Extended Deadlines for International Candidates
Early application is encouraged and recommended to secure top scholarship awards. Applications for all full time programs will be considered and evaluated on a rolling basis until the class has filled. Please contact an admissions offer directly at 1.877.435.2622 or via email for more information about extended deadlines after round three deadlines have passed.
Copies of the official transcripts, degrees/diplomas, and certified translations may be accepted for the application process only. These copies will be considered unofficial until original copies are presented. Upon an offer of admission, the official documents must be presented at, or before, the orientation session for the program to which you have been admitted.
All applicants must submit official copies (in the native language) of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college from which a degree was earned. In addition, certified English translations of all documents must be presented. A notarized translation is not considered official nor is a translation by the applicant. A certified private translator or official translation agency (such as, Josef Silny and Associates) may be used by the applicant if your institution does not provide certified translations of your transcripts and degree statements.
International candidates must have a college-level education that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Transcripts are reviewed by the University of Florida Office of Graduate Admissions once an application for admission has been submitted. If there is doubt regarding degree equivalency, transcripts may also be evaluated by an outside agency such as World Education Services. Credential evaluation reports prepared by private agencies cannot be submitted in place of transcripts, but may be submitted as supporting documentation.
International applicants for the Full Time MBA program must submit a GMAT exam. We are unable to accept the GRE.
English Language Proficiency Exams
If English is not your native language and you do not have a bachelor's degree or higher from a country where English is the official language, a TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB score must be submitted. Applicants should also score at least 30 on the verbal section of the GMAT and may be asked to interview to demonstrate English proficiency. Because the language exam is only one factor in the admissions decision, a high score does not guarantee admission.
Applicants must submit official results from one of the following English language proficiency exams, or have documented successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.
TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
TOEFL Essentials is not accepted.
- Internet-based: 80
- Computer-based: 213
- Paper-based: 550
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Minimum score: 6
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
Minimum score: 77
- Applicant is a citizen of a country where English is an official language
- Applicant has spent at least one academic year as a full-time student at a college or university in a country where English is an official language
- Applicant has earned a prior bachelor's degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree at an accredited university in the United States.
- Applicant is a citizen of an exempt country listed on UF Admissions Qualifying Countries.
Please submit copies of your current immigration documentation along with your application materials. Example: Resident Alien Card
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR)
Once an applicant is admitted, they will be contacted by a representative from the UF International Center with further instructions on how to submit the CFR, and initiate the I-20 process.
International candidates who require a student visa should submit their applications early to ensure that there is sufficient time to file the necessary paperwork prior to the start of classes. Upon acceptance to the University and after verification of financial solvency, candidates will receive Form I-20 or IAP-66 for a student visa. Processing of the I-20 paperwork can often take 6-8 weeks and is not started until a candidate has been admitted by the University. Students should not leave their home country before obtaining a student visa or come to the U.S. with a B-2 tourist visa.
Non-U.S. citizens, who are not sponsored by a company, are required to obtain a visa to study in the United States. Most will require the F1 visa, although there may be a small number who require a different visa depending on their situation (spouses of current students, for example). Individuals already working in the U.S. on a H1B, who will continue to work, will not be required to obtain a student visa.
Questions or Concerns?
Email Ruth or call 352-273-4956