bus departs from the MMC Lot 3 Bus Stop every half hour Monday thru Friday from 6 AM to 10 PM and a final departure at 11 PM.

CATS Shuttle
The CATS shuttle travels between MMC and the Engineering Center. The service operates two shuttles running continuously from 6 AM-11 PM. Shuttles stop at the following locations:

  • Lot 3
  • East Of PG5
  • 109 Tower
  • Identity Miami
  • 4th Street Commons
  • EC
  • Lot 5 (Miami–Dade transit hub located at 107th Ave and 17th street)

Getting Around Sweetwater, Doral & North Miami

Sweetwater Trolley
The City of Sweetwater offers the Sweetwater Trolley as a free transportation service to the public. Service runs on the half-hour to all of Sweetwater’s most popular locations such as Dolphin Mall, parks, Sweetwater Municipal Complex and FIU’s MMC campus. Operating hours are from 8 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Doral Trolley
The City of Doral operates the Doral Trolley as a convenient free transportation service with four routes that go to such popular destinations as City Place, Dolphin Mall, Downtown Doral and the Metrorail Stations. Operating hours are from 6 AM to 11 PM Monday through Friday for the FIU Connector Route 4.

North Miami Express
The NOMI Express is a free community bus service operating four routes within Miami and running Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.

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Recreation

Recreation & Sports

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the gym open?

Yes! The FIU gym is called the Wellness and Recreation Center and it’s currently open by appointment. To schedule an appointment to work out, please click on the tile labeled “Facility Access”.

Whether you spend most of your time at MMC or BBC, there’s a fully equipped recreation center near you. Offering fitness classes, state-of-the-art gym equipment, adventure excursions and more, the Wellness & Recreation Centers have everything you need to live a fit, healthy lifestyle. When you participate in extracurricular activities like those offered through the Wellness & Recreation Center, you find opportunities for leadership, social and multicultural interaction, camaraderie, physical activity and stress reduction that you can’t find in the classroom.

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Progression

Welcome to your G1Y Progression Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when do I have to pay for my next term?

The good news is that after you finish the Global First Year program, you no longer have to pay up front for the whole year of tuition, housing, and dining. FIU will post your electronic bill online for your tuition after the class registration period has ended. If, for finance purposes, you need an estimate of your bill sooner, you can use FIU’s Tuition Calculator to estimate your payment amount.

Your bill is available online through your MyFIU student center. Payment is due by the add/drop deadline for each semester. For instructions on how to pay, click HERE.

How and when can I register for classes?

The best time to register is on your enrollment date. Currently enrolled degree-seeking students are given a time and day based on their classification and credit hours completed. Enrollment dates are earliest for graduate students then undergraduate students by earned credits in descending order (seniors first and freshmen last). After that, open registration begins and all degree-seeking students may register.

Classes fill up fast so pick classes early! Students can add or drop courses at any time between their enrollment date and the add/drop deadline without incurring fees so long as they are registered for a least 1 class before the first day of the semester.

To check your enrollment date, follow these steps:

  • Login to MyFIU.
  • Select ‘Manage Classes,’ then ‘Enrollment.’
  • From the dropdown choose ‘Enrollment Dates.’ Keep in mind enrollment dates cannot be changed.

How can I live on campus after Global First Year?

If you wish to live on campus after the Global First Year program has ended, you will need to be responsible for submitting your own housing application by the appropriate deadlines. All information about applying and submitting a housing agreement can be found on the FIU Housing Website.

Congratulations! You are approaching the end of your G1Y program and are almost ready to progress to FIU as a degree-seeking sophomore. Check out the important information below that will help you to be prepared for what comes next.

Progression Requirements

In order to progress to degree-seeking status at FIU, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • A passing grade in a math course
  • A passing grade in ENC 1101
  • An SAT/ACT score

Getting your new I-20

Your current I-20 is only good for the duration of your Global First Year program. In order to get your new I-20, you will need to work with G1Y to fill out and submit several documents.

