Day One

Monday-December 13

Day Two

Tuesday-December 14

Day Three

Wednesday-December 15

Day Four

Thursday-December 16

Day Five

Friday-December 17

MyFIU is the student portal for FIU. Nearly everything you need from making advisor appointments to requesting transcripts can be completed on MyFIU. On this page, we will go over how to log into your MyFIU Account for the first time.

Setup Instructions

Before we start, you will need the following information:

  • Your Panther ID Number – Found on your Letter of Acceptance (Example – 6267385)
  • Your birthday
  • A personal email address OR a US phone number that works to receive texts

Step 1 – Navigate to MyFIU Homepage

Go to https://my.fiu.edu/. On the top right-hand sign of the page, click the button that says “Login to MyFIU”


Step 2 – Enter your Username and Default Password

Your username is the first part of your FIU email address before the “@fiu.edu”. If you don’t yet know your FIU email address, you can lookup your username by clicking here.

Default passwords will be your birthdate listed in the following format: ddMonYYYY​. (For example: April 20, 1998 would be typed as 20Apr1998)


Step 3 – Add your Account Recovery Information

The system will ask you to enter a mobile number (must be working US Phone Number) OR a personal email address (anything besides your FIU email)

This information will be used to help reset your account if you are ever locked out or forget your password in the future


Step 4 – Enter Code

Once you’ve entered your recovery information, the system will send you a six-digit numeric code. Enter that code and click “Submit”.


Step 5 – Continue

Click “Continue” to proceed.


Step 6 – Create a New Password

You’ll need to go back to the MyFIU login page and re-enter your username AND the default password (ddMonYYYY).

It will ask you one more time to enter your recovery email or phone number. Make sure this information is the same as what you entered before!

Now you will be prompted to create a new password. Once you enter your new password, you can log in to MyFIU.



All fully-admitted students at FIU have access to their own personal FIU email account, PantherMail. PantherMail is powered by Google and provides FIU students with many useful Google applications. It’s very important to check your PantherMail regularly as it is the place where your professors and the university will send you important updates and information.

Setup Instructions

Before we start, you will need the following information:

  • Your FIU Username and Password. (If you don’t know this information, you will need to follow the instructions HERE to set up your MyFIU account for the first time.)

Step 1 – Navigate to the Gmail Homepage

  • Go to www.mail.google.com
  • If you already have an existing gmail account, you’ll need to go to your gmail settings and click “Add another account”

Step 2 – Enter your FIU Email

Your FIU email is your username + fiu.edu
Example – roary001@fiu.edu


Step 3 – Log into FIU PantherMail

The system will automatically take you to the login site for FIU Panthermail

Enter the same username and password you used to log into MyFIU

When you are finished, click “Log In”


If you are planning to arrive on campus for the Summer semester, there are a few important things you need to know. Please carefully scroll down and read all of the information below.

Airport Pick-Up

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.


Campus Check-In


All students arriving to campus in May will be REQUIRED to schedule a check-in with the Global First Year Team. To promote physical distancing, only four students will be allowed to check in per hour. This check-in period will take place from May 5 through May 7. Advanced sign up is mandatory.

IMPORTANT – All students living on campus and moving in for spring will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test that was taken within 7 days prior to arrival to campus. The test needs to be a RT-PCR test (This is not an antigen or rapid test).

Students who fail to provide a negative test result will not be permitted to move into their rooms until they are cleared by the FIU COVID Response Team.

Pre-Departure Webinars

Pre-Departure 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 2022 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.


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.

If you missed an email, we’ve provided links on the left where you can access a copy of the emails and see the date that they were sent.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 lauren.vansant@globalfiu.com

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

Your class schedule will be visible on your MyFIU account.

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.

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.


Academic Calendar

Visit FIU’s website for the complete Academic Calendar.

Spring 2021
Pre-Sessional English Program
January 4-8 Arrival and Move-In
January 15 Virtual Orientation
January 19 Classes Begin
April 24 Last day of the Semester
Spring 2021
January Arrival Global First Year 2 Semester Program and Global First Year 3 Semester Program
December 14-18 Virtual Orientation
January 4-8 Arrival and Move-In
January 11 Classes Begin
May 1 Last Day of the Semester
Spring 2021
Late Arrival Global First Year 2 Semester Program students only
December 14-18 Virtual Orientation
January 11 Classes Begin
February 22-26 Arrival and Move-In
April 24 Last Day of the Semester
Summer 2021
Pre-Sessional English Program
May 5 Arrival and Move-in
May 6 Orientation Starts
May 10 Classes Begin
July 30 Last Day of the Semester
Summer 2021
Global First Year 2 Semester Program and Global First Year 3 Semester Program
May 5 Arrival and Move-In
May 6 Orientation Starts
May 10 Classes Begin
July 30 Last Day of the Semester
Fall 2021
Pre-Sessional English Program
Coming soon! Arrival and Move-In
Coming soon! Orientation Starts
Coming soon! Classes Begin
Coming soon! Last Day of the Semester
Fall 2021
Global First Year 2 Semester Program and Global First Year 3 Semester Program
August 16 Arrival and Move-In
August 17 Orientation Starts
August 23 Classes Begin
December 10 Last Day of the Semester

Christie Murata
Office: ZEB 239B
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.



