With the International Student Exchange (ISE) Program, you can attend any one of our partner schools throughout the world. The ISE offers you true immersion, since you’ll be living and studying in your host country for the Fall or Spring semester, or both! The ISE is open to all majors and you’ll need to have a 3.0 GPA in order to be eligible. What’s great about the ISE is that you pay your FIU tuition, which means any scholarships or financial aid that you receive can go towards your study abroad experience. Click here to find out more about the International Student Exchange (ISE) Program.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to get truly immersed in another culture, the International Student Exchange program is a phenomenal option. Read on to learn more.
- Study alongside students from your host country in regular university courses at any one of our ISE Partner Institutions.
- Experience student life and true immersion by getting involved on campus
- Pay your FIU tuition and receive all of your regular scholarships and financial aid
- Open to all majors
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Language Fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in the language of instruction
- May not go during your final semester at FIU
- Students must take 12 credits or more towards their major, minor, or general degree program while abroad.
All application materials must be submitted by the following dates:
- Fall or Academic Year – March 1st
- Spring – September 15th
Step 1 – Browse Schools – Take a look at the universities we have partnerships with on our ISE Partner Institutions page. Not only will these pages give you general information regarding each university, they also include a link to each university’s official website so you can start browsing around there as well. Keep in mind that certain schools are only available to certain majors or students in particular programs.
Step 2 – Browse Courses – Once you’ve narrowed down which schools interest you, click on each school’s official link and navigate your way to their course offerings. Check to see if any of the courses offered could apply to your degree requirements. Remember, while abroad you can take courses towards your major, minor, or elective requirements. What’s important is that the courses taken abroad somehow fulfill requirements towards your degree.
Step 3 – Appointment with Academic Advisor – Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to tell them that you’re interested in studying abroad and have looked up possible courses that could fulfill FIU courses. Find out what courses you can transfer in, what courses must be taken at FIU, and what courses you have yet to fulfill within your program. Remember, at this first appointment your advisor won’t officially be approving courses, it’s just for you to get a better idea of what courses you need so you’ll know what to look for in a potential host institution.
Step 4 – FIU Study Abroad Application - You’ll need to follow the first checklist that says International Student Exchange. As you’ll see, you’ll need two Letters of Recommendation. At least one needs to be from someone academic (a professor or advisor); the other can be academic as well, or it can be an employer or coach.
Step 5 – Application Submission – Bring in all materials by the deadlines. (March 1st or September 15th). Keep in mind that your application will not be considered unless you have attended a Study Abroad 101 session or have met with a Study Abroad Advisor.
Step 6 – Interview – Once you’ve submitted your application, an interview will be scheduled, which will give our office a chance to get to know you better, ask questions, and give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the rest of the application process.
Step 7 – Conditional Acceptance – If you’re approved in the interview, you’ll be offered Conditional Acceptance. This means that you’ve made it through part 1 of the application process.
Step 8 – Host University Application – In your Conditional Acceptance letter, you’ll be given the link or an attachment of the host university application, along with instructions on where and when to turn it in.
Step 9 – Post-Acceptance – There are a number of additional forms to be filled out once you’ve been conditionally accepted:
- Medical Information From
- Declaration of Finances Form
- Financial Aid Form
Step 10 – Course Equivalency – Once you’ve been accepted, go back to your advisor for your second meeting and have him or her fill out and sign off on your Course Pre-Approval Form to find out how the courses abroad will transfer into FIU. You’ll need to bring course descriptions/syllabi of the courses that interested you to this meeting so that your advisor can determine an appropriate FIU equivalent. Ideally, you’ll want them to sign off on more courses than you actually plan to take, just in case some of the courses you wanted are full or aren’t being offered.
Step 11 –Visa – Our office will provide you with a Consulate Letter and an Acceptance Letter to help you get your visas. However, it is your responsibility to find out whether you require a student visa and to apply for and obtain a student visa on your own.
Step 12 – Pre-departure – Before you leave on your program, you will be required to attend a *mandatory* Pre-Departure Orientation where you’ll be given a pre-departure packet to prepare you for your trip. In addition, you can join our Facebook group and become a fan of our fan page for important pre-departure information.
If you have any questions regarding the program, the application process, or if you’d like to RSVP for a Study Abroad 101 session or meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator, please call our office at (305) 348-1913. Good luck!
For a listing of our partner institutions, click here.