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Florida International University

Miami, FL

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About This Campus

Florida International University is located in Miami, which has become a dynamic center of commerce, culture, and tourism. Greater Miami offers cultural and recreational activities including The New World Symphony, The Miami City Ballet, and professional sports teams in basketball, football, baseball, and hockey. A few miles to the west of the city are the Everglades and to the south the Florida Keys. Terrific swimming, snorkeling, diving, and fishing are just a 35 minute drive from Miami. The city's multi-ethnic population provides the opportunity to become acquainted with many cultures, especially those from Latin America and the Caribbean. The University opened its doors to 5667 students in 1972. Today, the University boasts over 56,000 students. With its international focus, the University offers more than 200 bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in 12 colleges and schools, including a fully accredited college of law and a college of Medicine.

Location Information

FIU has two campuses, the 344-acre Modesto A. Maidique campus in western Miami, including a neighboring 40-acre Engineering center, and the 200-acre Biscayne Bay campus in Northeastern Miami. It is strongly recommended that students have reliable vehicle transportation within Miami, especially if living off-campus.

Helpful Information

On-campus Housing is based on availability and is not guaranteed, especially room-type or preference. Housing applications will only be accepted by given NSE deadlines. The NSE Club at FIU offers students the opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills, while promoting campus involvement. It assists students in understanding their role within the FIU community and cultural differences.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Very Good
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Miami
Population | 2,716,940
Enrollment | 50,622
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/11
Spring | 01/10-4/30

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 12%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 64%
Two or more | 2%
White | 10%
Other | 8%
International | 8%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Architecture/Interior design/Landscape architecture, Dietetics & Nutrition, Mass communication/Journalism/Public Relations/Advertising, Digital Media Studies, Health Service Administration, Accounting and Nursing.

Business, biology, chemistry, music, theater, social work, education, civil engineering, and environmental engineering courses are difficult to guarantee. They may require proof of prerequisites and/or equivalency verification. Biology/life science, chemistry, civil & environmental engineering courses will require syllabus (translated in English) for all prerequisites completed at another institution. Civil & environmental engineering courses may have reserved spaces for our degree-seeking students. Art & photography courses have limited enrollment access.

Notable Academic Programs

  • International Business - Our Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business is ranked #2 in the U.S. Global trade is growing at unprecedented speed and is affecting all businesses, even those focused on the domestic market. A degree in international business will help you zero in on the steps to success and provide you with the skills needed to take advantage of emerging opportunities. You'll learn the necessary background on global trade and winning strategies used by multi-national corporations as they deal with cross-border political, legal, economic, social and financial issues.
  • Latin American Studies - Our Latin American & Caribbean Center has been recognized for over three decades as a leader in scholarship, research, outreach and training related to particular geographic regions or thematic areas. They house five programs which have been named FIU Programs of Excellence: Andean Studies, Brazilian Studies, Haitian Studies, Governance & Security, and Migration & Transient Communities. The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center leverages its geographically strategic position in Miami as a powerful resource for the communities it serves.
  • Hospitality Management - Our Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the United States. The campus sits in one of the most strategic locations for any hospitality management school. South Florida is one of the leading centers for international tourism in the nation. Student access to living-lab resources, employment, innovative concepts, and exposure to the extensive diversity within the industry is unmatched. Classrooms are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that enable faculty to reach students in meaningful ways, some examples include our Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory, Badia Spices Food Production Laboratory, Interactive Modular Classrooms, Culinary Demonstration Laboratory, and Brew Science Laboratory. One big collaboration is with Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits as co-producer of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Marine Biology - Our interdisciplinary program offers Students the opportunity to take classes on both campuses, online and at our unique facilities throughout South Florida as well as work across a variety of disciplines on marine-related research and education. We foster collaboration by integrating researchers and students from the Medina Aquarius Program, Global FinPrint, the Tropical Conservation Institute, the International Center for Tropical Botany, and the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Logistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.80 GPA
  • Priority registration period for Fall-term will commence during April and Spring-term during November.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 63.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/28/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3283.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 009635

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $80 Year Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $10 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $95.13 Semester Home Optional
Non-refundable HOUSING Fee $100 Year Host & Home Optional
Tax Compliance Hold -Canadian students only! Fee $11 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes: 1) Canadian Students: Prior to your departure from FIU, you will be required to make a payment of approximately $11 per semester and complete the Foreign National Information Form in order to satisfy a Tax Compliance Hold. At the conclusion of your exchange, you will not be able to request official FIU transcripts until this fee has been satisfied with the University. 2)Parking Fee ($95) per term is required for Plan-B students who will park a vehicle on-campus. As all FIU students, Plan-A students will have the parking fee included in their semester tuition/fees balance, regardless if they park on-campus or not.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/28/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 6% living on campus
  • Single: $3850
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1300
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
(1)On-campus Housing is only available at the Modesto Maidique campus. Assignments are based on availability and are not guaranteed, especially room-type or preference. Housing applications will only be accepted by given NSE deadlines (FALL/Academic year: June 1st & SPRING only: November 1st). (2)Off-campus housing is located across the street form the MM Campus: 109 Towers, 4th Street Commons & Identity (student apartments). The Bayview Housing is at the BB Campus. Please visit: http://classifieds.fiu.edu/. Off-campus Housing contracts are typically annual-long contracts. Single-term exchange students are strongly advised to review cancellation policies & conditions.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal purchase required for Freshmen students only. NSE students that are not Freshmen, will not be required to purchase a meal plan (meal purchase is voluntary). Meal plans with unlimited 7-day access to our Dining Hall (8th Street Campus Kitchen) are available. Please visit: pantherdining.fiu.edu.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/28/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2304 Semester Home & Host Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
U.S. citizens will be required to show proof of having adequate health insurance, either from their home state or they may purchase FIU's domestic student health insurance plan: https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/health-and-fitness/student-health/insurance/health-insurance/index.php. International students are required to have international health insurance that will comply with Florida's international student laws. Please see https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/health-and-fitness/student-health/insurance/international-students/index.php.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,097 per semester.


  • Health records due by: Prior to course enrollment
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Meningococcal

Other Health Related Comments
All students must have Health Insurance. A Panther ID student number must be included on all immunization document submissions.

As per travel permit (J-1 visa) requirements, Canadian NSE student are required to purchase FIU's International Health Insurance plan.
International Students (F-1 visa) from other US states, must either purchase FIU’s International Health Insurance Plan at StudentHealth.fiu.edu/insurance.
OR (2) Complete the Alternate Health Insurance Compliance Form found on StudentHealth.fiu.edu/insurance.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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