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.


It is a Florida state requirement for all university students to have an SAT or ACT score on file before moving into their second year at the university.

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.

The ACT is another 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 click on the button below to learn how to register for the ACT.

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 Jason Ehlen

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.

*Note for Spring 2021 Semester: Tutoring will take place via Zoom. The physical office in GC 267 will remain closed from the FIU community for the whole semester.*

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 Nathan Presnell, Global First Year’s Assistant Academic Director, at nathan.presnell@GlobalFIU.com

Making an Advising or Coaching Appointment


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


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

Student Health

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 lauren.vansant@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.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that beginning on April 5, 2021, all Florida residents 16 and older shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. Read on below for additional information about the vaccine and how to get your shot.

Available Vaccines

The following COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of COVID-19:

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in persons 16 years of age and older.
  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in persons 18 years of age and older.
  • The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine for use in persons 18 years and older.

All COVID-19 vaccines are free to Floridians. The Florida Department of Health will continue to provide information to the general public as other COVID-19 vaccines become available.

Where are vaccines available?

Students can get the COVID-19 vaccine at these locations:

Clicking on the names of the pharmacies above will take you to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment request site. You can also search for specific retail pharmacies near you using the state’s Vaccine Locator.

HOT TIPS – Getting an appointment requires persistence and luck. Mornings are a good time to check appointment availability as most provider refresh their website availability at this time. We recommend logging in around 7 AM. Make sure you are using the latest version of your internet browser. Have your insurance card available and be prepared to fill out a form asking you questions about your health. Be patient and good luck!


What to Bring to your Appointment

At the moment, vaccines are only being provided to Florida residents. Even though you are an international student, you can still prove temporary residency status!

If you have an active (not expired) Florida Driver’s License or a valid Florida identification card, you can go to your appointment with that card AND a copy of your insurance card.


If you DO NOT have a driver’s license or Florida ID card, you will need to bring the following documents with you to your appointment along with a copy of your insurance card:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20
  • FIU Student ID
  • TWO of the following to show proof of residential address:
    • For those living on-campus, email housing@fiu.edu or go to the FIU Housing Office in University Towers to request a proof of residency letter
    • For those living off-campus in a rented apartment, you will need a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
    • For those living off-campus in a family owned residence, you will need a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement AND a statement from the person who owns the residence stating that you live with them.
    • A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration.
    • A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
    • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
    • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


During your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status, you are subject to many complex immigration law 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.


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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Job & Career Support

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.


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
Professional development
Career events
And other services to help you move your career forward

Career Accelerator Program

The Career Accelerator program—an exclusive service for students enrolled in the FIU Global First Year Program—helps you develop your professional skills, get an internship, and launch your career. With opportunities in one of the most vibrant U.S. cities at your fingertips, your career path starts here.

Your Career Accelerator advisor is Chrissy Cruz. You can make an appointment with her through Calendly by going to https://calendly.com/chrissycruz



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


  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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”

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.

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

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.

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.

Scholarships & Finances


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.

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.


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.


Clubs & Organizations

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?


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

What is the International Buddy Program?


The International Buddy Program is sponsored by the Global Learning Office in partnership with the Global First Year Program at FIU. The goal of this program is to connect international students in the Global First Year program to a domestic student buddy who can help them with their transition to the United States and to FIU. Domestic Buddies and International Buddies will both submit a brief application to be considered for the program. Applicants will then be invited to a Meet & Greet event where they can get to know each other and create the best possible buddy match. Buddies will have access to several fun large group events and activities throughout the semester and will also be encouraged to connect one on one at least once a month.

Why should I become an international buddy?

  • Make new friends!
  • Gain insights into other cultures
  • Earn credits towards a Global Learning Medallion
  • Enjoy free food and fun activities during large group events


Buddy Requirements

  • To be considered a full time member of the International Buddy Program you MUST:
  • Meet with your buddy at least twice per month
  • Be accessible to my buddy via email and/or phone,
  • Respect my buddy’s time and other obligations.
  • Respect my buddy’s political and/or religious views

Global Learning Medallion Requirements

To be eligible to receive the full five points towards the Global Learning Medallion you MUST:

  • Meet with your buddy at least twice per month
  • Attend at least 3 events hosted by the Buddy Program
  • Attend at least 3 Global Learning Events
  • Write a short (25-500 words) reflection at the end of the semester regarding their participation in the program

Buddy Meetings

Buddy meetups should be at least one hour and can be any activity you both agree on from talking to playing video games to watching a movie.

Apply Now!

Applications are due by TBD. Based on your selections, we will match you with your buddy at a special event to be announced.

Parking & Transport

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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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”.


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
  • 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™

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.