University of Florida
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Office for International Exchange Students
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
Fall or Academic Year only
The University of Florida is unable to accept Global E3 students for spring arrival.
English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores
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 scores: (Institution code is 5812)
- Paper-Based - 550
- Computer-Based - 213
- Internet-Based - 80
- IELTS: 6
- MELAB: 77
- 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
Students must register for at least 75% of courses in the College of Engineering.
Additional application materials
Students who are accepted into the program are required to submit these forms.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall: August to December
- Spring: January to May
Course Descriptions | Course Timetables (Schedule of Classes)
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.
The word credit refers to one semester hour, generally representing one hour per week of lecture or two or more hours per week of laboratory work.
The Academic Report Request form is required to give permission to the Registrar to prepare and send to your school one free official copy of your academic record (courses, credits, and final grades; this is sometimes called a “transcript”). If you also wish a copy for yourself, you must complete an online transcript request and pay the regular student charge for a transcript.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
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. For more information, please visit:
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
If students are accepted into Weaver International House, check-in information will be sent to you with move-in dates. It is recommended that students arrive several days before the first day of classes in order to check in to housing, take care of technology needs, and become familiar with the city of Gainesville and the UF campus.
Once your Exchange Student Application is accepted, students will be issued a DS-2019. Students will need this document to apply for a J-1 visa to enter the U.S. to participate in the exchange program.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Health insurance is required for all international students studying at the University of Florida.
When should I arrive?
It is recommended that students arrive several days before the first day of classes in order to check in to housing, take care of technology needs, and become familiar with the city of Gainesville and the UF campus.
If possible, try to arrive on a weekday (Monday through Friday) because the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) and other University of Florida offices are closed on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
Is airport reception available?
The Gainesville Regional Airport does not have direct international flights. You must get a connecting flight from a major city (Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, or Jacksonville) to the Gainesville Airport. It is 6 miles from the Gainesville airport to campus.
From the airport, you can take bus #25A by Gainesville Regional Transit Systems (RTS) to campus or downtown Gainesville. The bus ride costs approximately $1.50. Check RTS website for schedules: http://go-rts.com/schedule.php
Taxis are also available at the airport. Allow at least $25 for cab fare and tips. For Gainesville Regional Airport information, call (352) 373-0249
Is there any bank on campus?
Wells Fargo is a full service financial center with three 24 hour ATM's located on the ground floor of the student union.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Cost of Attendance
- 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
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery): See cost of attendance link above.
Personal expenses: See cost of attendance link above.
Other administrative fees: See cost of attendance link above.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students in Engineering:
UF International Center
For questions about College of Engineering courses:
For questions about attending University of Florida as an exchange student and language requirements:
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