Admissions

International Students

The application for admission to a graduate program is submitted electronically through the online application. The College of Optics and Photonics require that you fill out their preapplication form before completing the online application for graduate admission.  The College of Engineering and Computer Science encourages prospective students to pre-apply before completing the online application for graduate admission.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or resident alien, you must submit the following application requirements directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies:

  • Graduate Online Application for Admission (electronically signed and submitted by the applicant by the stated application deadline).
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee, paid as a check or money order in U.S. currency drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the University of Central Florida, is required of all applicants for each application submitted.
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from a recognized foreign institution, accompanied by an official certification of degree, with date awarded. If a student has attended more than one college or university, separate transcripts must be submitted.
  • Residency Classification form (submit with online application)
  • The university conducts a complete assessment of all required credential documents (official transcript(s) and official certification of degree) submitted by the student, including the record of all academic course work. Excluding the Physical Therapy DPT program, all master's programs not requiring a standardized admissions test (i.e. GRE, GMAT), and those master's programs in the College of Business Administration and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the university will evaluate all credentials for international students who have received their degree at a college or university outside of the United States. Additional information is available in the Transcripts Evaluation section on this webpage.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores for doctoral applicants and for those applying to master's programs that require an admissions test. These scores must be sent directly to UCF by the testing agency.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores sent directly to UCF, if an applicant is from a country where English is not the only official language, or when an applicant's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction.  Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
  • Financial Statement with a letter indicating commitment (from your parents, government, or others) to financially support your education.
  • Recommendations, if required by the graduate program (complete this section of the online application).
  • Resume, essay, or other material, if required by the graduate program (must be submitted as part of the online application).
  • Immunization Form*

Some graduate programs may require interviews, portfolios, or other materials. Official application requirements (or duplicate copies) should not be submitted directly to the graduate programs as it will delay the processing of the application. All official application requirements, with the exception of test scores and transcripts, must be submitted online. The UCF College of Graduate Studies must receive the application and all application requirements by the stated application deadline.

*To expedite processing of materials, download and print the Immunization Form from the online application. Send the completed form to the address specified on the form. This form is not used in making an admission decision. However, you will not be allowed to enroll at UCF without submitting the Immunization Form. Please visit the UCF Health Services website for additional information regarding this required form.

International Student Admissions Policies

UCF adheres to the principle that the university is primarily a community of scholars, both national and international, in pursuit of knowledge, and active in teaching, studying, and doing research. The presence of international students on the campus contributes substantially to the quality of the educational experience for everyone. It can bring to the classroom learning environment unique viewpoints and perceptions that would otherwise be lost. Effective personal contact across cultures can reduce errors in understanding one another's problems and foster a climate of international peace and cooperation among people of the world today.

To expedite the application process, international applicants should submit all documents (application, test scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) under the same name, preferably the name as it is listed on the official passport. Upon receiving an application, the UCF College of Graduate Studies assigns a student identification number (for example, 828-XX-XXXX). This number should be included whenever possible in all correspondence. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. 

Additional information regarding immigration processes and transition to the UCF community is available from UCF Global. It is to be noted that due to federal regulations around international student visas 8 CFR 214.3(k), the College of Graduate Studies will only admit international graduate students in a degree program under the Graduate Status – Regular and must meet all relevant admission criteria under this status. 

International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure that all application requirements, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.

Official Transcripts

All applicants for graduate admission must provide one official transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an internationally recognized institution and an official diploma/degree certificate, with date awarded. If a student has attended more than one college or university, separate transcripts must be submitted for each institution. To be official, transcripts and diploma/degree certificate must bear the original seal or signature of the school's registrar or of the appropriate school official or office. To ensure the timely evaluation of academic credentials, applicants should submit all transcripts, accompanied by diploma/degree certificate, at the time of application and by the stated application deadline.

Transcript Evaluation

Evaluation Policy

The university conducts a complete assessment of all required credential documents (official transcripts and official certification of degrees) submitted by the student, including the record of all academic course work. Excluding the Physical Therapy DPT program, Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program, all master's programs not requiring a standardized admissions test (i.e. GRE, GMAT), and those master's programs in the College of Business Administration and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the university will evaluate all credentials for international students who have received their degree at a college or university outside of the United States. Additional information regarding specific application requirements and credentials processing for the Physical Therapy DPT program, Communication Sciences and Disorders MS program, those master's programs not requiring a standardized admissions test, and for all master's programs in the College of Business Administration and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management is given below.

The university does not consider documents certified by a notary public or commissioner of oaths to be official. Photocopies of certified documents are not acceptable. Course work completed at one institution but listed on the record of a second institution is not acceptable. A separate copy of the record from the first institution is required.

If these documents are written in a language other than English, a certified translation in English must be provided together with the original language records. Any translated record should be a literal and not an interpretive translation. Acceptable English translations may be provided by sworn court-approved translators, qualified translators working within university foreign language departments, and from reputable translation agencies. We recommend the services of University Language Services (ULS) and Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. for certified translations.

