Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) is Miami's first and only public research university and is one of the largest universities in the US with more than 55,000 students enrolled. Located west of downtown Miami, FIU offers 280 majors in 23 colleges and schools.

Academic highlights

FIU’s academic staff combine exceptional knowledge, practical business expertise and enormous cultural diversity across schools of architecture, business, engineering, law and medicine. The College of Business is South Florida's most important business education resource and a recognised leader in international business education. FIU also operates the Aquarius Reef Base, a below sea level ocean laboratory in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.


FIU’s main campus, Modesto A. Maidique, is an expansive 142-hectare metropolis that includes apartment-style residence halls and impressive sporting facilities. The second campus at Biscayne Bay covers more than 80 hectares. Both are located in Miami “the crossroads of the Americas”, a city offering a dynamic blend of business, culture, urbanism and ethnicity.

Did you know?

FIU’s main campus is located on the reclaimed site of the abandoned Tamiami Airport. The air traffic control tower was the first FUI building and it remains on the campus today, fondly referred to as the “Ivory Tower”.


Not all courses are available to exchange students.

Disciplines available


Banking and finance

Business law and taxation

Econometrics and business statistics



  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See FIU's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Undergraduate courses require 12 credits minimum, 15 credits maximum (4-5 classes).
Graduate courses require 9 credits minimum, 12 credits maximum (3-4 classes).
FIU uses the Carnegie Unit system with most standard courses being 3 credit hours each.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 12 FIU credits 15 FIU credits 24 FIU credits 30 FIU credits
Other (Postgraduate)   9 FIU credits 12 FIU credits 18 FIU credits 24 FIU credits

Exchange program terms

FIU 'Fall' Semester (Monash semester 2): mid-August – early December
FIU 'Spring' Semester (Monash semester 1): early January – late April

See FIU's academic calendar here.


All international exchange students must live in on campus accommodation at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, regardless of what you are studying. Find out more here.


International exchange students studying in the U.S. must obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor’s visa before you leave your home country. The application process requires a personal interview at the Consulate.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the the U.S. Embassy & Consulates here.

FIU also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

It is important for you to attend orientation with both International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and with the Office of Study Abroad (OSA). You will be notified of the dates and times upon acceptance.

Information on FIU’s student organisations can be found here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

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Florida International University

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Modesto Maidique, University Park (main)
    • Biscayne Bay
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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