Require an F1 visa and have not completed any college/university
- Declaration Certification of Finances Instructions
- Copy of Passport
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 my.fiu.edu 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.
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.
The Declaration Certification of Finances Activity Guide (DCF) is an online process that proves the applicant has sufficient funds for one academic year at FIU. Once an applicant is approved for admission, they will receive emailed instructions on how to access and complete the DCF Activity Guide. After this is completed and approved, we will then 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.
Freshman (FTIC) Applicants: High School transcripts that are not in English will need official translations along with original documents
International Graduate and Transfer Applicants: Official courses-by-course evaluation is required from a NACES member credential evaluation service for all international post-secondary (college or university) coursework when applicable. The evaluation must come directly from the evaluation service to FIU and be certified as an official document. FIU only accepts secure transcripts of post-secondary school records and these must be received via official channels of mail or authorized electronic transmission.
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. FIU will only accept official original transcripts from verifiable email addresses, or sealed original documents issued by the institution directly. If official/original documents are not available please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative options. Failure to submit academic documents deemed acceptable by our enrollment officers will result in admissions evaluation delays.
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. Neglecting to provide these documents may impact your enrollment.
Transcripts and other official documents can be sent to us by mail using the addresses below:
Office of International Admissions
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659004 Miami, FL 33265-9004
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants
Visit https://www.jsilny.org/pdf/FloridaInternationalUniversity.pdf for an FIU specific evaluation form.
World Education Services
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.
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.