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!

North Asia

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

UK and Western Europe

North </br>America

North
America

Latin </br>America

Latin
America

Africa

Africa

South </br>Asia

South
Asia

Southeast </br>Asia

Southeast
Asia

China

China

Middle East/</br>North Africa

Middle East/
North Africa

Chris (Southwest)

Tel:+1-508-948-7542WhatsApp+1-508-948-7542WeChat:chris040594Email Chris

Alice (Northwest)

Tel:+1-857-315-8730WhatsApp:+1-857-315-8730WeChataliceqinusEmail Alice

Taha (Pakistan)

Tel:+92-307-333-6878WhatsApp:+92-307-333-6878Skype:tshahid29Email Taha

Ajith (India)

Tel:+91-971-722-2408WhatsApp:+91-971-722-2408Skype:ajitks10Email Ajith

Ekta (India)

Tel:+91-965-001-0409WhatsApp+91-965-001-0409Skypeekta.aneja05Email Ekta

Bibiane (Korea)

Tel:+82-10-7711-6538WhatsApp:+82-10-7711-6538Email Bibiane

Erik (North China)

Tel:+86-185-1136-3010WeChat18511363010Email Erik

Doris (South China)

Tel+86-150-1870-6751QQ2282183545Email Doris

Marianna (Europe)

Tel:+380-97-159-0609WhatsApp:+380-97-159-0609Skype:mkyselova14Email Marianna

Chau (Vietnam)

Tel:+84-908-792-892WhatsApp:+84-908-792-892Skype:diemchau.dtEmail Chau

Shayan (Pakistan)

Tel:+92-335-822-0020WhatsApp:+92-335-822-0020Skype:shayanchawlaEmail Shayan

Tel:WhatsApp:Skype:Email

Tomi (Africa)

WhatsApp:+234-703-414-1021Skype:Tomi AfilakaTel:+234-703-414-1021Email Tomi

George

WhatsApp:+57-304-533-6418Skype:georgelalcantaraTel:+57-304-533-6418Email George

Hoang (Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+84-937-225-295Skype:hoangvtb1983Tel:+84-937-225-295Email Hoang

Saranya (Excluding Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+66-96-982-0007Skype:awesome.saranyaTel:+66-96-982-0007Email Saranya

Sakshi (India)

WhatsApp:+91-995-351-0160Skype:arorasakshi187Tel:+91-995-351-0160Email Sakshi

Sonam

WhatsApp:+91-895-004-9050Skype:sonam.parashar3Tel:+91-999-647-1494Email Sonam

Unnati

WhatsApp:+91-972-501-2676Tel:+91-972-501-2676Email Unnati

Viraja (South & West India)

WhatsApp:+91 7028090894Skype:+91 7028090894Tel:+91 7028090894Email Viraja

Annie (South China)

QQ:1738675071Tel:+86-135-7055-0749Email Annie

Jane (West China)

QQ:713070180Tel:+86.159.2876.6884Email Jane

Lisha (North China)

QQ:18310168200Tel:+86-183-1016-8200Email Lisha

Mark (Central China)

QQ:15800624575Tel:+86-158-0062-4575Email Mark

Vicky (North China)

WeChatvickychen7910Tel:+86-135-2182-7910Email Vicky
apply

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:

flight

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

We are so excited for you to join us on campus! To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, plan to arrive on or before your official move-in day. Airport pickup is available at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Once you book your flights, you must fill out the student arrival form. If your family is joining you, you must also complete the family arrival form.

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.

 
Program Summer 2020 Fall 2020
(Regular Arrival)
Fall 2020
(October Arrival)
Global First Year 2 Semester Program May 6, 2020 August 17 – 21, 2020
(by appointment)
October 16, 2020
Global First Year 3 Semester Program May 6, 2020 August 17 – 21, 2020
(by appointment)
Not Available
Pre-Sessional English Program May 6, 2020 August 27, 2020 Not Available

We are looking forward to meeting you in person!

pay

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.
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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.
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It is a requirement of Florida International University that all students take mathematics courses in accordance with their area of study. For math course placement, all students will be required to take the ALEKS test during orientation week before the beginning of the Fall Semester. ALEKS test scores will place students in math courses according to FIU guidelines. Due to the important nature of this assessment, students should prepare for the ALEKS test by taking the practice assessments and studying the materials available at https://www.aleks.com/free_trial/consumer.

Pre-Arrival ALEKS Test Instructional Video

Guide for FIU Global First Year ALEKS Testing

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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

brochure

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.

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Immigration Guide

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

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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.

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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!

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Academic Calendar

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