New International Students

I-20 and Visa Process

Upon receiving your signed admissions offer to the UF College of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program, the Office of Graduate Education will initiate the request for your I-20/DS-2019. Once the UF International Center (UFIC) receives this request, you will be contacted via email with a detailed explanation and instructions for the I-20/DS-2019 process. It is imperative that you respond quickly with the requested documents and information.

International students already in the United States, either attending another institution or on a period of employment authorization, must schedule a SEVIS transfer to the University of Florida with the international center at your current institution.

Arrival Plans

Your target date for arriving on campus should be no later than the first week of August, to ensure you have plenty of time to find housing, arrange for utilities, and get settled before the beginning of the term.  If you will be hired as a Graduate Assistant, you will need to be sure you have enough personal funds to support your living expenses for 2-3 months when you arrive. Due to the amount of paperwork that must be completed for you to be hired, your first paycheck may be delayed by up to 8 weeks.

Check-In Process

International Students must check-in with the UF International Center upon arrival.  Plan to do this first! The check-in process for both F-1 and J-1 students is available on the UFIC website. This is a three-step process to be completed AFTER you arrive in the US, and must be completed within 30 days of the program start date.

International Center Student Advisors

The UFIC provides dedicated advisors for both F-1 and J-1 students. Questions about visa regulations and other international student concerns should be directed to your UFIC advisor.