Transfer Student
    Application Process

    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.

    All it takes is about 30 minutes to apply to FIU as an international transfer student. Ready? Scroll down to begin!

    Transfer Student Application Process

    Requirements for
    the Application

    Online Application

    Online application with
    $30 Fee

    online application

    Official College/University

    *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 the Transfer 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.

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

    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 |

    We accept the following versions of electronic transcripts:

    (All FL public institutions)

    SMART/Joint Service Transcript
    Military records


    Credentials eScrip-Safe

    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. 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 Fiji Mauritius South Africa
    Australia Gambia Micronesia, Federated States St Vincent and the Grenadines
    Bahamas Ghana Montserrat Swaziland
    Barbados Grenada Namibia Tanzania
    Belize Guam New Zealand Turks and Caicos
    Bermuda Guyana Nigeria United Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
    Botswana Ireland Papua New Guinea Uganda
    Brunei Darussalam Jamaica Philippines United Kingdom
    Canada (except Quebec) Kenya Saint Helena United States
    Cayman Islands Kiribati Saint Kitts and Nevis Vanuatu
    Christmas Island Liberia Saint Lucia Virgin Islands (British)
    Dominica Malawi Seychelles Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    Eritrea Malta Sierra Leone Zambia
    Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Marshall Islands Singapore Zimbabwe

    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.

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    Deposit Deadline April 20, 2021
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    Deposit Deadline June 10, 2021
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    Deposit Deadline August 1, 2021
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    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.

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