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.
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.
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.
- 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. Credentials of applicants who do not enroll will be destroyed.
- 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.
International Graduate Students
Refer to our general graduate admissions page for details on applying as an international graduate.
UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) , the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be reported directly to the University of Florida.
Minimum acceptable scores:
- TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet-based)
- IETLS: 6.0
- MELAB: 77
- Verbal GRE: 140 (for graduate admissions)
Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes. UF's TOEFL code is 5812. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date of test.
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
International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment, or if you are from one of the countries listed on the exemptions page.
Applicants from non-U.S.-based systems must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Unofficial copies are accepted during the application process. If admitted, official copies are required prior to enrollment. If your educational system does not follow a U.S. grading scale (A, B, C, D, F or 0 - 100), it is highly recommended that you submit a course-by-course evaluation report with grade point calculation. UF accepts an evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, including the companies below:
- Academic Evaluation Services
- Educational Credential Evaluators
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants
- If using the Josef Silny & Associates Credential Evaluation Application, refer to the UF application on their site.
Credit is awarded for college-level coursework completed at institutions accredited by a national accrediting organization recognized by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. 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 Affairs 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.