The University of Florida and Department of Environmental and Global Health offers many resources to international applicants and students who wish to enroll. Moving to a new country and adjusting to university life can be challenge, and the Department aims to create a welcoming environment and help students make a smooth transition as they pursue higher education.
New International Students
Incoming international students will work with an advisor from the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) to submit and process necessary paperwork to study in the United States. The UFIC can help you with ensuring immigration compliance, visa status, employment eligibility, and acculturation issues. Most of our international students come to campus to study using an F-1 visa. You can find more information about required paper work and transitioning to the university here.
On a campus this large, there are several ways for students to get involved. The University offers over 1,000 student-run organizations, recreational sports and other campus resources. We encourage students in the EGH department to participate in socials and volunteer opportunities organized by the student council and to attend our weekly seminars to meet and interact with other students.
Students should make housing arrangements before their arrival in Gainesville. The University Housing Office is available to students who need assistance in securing housing. UF Housing partners with The Continuum for graduate and professional students. These apartments are all-inclusive and are walking distance to UF. There are also other off-campus housing arrangements that may be a great option for you.
English Learning Institute
The University of Florida English Learning Institute (ELI) provides intensive English programs that prepare students for using English in the real word. It is housed within the Department of Linguistics within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The ELI offers two types of programs; the Intensive English Program and Special Programs that can help with specific terminology, exam strategies, accent reduction, etc. These programs may be helpful to students who have a basic understanding of English, but wish to develop a deeper understanding of the language conversationally and in an advanced academic setting.
Upon acceptance to EGH, your faculty advisor may determine that completing a program with the ELI may be helpful. To learn more about the ELI, visit their website here.