Important Dates

MANDATORY ORIENTATION  Spring 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
ALL STUDENTS: Friday, January 3, 2020

August 28, 2020 
More information to be announced

Monday, January 8, 2021
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm Time: To be confirmed Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Carleton Auditorium Location: To be confirmed Location: Zoom link will be emailed to students.
Law TBA TBA Not applicable
Undergraduate Business Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:30 am TBA Remote students will be contacted directly.
Location:  Heavener Hall, Room 160 TBA  
Graduate Business Friday, January 4th, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm TBA Remote students will be contacted directly.
Location: Hough Hall 338 TBA  
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences   TBA   TBA TBA
CLASSES – Academic Calendars linked
Law: January 13 – April 20 August 24 – December 17 Not applicable
Grad Business: Module 3: January 6 – February 21 Module 1: Aug 31 – Oct 16 Module 3: January 11- March 5
Module 4: March 9 – April 24 Module 2: Oct 26 – Dec 18 Module 4: March 8 – April 30
Break: March 2 - 6 Break: October 19 – October 24  
All Other Students: January 6 - April 22  August 31 - December 9 January 11 - April 21
Law: April 24 – May 7 December 4 – December 17 Not applicable
Grad Business: Module 3: February 24 – February 28 Module 1: October 12 – October 16 TBA
Module 4: April 27 – May 1 Module 2: December 14 – December 18 TBA
All Other Students: April 25 - May 1 December 12 - 18 April 24 – April 30
Campus Recognized Holidays and Closures Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 20 Labor Day: September 7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 18
Spring Break: February 29-March 7 Homecoming: October 2 - 3 Spring Break: Cancelled
  Veterans Day: November 11  
  Thanksgiving break: November 25 - 28  

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

You are responsible for reporting your address to the Exchange Coordinator and on 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

Important Documents

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.

Arrival Period

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.

Academic Training

Academic training is work, training, or experience related to a J1 student's field of study. Academic training is permitted at any stage of a student's program, while the student is enrolled in school or after completion of the program. For additional information, click here. To initiate the request for Academic Training authorization, please click the following button:




Grace Period

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

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.