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Application Information

All applications to the University of Florida should be submitted online; printed applications are no longer available. Accompanying materials should also be completed in English. It is important to provide complete and accurate information. Incomplete information will delay the processing of your application. Required documentation such as transcripts, diploma/degree certificates and examination results must be accompanied by certified, literal (exact) English translations if documents are not issued originally in English.

All International Applicants

Application Levels

  • Undergraduate
    An undergraduate applicant must apply for admission as a beginning freshman or transfer student.

    Beginning Freshman: You are eligible to apply as a beginning freshman if you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. secondary school and have not earned a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

    International applicants should refer to the freshman admission section for information that applies to all freshman applicants, such as housing information and the required tuition deposit and freshman orientation if you are admitted.

    Transfer Applicant: 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.

    International applicants should refer to the transfer admission section for information that applies to all transfer applicants, such as the type of transfer admission, placement tests, distance education programs and the orientation for admitted students.

  • Graduate
    An applicant who has earned a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university or college can apply for admission to the Graduate School. Please refer to the graduate admissions information that provides details on degree programs and contacts, assistantship/fellowship information and financial assistance.

  • Postbaccalaureate
    An applicant who has earned a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree but who is not seeking admission to graduate study can apply for postbaccalaureate admission. Program offerings are very limited, so please review the information carefully.

Test Score Requirements

  • Undergraduate Applicants: SAT or ACT with writing test score is required for beginning freshman applicants only. Official scores must be sent to UF directly from the testing agency. The institutional codes for UF are 5812 (SAT) and 0758 (ACT).
  • TOEFL score is not required for freshman applicants.

  • Graduate Applicants: 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 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.

    The university 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).

    Proficiency in the English language is required of graduate applicants and junior-level transfer applicants from countries, including Puerto Rico, where English is not the official language. Graduate applicants must also submit verbal GRE scores of at least 320 (on tests taken before August 1, 2011) or 140 (on tests taken from August 1, 2011 onward).

    Applicants must submit official results from one of the following with the required score or documented successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.

    • TOEFL: (Institution Code is 5812)
      Paper-Based: 550
      Computer-Based: 213
      Internet-Based: 80

    • IELTS: 6

    • MELAB: 77

    • Exemptions: International students 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 at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries:

      Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Islas Malvinas, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Virgin Islands, Western Samoa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    • Graduate Students: Florida law requires all non-U.S. student who are going to be graduate teaching assistants-- even if exempted from the IELTS, MELAB and TOEFL requirement -- to prove adequate command of the English language. Before getting a graduate teaching assistantship, you must submit TSE scores (Test of Spoken English) or meet the required minimums. Students who do not have TSE scores take the SPEAK Test on the UF campus. For more information on TSE and SPEAK, click on this link: TSE and SPEAK testing.

      UF Academic Spoken English Program

      The UF Academic Spoken English Program provides courses designed to improve your English-language speaking and comprehension skills. You may choose to take one of its courses if you do not feel confident about your skills in these areas. You also may be required to take one of its courses if the UF Graduate School or the department you are majoring in does not feel your skills are strong enough for competitive performance in the classroom or research arena. This program also monitors non-US students' SPEAK or TSE scores, which are required and must meet a certain minimum if they are going to be awarded a graduate teaching assistantship. Please refer to UF Academic Spoken English Program. for more information.

    Academic Credentials

    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. Credential evaluation reports prepared by private agencies cannot be submitted in place of transcripts; the university requires official academic credentials.

    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.

    Undergraduate applicants (beginning freshmen and transfers) 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.

    Effective with the Summer B 2014 application, undergraduate applicants (beginning freshmen and transfer) are also 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. UF recommends a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The credential evaluation report must be submitted directly to the UF Office of Admissions.

    Graduate applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions an official copy in the native language of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English. Graduate applicants should also check their academic unit's website for additional application material requirements.

    Application Fee

    Each application requires a nonrefundable $30 application fee in U.S. currency. Online applicants may use credit cards. Please be aware 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. If payment is sent by mail with attached fee cover, the $30 check must be drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the University of Florida. Foreign money orders will not be accepted. If it is difficult to submit the application fee because of currency restrictions in your country, you may ask a friend or relative in the United States to submit the fee on your behalf. Make sure your full name and date of birth are included with the fee payment. The application will not be proceessed without the application fee, and there are no fee waivers or postponements of payment.