Studying at the University of Florida as an exchange student is an exciting and wonderful opportunity. UF is proud of its partnerships with schools abroad. More than a hundred partnerships allow international students to study at UF in a wide variety of academic disciplines.
The first step is for your own school's international office to submit a formal notification to the Exchange Coordinator that they have approved you to participate in the exchange for a specific semester. Once your school has notified the Exchange Coordinator, you will receive instructions to complete and submit the online New Exchange Student Request.
A COMPLETE application must be submitted online by the application deadline. Instructions for completing each form are available within the online application. Please complete the forms carefully so they can be approved and processed quickly. A complete application includes the following items:
- Academic Report Request Form
- Certification of Financial Responsibility
- Course Request Form
- Exchange Student English Verification Form
- Non-Degree Registration
- Copy of most recent transcript
- Copy of Passport (valid for at least six months after program end-date)
- Student Housing Interest Questionnaire (if the student wishes on-campus housing. Costs for Weaver Hall can be found here. Rates vary per semester.)
There are no additional requirements to be accepted to study here on exchange.
Please DO NOT apply for admission to UF and DO NOT submit letters of recommendation.
Once your application has been accepted, you will receive an e-mail with your UF identification number (UFID). The Exchange Coordinator will create a DS-2019 form for you which will be sent out to your school for you. An appointment for the J-1 Visa application may be scheduled with the US Consulate or Embassy and you will use that DS-2019 form to apply for a J-1 visa to enter the US to study as a non-degree-seeking student. For more information about the Visa Process and U.S. port of Entry, click here.
Exchange Student Pre-Arrival Guide
Once approved for participation in your exchange program, you can review the Pre-Arrival Guide for information related to your visa status and arrival.
Cost of Attendance
As a Partner School Exchange Student, you do not pay for the cost of your courses ("tuition") since this is waived under the exchange agreement between UF and your home university. This agreement ONLY covers tuition and DOES NOT cover fees for on-campus housing, library fines, labs, computer services, parking tickets, sports courses, leisure courses, etc. You are responsible for paying non-tuition fees in a timely manner. Your final transcript will not issued until you pay all debt to UF.
After the registration period ("Drop/add" deadline) is over, the International Center submits a fee waiver to the University Bursar's office to waive your tuition. Any changes in your registration after the drop/add deadline may result in an alteration of tuition. You must notify the Exchange Coordinator of any modification to your course schedule after Drop/add.
|Student ID card ("Gator One" Card)||$15|
|U.S. Visa||Consult your local U.S Embassy|
|Housing (On Campus)||Weaver Hall:
Double Room $2558/semester
Single Room $2709/semester
|Room/Utilities (Off Campus)||$4,000-$6,000 per semester. Wide range of rental prices: $400-$800 per month. Utilities, phone, and/or cable TV are EXTRA. NOTE: Upon signing lease, security deposits are often required as well as the first and last month's rent payment.|
|Local Transportation||Regional bus system - FREE with student ID card|
|Food Services||$1600-2000 per semester On-Campus: Meal plans available Off-Campus:$1,000 per semester - Varies. E.g. "fast food" lunch= $4-6, restaurants close to campus = $6-15|
|Personal||$500 per semester|
|Health Insurance||$883 in the Fall 2018 and $772 in the Spring 2019 (UF insurance)|
|Books/Supplies||$300 per semester|
|Entertainment||$35 + per week (12 weeks) = $420|
|Phone Plan||Rates vary by provider and typically range from $40 - $150. Students may also choose to make adjustments to current phone plans.|
|Between Term Expenses||$500|
|TOTAL:||$4,500 - $6,000 per semester, depending on personal preferences.|
NOTE: This does not include traveling outside of Gainesville.
* Amounts are approximate. See http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/cost/ for more detailed cost information.
