It’s Good To Be A Transfer Student!
Students must satisfy the five graduation requirements listed below. The good news? Transfer students can satisfy three requirements using transfer credits: University Core Curriculum, Foreign Language (FLENT/FLEX), and Summer Enrollment. Civic Literacy can also be satisfied using transfer credits, but there are important restrictions, including for students transferring from outside Florida public colleges and universities. Learn more below.
University Core Curriculum (UCC)
As soon as you transition to FIU, make sure to:
- Review FIU’s UCC requirements.
- Review your Panther Degree Audit to learn how your transfer credits were applied to the UCC.
- Review the course equivalency process and submit courses that may satisfy the UCC.
- Meet with your academic advisor for advice on completing any pending UCC requirements.
FLENT / FLEX
FLENT/FLEX is a state-mandated requirement. It stands for Foreign Language Entrance, Foreign Language Exit. To meet this requirement, students must either “enter” (FLENT) with a foreign language, or “exit” (FLEX) with a foreign language. To be clear, the foreign language is a language other than English, including American Sign Language.
Students Satisfy FLENT/FLEX as Follows:
I Did Not “Enter” With Any of the Above. Now What?
You can “exit” FIU with a foreign language (FLEX) using one of these options:
Students transferring to FIU with less than 60 credits are required to earn at least 9 credits during one or more summer terms at FIU or any other university in the State University System of Florida. Courses may be completed in person or online.
The Civic Literacy Competency Requirement is a statewide mandate that applies to degree-seeking undergraduate students initially entering a Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution in the 2018-19 academic year and thereafter. The requirement has been updated for degree-seeking undergraduate students initially entering the SUS or FCS in the 2021-2022 academic year (Summer B term) and thereafter.
There are now 3 Cohorts of students:
|Students Included in Cohort||Civic Literacy Competency
|Cohort 1||Students first entering the SUS or FCS
prior to fall 2018
|Cohort 2||Students first entering the SUS or FCS
in fall 2018 through summer A 2021
|Complete a course
|Cohort 3||Students first entering the SUS or FCS
in summer B 2021 and thereafter
both a course and exam
- As you can see from the above table, students in Cohort 3 (initially entering an SUS or FCS Summer B 2021 and thereafter) must now complete both a course and an exam
- Students in Cohort 2 need only to complete the course or exam
- Students in Cohort 1 do not need to complete the Civic Literacy Competency requirement
The table below provides details on which options meet which competency.
|Options||Score||Meets Course Competency||Meets Exam Competency|
|POSX041 if taken after fall 2018 (including dual enrollment if taken after fall 2018)||Passing grade||X|
|AMHX020 if taken after fall 2018 (including dual enrollment if taken after Fall 2018)||Passing grade||X|
|Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States Exam||3||X||X|
|Advanced Placement United States History Exam||4||X||X|
|Cambridge AICE History, US History, c.1840-1990 (A-Level)*||A-E||X|
|CLEP American Government Exam||50||X||X|
|IB History: History of America*||5-7||X|
|U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test
– Civics (U.S. history and government) with supplemental questions>
*The 2021 Legislature also amended section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, allowing all accelerated mechanisms to count towards meeting Civic Literacy course requirement. Since these exams do not meet the exam competencies, they do not satisfy the exam competency requirement.
^A new assessment is under development by the Department of Education but has not yet been officially adopted for use by the State University System.
The Civic Literacy requirement applies to transfer students who initially entered a Florida State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS) institution in the 2018-19 academic year. Students who transferred from an institution outside the SUS or FCS starting in the 2018-19 academic year, and have not satisfied this requirement, must do so prior to graduation.
Students who initially entered the SUS or FCS in the 2018-19 academic year through the 2020-21 academic year may not use transfer courses to satisfy this requirement.
Beginning academic year 2021-22 and thereafter, students transferring from out-of-state or private institutions with approved equivalents to POS 2041 or AMH 2020 (reviewed by Transfer and Transition Services) may use these courses to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Transfer courses must include the competencies outlined in Board Regulation 8.006.
Global Learning (GL)
The Global Learning for Global Citizenship (GL) requirement is unique to FIU, and therefore, students may not use transfer credits to satisfy it. GL courses, activities, and programs enhance students’ understanding of global issues and engagement as global citizens.
Transfer students may satisfy Global Learning as follows:
Category 1. Students who transfer with the UCC satisfied or AA degree from a Florida public college or university:
- Complete 2 Discipline-Specific GL courses. One of the two courses may be a UCC Foundations course in consultation with an academic advisor.
Category 2. Students who transfer without the UCC satisfied:
- Complete 1 Foundations GL course from the UCC.
- Complete 1 Discipline-Specific GL course.
Where Can I Check if I Satisfied the UCC, FLENT/FLEX, Summer Enrollment, Civic Literacy, and Global Learning Requirements?
In your Panther Degree Audit (PDA). The UCC appears in the first section of the PDA, while the FLENT/FLEX, Summer Enrollment, Civic Literacy, and Global Learning requirements appear in the Undergraduate Requirements section. Sections will be listed as “Satisfied,” “Not Satisfied,” or “In Progress.” Remember that Global Learning is completed at FIU, so you can return to your PDA to check that requirement at a later time. If you believe that your PDA is not reflecting these requirements accurately, meet with your academic advisor or Transfer & Transition Services staff member.