FIU Study Abroad Program Requirements:
The minimum GPA requirement to participate in a FIU Study Abroad program is a 2.0. However, each program has a specific set of academic requirements as determined by the Faculty Director for that program. You may apply for a study abroad program as early as your freshman year in college.
Application Materials and Deadlines:
Individual dates and deadlines are different for each program. For additional information regarding program requirements and deadlines, please visit the program page or contact the Faculty Director for your program of interest.
All FIU Students Going on FIU Study Abroad Programs:
- Contact the Faculty Director for your Study Abroad program of interest and ask about program application deadlines, eligibility requirements, and program costs.
- Fill out your FIU Study Abroad Program Online Application. The application must be accompanied by the following:
- Copy of valid passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your expected return from the program. If your passport has expired or you do not have a passport, apply for one NOW. Passport application instructions can be found by going to: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
- Study Abroad non-refundable fee of $175. Payments should be made payable to: “Florida International University” (or “FIU”), and must include the following information: Applicant Name, Panther ID Number, Name of the Study Abroad Program. Please note that we are unable to accept credit card payments, cash, or personal checks
All Non-FIU Students Going on FIU Study Abroad Programs
Most of our FIU-Sponsored Programs are open to non-FIU students. If you would like to participate in an FIU-Sponsored program but are not currently an FIU student, you will need to complete all of the steps listed above as well as the ones listed below:
- Communicate with the program’s faculty director to determine if they allow non-FIU students to participate. For contact information, please visit the program’s page.
- Depending on what your home institution’s policies are with regards to participating in study abroad programs, you may be required to do the following:
- Speak to the study abroad advisor at your home institution and inform him/her of your interest in participating in an FIU Study Abroad Program. Your study abroad office will provide additional instructions on next steps that you must take so that you may obtain approval to participate in the program.
- Meet with your academic advisor and financial aid to discuss approval, transferring of credits, and use of your financial aid, if applicable. If you are eligible to receive financial aid, that aid will be disbursed to you by your home institution, not by FIU.
- All students enrolled in a State of Florida public university office must complete a Transient Student form in order to be enrolled in FIU courses. You should obtain this form via http://www.facts.org/ . Please submit a hard copy or email version of your approved transient form to the Office of Study Abroad as soon as your approval has been confirmed.
- Other students who do not attend a public university in the State of Florida must submit a completed Non-Degree Seeking Student Form in order to obtain an FIU student number and be enrolled in FIU courses. You may download this form here: Download Non-Degree Form
NOTE: Students who submit a non-degree seeking form will be assessed a $30 processing fee, which will be reflected on your student account after you’ve been registered for your course(s). If you are a resident of the state of Florida, you will be asked to provide proof of state residency. Page 2 of the Non Degree seeking form provides you with a list of documents that you can submit for proof of state of Florida residency.
- The Non-Degree Seeking Student Application Form will allow us to issue you a Panther ID number, that is, an FIU identification number. The Panther ID number is necessary for course enrollment and to use your MyFIU student account online.
What to Expect Upon Acceptance into Your FIU Program:
Your faculty director will inform you as to whether you’ve been accepted into the program for which you’ve applied. All students who have been accepted into an FIU study abroad program must follow the steps listed below:
- Medical Information Form All participants are required to submit a medical information form. The form must be filled out by your physician or family doctor and must be submitted to the Office of Study Abroad between 45 – 21 days prior to your program departure.
- Visa—Depending upon the country(ies) that you are visiting and/or your country of citizenship, you may be required to apply for a visa. Please note that it is your responsibility as a participant in your study abroad program to inquire as to whether you will need to request a visa to enter the host country(ies). You must contact the consular offices or visit their websites for more information on your host country’s entry/exit requirements. Many of the countries that our students visit have consular offices in the South Florida area. However, other countries may have consular offices in other states, such as Texas, or Washington, D.C. Please check online directories for more information.
NOTE: If you need a letter of support from the program in order to apply for your visa, you may request the letter by visiting the Office of Study Abroad in SASC 230, or by calling (305) 348-1913. Please note that your request for a letter may take 2-3 business days to be completed.
- Course Registration Form: The Office of Study Abroad will enroll you in your courses, provided that you have a Panther ID and that you have submitted an approved Course Registration Form (link). Registration for your program will take place during the university’s official registration period. Students will only be registered for the courses that they’ve listed on their Course Registration Forms. Please note that it is your responsibility to then log on to panthersoft to ensure that you are registered for the correct number of courses and credits that you requested on your Course Registration Form. You are also responsible for acquiring your faculty director’s signature approving your course request for the program.a
NOTE: Registration changes can be made only if the student hands in a new Course Registration Form to the Office of Study Abroad and only if the change is requested PRIOR to the official university deadline for registration. No changes will be made after the registration deadline.
