University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
United States of America

Language of instruction


With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no surprise the University of Florida is consistently ranked among the USA’s top universities.

Leading the way for sustainable societies, UF is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2025 and UF students, known as “Gators”, were the first in the US to live in green-certified housing.

Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida. Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa airports are all an easy two-hour drive from UF’s campus at Gainesville.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–April
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View UF's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UF has online resources to help you get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Arts
    Semester 1, 2019
    My exchange was terrifying, incredible, life-changing and one of the best things I’ve ever done”

Full-time study load

12 credits at UF is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA OF 4.5 to study at UF.

Find courses

Search each college's course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Classical languages
Computer science
English literature
History and ancient history
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Political science

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


On-campus housing options at the University of Florida are limited. Students can apply for on-campus accommodation through the Housing and residence education webpage. Alternatively, students can use the resources provided by Off-campus life to find private accommodation.

Cost of living

The University of Florida provides an outline of the estimated cost of attendance for international students studying in Gainesville. Keep in mind that exchange students do not pay tuition to their host university. 

Additional Mandatory Fees

UF has additional mandatory fees which are outlined on the estimated cost of attendance page, of which the Student ID fee is applicable to exchange students. These fees cannot not be waived.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students studying at UF are required to maintain adequate health coverage throughout the duration of their exchange. UF offer the UF Student Health Insurance Plan.

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan if they have additional cover that meets UF's minimum waiver  requirements.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets UF's minimum waiver requirements. Please note that the waiver of the Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and subject to approval from UF.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UF provides visa and immigration information for international and exchange students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.