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Last updated January, 2021

The University

FIU is Miami's first and only public research university. Despite its short history (40 years), FIU has quickly gained prominence in many different fields. With a student body of nearly 54,000, we are among the top 10 largest universities in the nation and have collectively graduated more than 200,000 alumni, 115,000 of whom live and work in South Florida.

Modesto A. Maidique Campus, FIU’s main campus, spans 342 acres. It’s home to many of FIU’s most recognized school and colleges, as well as Ocean Bank and Convocation Center and Riccardo Silva Stadium. It features a variety of restaurants and residence options and a spacious, fully equipped recreation center in a lush, suburban setting.

Miami has a flair of its own compared to the rest of the United States. It has people from all over the world, and it has a heavy Latin influence which is evident in language, food, music, and culture. Miami is a large urban center, and it is made up of several neighborhoods and surrounding cities. Spending time in our city is a multi-cultural experience!

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Exchange Information

  • Undergraduate level exchange only.
  • Academic Year: August - April (Fall Term: August - December; Winter Term: January - April).
  • Minimum course load: twelve (12) undergraduate credits/4 courses per semester.
  • Undergraduate courses are numbered 1000- 4000 level, and Graduate courses are numbered 5000 or above.
  • All international exchange students are required to live on campus at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, regardless of major. FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique campus is home to five residence halls – University Park
  • Apartments, University Park Towers, Panther Hall, Everglades Hall, and Lakeview Hall.
  • Otago students must purchase our mandatory insurance (see link below).

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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange, please contact an Exchange Adviser.