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    Accept Your Admission

    Reserve your space by submitting a $200 (non-refundable) tuition deposit. The deadline for freshman is May 1st.

    You MUST submit your deposit before signing up for orientation or housing.

    You can submit the deposit in the following ways:

    Online at

    Postal Mail
    (Check or Money Order)

    In Person
    at the FIU Student Financials Counter

    Visit One Stop for more details about submitting your deposit

    FIU Admitted Student Welcome Kit Forms

    Below you will find important documents that make-up your FIU Welcome Kit! This is an exciting time and we want to make sure you’re on track and prepared for your arrival to campus.These checklists cover all the essentials! Successfully completing all the items that pertain to you will help ensure a smooth transition to the university come your start term. Additional documents and forms specific to international students are listed as well. Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our team members at if you have any questions about these items.

    Admitted Undergraduate Student Checklist
    Admitted Graduate Student Checklist
    Immigration Process
    Advanced Standing Credit
    Transfer Equivalency Credits

    F-1 or J-1 Visa

    Please remember: To obtain your I-20 you must submit supporting financial documents. Please complete the following forms and e-mail them to Declaration Certification of Finances

    After finances are approved, we will issue your I-20 form. This is what you will use to schedule your visa appointment.

    Courier Service
    To ensure quick and reliable delivery of your documents to FIU or to receive your Form I-20 or DS-2019, please utilize our courier, University Express Mail Service: eShipGlobal. Students who do not choose to use this courier may arrange to pick up or request someone to pick up their Form I-20/DS-2019 on their behalf, otherwise documents will be sent by United State Postal Service to the address included on the International Student Immigration Document Request Form and may take two weeks to be delivered.

    Once you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee you must schedule an appointment at an U.S. embassy or consulate and apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa.

    You will need to present the following documents at your scheduled appointment:

    •  I-20 issued by FIU or DS-2019 issued by FIU or your agency sponsor
    •  Passport (must be valid at least 6 months into the future)
    •  Financial documents that prove sufficient funds to support your education (includes a bank letter, sponsor’s letter, etc.).
    •  Proof of payment of SEVIS I-901 Fee
    •  Please see your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for other requirements.

    Do not enter the U.S. on a B-1/B-2 (tourist) visa or visa waiver; students who enter this way are prohibited from enrolling in academic courses. Students will be required to leave the U.S. and reenter on the appropriate F-1 or J-1 visa at their own cost. For more information on Next Steps refer to the pre-arrival information provided by International Student and Scholar Services.

    Apply for F-1 or J-1 visa through U.S Embassy

    If you are a newly admitted international student entering the U.S. for the first time and a first-time F-1/J-1 visa applicant, you must pay the SEVIS Fee.

    Once you receive your I-20, visit the Student and Exchange Visitor (SEVP) I-901 SEVIS Fee Processing website to pay or for information about other payment options. Print your receipt as proof of payment. Once you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, schedule an appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate and apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa. You will need to present these documents at your scheduled appointment:


    Please see your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for other requirements.


    Passport (must be valid at least 6 months into the future)

    financial documents

    Financial documents to prove availability of funds to support your education (includes bank letter, sponsor’s letter, etc.).


    I-20 Document

    I-20 issued by FIU or DS-2019 issued by your agency sponsor or FIU

    Proof of document

    Proof of payment for the SEVIS I-901 Fee

    Before You Arrive

    Moving from one country to another is not easy. That’s why FIU wants to make this process as clear as possible. In the following sections, you will find information about every aspect of becoming a student at FIU. From finances to packing tips, weather to school supplies, insurance to housing, we’ve got you covered. But please read the following sections very carefully. They include important steps you must take to start you Panther journey off right.


    You are expected to have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay at FIU. Because Miami is an important economic, cultural, and touristic center, please be prepared for high incidental costs. To help prepare you, here are some financial tips:

    Money Matters


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    What to Pack

    We all know what it’s like to pack for a trip and forget something vital. That’s not a mistake you want to make if you’re coming to the U.S. from abroad. So double check that you bring everything you need that cannot be replaced once you get here. Below are a few tips about clothes, climate, and school supplies to get you started.

    Regional Campus

    Global First year

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    Additional Considerations

    At FIU, success begins before you arrive on campus. Read below to get a head start on a few important tasks you need to complete before you get here. We are really excited that you are one step closer to joining our Panther Family.

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