For the people in south florida who prefer studying to partying, there's florida international university (fiu). the university has an enrollment of more than 40,000 students from throughout the us and more than 130 foreign countries at two primary campuses in miami-dade county, as well as a handful of research facilities and smaller academic centers in surrounding areas. through some 20 colleges and schools, fiu offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in about 200 majors, including engineering, law, business administration, and music. fiu is a member of the state university system of florida. it held its first classes in 1972.