You will need to bring some money with you for your immediate expenses upon arrival. These will include temporary and permanent housing, food, transportation, utility deposits, and miscellaneous expenses. We recommend that you bring with you at least $3,000 for yourself; if you are accompanied by dependents, you will need more. If you are relying on funding from FIU, you will not receive a check for several weeks after you arrive, so you cannot depend on your salary to pay these immediate arrival expenses. Miami banks usually require several business days before checks drawn on U.S. banks will be paid, and checks drawn on foreign banks will take even longer. Therefore, you should bring the funds for your arrival expenses in cash. Please open a bank account immediately for your cash and also for any checks you may be carrying. Banks located on or near the FIU Modesto A. Maidique campus include:
It is not advisable for you to carry large sums of money with you. We recommend that you open a bank account as soon as possible.
FIU has partnerships with the following banks (although you may join any bank):
State of Florida Driver License and ID Card:
You will need a Florida driver’s license to drive in the state and the U.S. There is often a delay in your eligibility to apply for a driver license; therefore, it is advised to secure your international driver’s license before departing your home country. This will temporarily permit you to drive and allow you time to get your Florida license. If you do not need to drive, it is recommended that you get a Florida ID card. For more information, please visit: http://www.dmvflorida.org/drivers-license-nc.shtml