  • Progression Form – The application for progression that collects information for FIU Admissions. This is always the first step you will need to take in the document completion process.
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) -The DCF (the abbreviated name for the Declaration and Certification of Finances) is a document that you will fill out to provide the university with complete and accurate information about the funds available to you as an international student. This financial verification is required of any student at a university applying for a new I-20

A video tutorial covering the Global First Year progression documents can be found here. 

  • Bank Statement or Financial Guarantee – A bank statement proves to U.S. immigration that you have the funds necessary to pursue an education in the United States. If you are a sponsored student, such as from Oman or UAE, you will need a new Financial Guarantee from your sponsor to submit to G1Y. This document will work in place of your bank statement.

Removing Registration Holds

Before beginning enrollment, review the holds on the Task tile on your MyFIU dashboard and follow the instructions on the hold to have it removed. Most holds can be solved by submitting the necessary documents online. See below for some advice on removing common registration holds.

Advising Holds

If you have a hold related to advising you will need to make an appointment with your advisor via the Panther Success Network system.

Insurance Holds

According to Florida Board of Governors and FIU policy, all International Students with F and J status, who are planning to study in the United States, are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. Proof must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office at the Student Academic Success Center (SASC Lobby), or emailed to insurance@fiu.edu.

Students will receive an “IMI” insurance hold on their student account. Students will not be allowed to register for classes or continue enrollment without complying with the medical insurance requirement. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The medical insurance requirement can be met in one of three ways:

  1. By renewing your FIU Global First Year Insurance.
  2. By purchasing the FIU Sponsored Health Insurance Plan.
  3. By choosing an alternate FIU approved insurance plan and submitting an International Student Alternative Health Insurance Compliance Form completed by that insurance company.

Please be aware that there is a 24-48 hrs. processing time during weekdays for all incoming documents. To check the status of your hold, you may log on to your MyFIU Account.

For students with insurance coverage through their government’s embassy, the only acceptable document for compliance with insurance requirements is the FIU Alternative Insurance Compliance Form, which must be completed by an embassy representative for the current term(s).

NOTE: If you will not be in the United States during a semester, you must contact G1Y or ISSS for instructions on how to report that you will be out of the country. Once the information is recorded, the system will remove your insurance hold. It is very important that you follow these instructions. NO HOLDS WILL BE REMOVED WITHOUT STATUS UPDATES.

Past Due Account Holds

Holds can be removed by paying the underlying charge in full. Take the following steps to remove an account hold:

  • Log onto the my.fiu.edu.
  • Select Student Self Service.
  • Under Student Self Service, select Student Accounts.
  • Under Student Accounts, select View Your Account.
  • Locate the outstanding charge and submit a credit card payment. A convenience fee of 2% will be charged (i.e. if paying $1000, 2% x $1,000 = $20. $20 will be added to the transaction, and the total amount charged to the credit card will be $1,020).

Payment appears on the student’s account 1 business day after payment is submitted (i.e. Friday payments will appear on Monday, payments made during a weekend or on a university holiday will appear the first business day after the holiday).

The hold associated with outstanding balance will be automatically removed 2 business day after the payment is submitted.

Holds can be modified to allow registration/drop/add for good cause shown. as determined by the department. Financial hardship, inability to pay, lack of knowledge of due dates are not considered good cause shown. Holds cannot be modified to allow release of transcripts or other educational records.

Parking and Traffic Holds

If an FIU parking citation is not paid or appealed within ten (10) days, a $5 late fee shall be assessed in addition to the fine established and a hold will be placed on the student’s account. Removal for the hold will only occur when any outstanding balance is paid. Fines may be paid by credit card online through the FIU Parking Website or in person at the Department of Parking, Sustainability and Transportation by check, money order, cash, the FIU One Card, or credit card. Alternatively, payments may be mailed to the Department of Parking, Sustainability and Transportation located on Modesto A. Maidique Campus. All payments sent by mail should include the payee’s Panther ID number if applicable, and citation number(s).

