The University of Florida is proud to be a leader in fostering international understanding, and in developing the networks of students and scholars who collectively work to build a brighter future for the world. And the UF International Center’s (UFIC) mission is to serve and support the entire UF community in this effort since 1991.
UFIC staff administer the programs that made possible over 6,600 international students on campus or pursuing practical training this past year, that sent almost 2,200 UF students to study abroad, that manage hundreds of collaborative agreements with partner institutions across the world, and that support thousands of international trips for research, teaching and collaboration.
The UF International Center also works with units and colleagues across the university to help encourage and support our faculty’s international research engagements. As unique institutions dedicated to the development of human ingenuity and talent, universities are central to this effort, and the University of Florida is committed to becoming a global leader among them.
Service to International Students, Exchange Students and Exchange Visitors
International students, and exchange students and visitors play an important role in the advancement of UF’s research and teaching missions. Their presence is key to enhancing UF’s tradition of global learning. We are pleased to provide the services that make it possible for them to be here, and to do our best to create a welcoming environment during their stay on campus.
Providing study abroad opportunities for over 40 years, UFIC makes possible high-impact global learning experiences, increasing our students’ competitiveness on the global market and developing their skills as global citizens. Every year, UFIC helps over 2000 students study abroad at more than 70 different destinations worldwide.
Internationalizing the Undergraduate Experience
UFIC is pleased to host UF’s Learning without Borders initiative and its signature International Scholars Program, as well as the International Studies Program (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), an interdisciplinary major that draws on coursework offered by nearly 40 UF academic units.
Supporting our Faculty’s Global Research Engagement
As a major research university, UF faculty work around the global. UFIC offers programs to help faculty develop and enhance their international research activities, and provides faculty with support and advice on the challenges and opportunities of working outside the United States.
The International Center is also pleased to host and support Peace Corps and Fulbright Programs on the UF campus.