National Student Exchange (NSE)

Canadian NSE Students


  1. Canadian Citizens:
    If you are a citizen of Canada, then you are NOT required to obtain a visa to enter the US.
    You are, however, required to enter the US under J-1 status. This means that when you exit Canada, whether by air or ground, you will be required to present the following to immigration officials to ensure that you enter the US as a J-1 exchange student:
    • DS 2019
    • Acceptance Letter
    • Valid Passport
    • Receipt of payment for your SEVIS fee (instructions will be mailed to you with your DS-2019).
    • Immigration officials must present you with an 1-94 document, which you will keep so that you may enter the US and exit the US upon completion of your program.
  2. Non-Canadian Citizens (Residents Of Canada):
    If you are not a citizen of Canada, and are a resident of Canada, you will need to schedule an appointment to request your student visa at your local US Embassy/Consular office.  Please note that this is a lengthy process and you must initiate it immediately.

    You must take with you all supporting documents that the US Embassy/Consular office may need. This includes several forms that are enclosed in this packet:

    • DS-2019
    • Acceptance Letter
    • Letter to the US Embassy
    • Valid Passport
    • All other documents as requested by the US Embassy in Canada
  3. Office of Study Abroad (OSA):
    The OSA will coordinate with you your DS-2019 and additional health insurance requirements.  The University is required by the US Office of Immigration to carefully check the financial resources of each student prior to issuing the DS-2019.  You must thoroughly complete a declaration of finances and provide a copy of your passport.

    Please forward both your declaration of finances and copy of passport to the FIU-OSA Asst. Director:  SUSY GOMEZ, Modesto A. Maidique Campus PC 113, Miami, FL 33199 as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2017

    Once the OSA receives your declaration of finances and a copy of your passport, they will contact you with specific instructions regarding your DS-2019.  Please note, once your DS-2019 has been issued, you will be required to pay your SEVIS ($200) fee online; be sure to keep record of your receipt!  You will be required to present your DS-2019 upon arrival in the US (Customs department at Airport) so that you can be admitted as a J-1 non-degree exchange student.      

    Canadian NSE students will be required to purchase health insurance at FIU (approximately $900 per semester), even if you already have an existing health insurance plan.  The finalized 2017/2018 health insurance plan will be sent to you by the OSA.  Upon receipt of this information, you will be able to purchase your required health insurance prior to your arrival at FIU; payments can be made via credit card or money order.  

    The OSA office will coordinate with you, prior to your departure from FIU, the completion of the Foreign National Information Form/Tax Compliance requirement.

    OSA Assistant Director: Susy Gomez (susy.gomez@fiu.edu), (305) 348-1913. OSA web-site: http://studyabroad.fiu.edu.

  4. International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS):
    **Upon your arrival to the University, you must report to the ISSS Office at either of our two campuses for validation of your SEVIS record.

    For more helpful information about arriving, checking in at FIU, health and medical insurance requirements and immigration regulations refer to: http://isss.fiu.edu.  To read the Pre-arrival information in its entirety, refer to: http://isss.fiu.edu/prearrival.htm. The ISSS orientation will be combined with the Office of Study Abroad Orientation. You may reach the ISSS department directly at Modesto A. Maidique campus at (305) 348-2421 and Biscayne Bay campus at (305) 919-5813.  You may also email them at isss@fiu.edu.

  5. FALL 2017 Students:
    Canadian students will be required to attend orientations for the following FIU departments:  Office of Study Abroad (OSA)/ International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and National Student Exchange Office.  All orientations take place on the Friday prior to the start of classes: August 18, 2017.  The NSE Orientation will be offered at the MM campus in the morning and the OSA/ISSS Orientation will be offered at the MM campus in the afternoon.  Please contact the FIU-NSE Coordinator, Jamie Perez, to schedule an individual NSE orientation appointment if you cannot attend the NSE orientation in the morning of August 18th.  The OSA/ISS orientation in the afternoon is mandatory! Further details will be sent via email.
  6. SPRING 2018 Students:
    In addition to the NSE Orientation [Modesto A. Maidique Campus *January 8, 2018 or Biscayne Bay Campus *January 9, 2018] Canadian students will be required to attend orientations for: Office of Study Abroad (OSA)/ International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). The OSA/ISSS orientation will be held during the first week of January (Date and Time to be announced). The ISSS orientation will be combined with the OSA orientation. Please contact the FIU-NSE Coordinator, Jamie Perez, to schedule an individual NSE orientation appointment if you cannot attend the NSE orientation during the scheduled timeframes-above. Further details will follow via email.
  7. Important Notification:
    Prior to your departure from FIU, you will be required to make a payment of approximately $11 per semester and complete the Foreign National Information Form in order to satisfy a Tax Compliance Hold requirement.  You will not be able to request official FIU transcripts until this fee has been satisfied with the University.

**All International/Canadian CHECKS or MONEY-ORDERS made to FIU must be drawn from a U.S. bank; otherwise we will not accept your payment.