Student Conduct Holds

FIU’s Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Office may place a student conduct hold on the records and registration of any student who has a pending Code matter, including any outstanding sanctions. Students may not be allowed to graduate or receive grades, until pending matter(s), including any outstanding sanctions have been resolved. If you see a Student Conduct hold on your account, you will need to contact the office at conduct@fiu.edu for next steps to remove your hold.

Sexual Assault Prevention Holds

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure a safe and healthy University community, all students admitted to FIU beginning Spring 2017 must complete the sexual assault prevention program. The program is completed fully online. New students who do not complete the program will have a registration hold placed on their student account that will prevent enrollment for future terms. To complete the training, please visit the websites listed below:

  • Undergraduate students should complete Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault™
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Center for Academic Success

Develop your English language, math, and overall academic skills and gain the confidence to succeed in your US university classes. Improve your study habits, prepare for exams, and get your questions answered: Our helpful tutors and counselors are here to support you, every step of the way.

Meet Your Tutors
How and when can I register for classes?
Skills covered in the Academic skills tutoring sessions
Skills covered in the Math skills tutoring sessions

Academic Skills Tutors

Alicia Coe

I am Alicia Coe. I have been teaching English for academic purposes and critical writing at several universities in Europe and the United States for 17 years. Apart from teaching, I work as a curriculum developer, a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students, a copyeditor, and a Cambridge examiner. I am experienced in teaching international students; therefore, I can provide different learning approaches depending on the cultural background of each student.

Amanda Wilcox

I am Amanda Wilcox. Originally, I hail from Macon, Georgia, where I studied Biology and Spanish at Mercer University. After teaching foreign language for about 5 years, I began a master’s degree at Auburn University. Upon graduating, I continued to teach Spanish at the university and eventually began teaching in the ESL Department, where I found my calling. I have been involved in teaching, tutoring, and curriculum writing for international students learning English ever since. In total, I have nearly 20 years of experience teaching all ages from young children to adults in an academic setting.

Sedighe Zamani Roodsari

I am Sedighe Zamani. I am a language teacher and multilingual teacher trainer. I have been teaching English at graduate and undergraduate levels for over 15 years. I have degrees in English, Linguistics, and Adult Education, with a focus on English as a Second/Foreign Language. My research has focused on teachers’ perceptions of students from different backgrounds, and I enjoy teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. I would be happy to support students from any background in improving their English and academic skills.

Math Tutors

Dipen Bhuva

I am Dipen Bhuva. I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the Cleveland State University and have a Masters graduate from Northeastern University in Information Security. I am also a certified Network+ by Comptia, Certified Ethical Hacker, RH-11 Expert Hacker, RedHat Server Certified Engineering and am Amazon Web Service (Cloud) certified. For my “extraordinary dedication and teaching,” I was granted an “excellent achievement for Graduate Assistantship” from CSU. I will be happy to help with any problems and solutions related to computer science: Programming, Networking, Server engineering, Cloud, Statistic, Advanced Mathematics and Cyber Security.

To schedule appointments with the following tutors, please click on the 25 or 50-minute sessions below. Please book 24 hours in advance to provide your tutors ample time to prepare for the session.

  • Academic writing – generating ideas, organizing, summarizing, paraphrasing, revising/editing
  • Research skills: Finding credible sources and academic articles
  • Understanding academic integrity; avoiding plagiarism
  • MLA & APA citations and format
  • Academic presentation preparation and practice
  • Time management – weekly planning, semester-long planning
  • Reading strategies
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test preparation strategies
  • Class and groupwork participation strategies
  • Discussion skills
  • Grammar rules and practice
  • Academic communication etiquette – emails, office hours, requesting letters of recommendation
  • Business writing – emails, reports, meeting summaries
  • Career development – resume and cover letter writing
  • Building math confidence for students who struggle with math
  • General and Foundational Math help at any level
  • Calculus including Calc 1 and Calc 2
  • Algebra and Linear Algebra
  • Topology
  • Discrete Math
  • Category Theory
  • Algorithms
  • Differential Equations

Important Dates

Payment Deadline:

December 21, 2022

Move-in Date:

January 4-5, 2023