International Students

If you are an international student interest in applying to one of our programs, we’re here to help. First, read the general application instructions here. Since it can often take more time for documents from institutions in other countries to be received, we recommend that all of our prospective international students begin their application process early.

Special Considerations for International Students:


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.


International transfer applicants must submit official transcripts, mark sheets, and examination certificates in the native language for all secondary and/or post-secondary coursework, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.


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.


We will be happy to work with you to provide any resources you need to help you achieve a smooth transition if you are accepted to one of our programs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Members of our Student Council will be glad to assist you in finding a place to stay here in Gainesville, and facilitate meetings with your fellow students.

Please also take a look at what our International Center has to offer. They will be able to guide you through the process of obtaining your Visa and their website also offers many resources for estimating costs, housing, and more. If you require additional English Language training, please visit the English Language Institute here.