- Mandatory Orientation and Pre-departure Forms: As a program participant, you will be required to attend a series of mandatory class meetings and pre-departure orientations, including the Office of Study Abroad pre-departure orientation. The orientation will provide you with helpful information regarding safety and security matters in your host country, the course registration process, university policies and student responsibilities abroad, cultural adjustment, and other matters that will help prepare you for an exciting and successful experience abroad. During your pre-departure meeting, you will be asked to review, sign and submit your pre-departure forms. Please consult with your faculty director on dates and times for those meetings so that you can plan to be in attendance.
- Payment of Fees:
- Study Abroad Fee: All study abroad participants must pay a $175 non-refundable study abroad fee due at the time of application. Payments should be made payable to: “Florida International University” (or “FIU”), and must include the following information: Applicant Name, Panther ID Number, Name of the Study Abroad Program. Please note that we are unable to accept credit card payments, cash, or personal checks.
- Program Fees: It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the Faculty Director to request a schedule of payments and payment deadlines by which students will have to pay all program fees for the program. Please make sure that you review all payment and refund policies for your program prior to submitting your application. Every program will have a different program fee and will include different items. It will be important for you to read program materials carefully and to learn about what items are already included in your program fee (meals, accommodations, airfare, etc). To see what your program fee is and what it covers, please visit the program’s page.
- Course Instructional Fee (s): The Office of Study Abroad will register all students for the selected study abroad course(s) during the university’s official registration period. It is the student’s responsibility to pay all instructional fees by the official university deadline for payment of tuition and fees. Please visit the FIU Academic Calendar for information on payment deadlines for tuition and fees: http://registrar.fiu.edu/index.php?id=88 . For academic year 2014-2015, your course instructional fee is $203.59 per credit
International Student Exchange
With the International Student Exchange (ISE) Program, you can attend any one of our partner schools throughout the world. The ISE offers you true immersion, since you’ll be living and studying in your host country for the Fall or Spring semester, or both! The ISE is open to all majors and you’ll need to have a 3.0 GPA in order to be eligible. What’s great about the ISE is that you pay your FIU tuition, which means any scholarships or financial aid that you receive can go towards your study abroad experience. Click here to find out more about the International Student Exchange (ISE) Program.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to get truly immersed in another culture, the International Student Exchange program is a phenomenal option. Read on to learn more.
- Study alongside students from your host country in regular university courses at any one of our ISE Partner Institutions.
- Experience student life and true immersion by getting involved on campus
- Pay your FIU tuition and receive all of your regular scholarships and financial aid
- Open to all majors
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Language Fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in the language of instruction
- May not go during your final semester at FIU
- Students must take 12 credits or more towards their major, minor, or general degree program while abroad.
Important Deadlines: All application materials must be submitted by the following dates:
- Fall or Academic Year – March 1st
- Spring – September 15th
The Application Process
Step 1 – Browse Schools – Take a look at the universities we have partnerships with on our ISE Partner Institutions page. Not only will these pages give you general information regarding each university, they also include a link to each university’s official website so you can start browsing around there as well. Keep in mind that certain schools are only available to certain majors or students in particular programs.
Step 2 – Browse Courses – Once you’ve narrowed down which schools interest you, click on each school’s official link and navigate your way to their course offerings. Check to see if any of the courses offered could apply to your degree requirements. Remember, while abroad you can take courses towards your major, minor, or elective requirements. What’s important is that the courses taken abroad somehow fulfill requirements towards your degree.
Step 3 – Appointment with Academic Advisor – Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to tell them that you’re interested in studying abroad and have looked up possible courses that could fulfill FIU courses. Find out what courses you can transfer in, what courses must be taken at FIU, and what courses you have yet to fulfill within your program. Remember, at this first appointment your advisor won’t officially be approving courses, it’s just for you to get a better idea of what courses you need so you’ll know what to look for in a potential host institution.
Step 4 – FIU Study Abroad Application – You’ll need to follow the first checklist that says International Student Exchange. As you’ll see, you’ll need two Letters of Recommendation. At least one needs to be from someone academic (a professor or advisor); the other can be academic as well, or it can be an employer or coach.
Step 5 – Application Submission – Bring in all materials by the deadlines. (March 1st or September 15th). Keep in mind that your application will not be considered unless you have attended a Study Abroad 101 session or have met with a Study Abroad Advisor.
Step 6 – Interview – Once you’ve submitted your application, an interview will be scheduled, which will give our office a chance to get to know you better, ask questions, and give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the rest of the application process.
Step 7 – Conditional Acceptance – If you’re approved in the interview, you’ll be offered Conditional Acceptance. This means that you’ve made it through part 1 of the application process.
Step 8 – Host University Application – In your Conditional Acceptance letter, you’ll be given the link or an attachment of the host university application, along with instructions on where and when to turn it in.
