Required documentation such as transcripts, diploma/degree certificates and examination results must be accompanied by certified, literal (exact) English translations if documents are not issued originally in English.
An applicant who has earned a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or college can apply for admission to the Graduate School. Please refer to the graduate admissions information that provides details on degree programs and contacts, assistantship/fellowship information and financial assistance.
English Proficiency Requirements
The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English.
The university accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) .
Proficiency in the English language is required of graduate applicants and junior-level transfer applicants from countries, including Puerto Rico, where English is not the official language.
Applicants must submit official results from one of the following with the required score or documented successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.
TOEFL: (Institution Code is 5812)
Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.
Exemptions: International students are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zimbabwe.
Florida law requires all non-U.S. students who are going to be graduate teaching assistants– even if exempted from the IELTS, MELAB and TOEFL requirement — to prove adequate command of the English language. Please visit the University of Florida Graduate School’s website for additional information.
Graduate applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions an official copy in the native language of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English. Graduate applicants should also check their academic unit’s website for additional application material requirements.
Each application requires a nonrefundable $30 application fee in U.S. currency. Online applicants may use credit cards. Please be aware that if paying by credit card, a $1.75 service fee will be added automatically to the $30 fee, so the total application fee is $31.75. If payment is sent by mail with attached fee cover, the $30 check must be drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the University of Florida. Foreign money orders will not be accepted. If it is difficult to submit the application fee because of currency restrictions in your country, you may ask a friend or relative in the United States to submit the fee on your behalf. Make sure your full name and date of birth are included with the fee payment. The application will not be processed without the application fee, and there are no fee waivers or postponements of payment.