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Regulations and Policies

Regulations & Policies

Academic Affairs - Enrollment Services


Subject to enrollment, space, and fiscal limitations, eligible international students may be accepted for admission at the appropriate level to the University of North Florida.


  1. International students are obligated to follow the laws and regulations set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the United States Department of State.
  2. An international applicant must be academically eligible for admission to the program at the level of entrance requested by the applicant. An international student must demonstrate the required level of academic preparation as evidenced by official copies of any academic records needed to ascertain the comparability of the level and quality of the student’s previous education and achievement to that required for other students. The University of North Florida may choose to use departmental examinations to validate students’ claims when official documents are unavailable or insufficient. Academic documents must be translated into English and evaluated by a reputable credential evaluator.
  3. An international applicant's proficiency in English must be adequate. International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Generally, English proficiency is measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved examination with demonstrated equivalence such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which has a minimum passing score of 6.5. The minimum TOEFL score acceptable for admission to the University of North Florida is 500 on the TOEFL paper test or 63 on the Internet-based TOEFL test. The University of North Florida may set higher minimum TOEFL or related examination scores for admission

  4. In order for an appropriate official at the University of North Florida to issue a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or a DS 2019) to an international applicant, the student must provide documentation showing sufficient resources to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, health insurance, and other living expenses while enrolled at UNF.
  5. Each international applicant determined to be academically and financially eligible for admission must submit a health history form including proof of immunizations as required by the University of North Florida prior to enrollment.

No international student in F or J non-immigrant status shall be permitted to register, or to continue enrollment, at the University of North Florida without demonstrating that the student has adequate medical insurance coverage for illness or accidental injury. The requirements for Health Insurance Coverage are outlined by University of North Florida Policy 2.1130P, Health Insurance Coverage.


Specific Authority: Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.009 and Section 7(d), Art. IX, Fla. Const.; Formerly 6C9-3.009; Approved by the BOT April 17, 2008 and by the BOG June 18, 2008; Approved by the BOT 06/13/24 and the BOG 06/23/24.

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