University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

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 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. 

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

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Economics
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Anthropology
Classical languages
Criminology
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Writing
Chinese
French
Japanese
Linguistics
Russian
Spanish
Psychology
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Microbiology
Physics
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Exchange students are restricted to taking courses from:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Performance (Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management only)

Additional academic information

Course numbering at UF:

UF follow Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System. The first number in each course code indicates the year level in which the course is usually studied. For example: ENC1101 is an English composition course studied by first year students.

UF has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

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. 

Financial support

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

Insurance

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.

While UF offers students the opportunity to waive the costs of the mandatory insurance for students who have alternative coverage that meets the University's requirements, UQ students are not eligible to receive this waiver and all students accepted to UF must purchase and apply for the mandatory UF Student Health Insurance Plan.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.