Do transfer students have to attend orientation?
Yes! All transfer students are required to complete both FIUs Virtual Orientation and an in person Transfer Orientation. You will not be eligible to enroll in courses until both orientations are completed.
Virtual Orientation (fully online) covers important information about your transition to FIU, including key resources you may need during your first term. To access the Virtual Orientation, log into your myFIU account, and scroll down to the Admissions section at the bottom of your Student Center. Click on the Virtual Orientation link.
Transfer Orientation (in person) focuses on transfer credits, financial aid, advising, and registration. You will be eligible to attend this orientation once you complete Virtual Orientation.
For more information or questions about Virtual or Transfer Orientation/Advising & Registration Days, visit Orientation and Parent Programs.
Are family members/friends allowed to attend the academic advising session with me during orientation?
After I pay my enrollment deposit, how do I know what classes to take?
Can I have my transfer courses evaluated by my academic advisor?
I see abbreviations in the Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) and Panther Degree Audit (PDA). What do these mean?
TED is a searchable transfer equivalency database that includes transfer rules from institutions in the U.S., as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. TED shows direct equivalencies to FIU courses, as well as equivalencies to pseudo or “fake” UCC courses that may still be used to satisfy FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) or other requirements. For example, let’s suppose you transfer an art course that FIU does not teach. In this case, you may be awarded ART UCC1, which will satisfy the UCC Arts section. Other abbreviations we use in the UCC include:
TRF: Transfer Course
ENC: English Composition
NPM: Non-Pure/Mathematics (computer programming/logic)
SOC: Social Science
GLS: General Life Science/Natural Science
BSC: Biological Science/Natural Science
GPS: General Physical Science/Natural Science
CHM: Chemistry/Natural Science
GRW: Gordon Rule Writing
FFL: Foreign Language
UCC1: University Core Curriculum Category 1
UCC2: University Core Curriculum Category 2
Some of the courses I completed at my transfer institution are not in your Transfer Equivalency Database (TED). Will these courses be evaluated?
When you sign up to attend Transfer Orientation, TTS reviews any pending courses using updated transcripts. If at the point of orientation, you still do not see these courses evaluated, meet with your academic advisor or a Transfer & Transition Services staff member. You will likely need to submit a course equivalency request. For more details, refer to our Transfer Course Equivalency Process.
If you transfer upper-division courses (3000-4000/junior-senior level) in the major, those courses are evaluated in the academic unit, and your academic advisor is the primary point of contact.
What is TED (Transfer Equivalency Database)?
Where do I go if I have a question about my transfer credits, specifically, my transfer credit evaluation?
How will my transfer courses be applied to an FIU degree?
Transfer & Transition Services evaluates courses that satisfy FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) and apply those courses accordingly. Transfer courses that are upper-division (3000-4000/junior-senior level) and may meet major/program requirements are evaluated by the academic unit and applied accordingly.
How do I know what transfer credits FIU will accept?
What is the lowest acceptable grade I can transfer to FIU?
How many transfer credits does FIU accept?
Will FIU accept my military credits?
If I have university-level transfer courses from an institution outside the U.S., will FIU award credit?
I attend college outside the U.S. How can I get my transfer credits evaluated?
I was told that FIU accepts transfer credits from colleges/universities that are accredited? What does that mean?
There are 7 regional accrediting agencies. FIU accepts transfer courses from institutions that are regionally accredited or those that are nationally accredited by the United States Department of Education that also participate in Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). FIU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
If you are unsure about your transfer institution’s accreditation, check your institution’s website, catalog, or ask a staff member in your institution’s admissions or registrar’s office.
I'm transferring from an institution that is in the quarter system. How will my credits transfer to FIUs semester system?
FIU semesters (or terms) include fall and spring, each over a 15-week period (plus a final exam week). There is also a summer semester consisting of three sessions: Summer A (six weeks), Summer B (six weeks), and Summer C (twelve weeks running from the beginning of Summer A through end of Summer B). A Winter-Mini term is offered in December-January.
If I transfer to FIU with my Associate in Arts (AA) degree, will FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) be satisfied?
