Transferring 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? Let's begin!

  • 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.

  • College/University Transcripts

    Effective September 1, 2022: If your post-secondary educational history includes coursework outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course credential translation and evaluation, with grade point average (GPA) calculation included, for all non-U.S. coursework. FIU accepts evaluations/translations from any NACES member evaluation service. 

    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. All credentials and documents submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of FIU and original documents to the applicant will not be provided.


  • Method of Delivery and Evaluation Services
    • Faster (All FL public institutions)
    • SMART/Joint Service Transcript Military records
    • Parchment
    • Credentials eScrip-Safe
    Regular Mail:

    Office of  International Admissions
    Florida International University
    P.O. Box 659004 Miami, FL 33265-9004

    FIU accepts evaluations from any NACES member evaluation services.

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    (t) 305.273.1616 | (f) 305.273.1338 |
    Visit for an FIU specific evaluation form.

    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 |

  • Supplementary Documentation

    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 Your admissions counselor will support you through this process. Students who are transferring in with 60+ credits can use the criteria below to prove language proficiency. Transfer students with less than 60 credits will need to meet the Florida Board of Governors language requirements, which includes ENC 1101 (or it's equivalent) or an SAT/ACT test. Refer to: FL BOG 6.004 Section 4(b)

    As you can see, 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 an 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 accreditation or other English speaking countries who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree.
    • Transfer applicants from a U.S. 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 2023.

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

Dates & Deadlines
SemesterSubmit DocumentDeposit Deadline
Spring 2023November 15December 1
Summer A/C 2023April 3April 21
Early Fall/Summer B 2023April 24May 19
Fall 2023June 26July 10
Spring 2024November 20December 8

The Office of International Admissions continues to review applications on a rolling-admissions basis throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.

The last day for initial I-20’s (required for student’s who do not currently posses an F1 visa) to be created for Spring 2023 is December 1st.  If you have not received your I-20, or if you were admitted after this deadline, please consider updating your term of entry to Summer 2023 or Fall 2023.  This request can be submitted via the Application Update Form. Alternatively, you may be able to enroll in a fully-online version of your program, if offered, and change to the in-person version for next term. Graduate students will need to connect with their program directors for approval before these changes can be made.

2+2 Partnerships

Under the Florida Articulation agreement, students who receive an Associate of Arts (AA) 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. To be eligible for the 2 + 2 pathway, students must have completed basic Math and English courses (usually the first 30 credits in college) and maintained at least a 2.0 GPA for the majority of their academic program.

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*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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