International Applicants

International Applicants

Students come from all over the world to attend the University of Florida. Each year, we admit students from more than 130 countries. International students may apply for admissions as a freshman (first-year), transfer or graduate student.

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.

Freshmen

You are eligible to apply as a beginning freshman if you will have completed the equivalent of U.S. secondary school by your intended term of enrollment and have not already completed a bachelor's degree. UF is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success and our freshman application is housed here.

If you have graduated from secondary school and also completed 12 or more credits of coursework at a university or college then you do not qualify for freshman admission. You may qualify for transfer admissions.

We encourage international students to apply early to allow time for the receipt and processing of their application materials.

Deadlines

  • Application Deadlines: November 1
  • Application Materials Deadline: December 15
  • Admissions Decisions Released: Second Friday in February
  • Confirmation of Enrollment and Tuition Deposit Due: May 1

Applicaton Fee

All freshman applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $30 plus a $5 processing fee in U.S. funds.

Transcript

International 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.

Credential Evaluation

Freshman applicants are required to submit secondary and college or university credentials from non-U.S. institutions to a credential evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. Companies offering these evaluation services include:

If using the Josef Silny & Associates, please refer to the UF application on their site.

UF also recommends any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

If you will be completing or have completed secondary school in an institution that follows a U.S. grading system, you will need to submit the SSAR instead of submitting a credential evaluation report.

Test Scores

International freshman applicants are required to submit an official SAT or ACT test score to the UF Office of Admissions to be considered for freshman admission. Test scores must arrive directly from the testing agency no later than December 15. The writing portions of these examinations are not required. The institutional codes for UF are 5812 (SAT) and 0758 (ACT).

UF does not require international freshman applicants to submit English proficiency exam results. However, international applicants whose first language is not English are strongly encouraged to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate English proficiency. The university's TOEFL code is 5812.

Holistic Review

UF's application is designed to facilitate individual holistic consideration. The university recognizes that there is great variation among applicants' personal circumstances, home communities, national systems of educations, secondary schools' course offerings and grading practices. Admission officers, therefore, have a responsibility to consider all factors when evaluating applications and to admit those applicants who are not only academically qualified but also use the application and its essay to demonstrate a potential to contribute to the campus and culture at the University of Florida.

Current essay topics for freshmen are on the Freshman Application page.

Admissions Decisions

We will review an applicant for admission once all application materials have been received. Decisions for freshmen who applied by November 1 will be available in mid February. You can view your decision by clicking the Check Status button. An official written notification of acceptance is only mailed to students who have been admitted. Non-admitted students are notified through our online notification process.

Applicants may be admitted to the Pathways to Campus Enrollment program (PaCE). PaCE provides UF the opportunity to enroll more freshman students despite limited physical space on campus. PaCE combines online and residential learning, and once enrolled, you are a Gator. You will start your degree online and then transition to campus in order to complete it.

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Admitted students who wish to confirm their enrollment will need to do so and pay their $200 tuition deposit through our website by May 1.

Transfer

You are eligible to apply as a transfer applicant if you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. secondary school and then enrolled in a college or university without yet earning a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

In order to be considered as a traditional transfer student, you must complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester hours or two years or more of coursework from an accredited college or university and be in good academic standing. Applicants must have completed two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school, 8-10 sequential semester hours at the postsecondary level, or document an equivalent level of proficiency.

We encourage international students to apply early to allow time for the receipt and processing of their application materials.

Deadlines

Deadlines for transfer admission are determined by the individual colleges and programs.

Transfer Application Fee

All transfer applicants must submit the $30 nonrefundable application fee. (Please note that if paying by credit card, a $1.75 service fee will be added automatically to the $30 fee, so the total application fee is $31.75.)

Transcript

International transfer 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.

Credential Evaluation

Transfer applicants are required to submit all college or university credentials from non-U.S. institutions to a credential evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. Companies offering these evaluation services include:

If using the Josef Silny & Associates Credential Evaluation Application, please refer to the UF application on their site.

