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The Department offers a number of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including certificates, minors, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral programs.

Whether you have questions about credits, internships or study abroad, our advising team is always ready to assist you in your academic endeavors. 

To learn more about one of our undergraduate programs, check in with the department and chat with an advisor to learn more about the major. If you have any questions regarding our graduate programs, please email our Graduate Secretary at eposada@fiu.edu.

Alternatively, you can email the advising team directly at sipaadvising@fiu.edu. Please include your name and Panther ID when sending in inquiries. 

Undergraduate Academic Advisors

 

manuel-nino.pngManuel Nino
Lead Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office: MMC, SIPA 507
Phone: 305-348-2555 or 305-348-2226
Email: manunino@fiu.edu

 

 

alice-lezcano.pngAlice Lezcano
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office: MMC, SIPA 400-A
Phone: 305-348-2555 or 305-348-2226
Email: alezcano@fiu.edu

 

brigitte.pngBrigitte Fargas
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office: MMC, SIPA 400-D
Phone: 305-348-2555 or 305-348-2226
Email: bfargas@fiu.edu

 

cindy-reyes-arboleda.pngCindy Reyes Arboleda
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office: BBC, AC1 180
Phone: 305-348-2555 OR 305-348-2226
Email: cireyes@fiu.edu

 

monica.jpgMonica Grandal
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office: MMC, SIPA 400-B
Phone: 305-348-2555 or 305-348-2226
Email: mgran005@fiu.edu

 

nanda.jpgNanda Singh
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Office: MMC, SIPA 400-C
Phone: 305-348-2555 or 305-348-2226
Email: nsingh@fiu.edu

 

Make appointment with your advisor

You can communicate with your advisor through the Panther Success Network.

  1. Log onto MyFIU.
  2. Upon successful log-in, you will see your Student homepage. If it does not automatically load, select Student from the dropdown menu in the top center of the page
  3. Click on the Academic Advising tile
  4. Click on the Success Network tile
  5. Click on the Go to Panther Success Network button
  6. Finally, sign-in again using your FIU credentials

Once there you can message with your advisor, schedule/cancel appointments and more. Visit Panther Success Network for more tutorials.

Virtual Drop-in Fall 2021 Schedule

The Green School's Fall 2021 Virtual Drop-in Advising hours are:

Mondays, 9am to 11am
Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm

Additional 2021/2022 Virtual Drop-in Advising Dates

  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 2pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021 2pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 2pm-4pm 

No Virtual Drop-in Advising on:

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 (Veteran's Day - FIU Closed)
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving - FIU Closed)
  • Thursday, December 23, 2021 (Winter Break - FIU Closed)
  • Thursday, December 30, 2021 (Winter Break - FIU Closed)

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To meet the high demand of students in peak advising season, during our drop-ins we will strictly be limiting sessions to 10 minutes and limiting students once we have met capacity. Virtual Drop-In advising is meant to only address the following:

  • Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Course Enrollment
  • Change of Program Plans (Majors, 2nd Majors, Minors, Certificates)
  • Class Permissions
  • Questions about specific requirements or policies

Student support

  • Academic

    One of the best sites to support you as remote learners is the one created by the FIU's Green Library, with information not only on accessing the library’s materials and the assistance of librarians but also on free and low-cost WiFi access and laptops and hotspots available to borrow. You can visit the library’s remote learning site.

    FIU's Center for Excellence in Writing offers writing support to students on the BBC, MMC, and engineering campuses, as well as online.

    Academic & Career Success (ACS) provides many student services to support you. Whether you’re looking for advising, career services, tutoring, or just a helping hand, they have you covered.

  • Disability resource
    The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides support to students with short- and long-term disabilities. Speaking with the DRC can help you determine if you are eligible for accommodations, which professors cannot legally provide you without DRC documentation. Remember that just because you are eligible for accommodations does not mean that you need to use them. It is up to you to decide that, along with the professor of each of your courses.
  • Immigration

    The Department of Politics and International Relations supports all of our diverse student population, including immigrants. For students with emergency legal issues related to immigration status, please contact Attorney Juan Carlos Gomez at the Carlos Alberto Costa Immigration and Human Rights clinic at FIU for free, confidential legal support.

    You can email jcagomez@fiu.edu or call 305-348-7541. For other resources for immigrant students, particularly DACA and other undocumented students, including free local legal help, visit Student Affairs’ Resources and FAQs for Undocumented Students.

  • Veterans

    Military veterans come to FIU with diverse service experiences and a variety of career goals but for many, the major could help pave the way for future success. 

    The skills they develop in political science and international relations classes will serve them well in careers in a variety of fields. Our courses allow students to hone their critical reading and analytical skills, as well as their written, oral, and digital communication abilities. They enhance as well students’ understandings of complex local and global issues and change through time.

    The Political Science and International Relations major is particularly suited to veteran-students who aim to pursue careers in education and policy and government work. Faculty can work with students who are interested in pursuing career opportunities, for example, with Florida’s Troops to Teachers program and the federal government. They can also help guide students who are considering graduate school opportunities, including Masters and Doctoral programs in Political Science, International Relations, and related fields, as well as medical and law school.

    Veteran and Military Affairs helps students navigate educational benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and also helps them to make the most of their time as students, helping to ensure academic success. This office provides support for all Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, eligible dependents and spouses enrolled at FIU.

    For additional resources, see:

  • Medical and emergencies

    Student Health and Wellness offers students free basic healthcare at the MMC and BBC campuses. They can also help students obtain free or reduced-cost prescription drugs and more extensive healthcare.

    Counseling and Psychological Services provide students with emergency and short-term counseling, including emergency appointments, and links students with programs and organizations that can them provide care over the long term. They have both BBC and MMC offices and a 24-hour emergency hotline: 305-348-3000.

    The Victim Empowerment Program provides support to students threatened with or victims of violence or abuse in a variety or forms, and those healing from such experiences. Although not a counseling center, they do provide some counseling and link students to counseling resources. They educate students on advocating for themselves and finding healthy solutions, as well as guiding them through the university and legal options of taking action against aggressors, as they are ready. They also link students to resources they need to improve their situation, such as emergency housing.

    Fostering Panther Pride offers assistance to students experiencing homelessness. They help students find on- or off-campus housing, navigate financial aid and other university policies, and link students to FIU and community resources providing academic and non-academic counseling, tutoring, and job placement.

    Student Food Pantry supplies free food to any currently enrolled student, no questions asked. They have BBC and MMC locations.