Admission Requirements

Florida International University encourages and accepts applications from qualified applicants without regard to sex, physical handicap, cultural, racial, religious, or ethnic background or association.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students interested in applying can do so in the following methods:

Applying Online:
Students with internet access can apply online by visiting FIU’s website at http://admissions.fiu.edu/how/apply.php for application and instructions. A valid credit card is required for submitting online applications. A $25.00 non-refundable fee (US dollars) will be charged for each online applications.

Paper Application:
FIU uses a common institutional application form for all undergraduate programs. This application can be downloaded from http://admissions.fiu.edu/how/apply.php . A $30.00 non-refundable application fee (US dollars) made payable to Florida International University must accompany applications submitted.

All credentials and documents submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of Florida International University. Originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

Freshman Applicants
In addition to the application, the following credentials are required:

Official secondary school transcripts and appropriate test
scores: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).

All official transcripts, test scores, and any other required credentials must be received directly from the issuing agencies, and forwarded to P.O. Box 659003, Miami FL, 33265-9003. It is the applicant’s responsibility to initiate the request for credentials to the issuing agencies and to assure their receipt by the Office of Admissions.

  1. Proof of graduation from an accredited secondary school must be submitted.
  2. Eighteen academic units in college preparatory courses are required as follows:
    1. English 4
    2. Mathematics 3
    3. Natural Science 3
    4. Social Science 3
    5. Foreign Language 1 2
    6. Academic Electives 2 3

    1Two units in the same foreign language are required.
    2Academic Electives are from the fields of mathematics, English, natural science, social science, and a foreign language.

The academic grade point average will be computed only on the units listed above. Grades in honors courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), and advanced placement (AP) courses will be given additional weight.

Freshman admission decisions are made based on the student’s strong academic preparation. Competition for places in the freshman class is created by the quality and extent of the applicant pool.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. Those who show potential in areas not easily evaluated by standardized tests can be considered for admission under the Profile Assessment Rule.

Transfer Applicants
Degree seeking applicants with fewer than 60 semester hours of transfer credit must meet the same requirements as beginning freshmen. In addition, they must demonstrate satisfactory performance in their college work.

Applicants who receive an Associate in Arts (AA) from a Florida Public Community College or State University in Florida will be considered for admission without restriction except for published limited access programs within the University.

All other applicants from Florida Public Community Colleges or State Universities in Florida who do not hold an Associate in Arts degree (AA) must have completed 60 semester hours of transferable credit, have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and must present College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) scores before admission can be granted.

Students transferring from independent Florida and out-of-state colleges into the University’s upper division must have maintained a minimum 2.0 grade point average based upon a 4.0 scale.

Coursework transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergraduate degree must be completed at an institution accredited as degree-granting by a regional accrediting body for higher education at the time the coursework was completed. Each academic department will review transfer credits to determine if they meet program requirements and reserves the right to accept or reject those credits. Students must contact their academic department to obtain any additional requirements needed for their program of study.

All applicants must meet the criteria published for limited access programs and should consult the specific college and major for requirements.

Applicants who meet the above admissions requirements, but have not completed the University’s core curriculum requirements, or the prerequisites of their proposed major, may complete this college work at FIU, or at any other accredited institution. Students may also fulfill general education requirements through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Official transcripts from all previous post secondary institutions must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Students are responsible for initiating this request.

Transfer applicants from a Florida Community College are encouraged to review the current edition if FIU’s transfer student counseling manual available in all of Florida’s community college counseling offices.

All students seeking admission to the University regardless of whether the students holds an AA, must have completed two years of credit in one foreign language at the high school level or 8-10 credits in one foreign language at the college level (American Sign Language is acceptable). If a student is admitted to the University without this requirement, the credits must be completed prior to graduation.

Students who can demonstrate continuous enrollment in a degree program at an SUS institution or Florida Community College since Fall Term, 1989 (continuous enrollment is defined by the state to be the completion of at least one course per academic tear) can be exempt from this requirement. Students holding an AA degree from a Florida Community College or SUS institution prior to Fall Term, 1989 will also be exempt.

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not taken any college level English courses, must present a minimum score of 500 paper-based and a minimum score of 173 computer-based in the Test of English ad a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Admission decisions will not be made before the application is completed and all supporting documents are on file in the Office of Admissions. Applications are kept on file for one year from the anticipated entrance date.

Admission to the University is a selective process and satisfying the general requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

International Applicants
International student applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University as described in the previous sections and comply with the following:

Admission Records
Official transcripts, diplomas, and/or certificated must be sent directly from each previous institution to the Office of Admissions. Documents in a language other than English must be translated by an official translation agency. Notarized translations are not acceptable.

Effective Fall 2004, all undergraduate applicants with international educational credentials must provide a transcript evaluation from one of the following two member services of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES):

Official evaluations must be forwarded directly to FIU from the evaluation service.

Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
www.jsilny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

High school diplomas require a document by document evaluation with US equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA). College transcripts require a course by course evaluation with calculated US equivalent grade point average.

Proficiency in English
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not taken any college level English courses, must present a minimum score of 500 paper-based and a minimum score of 173 computer-based in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum of 3 on the Advanced Placement International English Language Examination (APIEL).

Declaration and Certification of Finances
Upon receipt of the application for admission, the Declaration and Certification of Finances will be mailed to the applicant. It must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions. A Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20A) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the University.

The University is required by immigration authorities to check carefully the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20A. Therefore, it is important that applicants are aware of the cost of attending the University and have the necessary financial support for the period of enrollment. Applicants should refer to the Annual Estimate of Cost Chart.

The total funds available for the student for the first or second academic year, or both, must equal the total estimate of institutional costs and living expenses. All items in the Declaration and Certification of Finances must be accurately answered to avoid unnecessary delay in processing. This document along with proof of sufficient funds must be received by the Office if Admissions two months prior to the anticipated entry date.

Refer to the Annual Estimate of Cost table for more information. A married student should plan on an additional $6,000 in costs to cover the living expenses of a spouse.

A couple with children should anticipate further yearly additional costs of no less than $4,000 for each child.

Medical Insurance
The state of Florida requires that all international students maintain health insurance coverage to help defray the costs in case of catastrophic medical emergency. The policy must provide specific levels of coverage, which have been established to ensure that the policy is adequate to provide for costs at US hospitals, usually much higher than costs in many other parts of the world. In addition, a policy must have a claims agent in the United States who may be contacted by medical providers and who facilitates prompt payment of claims. The University has approved a plan which meets the state requirements and which meets the needs of most students; however, a student on F status may select alternate coverage provided it meets the state requirements for minimal coverage. A cope of these requirements is available from International Student and Scholar Services. Students are advised not to purchase insurance policies prior to arrival without verifying that the policies meet FIU/SUS requirements. Students in J status are required by the United States Information Agency to maintain health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents for the full length of their program. Florida International University requires students on J status sponsored by FIU to purchase the University approved medical insurance plan for themselves and their dependents. Compliance with the insurance regulation is required prior to registration

Priority Consideration
Due to the additional processing time required for international students, application and supporting documents should be submitted as early as possible. We recommend the following Time frames – February 1 st if you are applying for summer semester, April 1 st if you are applying for fall semester, and September 1 st if you are applying for spring semester.

If the application and supporting documents are not received within appropriate time, the application for admissions will be considered for the following term.

Required Entrance Tests
All freshman applicants are required to submit the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).

Tuition
An International student is considered a non-resident and is assessed non-resident fees. Immigration regulations require an international student to attend school each fall and spring semester. An undergraduate student is required to take a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester. Please refer to the section on Student Feel and Student Accounts for more information.

Full-Time Enrollment Requirement
Non-immigrant alien students in F-1 visa status are required by United States immigration regulations to be enrolled full-time, except for the summer terms, and to make satisfactory progress toward the degree program in each term; otherwise the student’s immigration status may be jeopardized. Full-time enrollment is defined as enrollment every term for a minimum of 12 semester hours (undergraduate) or nine semester hours (graduate).

The laws and regulations of the United States Department of Justice, Immigration, and Naturalization Service state:

It is the student’s responsibility to comply with all mom0immigrant alien requirements as stated under the United States laws under Section 101(a)(15)(f)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Granting official Extension of Stay is dependent upon the student’s achieving satisfactory academic progress toward the degree requirements.

Employment
The legal regulations governing F-1 student employment are complex, and advisors are available at International Student and Scholar Services to explain these regulations. International students must check with this office before engaging in any type of emplyment, either paid or unpaid. In general, however , employment is available only to students who maintain their legal status in the US and is regulated under three categories:

  • On-campus employment: F-1 students may be employed on the FIU campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters while school is in session, and full time during holidays, vacations, and summer. On-campus employment includes teaching and research assistantships for graduates students and hourly part time work. Students must contact individual campus departments to inquire about employment opportunities.
  • Off-campus employment: F-1 students may request off-campus employment under very limited conditions and only after maintaining F-1 status for at least one full academic year. Off-campus employment opportunities are not readily available, and students should not rely on off-campus employment as a source of income to finance their studies.
  • Practical training: F-1 students may request practical training employment to accept jobs related to their studies. Students usually pursue practical training employment after completion of degree requirements, although in some cases practical training may be authorized prior to completion of studies. Since practical training employment is limited to one year of full-time employment, students cannot rely on it as a source of income to finance their studies.

Note: An international student will not be granted admission to the University until all academic and non0academi requirements have been met. Under no circumstances should a student come to the University without having received the official Letter of Admission and the I-20A form. All correspondence and document submissions should be directed to: Office of Admissions, Florida International University, P.O. Box 659003 Miami, FL 33265-9003.