FIU earns high-achieving Hispanic-Serving Institution designation

by | Oct 13, 2022


  • Florida International University (FIU) was recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) leader for its engagement with the Fulbright Program
  • The Fulbright Program is a prestigious grant awarded to high-achieving scholars and students enabling them to study, teach, or conduct research in international schools 
  • Since the university has been a part of the grant program, FIU has hosted more than 150 scholars and students while sending 157 abroad

Florida International University has been named a Fulbright Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Leader for the second consecutive year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The title honors the involvement of selected HSIs in the Fulbright Program, the United States government’s premier international educational exchange program.

The Fulbright Program serves as an opportunity for merit-chosen participants to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to shared international concerns.

The program provides grants for graduated students, researchers, or teaching assistants, and is renowned as one of the most prestigious programs worldwide.

According to university statistics, FIU to date has sent 106 U.S.-based scholars abroad while receiving 54 international scholars. 23 U.S. students and 27 specialists also went abroad through the program. FIU received 2 international Scholar-in-Residences while taking in 118 visiting students.

“Our students and faculty who study, teach and research at host institutions across the globe are transformed by the experience and return as global champions,” said Pablo Ortiz, Vice President and Vice Provost for Regional and World Locations. “Similarly, Fulbright visitors enrich our campus community with unique insights into their respective culture and current affairs in their home countries.”

The Fulbright Program is administered by the Institute of International Education and offers more than 400 teaching, research, or combination teaching and research awards in 160 countries.

Opportunities are available for faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars.

Each year, the United States Congress appropriates funds to the United States Department of State to support the Fulbright Program. Many foreign governments also make significant contributions.

Additional funds and in-kind contributions are provided by host institutions in the United States and abroad, as well as non-governmental organizations, private organizations, corporate partnerships, and individual benefactors.

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