A big welcome to our new students. A Hurricane is a ‘Cane for life.
You are beginning a new path in your education, career, and life. We want to provide you with some helpful information to make for a smooth transition into our graduate programs. As always, OGS is here to help guide you along the way. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.
Accepting Your Offer
Congratulations to those students who have been accepted into our graduate programs at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine!
The Right Fit
Joining a graduate program is a great step for your education, research, training, and career goals. It is also a serious commitment. We think you are the right candidate for our program and hope that you feel the same. All admission offers are valid until April 15 prior to your enrollment in the fall semester.
Be sure to maximize this time by familiarizing yourself with our research, curriculum, campuses, surrounding cities, and more. Our faculty, staff, and students are more than happy to get to know you and help with any questions you might have. Here is a small list to get you started:
- Review our faculty profiles, research, papers, and CVs
- Familiarize yourself with our curricula and course offerings
- Review our academic policies
- Reach out to faculty that have similar research interests
- Reach out to our student government representatives
- Contact the Office of Graduate Studies with questions you may have
Accepting our Admission Offer
Once you have made your final decision, complete the Admission Offer Response Form enclosed in your acceptance letter and email it to email@example.com.
Accepting your offer commits you to matriculating in the semester indicated on your official letter. Per the Council of Graduate School resolution, students may not accept multiple offers at different schools. In turn, graduate schools agree to allow students until April 15 to make their decision.
All matriculating students must submit updated/final official transcripts and test scores by April 15. Any documents uploaded to your application do not count as official. Students who have attended a non-U.S. institution must also submit a photocopy of their diploma for all earned degrees. Chinese transcripts must be processed through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) and Indian transcripts must include both pass and fail mark sheets. Note that your admission offer letter states your specific requirements at the bottom.
Transcripts and test scores should be mailed to:
University of Miami
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
1600 NW 10th Ave, Suite 1128-D, M-857
Miami, FL 33136
Official E-transcripts can be sent directly by the institution to:
Before Arriving to Campus
Note that the following information is oriented towards our Biomedical Ph.D. students. If you are entering another program on the medical campus, you should contact them directly for assistance.
University Email Account
Once you have accepted our offer of admission, your email account will be created. You can log into your email via the University of Miami Student Portal using your CaneID (the same as CaneLink) with the same password.
This email account is where you will receive all official university communications from our office and others. You are responsible for checking your email daily both before you arrive to campus and as a student.
The UMIT Service Desk can help you set your email up on your phone, laptop, etc. You can obtain assistance at 305-284-6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirm Your Personal Information
Log into CaneLink and update the following information:
- Permanent address (International students must maintain this address in their home country)
- Local address
- Mobile phone number
- Emergency contact information
Be sure to keep this information up-to-date when you arrive to campus or subsequently make changes.
All new students are required to provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. All new students must also provide proof of immunization against hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis or sign a waiver declining these immunizations. All Ph.D. students on the medical campus must be screened for tuberculosis prior to arrival or they will need to report to employee health upon arrival.
An immunization form must be completed and immunization information must be uploaded to Student Health Portal prior to arrival on campus. Students should also consider immunization against varicella (chicken pox).
Note that even though your insurance may be partially or fully covered, you must still register for insurance annually. Please visit our student health page for additional information and links.
Registration and Student Fees
All students in the Biomedical Sciences are registered by the Office of Graduate Studies in advance of the start of the semester. New students receive notification by email of their class schedule. Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences are responsible for the payment of all fees and account charges beyond tuition. It is to your benefit to pay these as soon as possible. Late fees and account holds are placed on student accounts in default.
Students who have a third-party government sponsor or scholarship should contact OGS for additional requirements.
Office of Disability Services
All students seeking official accommodations for a documented disability should request auxiliary aids prior to June 1. The complete process is outlined on the Camner Center for Academic Resources webpage. You can contact the Office of Disability Services at 305-284-2374 or email@example.com.
Review Academic Policies
All graduate students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the academic policies and requirements of the University of Miami. Be sure to read all the information in the Academic Policies section prior to arriving on campus.
Join Our BGSG Facebook Group
Our Biomedical Graduate Student Government hosts a Facebook group that is open exclusively to members of our Ph.D. programs. Here you can post and ask questions of current students, share information, search for roommates, etc. Make sure to JOIN.