Step 9 – Post-Acceptance – There are a number of additional forms to be filled out once you’ve been conditionally accepted:
- Medical Information From
- Declaration of Finances Form
- Financial Aid Form
Step 10 – Course Equivalency – Once you’ve been accepted, go back to your advisor for your second meeting and have him or her fill out and sign off on your Course Pre-Approval Form to find out how the courses abroad will transfer into FIU. You’ll need to bring course descriptions/syllabi of the courses that interested you to this meeting so that your advisor can determine an appropriate FIU equivalent. Ideally, you’ll want them to sign off on more courses than you actually plan to take, just in case some of the courses you wanted are full or aren’t being offered.
Step 11 –Visa – Our office will provide you with a Consulate Letter and an Acceptance Letter to help you get your visas. However, it is your responsibility to find out whether you require a student visa and to apply for and obtain a student visa on your own.
Step 12 – Pre-departure – Before you leave on your program, you will be required to attend a *mandatory* Pre-Departure Orientation where you’ll be given a pre-departure packet to prepare you for your trip. In addition, you can join our Facebook group and become a fan of our fan page for important pre-departure information.
If you have any questions regarding the program, the application process, or if you’d like to RSVP for a Study Abroad 101 session or meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator, please call our office at (305) 348-1913. Good luck!
Third – Party Program Approval
FIU Approved Programs include study abroad programs offered through outside institutions. Even though you’ll be participating in an outside program, you’ll still work with our office!
They’re a great option if you:
Don’t speak the language of the country you’d like to go to
-Don’t have a 3.0 GPA
-Are looking for something that FIU doesn’t offer with its FIU study abroad and ISE programs (location, course offerings, duration, etc.)
Dual application process: you’ll apply to the program of your choice, and you’ll also apply to our office
-Our office will work with you to make sure that your credits transfer back to FIU and that you receive your financial aid, if eligible.
-Many FIU approved programs tend to be a “package deal” where you go with a groups of students, a faculty member, and you pay a program fee so that housing and other accommodations are pre-determined.
-Some outside companies that we have worked with in the past include: CEA, CIEE, ISA, API, and Semester at Sea.
Summer: April 15th
Fall or Academic Year: June 15th
Spring: November 1st
Whether or not you can receive financial aid for an FIU Approved Study Abroad program depends on the particular program that you’ve chosen. In order to determine if your program of choice is financial aid eligible, please contact the Office of Study Abroad to inquire.
Note: If you are receiving an FIU specific scholarship (Presidential Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, etc.) and you choose to participate in an FIU Approved study abroad program, you will lose that scholarship forever!
The Application Process
Step 1 – Search Programs
-FL State Universities: Search the study abroad websites of other FL state schools and other US Universities (For example, try typing “USF Study Abroad” into Google). We send lots of students on programs through USF, FSU, FAU, and UF.
– Search http://www.studyabroad.com and http://www.iiepassport.org for programs offered through 3rd party providers or other U.S. universities. Remember to compare the prices for these programs with the prices for programs offered through FL state schools.
Step 2 – Check Eligibility – If you find a program that interests you, look up their application requirements, deadlines, course offerings etc. You’ll also want to reach out to the appropriate office via phone or email to learn additional program details, such as housing, excursions, and where your transcript is issued. Keep in mind that you must check to see that they accept outside students to participate in their programs.
Step 3 – Appointment with the Office of Study Abroad – Make an appointment with a Program Coordinator at the Office of Study Abroad to tell them that you’re interested in studying abroad and to verify that you’ll be able to receive academic credit for the program you have chosen. The Program Coordinator will also provide you with additional information about the application process and financial aid. From there, you’ll set up an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad Academic Advisor in order to discuss the courses that you have yet to take here at FIU, and which ones can potentially be transferred in from abroad. The Study Abroad Academic Advisor will also explain the process of course approval and credit transfer.
Step 4 – Host Program Application – Once you’ve receive approval for your program, go ahead and complete the application requirements for the program you’ve chosen. Again, you’ll need to be directly in touch with your FIU Approved Program to find out what you’ll need to submit and when.
Step 5 – OSA FIU Approved Program Application – After you’ve completed the application requirements for your FIU Approved program, you’ll need to submit application materials for our office. The link to the FIU Approved Application can be found below. The application includes a full description of what documents need to be submitted.
Step 6 – Application Submission – Bring in all materials by the deadlines. (April 15th or November 1st). Keep in mind that your application will not be considered unless you have met with the Program Coordinator and the Study Abroad Academic Advisor.
Step 7 – Pre-departure – Once accepted, you will be required to attend a *mandatory* Pre-Departure Orientation, where you’ll be given a pre-departure packet to prepare you for your trip. In addition, you can join our Facebook group and become a fan of our fan page for important pre-departure information. Search FIU Office of Study Abroad, or just go here.