Transfer & Transition Services

FAQs


  • Do transfer students attend orientation?

    All transfer students are required to attend a New Student orientation and complete a virtual orientation. Once you have received your acceptance letter and have paid your $200 Tuition Deposit, your next step is to complete our Transfer Orientation program. Transfer Orientation is designed to acquaint you with FIU resources that are critical to your success. You can expect to learn about university graduation requirements, familiarize yourself with campus resources, university policies, financial aid, transfer equivalencies, student life and resources, and academic programs. Most importantly, it is your first opportunity to meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. For information and reservations, please visit the orientation website

    To access your Virtual Orientation, log into your myFIU account, and scroll down to the Admissions section at the bottom of your Student Center. Click on the Virtual Orientation link, where you will see more information, and be connected to the portal.

  • After I have paid my enrollment deposit, how do I know what courses to take?

    Register for and attend Transfer Orientation. As an attendee your transfer credits will be evaluated and you will receive an ‘updated’ Panther Degree Audit. You will also have the opportunity to meet with an advisor during transfer orientation. The advisor will recommend which courses to take and how to enroll for those courses. An AA degree from a Florida Public institution automatically satisfies the UCC requirements, as well as a Bachelor's Degree from any regionally accredited institution. Check your Panther Degree Audit (PDA) since most or all of your credits may have already been evaluated for the UCC.

  • What exactly is advising?

    Advising is one of the first steps that a student takes toward their academic goals! The advising process is a consultation between the student and his/her professional academic advisor to discuss and determine the best educational plan according to the student’s interests, capabilities, and personal circumstances.

  • Who provides academic advising?

    All transfer students have an assigned Academic Advisor based on major. Students should contact through My_eAdvisor to set an appointment. To access My_eAdvisor, login to myFIU, then go to Student Dashboard.

  • How do I find my advisor?

    All Florida International University students have an assigned Academic Advisor. To access your e-advisor, log in to your myFIU portal then click on your Student Dashboard.

    Your Student Dashboard provides you with you assigned advisor and multiple tools to ensure your academic success:

    • MyMajor – Major Maps are outlined to ensure you have the perfect road map towards graduation
    • Alerts – Get notifications whenever you are “off track”
    • Messages – Send and respond to messages with your assigned advisor without fear of losing important messages in your “spam folder”
    • Advisor Notes – Review important notes and discussion topics from every advising session
    • Appointment Request – Make appointments directly with your advisor
    • Resources – View important resources such as your degree audit, tutorial and my major match interest assessment
  • What is my advisor's role?

    An advisor’s role is to provide academic support and guidance which includes:

    • Meeting with advisees during office hours for advising via appointment, walk-in, telephone, e-mail, or web access
    • Understanding and effectively communicating the curriculum, degree/college requirements, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures
    • Serving as advocates for both the student and the university
    • Encouraging and guiding students as they define and develop realistic academic and career goals
    • Encouraging and supporting students as they develop clear attainable educational goals
    • Providing students with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus
    • Assisting students in understanding the purpose and goals of higher education and its effect on their lives and personal goals
    • Monitoring and accurately documenting students' progress toward meeting their goals and completing their degrees
    • Assisting students in gaining decision making skills and in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements
    • Maintaining confidentiality of student records and advising sessions
  • Can I have my courses evaluated by an academic advisor?

    The initial official evaluation of transcripts is a part of the admission process. Transfer guides are available online for Miami Dade College and Broward College students. The office of Transfer & Transition Services evaluate college courses that meet University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, including, but not limited to accelerated (e.g., AP, AICE, CAPE, CLEP, IB, and others), and military credits. Students can check the Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) and look at the courses from their institution we have evaluated and have course equivalency. For upper level or major specific courses, the major department would evaluate those courses and credits. Courses not listed on TED will be evaluated upon a submission of a University Core Curriculum Equivalency Request form. This form can be submitted from the student or an Academic Advisor. Your official transfer credit evaluation begins when all of the documents (syllabus, course description, etc…) needed to assist the review process are received. The evaluations may take two to four weeks to complete.

  • Are my parents/family members allowed to attend advising sessions?

    Students have the responsibility for their academic plans so it is important that they speak for themselves. Although family members may attend advising sessions, students are the central concern of the advisors.

  • Common evaluation abbreviations

    Coding system of pseudo courses that will be used for some transfer credits (domestic and international) to meet UCC requirements. Pseudo courses typically satisfy the intent of the UCC, but are not exact matches to FIU courses.

    • TRF - Transferred course
    • ELE - Electives
    • ENC - English
    • HUM - Mathematics
    • MAC - Mathematics
    • MGF - Mathematics
    • STA - Mathematics
    • NPM - Mathematics
    • SOC - Social Science
    • GLS - Natural Science
    • BSC - Natural Science
    • GPS - Natural Science
    • CHM - Natural Science
    • ART - Arts
    • GRW - Gordon Rule
    • FFL - Foreign Language
  • Some of my courses are not listed in the Transfer Equivalency Database (TED). When will the courses be evaluated?

    Depending on the school(s) you have attended, equivalencies for your courses may be listed in TED. These courses may be classes our office have not reviewed before. Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our University Core Curriculum (UCC). Continue education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable. We encourage students to attend orientation. During transfer orientation students are given a chance to speak with members of the Transfer and Transition service office. Courses not listed on TED will be evaluated upon a submission of a University Core Curriculum Equivalency Request form. This form can be submitted from the student or an Academic Advisor. Your official transfer credit evaluation begins when all of the documents (syllabus, course description, etc…) needed to assist the review process are received. The evaluations may take two to four weeks to complete.

  • What is TED (Transfer Equivalency Database)?

