Every year, the University of Florida hosts over 6,000 international students on its beautiful campus. International students may come to the United States in F-1 or J-1 visa status.

International freshman applicants to the University of Florida receive equal, uniform holistic admission review irrespective of their secondary curriculum origin. International applicants are neither U.S. citizens (including dual U.S. Citizenship) nor U.S. Permanent Residents (green card holders).

Freshman International Students

How to Apply

Freshman international applicants will apply using either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. These applications open in August. Submit your application and UF supplemental section by November 1, along with your $30 application fee in U.S. dollars. UF accepts applications after November 1 only on a space-available basis.

Applicants whose educational history has not followed a curriculum patterned after the U.S. system are encouraged to submit their academic transcripts to a credential evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation.


Regardless of citizenship, applicants should not complete the SSAR if you have:

  • Attended secondary school located outside the United States for more than one semester.
  • Studied a curriculum that did not follow the standard U.S. system.

Required: In lieu of the SSAR, at least three full years of your most recent secondary school transcripts, including courses in progress (generally grades 9, 10 and 11 + senior schedule) in both your native language and a word for word certified English translation (if applicable). Transcripts can be electronically uploaded for the review process, while original documents are required prior to enrollment.

Optional: If your secondary school curriculum does not follow the standard U.S. system, we recommend a course by course evaluation with GPA calculation from any NACES approved member evaluation agency.

Applicants should complete the SSAR if they have:

  • Attended a high school regionally accredited in the United States for at least three years.
  • Attended a DODEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) school.
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English Proficiency

UF requires proficiency in spoken and written academic English. Score reports are valid for two years from the date of testing, and must be reported electronically to the University of Florida. UF's TOEFL and GRE school code is 5812. English proficiency examinations, while encouraged for freshman, are not required. Transfer and graduate applicants are required to satisfy English proficiency by one of the following examinations.

Minimum acceptable scores:

* UF is registered to receive IELTS scores using the IELTS Results Service E-Delivery. Scores should be sent to the University of Florida, which only accepts scores from this E-delivery service. UF does not accept paper Test Report Forms or unofficial copies of IELTS Test Report Forms from students. Applicants should contact the IELTS test center where they took the IELTS to request their official test results be sent to our account name: The University of Florida. An institution code is not required.

The address associated with our IELTS Results Service account is:

The University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States
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Testing Difficulties Due to COVID-19

Effective for transfer and graduate applicants seeking degree programs for fall 2020, spring 2021, summer A/B/C 2021 and fall 2021, the following examinations will be temporarily considered for English proficiency:


Exemptions are granted if applicants:

  • Have successfully complete one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in the United State or a country where English is the official language.
  • Hold an earned equivalent of Associates, Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree from a recognized/regionally accredited college or university in the United States or country where English is the official language.

International Transfer Students

Transfer applications generally are received six to nine months before the term begins. Your admission to UF as a transfer is determined by the college and major to which you are applying. You must apply by your intended college's deadline. These deadlines can be found on our transfer deadlines page. If you have additional questions, contact your college using the information on our college contacts page. When reviewing applications from international applicants, the Office of Admissions considers the characteristics of the national system of education, the level of studies completed, the quality of achievement, the type of institution attended, and the suitability of preparation for the proposed program.

What's Required

  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee of $30.00.
  • Applications will not be considered for admission until the Office of Admissions has received all required materials.
  • All documents must be accompanied by certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.
  • All academic credentials become property of the university. They will not be returned to you or forwarded to a third party.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts, mark sheets and examination certificates in the native language for all secondary and/or postsecondary coursework, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.
  • International students must also prove they have sufficient funds available to them to pay for their educational and living expenses while enrolled at UF.
  • A course-by-course credential evaluation, with grade point average (GPA) calculation, for any coursework taken outside of the United States. UF accepts an evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

International Graduate Students

Refer to our general graduate admissions page for details on applying as an international graduate.


What documents are required for graduate admission?

Transcripts and degrees (if applicable) from every institution listed on your application's educational history are required. For admission review, these documents may be unofficial and uploaded to your application status page. Digitally uploaded academic credentials must include all of the same information appearing on an official transcript, including biographical information, institution name, signatures, seals and stamps.

Does my intended program of study require supplemental materials?

Be sure to thoroughly understand all specific departmental requirements. The department determines application deadlines, assistantship and research opportunities, requirement adjustments or waivers. The Office of Admissions cannot waive or adjust any graduate requirement.

Are English proficiency exams required?

Graduate applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate spoken and written proficiency. Requisite scores on exams such as the TOEFL or IELTS are accepted. Proficiency exam exemptions are granted if certain conditions are fulfilled.

How should I send my test scores to the Office of Admissions?

Test score results must be sent directly to UF Office of Admissions from the testing agency.

