F-1 Prospective Students

International Student Admissions

If you are interested in pursuing a degree at FIU, your first stop should be with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (for Bachelor’s degrees) or Graduate Admissions Office (for Master’s or Doctoral programs). Please note that ISSS does not handle any admissions procedures for international students.

Detailed information, questions about the application process or eligibility requirements, and any other correspondence regarding admission to the University should be directed to the appropriate office. All prospective students must apply online through the web addresses provided below:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 659003
Miami , FL 33265-9003
Phone: (305) 348-2363
Fax: (305) 348-2100

http://admissions.fiu.edu/

Graduate Admissions Office
PC 230, Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami , FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-7442
Fax: (305) 348-7441
Email: gradadm@fiu.edu

http://gradschool.fiu.edu/admission-requirements.shtml

Some Tips on the University Application Process

Submit your applications and documents before the deadline. The University receives thousands of applications each year, so we must establish and maintain application deadlines. If your application materials do not arrive by the deadline, your application cannot be processed for the semester you request.

Deadline dates:

  • Feb. 1, for Summer Semester
  • April 1, for Fall Semester
  • September 1, for Spring Semester

Applications must be submitted online by deadline dates. All additional or supporting documents must also be submitted in a timely manner. Applicable application fee should be paid immediately.

Check that all documents submitted are in English. Remember that all supporting documents submitted must be in English. Documents in another language other than English must be officially translated. Financial documents (i.e., bank statements, sponsor’s letters) must be in English and the money amounts should be in U.S. dollars.

Make sure you retain the receipt proving you’ve completed an online application. Keep this receipt in your personal files. Make sure you also have copies of all supplemental/supporting documents you submitted with respect to your application (transcripts, financial documents) in your personal files.

When you speak to someone in the Office Admissions, be sure to state that you are an international student coming into FIU in an F-1 visa category. There are additional policies and/or admissions procedures that international students will need to comply with. Be sure you get the correct information that applies to your case.

When you contact the Office of Admissions, keep a record of the date of the call and the name of the person you spoke with. If you need to follow up later, you will need this information for accurate reference to your earlier conversation.

Respect the time it takes to process applications. There are only limited Admissions Counselors/Evaluators who process hundreds of applications. If they spend all their time answering phone calls or replying to emails, no international student would ever get admitted! Allow ample time for your application to be received and processed before you call to inquire about it.

Please check the University website at http://www.fiu.edu/ for additional information on academic calendar, registration information, etc.

Important Immigration Reminders

If you have been accepted to the University and will be coming from abroad, you should enter the U.S. using an F-1 visa, which may be obtained at a U.S. consular post in your home country. At the time of application, you must present a SEVIS I-20 issued by FIU, original financial documents proving availability of sufficient funds, and a valid passport.

You must NOT enter using a B1/B2 visa (Tourist Visa) or a “Visa Waiver” status. By law, persons under said non-immigrant visa categories are prohibited from pursuing a course of study or enrolling for classes.

Please be aware that educational and living costs are generally higher in the U.S. compared to other nations. When you obtain an F-1 visa and enter the U.S. under an F-1 status, you should be aware that you (and your sponsor(s)) are responsible for funding your studies. International students are not eligible for any federal or state financial aid. Please be reminded that your primary purpose in the U.S. is to pursue a full-course of study. F-1 students are not permitted to work to fund their studies in the U.S.