Does FIU accept AA degrees from colleges outside of Florida?
No. However, if the AA is from a regionally-accredited college or university, FIU accepts up to 60 lower-division transfer credits once we have evaluated those courses. The primary difference between the FL AA and others is this: Students who earn the AA from a public college or university in Florida are guaranteed the full 60 lower-division credits and automatic completion of FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, while all others require Transfer & Transition Services to evaluate their transfer courses one by one. Because most AA degrees (General Education requirements) are similar, students generally receive 60 lower-division credits even when the AA is outside Florida. What tends to happen more often is that students may still be missing 1-2 courses from FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) due to differences in requirements.
Can I take classes at MDC or BC?
When FIU is your “home” institution and you wish to complete a course at MDC, BC, or any other college/university, you are considered a Transient Student. Before you decide to enroll in a course at another institution, you must meet with your academic advisor who will review the course(s) you wish to complete at the other institution and determine if it is transferable to your major. You do not want to go through the process and complete a course only to learn that your major will not accept it.
If you wish to complete courses at another Florida public college/university, you must complete the Florida Shines Transient Student Admission Application. This process includes a review of the course by your academic advisor. If you wish to complete courses at a Florida private college/university or a college/university outside Florida, meet with your academic advisor to secure a memo or email approval of course transferability.
If you happened to perform poorly in a course at MDC or BC (or other Florida public college) during your last term, you may return to the state college to repeat that course while also attending FIU. If you are receiving financial aid, make sure to discuss your Transient Student status to determine any impact on your aid, as well as the process to secure aid at the visiting institution. Once you complete the course, submit a final transcript to FIU so that we can include the course on your academic record.
What services are available to transfer students?
All student services at FIU are inclusive, and therefore, can be used by transfer students.
What credits does FIU award for passing scores in AP, IB, CLEP?
Where should I send my official scores for AP, IB, CLEP?
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33265-9003
What is the Civic Literacy requirement?
Who needs to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
How long do I have to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Does the Civic Literacy requirement apply to transfer students?
If I earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public college/university prior to the 2018-19 academic year, and am enrolled in a bachelor's program at FIU beginning Fall 2018 or after, does the Civic Literacy requirement apply to me?
Can transfer courses be used to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Does FIU offer the approved courses to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
What if POS 2041 or AMH 2020 are not required in my major?
What are the approved exams to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
- AP Government and Politics: United States (min score of 3)
- AP United States History (min score of 4)
- CLEP American Government (min score of 50)
- (4) FCLT (min score of 60). The FCLT is based on civics questions included in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test.
Does FIU offer the AP exam to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Does FIU offer the CLEP exam and Florida Civic Literacy Test (FCLT) to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
If I received credit for POS 2041 and/or AMH 2020 through A/AS Level, IB, or other credit-by-exams, do these satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
No. Although AICE, IB, and other credit-by-exams may award credit for POS 2041 and/or AMH 2020, the content in these exams does not align with the competencies identified in the Florida mandate, and therefore, do not satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Students can demonstrate civic literacy through one of the approved exams.
Who provides academic advising?
What is included in my Student Dashboard?
Your Student Dashboard includes the Panther Success Network (PSN), which is a set of resources and tools to help keep you on track to earning your degree.
- Advisor contact information & appointment scheduling
- Advisor Notes: Notes from every advising session
- Alerts: Notifications if you are not making progress toward your degree
- Messages: Send and respond to messages with your assigned advisor
- Resources: MyMajorMatch (Career Assessment) and Panther Degree Audit (PDA)
What is my advisor's role?
- Meeting with students at least once per term to discuss progress, opportunities, and setbacks.
- Understanding and communicating degree requirements and university policies and procedures.
- Encouraging and guiding students as they define and develop realistic academic and career goals.
- Providing students with information about and strategies for utilizing services on campus.
- Monitoring and documenting students’ progress toward meeting goals and completing degrees.
Other Transfer Questions
I was dismissed from my previous college or university, can I apply and transfer my credits to FIU?
If you were dismissed for behavioral issues or academic misconduct, visit Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution to learn more about what you are required to report on your FIU admissions application and review process.