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    Once you have successfully submitted the online portion of your application you will receive a 7-digit identification number called a Panther ID.

    With your Panther ID and default password you will be able to login to and follow-up with the status of your application, accept admission, enroll in orientation, and register for class.

    Be sure to view the How to Access Your Account for the First Time tutorial.

    International Freshman Application Process

    What to Submit

    The “To Do List” on the right hand side of your student portal allows you to check for pending documents and items. You can learn about those items by selecting the “more” button on the bottom of the list. Doing so will also offer suggestions on how to submit missing documents.

    International Freshman

    Require an F1 visa and have not completed any college/university

    New International Transfer

    Completed some College/university abroad

    International Transfer studying in the US

    Completed some College/university in the U.S

    The Declaration Certification of Finances is a document that proves sufficient funds for one academic year at FIU. Once this is submitted and approved, we will be able to issue your I-20 form.

    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 refer to the pre-arrival information provided by International Student and Scholar Services.

    FIU will require evaluations or translations of transcripts based on the type of applicant you are.

    • High School transcripts that are not in English will need official translations along with original documents
    • For Transfers: Foreign college/university transcripts that are not in English will need official translations along with original documents
    • Graduate school applicants with transcripts that are not in English will need official translations along with original documents


    Transfer Students: For credit to be transferred from an international institution, students must submit official original transcripts to International Admissions. International Admissions will confirm the accreditation, general transferability of coursework, and provide a calculated U.S. equivalent grade point average based on professional resources available through the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and other professional organizations. International Admissions will also work with students to receive course syllabi and academic catalog information from their previous institutions to articulate transferable coursework. Lastly, International Admissions will work with students to establish course equivalencies for the University Core Curriculum. Upper division coursework must be reviewed and approved by the students’ academic department or academic advisor

    All admissions and transfer documentation must be provided in English. FIU prefers an American Translators Association (ATA) organization to provide translations; however, we will also accept official translation agencies on a case-by-case basis, especially for documentation translated outside of the US.

    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.


    As a response to delayed mailing due to COVID-19, your previous institution may email transcripts to us directly at This is the preferred method of delivery (in place of hard-copy transcripts). If you are unable to request an emailed/electronic version of your transcripts directly from your previous institution, you may email us your unofficial transcripts to 

    • TRANSFER STUDENTS IN THE U.S.: We encourage you to work with your current institutions to have these documents sent to us officially, this will help prevent delays.
    • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Please make sure your counselor emails directly with your documents and Panther ID Number
    • GRADUATE STUDENTS: Your academic department may require additional documentation/official transcripts. Please connect with your program of interest if you are uncertain about your application materials. The catalog can be found HERE


    * Please note that an official translation in English of your transcripts is required to complete the admissions process. The Office of International Admissions requires original transcripts (in native language) along with official translations. Though an initial review and admissions decision can be made using unofficial documents, the original versions are still necessary to complete the admissions process. Neglecting to provide these documents may impact your enrollment. 

    Josef Silny & Associates
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33171
    (t) 305.273.1616 | (f) 305.273.1338 |

    World Education Services
    PO Box 745
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    212.966.6311 |

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    PO Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
    414.289.3400 |

    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

    Important Things to Consider

    Current F-1 or J-1 Student Visa Holders

    If you are currently holding an F-1 or J-1 student visa and plan to transfer from another U.S. institution to FIU, you must also submit a DCF with supporting documents as indicated above.

    Additionally, your current institution must release your SEVIS record to FIU before your new Form I-20/DS-2019 is issued. Therefore, you need to complete the top section of the F-1 Student Transfer Form and have the international student advisor at your current/previous school or institution complete the bottom section.

    Once we have received the F-1 Undergraduate Student Transfer Form and your SEVIS record is released, we start the process of issuing you a new Form I-20/DS-2019. For more information about the SEVIS fee information, click here.

    Please be aware that this process takes a few days; SEVIS information must be forwarded electronically to FIU before the new Form I-20/DS-2019 issuance is possible. Your SEVIS record will be released only at the end of the term in which you are currently enrolled.

    Please do not plan any international travel without making appropriate arrangements for securing your new I-20/DS-2019 in advance. A minimum of one full week processing time is needed before your I-20/DS-2019 is ready. You must use our courier service, described above, or pick up your I-20/DS-2019 at the Undergraduate Admissions Office if you require your I-20/DS-2019 within a week after being released from your current institution. The Office of Admissions cannot guarantee a faster processing time.

    Residency Documents:

    If claiming Florida Residency, make sure to submit all your documents prior to enrolling for Orientation. Missing residency information will prevent you from registering for classes. Visit the residency website for forms and more information.

    Below outlines the required documentation for each type of international student. Review the chart below for the necessary documents you need to submit after admission to FIU: