About the University
Florida International University (also known as FIU) is one of the 25th largest public universities in the United States and the 4th largest in Florida. FIU has a student enrollment of nearly 45,000 students and roughly 10,000 faculty and staff. FIU offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and business administration. The university is divided in 11 colleges and schools:
- College of Architecture and the Arts (Architecture, Art and Art History, Music, Theatre, Dance and Speech Communication)
- College of Arts and Sciences (Environment and Society, Integrated Life Sciences, International and Public Affairs)
- College of Business Administration
- College of Education
- College of Engineering and Computing
- College of Law
- Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
- College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
- School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Founded in 1965, FIU is a relatively young campus. Its two main campuses in Metropolitan Miami Florida: Modesto A. Maidique Campus in western Miami-Dade County and Biscayne Bay in North Miami. International Exchange Students are housed at the Residence Halls at the Modesto Maidique Campus, which also has the U.S. Century Bank Area (indoor multi-purpose sports arena), a new eight-story library, an Environmental preserve, FIU stadium (home of the FIU Golden Panthers football team) and Athletic facilities. Florida International Golden Panthers (known as FIU Golden Panthers) is the university sports club.
Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.
Proof must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office at Student Health Services. Students will receive an "IMI" service indicator (health insurance hold) on their student account, as it appears in Panthersoft. Students will not be allowed to register for classes or continue enrollment without complying with the medical insurance requirement. There are no exceptions to this rule.
The medical insurance requirement can be met in one of two ways:
- By purchasing the FIU Sponsored Health Insurance Plan.
- By submitting an International Student Alternative Health Insurance Compliance Form completed by your current insurance company and approved by SHS.
Cost: $804 (Fall); $1337 (Spring); $2 141 (Year)
Students may choose to try and use the insurance proposed by MICEFA, CHARTIS. Students who wish to use CHARTIS must submit a waiver for approval by FIU.
NOTE: The SHS will not be able to review any alternative health insurance plan without the Alternative Health Insurance Compliance Form. The guidelines for insurance have been established by the Florida Board of Governors and must be met. Please review the Florida Board of Governors state regulation prior to purchasing any alternative plan. The completed compliance form must verify the following:
- the coverage meets or exceeds the minimum FIU requirements
- the name, address, and telephone number of a claims agent in the United States
- you are covered under the policy
- your insurance has been pre-paid through current year
The Health Compliance Unit must receive the International Student Alternative Health Insurance Compliance Form directly from your insurance company. Your policy will be reviewed, and if it complies with the guidelines, you will be cleared to register. If your policy does not comply with the guidelines, you will not be cleared until you document insurance coverage which meets FIU requirements or purchase the FIU Sponsored Health Insurance Plan.
Living on-campus:Your host department or program at FIU may be able to assist you in locating suitable housing, so you are encouraged to contact them first. Florida International University does not provide housing for J-1 exchange visitors, but we can provide information to assist you with finding off-campus housing to meet your needs.
Off-campus Housing: FIU can provide information to assist you with finding off-campus housing to meet your needs. You may check online at which contains information provided by the Office of Orientation & Commuter Student Services.
The average budget per month is: $400 - 500
In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $6,900.00 per semester.