Life at FIU, Miami

Meet the Global First Year Staff: Lukas Calafell

Meet Lukas Calafell! He is one of the Student Services Advisors here at Global FIU. Hometown: Miami, FL Education:  Florida International University – BA Sociology/Anthropology (2012) Florida International University – MS Higher Education Administration (2015) Favorite Food: Pasta Countries lived in/visited:  Costa Rica (Lived), Dominica, Argentina, The Bahamas Favorite part of the job: "Helping students navigate the university... Continue reading
College tips, Miami

Summer Orientation

Last week, we welcomed 16 new international students to the Global FIU family! This is a very diverse cohort, representing 12 different countries - some of which are new to the Global FIU program such as: Sweden, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Within the group we have nine females and seven males. Orientation activities included: moving into... Continue reading
American Culture, Life at FIU, Miami

Global First Year Volunteering

Global FIU is starting a volunteering initiative with the goals of further involving students in their community, giving them extra credit opportunities, experience to put on resumes and helping them develop a life-long interest in volunteering! Our activities this semester include fundraising events on campus like Relay for Life, volunteering at the campus’ Nature Reserve... Continue reading
Life at FIU, Miami, Careers

Meet the Global First Year Staff: John Swartz

Meet John Swartz! He is our Career Accelerator Program Advisor here at Global First Year. Hometown: Houston, Texas Education: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master's Degree in International Education from FIU Countries lived in: Australia, Nepal, Spain, Malaysia and Indonesia Favorite part of the job: "I enjoy helping students realize... Continue reading
Life at FIU

Panther Profile: Idara Akpan

Meet Global First Year student from Nigeria: Idara Akpan Why FIU: When I started looking at universities, something about FIU just drew me in. It looked so tropical, interesting and really fun! The campus is beautiful and the school is in Miami – who doesn’t want to live in Miami? FIU Experience: I love the... Continue reading