Welcome to the Global First Year at Florida International University!

Soon you’ll be on campus. How exciting! There is a lot to consider before you arrive. While moving to a new country can be intimidating, we’re here for you. Follow the pre-arrival checklist below to make sure you have everything in place before you board the plane.

Contact Your Advisor

We have a team of dedicated personal advisors whose job it is to make sure all your questions are answered and to ensure you have a smooth transition to the university.

Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local personal advisor. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your advisor an email, Skype, WhatsApp or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Southeast </br>Asia


South </br>Asia


Russia/</br>Central Asia

Central Asia

North </br>America


Middle East/</br>North Africa

Middle East/
North Africa

Latin </br>America








Jane Cao - West China

QQ:654481143Tel:+86.159.2876.6884WeChat:gunyixiushangEmail me


WhatsApp:+1.617.216.8934Skype:emily_donnellyTel:+1.617.216.8934Email me

Namthip - (Rest of Southeast Asia)

LINE:happynamthipSkype:namthip.sungpremWhatsApp+666.1607.0999Tel:+666.1607.0999Email me

Lisha - North China

QQ:654481143Tel:+86.183.1016.8200Email me

Mark - East China

QQ:654481143Tel:+86.158.0062.4575Email me

Annie - South China

QQ:654481143Tel:+86.135.7055.0749Email me

Hoang - (Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+84.937.225.295Skype:hoangvtb1983Tel:+84.937.225.295Email me


WhatsApp:+91.995.351.0160Skype:arorasakshi187Tel:+91.995.351.0160Email me


WhatsApp:+1.978.885.8339Skype:Cristy Arias PenaTel:+1.978.885.8339Email me


WhatsApp:+57.320.478.9520Skype:lorenahegaTel:+57.320.478.9520Email me


WhatsApp:+57.310.223.8150Skype:sebastian.gh-latamTel:+57.310.223.8150Email me


WhatsApp:+57.319.777.9735Skype:isajimenez92Tel:+57.319.777.9735Email me


WhatApp:+971.52.358.5215Skype:+971.52.358.5215Tel:+971.52.358.5215Email me


WhatsApp:+917.52.352.5795Skype:kate.vlasiuk1210Tel:+971.52.352.5795Email me

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:

  1. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  2. Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  3. Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.

After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.

  1. Complete your Visa Application.
  2. Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.
  3. Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive and the documentation you need to take with you.
  4. Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.
  5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:

Other links that international students find useful:


When purchasing your ticket, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day.

When purchasing your ticket to Miami, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day. Once you book your flight, visit globalfiu.com/flight to enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment. Before you begin, please make sure you have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

Move-In Program Date
Program / Move-in Date Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Global First Year January 2, 2018 May 1, 2018 August 13, 2018
Pre-Sessional English Program January 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 September 5, 2018

Making your payment in full 2 weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment. Before you begin, please make sure you have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

Choose between 2 ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

  • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit Global FIU’s flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you cannot use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
  • Wire transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include your name and birthday.

You will need to complete and submit the following forms before your arrival.

  • Immunization Form: Complete this mandatory health and immunization form prior to your arrival, as required by law.
  • Consent for Treatment of a Minor: If you are under the age of 18, please complete this mandatory form with your parents prior to arrival.

All FIU Global First Year incoming students are required to take a math placement test before they arrive on campus. You will need to complete this before you leave your home country. Here are the instructions on how to take the exam.


All FIU Global First Year incoming students are required to take a reading and writing assessment (PERT exam) once they arrive on campus.

You can begin preparing for the exam with this helpful study guide.

Helpful Resources


Next Steps Guide

This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the FIU campus.


Immigration Guide

This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Miami, Florida.


Pre-Arrival Checklist

Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the Florida International University campus.


Orientation Schedule

Here’s an example of what your orientation schedule might look like. During orientation, you will receive a full campus tour, see the sights around Miami and get to know your fellow international students!


Academic Calendar

Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.