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    Application Process

    An international freshman is a student who has completed or will soon complete high school and who has yet to enroll in a 2- or 4-year college or university.

    U.S Passport holders and permanent residents studying abroad are not considered international freshmen students.

    FIU’s application process is painless. Admissions are based on your grade point average (GPA) combined with your SAT or ACT scores.

    FIU wants to grant you as many chances as possible to join our Panther family. That is why we offer several pathways to admission. Interested? Keep scrolling to begin!

    International Freshman Application Process

    Requirements for
    the Application

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    1. Online application
    with $30 Fee

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    2. Official High School

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    3. SAT or ACT

    Freshman Admissions Process

    We’re excited to welcome freshman students to FIU every year! Our team strives to make the international admissions process and seamless as possible. Please review the information below for next steps.

    Apply Steps

    We accept the following versions of electronic transcripts:

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    (All FL public institutions)

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    (Typically used in private high schools)

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    SMART/Joint Service Transcript
    Military records

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    Credentials eScrip-Safe

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    Emailed Directly 
    from verifiable high school administrator address to


    Office of  International Admissions
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street, Miami FL 33199
    SASC Building Room 440

    Regular Mail:

    Office of  International Admissions
    Florida International University
    P.O. Box 659004 Miami, FL 33265-9004

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants from non-English speaking countries, including internationally educated domestic students, must demonstrate proficiency in English. For direct admission to FIU, international first time in college students are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Students are required to meet the Florida Board of Governors requirements for the college readiness largely determined by their SAT or ACT sub-section scores in Verbal/Reading and English sections. If students meet these sub-section scores and have the appropriate GPA, they are academically qualified for admission to FIU. Meeting minimum qualifications for admission does not guarantee admission into a specific term and/or program.

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    Dates & Deadlines

    Admission is determined on a space-available basis. Every time you submit a new document we add it to your file for review.

    Although we work on a rolling-admissions basis, it is imperative you complete your application by dates corresponding to your intended term of entry.

    *Please note these dates may not apply to limited access programs.

    Submit Documents
    Deposit Deadline May 1
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    Deposit Deadline May 1
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    Deposit Deadline
    December 1

    The Office of International Admissions continues to review applications on a rolling-admissions basis throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.
    The last day for initial I-20’s (required for student’s who do not currently posses an F1 visa) to be created for Spring 2022 is December 1st.  If you have not received your I-20, or if you were admitted after this deadline, please consider updating your term of entry to Summer 2022 or Fall 2022.  This request can be submitted via the Application Update Form. Alternatively, you may be able to enroll in a fully-online version of your program, if offered, and change to the in-person version for next term. Graduate students will need to connect with their program directors for approval before these changes can be made.

    Pathways to FIU Admission

    Admission to FIU is selective. Every year we receive thousands of applications from students with varying academic profiles. We consider each student for admission to a best-fit term based on their entire academic profile. For this reason FIU created several pathways to admission.

    Below is a description of each pathway. We also include a chart detailing the admissions criteria for each pathway toward the bottom of each section to help guide you towards your best-fit admission to FIU*.

    *All students in college for the first time must meet the college readiness benchmark scores in either the Evidence Based Reading & Writing (Critical Reading) and Math areas on the SAT or in Reading and Math on the ACT.

    Early Fall Direct

    Fall Direct

    Spring Direct

    Global First year

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