|Fall 2018||Spring 2019||Fall 2019||Spring 2020|
|NOMINATION DEADLINE||April 1, 2018||September 1st, 2018||April 1, 2019||September 1st, 2019|
|APPLICATION DEADLINE:||May 1, 2018||October 1st, 2018||May 1, 2019||October 1st, 2019|
|LATEST INTERNATIONAL CENTER CHECK-IN DATE:||August 22, 2018||Friday, January 4th, 2019||August 20, 2019||January 6th, 2020|
|ALL STUDENTS:||August 20, 2018||Friday, January 4th, 2019||August 19, 2019 (Tentative)||TBA|
|Time: 5:30pm||Time: 10:30 am – 12 noon||Time: TBA||TBA|
|Location: Pugh Hall Auditorium
(Room 170 Pugh Hall)
|Location: Carleton Auditorium||Location: TBA||TBA|
|ADDITIONAL MANDATORY ORIENTATIONS|
|Law||August 10th, 2018||Friday, January 4th, 2019 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm||TBA||TBA|
|Location: TBA||Location: Martin Levin Advocacy Center Foyer||TBA||TBA|
|Undergraduate Business||TBA||Saturday, January 5th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm||TBA||TBA|
|Location: Heavener Hall, room 240||TBA||TBA|
|Graduate Business||August 13th, 2018||Friday, January 4th, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm||TBA||TBA|
|Location: Hough Hall 338||TBA||TBA|
|Law:||August 13- November 26, 2018
Reading Period: November 27 - 29
|January 7 – April 22, 2019
Reading period from April 23-25
|Grad Business:||Module 1: August 20 - October 5||Module 3: January 7 - February 22||TBA||TBA|
|Module 2: October 22 - December 7||Module 4: March 11 - April 26||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Break: October 15 - 19||Spring Break: March 4 - March 8||TBA||TBA|
|All Other Students:||
August 22 - December 5, 2018
|January 7 - April 22
Reading period from April 23 - 25
|August 20 - December 4, 2019
Reading Days: December 5-6
|January 6- April 22
Reading period from April 23 - 24
|Law:||November 30 - December 13||April 26 - May 9||TBA||TBA|
|Grad Business:||Module 1: October 8 - 12||Module 3: February 25 - March 1||TBA||TBA|
|Module 2: December 10 - 14||Module 4: April 29 - May 3||TBA||TBA|
|All Other Students:||December 8 - 14||April 26 - May 9||December 7-13||April 25-May 1|
|Labor Day: September 3
Homecoming: October 12-13 (tentative)
Veterans' Day: November 12
Thanksgiving: November 21-24
|Martin Luther King Day: January 21
Spring Break: March 2 - 9
Labor Day: September 2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 20
J-1 Status Requirements
It is your responsibility to maintain your immigration status. You must be a full-time student. Full-time is 12 UF credit hours per semester for undergraduates and 9 UF credits for graduate and professional students. Please notify the Exchange Coordinator if you add or drop any courses. You must remain a full-time student during your entire study period. Available courses for each semester can be seen by going to http://one.uf.edu/soc/.
You are responsible for reporting your address to the Exchange Coordinator and on My.UFL.edu within 10 days after you arrive. If you change your residence at any point during your stay, you must also update your address on My.UFL and also notify the Exchange Coordinator.
Health Insurance & Immunization
- Mandatory Immunization and Health History Form (this item must be submitted to the UF Health Compliance Office prior to course registration)
- All UF students are required to have health insurance.
- Students have the option of enrolling in UF’s health insurance or submitting a waiver showing alternative health insurance meeting the requirement outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
- All information can be found here. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend you keep a copy of your passport, I-94 record, and DS-2019 in case the original gets lost or stolen.
- Passport: You must have a valid, unexpired passport.
- I-94 record. When you are admitted to the US by the immigration official, a record of your arrival will be created in the on-line government system. You should check that record to be sure it is accurate (status as J-1, and duration of stay as D/S). We strongly recommend that you print a copy of that I-94 record for verification purposes. If you enter the US by land, you will receive a paper I-94 card, a small white paper form. If you do receive that form, please be sure to retain it so you can hand it back when you leave the US.
- DS-2019: This form verifies the duration of your J-1 status and that the purpose of your J-1 program is academic studies.
USCIS allows you to enter the U. S. up to 30 days before the start date on your DS-2019. You will need to register your local address where you will be living while attending UF.
Exchange students are permitted to work only on campus and only with prior approval from the Exchange Coordinator. Exchange students may experience difficulty finding employment meeting the federal requirements. Please notify your Exchange Coordinator BEFORE accepting any type of employment or internship.
As a J-1 student, you have a 30 day grace period after the last day of classes. During the grace period, you are not allowed to work or receive compensation. You may remain in the United States but you may NOT exit and re-enter the United States using your J-1 visa. If you need to re-enter the United States, you must have a tourist visa or a visa waiver.
You must consult with the Exchange Coordinator at UFIC if you plan to travel abroad at any point during your study period. Bring your passport and DS-2019 to our office to obtain the travel authorization on your DS-2019. Failure to do so could result in denial to re-enter the United States.
Before coming to UFIC, verify that your J-1 visa will be valid for re-entry and also check the government website of the country you wish to visit to find out if you will need a visa to enter that country. When you travel, be sure to take your passport, DS-2019 form and I-94 card with you.
Student Life and Resources
- UF Virtual Tour – http://virtualtour.ufl.edu/
- Student Activities and Involvement – Check out student organizations and daily campus events at this website: https://www.studentinvolvement.ufl.edu/student-organizations
- UF NaviGators International – Connects International Students with American students through a unique mentorship program. http://www.ufnavigatorsinternational.com/
- Counselling & Wellness Center (CWC) - http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/
- Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) – Students can ride any Gainesville RTS bus free with their Gator 1 ID card. http://go-rts.com/
- Gainesville Campus and Community Resources – https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/international-students-scholars/additional-information/more-resources/campus-community-resources
Arriving to Gainesville
- Students may use connecting flights from Miami, Orlando, Tampa, or Jacksonville to arrive to Gainesville. Students may also use airlines from Atlanta and Charlotte.
- Students may also take a bus from any of these cities to get to Gainesville but they can be less reliable and need to be booked a few weeks before arriving.
- There is no train service directly to Gainesville.
- Please click here for more information on arriving to Gainesville.