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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

    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.

    For more information on submitting your transcripts please visit: How to Submit Your Pending Documents

    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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    Document emailed directly from the high school

    Transcripts and other official documents can be sent to us by mail using the addresses below:


    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

    3. SAT or ACT Scores

    All freshman applicants are required to submit an SAT or ACT score for admissions consideration. This includes in-state, out of state, and international students.

    You can submit SAT Scores through the College or call (866) 756-7346 (school code 5206)

    You can submit ACT Scores through or call (319) 337-1313 (school code 0776)

    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.

    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.

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    Deposit Deadline May 1
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    Deposit Deadline May 1
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    Deposit Deadline
    December 16

    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

    FIU Online

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