Services and Programs

Pre-Arrival Information
If you're an international student or scholar who plans to study or work at the University of Miami, we have all the information you need to prepare for your arrival, including information about travel and entry into the U.S., housing, tuition and fees, expenses, health care, insurance, our services and programs, and much more.

Immigration Advising for Students and Scholars in F-1 and J-1 Status

We advise students and scholars based on the requirements and benefits of their F-1 or J-1 status and help them take advantage of the benefits afforded by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. Department of State. Benefits include travel and re-entry to the U.S., employment authorization in the U.S., program extension, and issuance of immigration documents for eligible dependents. Additionally, we offer the Online Immigration Session, which provides additional information on maintaining immigration status.

Employment Information and Authorization
We also assist international students who may be eligible for job opportunities on- and off-campus with employment information and work authorizations. The F-1 Employment Session Online goes over the different types of employment available to international students with F-1 status and walks them through the authorization procedures.

GLACIER Complete International Tax Preparation Software
This easy-to-use online tax preparation program is available to all University of Miami international students, scholars and their dependents who have F-1 or J-1 immigration status, are non-residents and will be using the software for tax purposes. Contact us to get more information as well as your code to access GLACIER.

Liaison with Sponsoring Embassies, Government and Agencies
We serve as a liaison between international students and scholars, and their sponsoring embassies, government and agencies by providing assistance to all parties involved.

Funding for United States Study
The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Funding for United States Study is a guide for international students and professionals. The guide contains comprehensive listings for:
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate opportunities
  • Fellowships, grants, scholarships, financial aid, and more

With over 800 grant and scholarship listings, Funding for United States Study is the most comprehensive directory on finding funding for study in the United States, making it an invaluable resource for advisers and international students worldwide.

In order to search by region, area of study, location in the United States, and name of program, visit Funding for US Study Online. This is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by IIE. It includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.

The International Student Grant
The International Student Grant, available through the Office of Financial Assistance and Employment, assists undergraduate international students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties. In order to apply, you must currently be a junior or senior with a 2.0 GPA or above (freshmen and sophomores with compelling cases will also be considered). Funding is limited, so get your application in as early as you can.

To apply for this grant, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Provide a written statement that explains why you need financial assistance, and include the amount you're requesting. You will need to demonstrate a substantial need that was caused by circumstances that were beyond your control.

Step 2: Submit a CSS/Financial Aid Profile through College Board or a paper Profile to Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment.

Step 3: Submit supporting financial documentation including a detailed statement about your family’s current financial situation and provide tax, income, and asset documentation.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment will review the application and determine if you are eligible for this need-based award. Remember, the grant is not automatically renewed. Students who wish to qualify for the award the next academic year, must repeat the steps above, submit a new CSS/Financial Aid Profile, updated income and asset documentation, and continue to have a demonstrated financial need for the award.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance & Employment ( or 305-284-6000) with any questions related to the International Student Grant.

Loan Application for Students in F-1 and J-1 Status
We offer short-term, small emergency loans of up to $500 for international students who have F-1 and J-1 status and experience an unforeseen financial emergency. Loan Application for Students in F-1 and J-1 Status is available online, and approval is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance with Personal and Adjustment Problems
If you are dealing with some personal problems or are having a hard time adjusting to life in Miami, contact us, and we'll pair you up with an advisor who can help you work through the situation. You are not alone. 

Assistance in Coping with Crises
If you find yourself in the midst of a crisis, personal or otherwise, please know that we are here to assist you or refer you to someone who can help. Do not hesitate to reach out. 

Cross-Cultural Activities for Exchange Visitor Program Participants

Our cross-cultural activities are open to UM scholars in J-1 status as well as their dependents in J-2 status. Invitations are distributed approximately one month prior to each event and include details about the event and how to confirm attendance.  Please see below the Spring/Summer 2020 Cross-Cultural Activities Schedule (subject to change):

  • January 11, 2020: Miami to the Max! Guided Bus Tour from Bayside Marketplace
  • February 14, 2020: Spring Social Mixer at Shalala Student Center
  • March 14, 2020: Miami Heat Basketball Game at American Airlines Arena
  • April 11, 2020: Visit to HistoryMiami Museum
  • May 17, 2020: Visit to Play Murder on the Orient Express at Actors' Playhouse
  • June 13, 2020: Live Jazz