Students from International Universities or Domestic Students With International Coursework

  • Transfer courses are evaluated individually/course-by-course to determine how they satisfy FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC).
  • Awarded a maximum of 60 lower-division credits toward the bachelor’s degree

As an international transfer student or a domestic student with international coursework, it is important that we review the content of your transfer courses as early as possible so that you are ready to enroll in the courses you need as soon as you transfer. Review STEP 3 below to learn how you can submit course descriptions/syllabi prior to transferring.

International: It’s Our Middle Name.

And, it’s been in our DNA since the day we opened! There’s no better example of what makes FIU international than in the talents, aspirations, and diversity of our international students, especially the over 1,600 who transfer and thrive here.  #YouAreWelcomeHere.

For prospective international students, we offer a brief guide below to help make your admission and transition to FIU as smooth as possible. If you have questions about international admissions, please call: 305.348.7000.

Step 1: Apply & Submit Documents

Apply here: International Student Admissions

  • Pay the USD $30 application fee

Required Documents

  • High school transcripts (with translation, if required)
  • Course-by-course evaluation of transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • SAT or ACT Scores (if transferring with less than 60 credits per transcript evaluation)
  • TOEFL (min. 550 paper-based; 80 internet-based) or IELTS (min. 6.5) scores
Transcripts must be sealed and official; translation required if not in English. Original language transcripts must be included.
For official transcripts being submitted electronically from U.S. institutions, we recommend the use of as the email to be sent to.

Step 2: Complete Visa Process

Go to: International Student Visa Process

  • Immigration Document Request Form
  • Declaration of Certification of Finances (DCF) Form
    • DCF Form requires bank, scholarship, and sponsor letters
  • If transferring from a U.S. institution, and on an F-1 visa, submit the F-1 Undergraduate Student Transfer Form
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Step 3: Get Coursework Evaluated

In addition to submitting a course-by-course evaluation of transcripts as part of the admissions process (Step 1), you must also submit course syllabi so we may review the content of those courses to determine how they equate to courses at FIU. A syllabus is a course outline of the topics covered, books required, assignments, grading, etc.

To learn more about how the Transfer & Transition Services team evaluates transfer courses, review our Transfer Equivalency Process.

Course syllabi from countries where English is not an official language must be translated by a certified translator or translating agency. Translations must be accompanied by originals in the native language. Transfer & Transition Services accepts syllabi in Spanish, French, and Portuguese without translation.

For translations in the U.S., you may use American Translators Association (ATA). Translators must be certified in the language of instruction. Translators outside ATA must be affiliated with a translating service or be independently certified.

Include your name, application/student number, and mail syllabi to:
Florida International University
Transfer & Transition Services
Attn: Int’l Transfer Specialist
11200 SW 8th St. SASC 440
Miami, FL 33199

Step 4: Enroll in Classes

To complete admission and register for classes, you are required to take a few additional steps:

Upon arrival to FIU, international students with an I-20 must check-in with: International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)