International Students

UF Online welcomes students from all over the world. The flexibility of our online program allows students to successfully earn their degree fully online, as the majority of our programs do not require a campus visit.

Students who have completed high school or college coursework from non-US institutions will be evaluated in the UF Online admissions process as international applicants. If you are a US student who has taken international coursework, we also will require you to complete the following steps.

Minimum Admissions Requirement*

Freshman international applicants must meet all UF Online freshman admissions requirements.

Lower division transfer international applicants must meet all UF Online lower division transfer admissions requirements.

Upper division transfer international applicants must meet all UF Online upper division transfer admissions requirements.

Second bachelor’s degree seeking international applicants must meet all UF Online second bachelor’s degree seeking admissions requirements.

Information Sessions

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Proficiency in the English language is required of freshman and transfer applicants from countries, including Puerto Rico, where English is not the official language.

Minimum scores requirements are as follows:
  • TOEFL: (Institution Code is 5812)
    • Paper-Based: 550
    • Internet-Based: 80
  • Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.
  • IELTS: 6

Exemptions: Exemptions may be granted if applicants have successfully completed one full academic year (a minimum of 24 semester hours) in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in the United States or a country (listed below) where English is the official language.

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe.

Academic Credentials

UF Online requires academic credentials from every secondary and college or university attended. International transcripts have additional requirements that must be followed for each international institution. This process can be very time intensive, so it is recommended starting this process as soon as possible (even before submitting your application). Credential evaluations must be completed by a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Translations must be completed by a current NACES or American Translators Association member.

  • Official native-language transcripts.
  • Official literal (exact) translation of transcripts to English (if applicable).
  • A course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation.
Companies offering these evaluation services include:

All international documentation is reviewed by the International Admissions Office as well as the UF Online Admissions Office. This process takes longer than normal and the review process will not begin until all required documentation has been submitted.

  • Please note that we cannot accept emailed or faxed copies of documentation from an applicant or institution. Mailed documentation must be sealed by the issuing institution or evaluation agency to be accepted as official by the Office of Admissions. We also accept electronic transcripts via the following services as official: FASTER, Parchment, National Student Clearing House, ScribbleSoft, e-Scrip Safe, Credential Solutions, SCOIR or Transcripts Plus.
  • If you are an international student currently living abroad and wish to participate in a UF Online program, UF is unable to provide documents for F-1 or J-1 Visa application as you will not take physical classes in the US. If you are an international student currently studying in the US on a visa status other than F-1 or J-1, you may be allowed to participate in a UF Online program incidental to the requirements of your primary visa status.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the UF Online OneStop at 352-294-3290 or online.