How do I send my transcripts to the Office of Admissions?

The Office of Admissions requests that all graduate students submit unofficial transcripts to our office as part of the application within the academic background section. Unofficial credentials may also be uploaded through your Application Status page at a later date if the credentials are not available at the time of application.

How will my international transcripts be reviewed?

The Office of Admissions reviews all non U.S. academic credentials (transcripts, mark sheets, degrees/diplomas) to ensure that the applicant has been conferred/awarded the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, or will be awarded such a degree by the desired date of enrollment.

What if my language of instruction was not English?

Transcripts not issued in English must be accompanied by a certified, literal line-for-line English translation of the original document. Acceptable certified translations are issued by your institution or a professional translating service.

When must my official transcripts be received by the Office of Admissions?

While not required for admission review, official transcripts, translations (if applicable) and degree certificates/diplomas are required by the end of your first semester of enrollment. Official documents are mailed directly from the institution, including all official stamps and signatures, or presented in-person inside the institution's sealed and stamped envelope.

Credentials are mailed directly to the UF Office of Admissions at:

Office of Admissions
1478 Union Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-1942

Will original credentials be returned?

All documents submitted with your application become property of the University of Florida. The Office of Admissions is unable to honor requests to return transcripts or provide transcript copies to you or a third party. Please do not mail diplomas or academic credentials that are only issued once. An attested or certified copy (by the institution's registrar), or originals presented in-person are accepted in such circumstances.

What about my US credentials?

If you have attended any domestic institutions, please have official transcripts sent directly to our office either electronically through one of the following approved couriers: Parchment, National Student Clearing House, ScribbleSoft, eScrip Safe, Credential Solutions, or Transcripts Plus to or by mail to the address listed above.

How will I know if my application is complete?

An email notification is sent approximately 24-48 hours after submission of your UF application with instructions on how to create your MyAdmissions application status page. The checklist of requirements found on the application status page displays each requirement as either red (awaiting) or green (received). Due to the high volume of applications, items on the checklist may take a few days to reflect the current status. Transcripts uploaded or received by mail will display on the application status checklist as Transcript - Under Review. Once the transcripts are reviewed, these checklist items will be removed and the Awaiting Transcript checklist items will be updated accordingly.

When will I get the decision on my application?

For graduate admissions, decisions are made at the departmental level. Applicants will receive their decision directly from the academic unit to which they applied. If you have questions about your decision or the time frame for receiving it, please contact the department directly.

Are international students required to submit financial affidavits or solvency statements when applying for admission?

Financial documents, for the purpose of obtaining an F or J visa, are not required for admission review. If granted admission, the UF International Center will request and collect all required documentation related to the student visa process.

I do not need a student visa, but I have received a notification from the International Center to begin the student visa application process. What should I do?

Our International Center emails all newly admitted students on the basis of their citizenship and undetermined residency status, in case they do need to apply for a student visa. If you have received this email, but do need to apply for a student visa, you should log into the International Center's system and withdraw your New International Graduate Student Form request. If you have further questions, contact the International Center directly at (352) 392-5323.


Credit is awarded for college-level coursework completed at a U.S. institution of higher education accredited by one of the following institutional accreditors or its equivalent from a foreign institution:

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission

Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country. Courses must be similar in nature and content to courses in our undergraduate curriculum to be transferred. Courses that are remedial, technical, vocational or doctrinal in nature are not transferable to an undergraduate degree. It is the prerogative of the student's UF college to determine how transfer credits apply to a degree. Students should expect to receive 60 transfer credits with an AA degree from a Florida public community/state college.


UF does not award scholarships or financial aid to undergraduate students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students must prove that they have sufficient funds available to them to pay for their educational and living expenses. More information about financing can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website. An additional $6,000 is required if you are bringing a spouse and $2,500 for each child who may accompany you. Make copies of the certificate of financial responsibility for your records and for use at the U.S. Consulate. You cannot be issued the I-20 until you provide financial confirmation indicating full coverage of your estimated total cost of your educational and living expenses.

UF also requires all international students on non-immigrant visas have adequate medical insurance during all periods of enrollment.

More information about these requirements will be sent to students when they are admitted.

Majors and Degree Requirements

Information about undergraduate and graduate courses, degree requirements and academic regulations are included in the UF catalog website.

Transition to UF

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is here to assist students with making a smooth transition to American culture and student life at the university. UFIC works with international students once admission is granted. One of the primary services provided by the UF International Center is to process the documentation for new incoming international students to obtain a student visa to study in the U.S. Our International Student Services unit is responsible for processing the Form I-20 for students seeking the F-1 student visa, and our Exchange Visitor Services unit is responsible for processing the Form DS-2019 for students seeking the J-1 student visa. Visit the UFIC website for more information.