International Students - Admissions
Degree-seeking student admission requirements
At the University of North Florida, we warmly welcome
students from all over the world and encourage cultural exchange and diversity.
Select a category below to find out which admission requirements you will need
in order to be admitted to UNF.
These admissions guidelines are intended for applicants
seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa. Applicants of other visa types and immigration
statuses should refer to the UNF Admissions website for more information.
searching for programs, please keep in mind that per federal regulations, in
order to issue the I-20 document to apply for the F-1 visa, international
students must be fully admitted to a full-time, on-campus, in-person,
degree-seeking program at the University of North Florida. We are not
permitted to issue immigration documents for online, part-time,
or certificate* programs (*Music Certificate is the only exception).
Programs at UNF
Applicants who have graduated from high school and have no
(or fewer than 12 transferrable college credit hours) university or college
credit are considered to be freshman or “first time in college” applicants.
2. Application fee $30 USD
3. A Foreign Credential Evaluation
with GPA from an approved third-party credential evaluation agency as outlined
by the Florida Department of Education
4. Official SAT
Note: For freshman applicants,
generally you must submit a foreign credential evaluation of your high school
credit while your courses are in progress (before you graduate) and then once
you graduate, you must submit another foreign credential evaluation proving
that you graduated with an updated GPA. If you
wait until after you graduate to apply and submit your documents for evaluation
with the intention of attending UNF in the Fall, it usually too late to
complete the steps necessary for the student visa in time.
Applicants with less than 60 transferrable credit hours (but
more than 12) are considered lower level transfer students. In the United
States, 60 credit hours is generally equivalent to two years of coursework, so
if you have been at a college/university abroad for less than two years, you
will likely be considered a lower level transfer. UNF Transfer Services will
determine which credits are transferrable. Keep in mind that generally English
as a second language courses (such as EAP) and prep or remedial courses are not
- Application fee $30 USD
- Course-by-Course Foreign Credential Evaluation
(inclusive of high school transcripts with GPA and college/university transcripts) from an approved third-party
credential evaluation agency as outlined by the Florida Department of Education
- Official SAT
Note: If applicants have completed 30+ transferrable credit
hours including a college level math course (Algebra or higher) and English
Composition/Writing course at the time of application, then the SAT/ACT and
evaluation of high school transcripts will not be required for admission.
Applicants with more than 60 transferrable credit hours are
considered upper level transfer students. In the United States, 60 credit hours
is generally equivalent to two years of coursework, so if you have been at a college/university
abroad for more than two years, you will likely be considered an upper level
transfer. UNF Transfer Services will determine which credits are transferrable.
Keep in mind that generally English as a second language courses (such as EAP)
and prep or remedial courses are not considered transferrable.
Applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are
seeking to pursue a second bachelor’s degree are considered post-baccalaureate
Applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are
seeking admission to a master’s or doctoral degree are considered graduate applicants.
you have a scholarship that requires you to be enrolled in face-to-face
(in-person) classes each semester, contact the Graduate Program Director for
more information regarding availability of face-to-face (in-person) classes.
Please note that the following deadlines are suggested
deadlines set by the International Center in order to ensure proper time for
the issuing of immigration documents and visa processing. Check visa appointment
wait times in your country at the U.S. Departmentof State website. Certain programs, such as limited access majors, and graduate programs have separate deadlines that applicants are responsible to adhere
deadlines listed above are flexible deadlines. If you are seeking admission to
UNF for Fall and it is May 2, you may still apply, just keep in mind the time
required for visa processing. If the deadline for a limited access major or
graduate program has passed, please contact the program to see if you may still
apply after the posted deadline.
Foreign and Transfer Credit
The foreign credential evaluation from an approved
third-party credential evaluation agency as outlined by the Florida Department of Education is
a document that converts transcripts from abroad to a U.S. equivalent. For any
evaluations of high school credit, be sure the evaluation includes a GPA
calculation. If you have any college or university credit, be sure to select a
For graduate (master’s/doctoral) applicants,
all applicants that have earned a
baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree outside of the United States must provide
evidence that the degree is equivalent to a US baccalaureate. Evaluations
stating other degree equivalencies will not be accepted as proof of a
UNF Degree Equivalencies
The evaluation must be evaluated
course-by-course and include an overall academic GPA.
Please note that vocational or occupational courses are not transferable.
For example, many medical technology courses, computer technology courses,
business technology courses, automotive technology and repair courses,
paralegal courses and secretarial courses are considered occupational or
vocational and do not readily transfer to UNF.
Cost of Attendance and Scholarships