    TED is a database that reflects a history of courses from colleges and universities that we have previously evaluated for transfer credits. The system will continue to be updated with more courses and more colleges and universities as current offerings are evaluated. It is designed to be used as an unofficial resource to identify potential transfer credits. It is neither an official determination nor guarantee of transfer credit award.

  • The Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) shows that the course I took at another institution is not considered equivalent to the same course required of FIU students. What should I do?

    Courses not listed on TED will be evaluated upon a submission of a University Core Curriculum Equivalency Request form. This form can be submitted from the student or an Academic Advisor. Your official transfer credit evaluation begins when all of the documents (syllabus, course description, etc…) needed to assist the review process are received. The evaluations may take two to four weeks to complete.

  • What credits will FIU grant for my scores on AP/AICE/CAPE/CLEP/IB and other exams?

    View the credit-by-exam information page to see how FIU may grant credits for you scores. Florida International University accepts examinations for credit according to state guidelines established by the Florida Board of Governors' Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) in August 2006. Based on these guidelines, the following exams have transfer guarantees established at the State level: Advanced Placement Exams (AP), Cambridge AICE Exams (AS and A-LEVEL), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTE/DSST, and Excelsior Exams (UExcel).

  • Where should I have my transcript and AP/AICE/CAPE/CLEP/IB and other exam scores sent?

    You should have your official score reports sent to FIU at the following address:

    Florida International University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 659003
    Miami, FL 33265-9003

  • What if there is a question about my transfer evaluation?

    If you have a question about your evaluation, please contact your Academic Advisor. Your advisor will be in touch with the Transfer & Transition Services (TTS) team to determine if additional information is needed in order to re-evaluate transferred coursework, or if it would be best to meet with TTS staff directly.

  • How will my transfer courses be applied to an FIU degree?
    • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will evaluate the acceptability of total credits transferable to the University
    • Transfer credits will then be applied as appropriate to a student's degree program. The authority to apply such credit to the degree rests with:
      • The Transfer & Transition Services office for University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements
      • The academic department of the student's major for upper division and prerequisite requirements
        Note: Some prerequisites may be included as part of the UCC
  • How do I know what credits FIU will accept?

    FIU will accept college level courses from regionally accredited institutions. Course from Florida Public Colleges and State University System schools generally adhere to the Statewide Course Numbering System. A grade of ‘D’ will be accepted for transfer credit, although it may not satisfy specific requirements. However, such a grade in coursework in the major field is subject to review and approval by the appropriate academic department.

  • What is the lowest acceptable grade to transfer?

    A course with a grade of “D” will transfer to FIU. A grade of “C-” or lower in major required courses is subject to review and approval by the appropriate academic department. There are courses that will be counted as elective if “D” is earned. Please refer to your program’s department for further explanation.

  • How many credits will FIU accept?

    A maximum of 60 lower (1000-2000) division semester hours taken at a two-year or a four-year institution may be counted toward a degree at the University. A maximum of 30 upper (3000-4000) division semester hours taken at a 4 year institution may be counted toward a degree at the University. Lower division courses in excess of 60 semester hours may serve to meet specific course requirements for an FIU degree, but credit hours represented by these courses will not reduce the number of credit hours to be completed at the University.

  • Will FIU accept military credits?

    Yes. Credit earned for military experience/education will be transferred and evaluated in consultation with faculty based on the credit recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). Military students should contact the Transfer and Transition Services office for all military credit related questions.

  • If I have university-level coursework from an foreign institution, will FIU be able to award credit?

    It is possible. However, a foreign credential evaluation is required to determine whether the coursework is transferable.

  • How can I get the approved foreign coursework to be applied toward my degree?

    Additional information on the content of the coursework might be required. For further details of the equivalency process please review our Transfer Equivalency Process.

  • What accreditation does FIU accept?

    Florida International University accepts credits from comparable academic courses completed at an institution accredited as degree-granting by a regional accrediting body or at an institution accredited as degree-granting by a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education that participates in the statewide course numbering system at the time the coursework was completed. If you are unsure whether you’re current school is regionally accredited, there are a many places you may be able to locate the school’s status: The school’s website, the school’s catalog, your transcript, or the school’s Registrar’s office. Please refer to FIU Admissions office for further explanation.

  • Is FIU on the quarter or semester system?

    Florida international University operates on the semester system and grants credits in semester hours. The academic year consist of two fifteen-week (plus a final exam week) semesters, fall and spring. There is also a summer semester term consisting of three sessions: an A Session (six weeks), a B Session (six weeks), and a C Session (twelve weeks). Please refer to FIU Admissions office for further explanation.

  • If I transfer to FIU with my Associate in Arts (AA) degree will my University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirement be fulfilled?

    An AA degree from a Florida public institution automatically satisfies the UCC requirements, as well as a Bachelor's Degree from any regionally accredited institution.

    If you are transferring to FIU and your previous institution was not a Florida Public Institution and you have not earned your Bachelor’s Degree there are three easy steps to get your credits evaluated:

    • Make an appointment with your academic advisor through your Student Dashboard on myFIU
    • Gather and provide official course descriptions from the catalog of the college/university from which you are transferring
      • If the course description was taken from a website, please include the complete URL (web address)
      • The Transfer office and/or Advisor may request a syllabi in addition to official course descriptions
      • Course descriptions and/or syllabi from non-English speaking countries must be officially translated (certified translator or translating agency). Translations must be accompanied by original descriptions and/or syllabi in the native language
        • Currently TTS may complete initial course reviews using official syllabi/outlines in the following languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese. We reserve the right to later request certified translations for some or all courses when necessary
    • Follow-up on your equivalencies by (a) checking an updated PDA or (b) meeting with your academic advisor
      • Allow 2 weeks for National evaluations, and 3 weeks for International




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