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!
Requirements for the Application
1. Online application
with $30 Fee
2. Official High School
3. SAT or ACT
Documents We Need
1. Online Application
To apply you will need to create an account on FIU’s main application page. Once you have created your login information and completed the application, you will be prompted to submit a $30 application fee (steps for payment will be provided when creating your account). For speedy processing, please have a major credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) available. After successfully submitting your application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent which will include your next steps.
2. Official High School Transcripts
The Office of International Admissions will only accept electronic high school transcripts if sent directly from the school or counselor. If your transcripts are not in English, you must also submit an official translation of your transcript along with the original documents.
NOTE: Transcripts become FIU property once submitted and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to any other institution. Please do not send us your original transcript/diploma if no other copy exists.
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.
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.
Deposit Deadline May 1, 2019
1 MARCH Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline May 1, 2019
EARLY FALL/SUMMER B
15 APRIL Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline May 1, 2019
1 NOVEMBER Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline December 16th, 2018
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 is a pathway for students who elect to begin in June for the Summer term. We also offer this pathway to applicants who applied for the Fall, but whose academic profile benefits from an earlier start to their college career.
Beginning in the Early Fall Direct term allows students to transition to FIU before the rush of the Fall term. All students are required to take 9 Summer credits to graduate from FIU. Credits taken during Early Fall Direct pathway will count towards that quota.
Fall Direct is a pathway for students who start classes during the Fall term, in August. This pathway has the highest academic criteria for admission. Students admitted to the Fall term by November 1st with qualifying criteria are considered for our Admissions Merit-Based (Premiere) Scholarships.
The Fall term is the most traditional start term at FIU, and it is when most of our major sports and student-run events occur on campus.
The Spring Direct pathway starts in January, and is considered to be the most flexible of our pathways to get admitted in. Many students opt for Spring Direct if they need more time to move to Miami from out of town, finish up coursework at their current school, or prepare finances.
The Regional Campus pathway provides you with student success strategies, such as workshops and personalized academic advising. As a student in the Regional Campus pathway, your academic adviser helps you select best-fit classes on Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC), Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC), or FIU Online at the New Student orientation.
Students who participate in the Regional Campus pathway are on a four-year path toward graduation though it may take longer depending on your academic plans.
International students who seek additional academic, cultural, professional, and linguistic support within the university environment can pursue their studies at the Global First Year (G1Y) program at FIU. This pathway program features an academic advising and college life-coaching component, as well as priority access to academic courses. Our faculty specialize in supporting the success of first-year university students. We offer English language instruction designed around your academic needs to increase competence and confidence. Many of G1Y credit-bearing courses meet prerequisites for your intended major and fulfil degree requirements. G1Y supports your academic program and improves your academic, social, and professional language skills while helping you navigate the FIU campus and greater Miami community. These services include:
• Dedicated Academic and Student Services Advisors
• Specialized tutoring and academic support
• The Career Accelerator to help prepare you for the Global Workplace
• Priority access to on-campus housing
• Cultural, social, and co-curricular activities and events
Now you can earn an FIU degree anywhere and at anytime with FIU Online, a leader in online education. With FIU Online, you can study at your own pace while gaining valuable work experience from your home country and reducing the cost of a U.S. education.
Depending on your major, you may even complete your last year on campus. Success coaches are available at all times to help you achieve the core requirements of an undergraduate degree and gain direct access to a master’s program.
If you’re still finishing high school, while living in your home country, you can gain a valuable advantage with Early University Credit Academy that will help you achieve a bachelor’s degree faster once you are admitted to FIU. Early University Credit Academy offers you a shortcut to start earning college credits through FIU Online, while still in high school. The credits that you earn from FIU can be applied toward a full FIU degree—either completed through FIU Online or on campus in Miami, FL. All courses are fully online and can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time to complete coursework. Courses offered through the program fulfill FIU’s core curriculum classes and are taught by the same faculty that teach on-campus.