UF also recommends any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

English Proficiency

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). The university's TOEFL code is 5812.

Minimum Scores

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet based)
  • IELTS: 6
  • MELAB: 77
  • Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.

You are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if you are from one of the following countries.

Test Scores

International transfer applicant are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores unless applying to the College of Education or the Construction Management program within the College of Design, Construction and Planning.

Admissions Decisions

An application is not considered complete and no decision can be made until all materials have been received. UF may not notify you of missing materials, so it is important for you to check your application status online.

After the Office of Admissions verifies that your application file is complete and you meet the minimum admissions requirements, the file is forwarded to the college and academic department for admission consideration and decision.

Many degree programs have limited access, so admittance depends on space availability and the size and strength of the transfer applicant pool. Once a decision is made, the college will notify you in writing of an admission decision as well as any other requirements.

Transfer admission notifications can occur at any time. If you have any questions, please contact the college directly.

Graduate

An applicant who has earned a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, graduate degree and/or professional degree from a recognized university or college can apply for admission to the Graduate School.

We encourage international students to apply early to allow time for the receipt and processing of their application materials.

Deadlines

Deadlines for graduate admission are determined by the individual graduate departments. Please check with your intended department for the respective deadline.

Graduate Application Fee

All graduate applicants must submit the $30 nonrefundable application fee. (Please note that if paying by credit card, a $1.75 service fee will be added automatically to the $30 fee, so the total application fee is $31.75.)

Academic Credentials

International graduate applicants must submit an official transcript, mark sheets and diploma/degree certificate in the native language from every university or college attended. Applicants must also submit certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English. Graduate applicants should check their intended academic department for additional application material requirements.

Once submitted, all academic credentials become property of the university. They will not be returned or forwarded to a third party.

Test Scores

GRE , GMAT or FE scores are required. All applicants for the Master of Business Administration degree must submit satisfactory scores on the GMAT. Applicants to the Warrington College of Business Administration can substitute satisfactory GMAT scores instead of GRE scores. Some engineering programs will accept FE as a substitute for the GRE. Contact the degree program for specific requirements.

Official scores must be sent directly to UF from the testing agency. The institutional code for UF is 5812.

An exemption for GMAT or GRE may be granted if you have earned a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Some MFA or MM performance students with the College of Fine Arts do not need GRE scores. Contact the department for specific requirements.

English Proficiency

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). The university's TOEFL code is 5812.

Minimum Scores

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet based)
  • IELTS: 6
  • MELAB: 77
  • Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.

You are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if you are from one of the following countries

Admissions Decisions

Please communicate directly with your department concerning the status of your application and the timing for the receipt of a decision. At the graduate level, decisions are made at the departmental level. Therefore, applicants will receive their decision directly from the department to which they applied.

Postbaccalaureate

Postbaccalaureate study is for students who already have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. The university has limited space available for postbaccalaureate studies.

Special Circumstances

The University of Florida welcomes applications from all prospective students. We also offer applicants the option of receiving disability consideration in the admissions review.

  • Applicants who would like to be reviewed for disability consideration must check the "special admission consideration because of a disability" box on the admissions application. Disability consideration is optional.
  • Submit the Disability Consideration Request Form
  • Compile any supporting documentation. Disability-related documentation guidelines can be located on the University of Florida's Disability Resource Center's website. Please note that an IEP or 504 Plan, without other disability-related documentation included, is not sufficient documentation.
  • Compile all documentation materials together and fax to the Office of Admissions at 352-846-2842. Documentation received via e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Deadline for receipt of materials is December 1.

Costs and Visa Informaiton

The university requires proof of financial support for the first year of study. Refer to projected international student tuition. 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. You will receive instructions on submitting these documents after admission to UF.

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) can provide more information on costs and obtaining a visa. You will receive instructions on the I-20 process after admission to UF.