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Welcome to FIU

Greetings from Miami, Florida!

I am excited to welcome you to Florida International University. As an incoming student, I look forward to having you join us for your exchange. I anticipate that your experience here will be valuable and rewarding.

Below is just an overview of the steps you must complete. Please note that it is your responsibility to become familiar with the information on our incoming student guide booklet and follow the instructions diligently, as it includes very important information.

This information can also be found on the Before you Arrive, While You’re Here and Returning Home pages.

For any questions, concerns or assistance please contact me at the FIU-NSE Office.

Jamie S. Perez, Program Manager
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus,
SASC 402
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Office: (305) 348-1292
Fax: (305) 348-7265
Skype: Jamie.Perez.FIU

Step 1: Send Documents and Payment

Incoming students must complete the following items by April 1st to secure their exchange with FIU:

  • NSE Placement Acceptance Form (PAF) 

    This form is submitted through your home school.

  • Unofficial Transcript From Home Institution

    This form may be submitted by student, by email or mail.

  • NSE Visiting Student Application

    Placement at the NSE conference assures your NSE acceptance into FIU; however, a Visiting Student Application must be completed in order to be issued a Panther ID number. Please indicate to the FIU-NSE Office if you have a previously assigned Panther ID number with FIU. An FIU admissions application is not necessary so please do not fill one out.

    Complete the Visiting Student Application

  • Immunization
    As a prerequisite to registration, FIU requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to:
    • MMR: Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Meningitis

    This written document must be signed by a physician (M.D. or D.O.), a nurse practitioner or a registered nurse and stamped by the doctor’s office. Please mail or email this paperwork to the Student Health Services on either campus. FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES, A PANTHER ID NUMBER MUST BE INCLUDED ON THIS FORM. Phone calls from your physician are not acceptable.

    If you have questions, contact the FIU Student Health Services, Health Compliance Unit:

    Modesto A. Maidique Campus:

    Phone: 305-348-2401
    Fax: 305-348-3336
    11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199


    Biscayne Bay Campus:

    Phone: 305-919-5675
    Fax: 305-919-5312
    3000 NE 151 Street North Miami, FL 33181

    Students can also e-mail questions to: (please include "immunization" and your Panther ID in the subject line). 

  • Tax Compliance (International and Canadian Students Only)

    The FIU IRS Tax Compliance University Requirement is only for International (F-1 visa) and Canadian (J-1 visa) students only. Puerto Rican students are considered U.S citizens and need not apply.

    Prior to your NSE departure from FIU (during your exchange), you must schedule to meet with a Tax Compliance Representative at FIU in order to complete the Tax Compliance Forms.

    Please email, including your name and Panther ID number to request an appointment with a representative. Please include “NATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE” in the subject line. FIU Tax Compliance Representatives are Mairelys Perez and Silvia Cole.

    All international and Canadian students participating in the FIU-NSE program must comply with the NRA tax compliance requirement.

    You are required to submit the following documents to the Tax Compliance office:

    • Copy of I-94 card
    • Copy of passport (if applicable)
    • Copy of visa - Foreign National Information Form
    • I-20 (for F-1 visa)
    • W-8 Ben form

Step 2: Complete Full Time Schedule

Fall 2019 registration should have been completed with a full-time schedule. Please be reminded that the NSE program requires full-time enrollment during each exchange term (minimum 12 credit hours per term).

If you are NOT enrolled FULL-TIME or if you have not yet enrolled at all, the registration system will remain available through August. Be reminded that course registration is based on availability. In the meantime, you should email the FIU-NSE office any courses that require pre-requisite verification/approval.

Please refer to the Registration page.

Step 3: Complete Requirements – August 1st

In order to secure your exchange with FIU for Fall 2019/Spring 2020, please mail the following requirements to the FIU-NSE office by August 1, 2019:

  • Health Insurance: Domestic USA Students

    Domestic students from other US states must show that you are enrolled in a health insurance plan and that you will be covered while on exchange at FIU, is required. This may be a copy of an insurance card or a letter from an insurance carrier. Please send this information directly to the FIU-NSE office by August 1, 2019.

  • Health Insurance: Canadian Students

    If you are a Canadian student, please visit the Canadian Student page for specific instructions. Canadian students have additional health insurance requirements.

  • Health Insurance: International Students (F-1 visa)

    If you are an international student with an F-1 visa coming from another U.S. state, please read the Health Insurance section on Before You Arrive

    International students (F-1 Visa) from U.S. institutions are required to

    Health Compliance Unit, Student Health Services
    SHC Room 101
    11200 SW 8th St.
    Miami, FL 33199

    PLEASE IDENTIFY on the form your NSE participation and Panther ID number. A denial of this form implies only that the policy presented does not meet the minimum criteria established by FIU with respect to specific medical insurance coverage for registration and/or enrollment. Thus, you will be required to purchase FIU’s International Health Insurance Plan prior to processing your registration with FIU.

     For further information, you may refer to Student Health Services website. Further inquiries can be made via telephone at 305-348-2401 or via email at

  • Program Fee

    We have program events each term which will expose you to the exciting and beautiful South Florida region. There is a required non-refundable $80.00 charge for this whether you attend 1 or 2 terms at FIU. Please make your payment by cashier’s check or money-order, payable to FIU/NSE and include it with your mailings to the FIU-NSE Office. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED! International/Canadian checks or money-orders must be drawn from a U.S. bank, otherwise your payment will NOT be accepted.

  • Waiver of Liability & Hold Harmless Form

    Sign, date and return the Waiver of Liability and Hold-Harmless Form directly to me. We must have this form on record for you in order for you to be eligible to participate in FIU/NSE activities.

Step 5: Canadian Students

  • If you are a Canadian NSE student, please visit the Canadian Students page for further instructions.

Where Are Students Coming From this Year?

California State University, Chico

California State University, Northridge

California University of Pennsylvania

Eastern Oregon University

Iowa State University

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus

Minnesota State University, Mankato

New Jersey City University

Northern Arizona University

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Queens College, CUNY

Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences

Salem State University

Stony Brook University

SUNY Plattsburgh

Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

Universite de Sherbrooke

Universite du Quebec a Montreal

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

University of Puerto Rico, Humacao

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

University of Rhode Island

University of South Carolina - Columbia

University of South Dakota

University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Stout

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Western University

William Paterson University of New Jersey