University of Florida
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. Florida has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities.
With an enrollment of nearly 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 interdisciplinary research centers and education centers, bureaus and institutes. Almost 100 undergraduate degree programs are offered. The Graduate School coordinates more than 200 graduate programs throughout the university's colleges and schools. Professional post baccalaureate degrees are offered in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
English Proficiency Requirements
The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English. This helps ensure that students who speak English as a second language are able to participate fully in university life, both in and out of class. If English is not one of the official language of instruction at your institute, you are required to submit the results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimum scores:
- TOEFL iBT – 80
- IELTS – 6
- MELAB – 77
Fall or Academic Year only
The University of Florida is unable to accept Global E3 students for spring arrival.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late August to mid-December
- Spring: early January to early May
- Aerospace Engineering
- Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering (available only to graduate students)
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Coastal Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering Sciences
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Students must register for at least 75% of courses in the College of Engineering.
Workload per Semester
Students must be a full-time student to maintain their immigration status. Full-time is defined as 12 UF credit hours per semester for undergraduates and 9 UF
credits for graduate and professional students. A full-time undergraduate typically takes 4 classes per semester.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UF are required to submit these forms.
When will students receive their acceptance packet?
The International Center and the UF Department of Housing and Residence Education offer exchange students and American students the opportunity to live together in on-campus housing facilities. The International House at Weaver Hall is a multicultural learning community in a residential setting. Weaver houses up to 75 international students from UF exchange programs around the world. International exchange students are paired with UF degree seeking roommates to share cultural experiences and practice language skills. The deadline to apply for on-campus housing is May 1 for Fall semester and October 1 for Spring semester.
If students do not choose to live on campus at Weaver International House, they are responsible for securing their own housing arrangements off campus. There are many off-campus apartment complexes located in Gainesville.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Attendance
Food/meals – Approximately $1600-2000/per semester.
- On Campus – Weaver Hall (limited space): approximately $2,484 for a double, $2,630 for a single. Includes utilities, local phone, cable, and computer access
- Off Campus – Wide range of rental prices: Average rent of $500/month, not including utilities, phone, cable TV, etc.
Local transportation – Regional bus system, FREE with student ID card
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students in Engineering
UF International Center
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Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, the nation’s 8th largest university campus by enrollment, as well as to Santa Fe College. The population of Gainesville city is about 125,000 and it is the largest city in the region of North Central Florida. Gainesville is frequently at the top of the list of best places to live, and best college towns with its diverse and vibrant atmosphere. Gainesville’s location makes it an ideal place to enjoy city life as well as the great outdoors. It is less than 2 hours from beautiful beaches and historical downtown in St. Augustine, an hour to great sport fishing in Cedar Key, 2 hours to Orlando and all the theme parks, 2 hours to Tampa and 5 hours to Atlanta or Miami. Gainesville is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History which houses one of the world’s largest butterfly collection, as well as the Harn Museum of Arts. Gainesville has a semi-tropical climate, with hot summers and cool winters. During a normal winter the days are sunny and warm – 60° to 70° Fahrenheit (F) or 16° to 21° Centigrade (C), and the nights are cool – 30° to 50° F or -1° to 10° C.) There are occasional freezing temperatures but it does not snow. A winter jacket is necessary. The summer days are hot (80° to 95° F or 27° to 35° C) with high humidity; brief rain showers are frequent.