Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a visa to study at UNF as an exchange student?
All non-US citizens need a visa to study at UNF as an exchange student through the Coggin College of Business. If you are a US citizen and will be traveling on a US passport, please notify the Coggin Study Abroad Advisor immediately.
How do I obtain a visa?
Students are responsible for applying for their own visas through the U.S. Department of State. Once a student is admitted to UNF as an exchange student and submits all necessary DS-2019 documentation, UNF will issue the DS-2019. Our office will then mail the student a welcome packet with a letter of acceptance and a DS-2019 form needed to apply for a J-1 exchange visa.
Information on applying for a visa to come to the US can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. We recommend that all students apply for their visas through their home country if at all possible.
What courses are available to exchange students?
Exchange students coming to UNF through the Coggin College of Business primarily take courses in the four departments housed in Coggin: Accounting & Finance; Marketing & Logistics; Economics & Geography; and Management. While a select number of courses are not, the majority of classes in these departments, pending eligibility, are available to exchange students.
How is course eligibility determined?
When an exchange student submits a course schedule request, the International Business Flagship staff must review each request. Staff will check the exchange student's college and university level transcripts to determine if the student has completed any required prerequisite courses before approving the requested courses. This process helps ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be successful in their courses at UNF. Students can research course prerequisites in the UNF Course Catalog.
How does course registration work?
First, an exchange student must be admitted to UNF. Once admitted, exchange students cannot be registered for courses until they have an approved Immunization Form on file with the UNF and have confirmed their international health insurance preference. Once the submitted course schedule request is approved, the International Business Flagship staff registers exchange students for their classes. The Coggin Study Abroad advisor will communicate with exchange students throughout the registration process.
How many courses can I take while at UNF?
The number of courses or credit hours for which an exchange student registers depends on whether the student is a graduate/master-level or undergraduate/bachelor-level exchange student. To be in compliance with the terms of the J-1 exchange visa, students must be registered for at least the minimum required hours. Therefore, during one semester, bachelor exchange students must be registered for at least 12 US credit hours (4 courses) and no more than 15 credits (5 courses); and master students must be registered for at least 9 US credit hours (3 courses) and no more than 12 credits (4 courses).
Can I make changes to my course schedule?
Exchange students cannot make changes to their course schedule on their own. All changes must go through the Coggin Study Abroad Advisor. Even then, changes can only be made during certain points in the semester.
Is there an opportunity to retake or re-sit a final exam?
UNF does not offer retake exams nor are students able to ask to take exams at an alternative time. Students are expected to take final exams during the scheduled time at the end of the semester.
How do my grades get back to my home institution?
At the Coggin Exchange Student Orientation, exchange students complete a form authorizing UNF to send their transcripts to their home institution. Once final grades are posted, the IB Flagship staff will mail official transcript copies for all exchange students to their home institutions. Transcripts will display the final letter grade earned for each course.
Does the Coggin College of Business require a TOEFL score for exchange students?
We do require proof of English language proficiency. While the TOEFL would be accepted for this purpose, there are other tests or ways to show English proficiency. Please see the English Language Proficiency section on the Coggin Exchange Application page for more information.
Why do you recommend that students live on campus?
Living on campus helps exchange students to more fully participate in student life at UNF and have the true UNF college experience. Additionally, exchange students often find the UNF campus to be larger than their home campus. Living on campus is a much more convenient option to walk to classes. Further, there are many activities and events, dining facilities, and student activity areas on campus.
Can I book a flight to Florida that arrives in a city other than Jacksonville (Miami, Orlando, etc.)?
We DO NOT recommend flying into a different city in Florida and then traveling to Jacksonville. Students should plan to arrive at the Jacksonville International Airport (airport code: JAX). Please be aware that public transportation in the United States is often not nearly as developed, common, efficient, or economical as it is in many other countries.
What is Jacksonville public transportation like, and how do you travel around the city?
While Jacksonville, Florida does have limited public transportation, most residents and UNF students travel by personal car. To learn more about public transportation in Jacksonville, visit the Jacksonville Transit Authority website.