An international transfer is a student who has fully enrolled in a 2 or 4 year higher education institution and would like to continue their academic career at FIU.
U.S Passport holders and permanent residents studying abroad are not considered international transfers.
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Requirements for the Application
Online application with
*We may request supplementary documents once initial review of the application is complete
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. College/University Transcripts
In order to begin the evaluation process we will need your most recent college/university transcripts. As of Fall 2019, we will review all college/university transcripts in-house at no additional charge to students. We will review all courses with posted grades and make note of any pending courses (that you may currently be enrolled in).
If your transcripts are not in English, you must also submit an official translation of your transcript by a NACES or WES accredited organization along with the original documents.
Students on Academic Probation/Students Pending Prerequisites: This will impact your admissions timeline. If your current academic standing or academic profile does not meet the admissions requirement, and you will not have final grades until after our deadline for your term of entry, please consider updating your admission term. Doing this will prevent further delays and allow us to better assist you. We are unable to consider incomplete applications for admission- academic probation or missing requisite coursework would qualify your file as incomplete.
Course-by-Course Evaluations and Transfer Credit: The Office of International Admissions will work with you to establish course evaluations equivalent to the University Core Curriculum. Upper division coursework must be reviewed and approved by your department or academic advisor directly. If you are submitting courses to be evaluated by our office please be prepared to submit syllabi for those courses. Though it is not always required to submit syllabi (because many students transfer-in from the same schools), there are times when the class-specific syllabus is needed. This will allow us to confirm its equivalency to our curriculum. To review some of the previously transferred courses in the U.S. please visit theTransfer Equivalency Database aka “TED“.
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 work with students to receive course syllabi and academic catalog information from their previous institutions to articulate transferable coursework. 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.
World Education Services PO Box 745
New York, NY 10113-0745
www.wes.org | firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
414.289.3400 | www.ece.org
We accept the following versions of electronic transcripts:
Faster (All FL public institutions)
SMART/Joint Service Transcript Military records
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
Office of International Admissions
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659004 Miami, FL 33265-9004
3. Supplementary Documents
Upon review of your application we may request additional documentation for admissions consideration (this can include English Proficiency Test.)
*A maximum of 90 credits (60 lower division and 30 upper division at the discretion of the academic department) transfer over to the degree program at FIU no matter the number of credits that are considered transferable. How the credits are transferred and applied to your bachelor’s degree at FIU depends on the academic program of interest and will be determined only once you are admitted.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for transfer students can be tricky, but that means more ways to show your proficiency without testing. Applicants from non-English speaking countries, including internationally educated American students, must demonstrate proficiency in English
– TOEFL iBT/PBT 80/550
– IELTS 6.5
– ENC 1101 with a C or better taken at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or as previously articulated by Transfer and Transition Services
– FIU’s English Language Institute Level Six: Successful completion with passing grades for all content areas
– Applicants from institutions with regional accreditation or other English speaking countries who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree. Transfer applicants from U.S. regionally accredited high school, IB, AP, A-level or other advanced standing credits on a case-by-case basis.
We will temporarily be accepting the Duolingo English Test for the entering transfer students through Fall 2022.
You can find more information about how to register for the exam here: Duolingo English Test
FIU Minimum Duolingo English Test Score: 105
The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with FIU when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
*This exam does not replace the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT. The primary use is to demonstrate English Language proficiency.
English proficiency exempt countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Micronesia, Federated States
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Turks and Caicos
United Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Papua New Guinea
Canada (except Quebec)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Dates & Deadlines
Admission is determined on a space-available basis as applications are completed. 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.
23 MARCH Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline April 20, 2021
20 MAY Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline June 10, 2021
EARLY FALL/SUMMER B
1 JULY Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline August 1, 2021
1 NOVEMBER Submit Documents
Deposit Deadline December 1, 2021
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.
Under the Florida Articulation agreement, students who receive an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida public community college is guaranteed admission with the exception of limited access programs.*
An Associate of Arts degree from any Florida public community and junior college ensures an orderly transfer to FIU. Students who receive the Associate of Arts degree are classified as juniors and satisfy the FIU’s general education requirements.
Transfer students have the opportunity for admission to FIU through a simple process. Requirements for 2 + 2 students is that they complete basic Math and English courses (usually the first 30 credits in college) and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA for the majority of the academic program. Transfer students also are eligible to apply to the FIU Honors College.
*Limited access programs are selective in admission and require additional criteria. Please contact the academic department or university catalog for specific requirements.
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