If you are new to South Florida, one of the first things on your mind will be finding a place to live. We have provided a resource called Living in Miami. It is a great place to start to learn more about our city including housing information, where to shop, things to do, and more.
If you run into any issues, please feel free to reach out to our office for assistance.
Security & Access
Access Card and Photo ID
All University community members are required to have a university-issued campus ID card/badge displayed on their person while on the medical campus. Access to any area of the campus may be restricted by security personnel without a campus ID card/badge. University policy strictly prohibits anyone from possessing a campus ID card/badge not issued to them.
Lost or stolen access cards should be reported immediately to security and can be replaced by the student for a fee. Access cards must be returned to the Department of Security office prior to graduation or withdrawal from the program to avoid a hold on the student’s records.
Students will have their photos taken during orientation and a time will be arranged to pick up your new ID badge at the Public Safety Administrative Office located at the Dominion Tower Parking Garage, 1051 NW 14th Street, Suite 145.
The Department of Public Safety at the medical campus employs more than sixty uniformed officers who monitor building entrances and patrol the campus on foot and by vehicle 24 hours a day. You can reach medical campus security at 305-243-6000 or dial *711 from a campus phone.
Security officers provide escorts to any point on the medical campus (including Metrorail) upon request, 24 hrs per day. The vehicle patrol will provide jump-starts and assist you if you are locked out of your vehicle. Faculty, staff, and students at the medical campus are encouraged to participate in the security effort through orientation programs offered throughout the year.
There are three other security and police entities at the medical center, in addition to our own. Jackson Memorial Hospital employs more than eighty uniformed security officers; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute employs fifteen uniformed officers; and the Metro–Dade Police Department provides a small contingent of officers on a full-time basis.
Student Visa Requirements
All non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain an F-1 visa in order to seek admission to the U.S. for full-time studies. Citizens of Canada or Bermuda do not require F-1 or J-1 visas but must present their I-20 upon entry to the U.S.
To apply for an F-1 visa, you must provide the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with Form I-20 (for F-1 students), passport, statement of funds, and other documents as required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Read page 2 of your Form I-20, examine the information on page 1 for accuracy and sign the student certification block on the bottom of page 1 prior to presentation to a U.S. consular official or immigration official.
Requesting an I-20 from the University of Miami
Admitted international students must submit the following documentation so that we can issue an F-1 visa for you to enter the United States. Once all requirements are received it will take about 2-3 weeks to process and mail your I-20 form.
- A signed offer of admission letter
- Official transcripts, photocopy of diploma and test scores received from all institutions
- Copy of your passport photo page
- SEVIS Transfer Form (only current F-1 visa holders)
- If you will bring an immediate spouse or child dependent:
- Biographical Data Form for each dependent
- Bank letter with financial responsibility form, scholarship letter, or sponsorship letter showing that you are able to support your family while in the U.S.
Entering the United States
The F-1 visa tells you the last possible date you may enter the United States. The expiration date of the visa has nothing to do with how long you may remain in the United States. That is determined by your I-20 and I-94. You need to renew the visa only if you are traveling abroad after the visa expiration date, so that you may re-enter the U.S. You cannot enter the U.S. on a B-2 visa or visa waiver and expect to change to F-1 visa status after you arrive. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will likely deny your entry.
You may apply for admission to the U.S. if all of the following documents are in order at the time you plan to enter the U.S.. We recommend carrying these items in your hand baggage:
- Valid and unexpired Form I-20
- Valid and unexpired F-1 visa
- Valid and unexpired passport
- Sealed envelope given to you by the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Officer
- Evidence of financial resources
- University of Miami letter of acceptance
- Paper receipt for the SEVIS fee
- Contact information for your UM International Student and Scholar Services Advisor
Inform the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry as soon as possible that you will be a new or returning (in case you previously attended school in the U.S. international student or exchange visitor in the United States.
Reporting to the University of Miami
Students who have been granted entry to the United States must immediately report to the University of Miami’s International Student and Scholar Services at the following address:
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
1306 Stanford Drive
Whitten University Center, Suite 2275
Coral Gables, FL 33146-6929
305 284 2928
Advising services are available in the Advising Center located on the second floor of the University Center. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.