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Florida International University (FIU)

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For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated June, 2019

Academic information

Course information

Semester dates

  • Academic Year: August - April
  • Fall Term: August - December
  • Winter Term: January - April
  • Academic Calendar

Course load and minimum unit requirements

Otago students attending FIU must be enrolled in twelve (12) undergraduate or nine (9) graduate credits during fall or spring semesters.

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Accommodation and the cost of living


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.

Housing Information

Estimated cost of living

Estimate of costs for 2020-2021: USD 13,000 per semester (includes accommodation, meal plan, insurance, local transportation, clothing)

Additional information

Student visa and insurance

Student Visas and Insurance information

U.S. Department of State

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Exchange experiences

The University, city and region

The University

Florida International University is one of the largest universities in the United States, and it is Miami’s only public research university. Despite its short history (40 years), FIU has quickly gained prominence in many different fields. Offering over 200 programs of study, FIU is truly worlds ahead.

FIU is made up of two campuses in Miami-Dade County. The main campus, Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC), is located in Southwest Miami on the site of what was once an airport. The MMC campus houses the majority of FIU’s academic programs and residence hall facilities.

The second campus, Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC), is located in North Miami near the city of Aventura. BBC is home to the School of Journalism and Communications and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, as well as other academic programs. Many courses from departments based at MMC are also offered at BBC, but the majority of courses in Journalism and Mass Communications and Hospitality are offered only at BBC.

About FIU

The City of Miami and region

Located in South Florida, 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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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email