University of Florida
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
- Enrolling approximately 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes.
- UF is ranked No. 6 among public universities in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report
- UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) offers classes in 13 engineering fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. HWCOE is also home to the Engineering Innovation Institute and Engineering Leadership Institute offering classes in engineering entrepreneurship, leadership, project management, and ethics. Graduate students can also earn an Engineering Entrepreneurship and Engineering Leadership Certificates from UF.
- Our International Engineering Ambassadors will help you connect to campus life and show you around Gainesville.
- Football season is in the Fall and is a major event, for sports fan and non-sports fan alike. The Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, known affectionately as “The Swamp” is the largest stadium in Florida and seats almost 90,000 fans.
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: Not Accepted
Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 can participate fully in university life, both in and out of class. If English is not one of the official languages 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:
- IELTS – 6.0 overall
- TOEFL iBT – 80
- TOEFL PBT – 550
- MELAB – 77
- Verbal GRE – 140
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: mid-August to mid-December
- Spring: early January to early May
- Aerospace Engineering
- Agricultural and Biological Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Coastal Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering Sciences
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Business classes are not available to exchange students at University of Florida.
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.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
Students will receive their acceptance packet in April.
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 $2,804 for a double, $2,634 for a single. Includes utilities, local phone, cable, and computer access
- Off Campus – Wide range of rental prices: Average rent of $600/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
For questions about Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering courses:
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 light winter jacket may be necessary. The summer days are hot (80° to 95° F or 27° to 35° C) with high humidity; brief rain showers are frequent.