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Apply to UNF as an International Student

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or are not permanent residents of the U.S. are considered for admissions on the same basis as citizens or permanent residents. However, because of the different processing requirements and time/distance issues (especially for mail), applications and other materials for admission should be submitted as early as possible. Be aware that most U.S. students apply for university entrance typically a year in advance of their anticipated starting dates.

If you are seeking information or have questions regarding international admissions please visit the International Center. You may also contact the International Center directly at intlctr@unf.edu.

View the University's official policy on admitting international students.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Application for Admission Fee.

    International Students must submit a US $30.00 non-refundable fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars only) payable to the University of North Florida. Do not send cash. Applications will not be processed without this fee.

  2. Completed Application for Admissions.

    Alternatively, a link for the online application is provided after this section. Be sure to first read all of the information on requirements. Even though applying online is possible, certain items will have to be mailed in separately. Two additional points: (a) be sure to include a valid mailing address where a student will be able to receive mail at all times up to the date that he/she departs for Florida. (b) It is strongly recommended that a student have an e-mail address, and check it regularly, as it is the main method of communication with a student prior to arrival.

  3. International High School and Post-secondary Transcripts

    UNF will accept select international transcripts without a foreign evaluation as outlined below. All other international transcripts will require a course-by-course evaluation (post-secondary) or a document-by-document GPA calculation evaluation (high school) by an approved third-party credential evaluation agency as outlined by the Florida Department of Education.

    • UNF will accept official transcripts from U.S. Department of Defense high schools without a foreign evaluation.
    • UNF will accept official transcripts from an overseas American school without a foreign evaluation. For purposes of this statement, an overseas American school is defined as an international high school that is regionally accredited by one of six regional accreditations through the Council for Higher Education Accreditations. In addition, the transcript must state that the student is in the U.S. diploma track at the international high school.
    • UNF will accept international post-secondary coursework without a foreign evaluation for programs within the UNF colleges that have articulated agreements on record.
    • UNF will accept international post-secondary coursework without a foreign evaluation on transcripts that are written in English from institutions considered equivalent to a regionally accredited institution, provided that a clearly defined grading scale and credit-hour conversion is notated on the official transcript.
    • All other international high school and international post-secondary transcripts will require a Florida Department of Education approved credential evaluation agency.
  4. English Language Proficiency.

    All applicants, except those from countries where English is the only official language, are required to furnish satisfactory evidence that the applicant's competency in English is adequate. For a listing of different methods to meet the requirements, please see Indicators of Required English Language Proficiency for Foreign Applicants.

  5. Official Test Scores.

    Students must submit test scores based on the level they will be entering: undergraduate or graduate.

    • Undergraduate
      • Test scores from one of these standard college entrance exams, ACT or SAT, is required of any student who applied for admission to UNF as a freshman or sophomore (with less than 60 college level credit hours). The required test score is determined by the high school grade point average.
      • SAT - Minimum scores required for all students on the SAT are 460 Critical Reading and 460 Math.
      • rSAT - Minimum scores required for all students on the rSAT are 500 Evidence-based Reading and Writing and 500 Math.
      • ACT - Minimum scores required for all students on the ACT is 18 on the English subsection, 19 on the Reading subsection, and 19 on the Math subsection.
    • Graduate
      • Graduate students will need to submit scores for the GMAT or the GRE depending upon the graduate program they are applying to for admission. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).Students must score at least 20 on the verbal component and 22 on the quantitative component of the GMAT. A minimum score of 500 is required of all applicants to the Master of Accountancy and the Master of Business Administration.
      • GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Scores must be submitted for any graduate program other than Business or Health Administration. Minimum scores requirements vary per department with scores over 1000 (combined verbal and quantitative components) being the most competitive.

Please send all materials or direct admissions inquiries to:

Undergraduate Students:

Office of Admissions
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 620-5555
(904) 620-2414 fax
admissions@unf.edu

Graduate Students:

The Graduate School
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 620-1360
(904) 620-1362 fax
graduatestudies@unf.edu

 

UNF Catalog

Immigration Requirements

U.S. Federal regulations require that international students show reliable documentation that readily available funds are guaranteed at least for the first year of study and that adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years. The following documents are required before UNF can issue the Form I-20 needed to obtain the F-1 student visa:

  1. Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Certification. The Affidavit is a legal document that is signed by the sponsor (the person who will be providing the funds) stating the amount of funds that she/he will provide for the educational expenses of the student applicant and then certified by a bank official that the sponsor does have that amount of funds in his/her account. This form represents an obligation on the part of the sponsor to provide the required amount of funds as indicated on the form. 
  2. Transfer students. F-1 students who are attending another educational institution in the United States are required to notify the international student advisor at their current institution of their intention to transfer and to determine the date when their SEVIS record should be released to UNF. After the release date the student may obtain a new SEVIS I-20 from the International Center at UNF.

F-1 students who are attending a non-SEVIS educational institution in the United States must notify the international student advisor at their current institution of their intention to transfer and to obtain a SEVIS I-20 from UNF.

In order to officially complete the transfer to UNF, it is the responsibility of the international transfer student to notify the International Center within 15 days of enrollment at UNF.

Please send all materials or direct immigration inquiries to:

International Center
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 620-2657
(904) 620-3925 fax
intlctr@unf.edu

Health Requirements

The State of Florida requires the following of all international students:

  1. Immunization Documentation Form. All students at the University of North Florida are required to demonstrate that they either have been vaccinated or have immunity against measles and rubella. If students wish to resolve this requirement before they arrive they will need to have their physician complete and then sign and stamp the Immunization Documentation Form. If students wish they can obtain the needed immunizations once they arrive in Florida. However, in no case will they be able to register for or attend classes until they have met this requirement.
  2. Health Insurance. The State of Florida requires proof of medical insurance that meets a minimum standard as a prerequisite to registration. Health insurance coverage can be purchased through the UNF Student Health Services upon arrival. If a student would want to request UNF to accept a different insurance policy, the insurance company must fax a completed, signed, and stamped UNF Student Health Services International Student Health Insurance Evaluation Form indicating that the alternate insurance policy meets all minimal requirements as outlined. Students may not register for classes until the health insurance requirement is met.

Please send all materials or direct health inquiries to:

Medical Compliance Office
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 620-2175
(904) 620-2901 fax
s.elias@unf.edu (immunizations)
c.ford@unf.edu (insurance requirement)

Deadlines

International students must adhere to a different application deadline in ensure processing of their applications. All application materials must be received by the admissions office as follows.

Application Term Submission Deadline
Fall May 1
Spring October 1
Summer February 1

Apply to UNF

Once you have read all of the requirements, follow the link below to apply to UNF. Keep in mind that certain items will still have to be mailed separately. 

Apply to UNF

Graduate Programs

For students who have specific questions regarding graduate level programs, we recommend reaching out to the graduate program director for more information. 

UNF Graduate School

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