If a student is missing any documentation, or other required information, an evaluator will contact the student by e-mail to request the additional documentation/information. In the case that a student is missing documentation/information, the evaluation process will be placed on hold until the university has received all necessary documentation. All students are advised to submit all required documentation as early as possible so as to not to delay the evaluation process.

In the event that the university receives documentation that is questionable, or suspicious in any way, the university will verify authenticity with the issuing foreign institution. If an institution must be contacted for verification, the evaluation process will be placed on hold until the university has received all necessary information.

Equivalency Information

All international applicants for graduate study at the University of Central Florida must hold a U.S. Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited or governmentally recognized institution of higher learning. This is a minimum requirement for admission to a graduate program at UCF. For a list of some country-specific information on foreign degree equivalents and required documentation, please visit the Sample Country Requirements website.

The following requirements apply to applicants to the Physical Therapy DPT program, the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program, any master's programs not requiring a standardized admissions test, and master's programs in the College of Business Administration and Rosen College of Hospitality Management:

In addition to official transcripts and certification of degrees, a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation is required of all students who have attended a college/university outside the United States. Credential evaluations are accepted from Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. or World Education Services (WES) only. All documents required by World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc., must be submitted directly by the applicants. The university is not responsible for forwarding any documents received by our office to Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. or World Education Services (WES). 

Resources for International Transcript Evaluations

UCF accepts transcript evaluations from the following two agencies only:

Documents Needed to Issue an I-20

Refer to the Global UCF website for information on policies and documents needed to issue an I-20. All documents needed to issue an I-20 must be received by the stated application deadline.

For additional questions about documents required for I-20 issuance, you may contact the Global UCF office by e-mail (INTLadmissions@ucf.edu) or by telephone (407) 823-2337.

International Application Deadlines

Complete applications (including all application requirements) for all graduate programs must be received electronically by the date listed below to be considered for admission for that term. Failure to meet these deadlines may prevent admission as a regular graduate student for the term. Please refer to the Graduate Programs section in this catalog for programs that have earlier deadlines for international applicants.  

The following dates are university application deadlines for international students (students from abroad):

Fall admission: January 15
Spring admission: July 1
Summer admission: November 1

The following dates are university application deadlines for international transfer students (transfers from U.S. schools):

Fall admission: March 1
Spring admission: September 1
Summer admission: December 15

In addition, students who wish to be considered for fellowships or assistantships must have a complete application package by January 15 (or the designated Fall Priority date for their program).

Test of English as a Foreign Language

International students, except those who are from countries where English is the only official language, those who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or those who have earned a degree from a country where English is the only official language or a university at which English is the only official language of instruction, are required to submit a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before they can be admitted to the university. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Students who are non-native speakers of English (and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution) must pass the SPEAK exam administered by the UCF Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies before they will be permitted to teach as a Graduate Teaching Associate or Graduate Teaching Assistant.

A TOEFL computer-based score of 220 or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (or equivalent score on the paper-based test) or 6.5 on the IELTS is required unless otherwise specified by the program. The list below includes programs that have determined a minimum required TOEFL or IELTS score higher than the university requirement.

Program TOEFL
(Paper)
TOEFL
(Computer)
TOEFL
(iBT)
IELTS
College of Arts and Humanities
English 577 233 91 7
History 577 233 91 7
College of Sciences    
Biology 573 230 89 7
Security Studies PhD 575 232 90 7

College of Business Administration

577 233 91 7

International Student Mandatory Health and Accident Insurance

Each international student accepted for admission must, prior to registration, submit proof of compliance with the Board of Education's mandatory health and accident insurance. There are no exceptions made for submitting this proof. Written proof of insurance must be provided to the Student Health Services Center and must be valid at all times. Cancellation of the policy or stoppage of the premium will result in administrative withdrawal from all classes. If an insurance carrier from outside of the United States issues the insurance, a notarized statement, in English, must be provided attesting to meeting the minimum coverage mandated by the state of Florida.

If an insurance carrier from outside of the United States issues the insurance, a notarized statement, in English, must be provided attesting to meeting the minimum coverage mandated by the state of Florida.

For additional information regarding student health insurance, contact the UCF Health Services.

Tax Obligations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. government institution that oversees the withholding and filing of taxes. International students are not always exempt from income taxes in the United States. To determine your tax obligations, students should visit the IRS website.

Upon arrival at UCF, international students will be required to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and provide this number to the Registrar's Office at UCF. The International Services Center will help international students complete the paperwork required for their visa and SSN or ITIN.

International students who will have graduate assistantships will not be allowed to begin work until the department or program submits the valid SSN and assistantship paperwork to UCF Human Resources.

International students who are to receive tuition support or fellowships must provide a valid SSN to the Registrar's Office before payment processing can occur. Those with fellowships must also complete additional paperwork with the UCF Finance and Accounting Office. Deferments for tuition and fellowship awards will be placed on the student's account, but payment cannot occur until all required paperwork is completed and the valid SSN has been provided to the Registrar's Office.

Employment of International Students

International students must have their I-20 authorized by the International Services Center for any on-campus or off-campus employment. Approved on-campus employment must be validated by presenting all immigration documents and Social Security Number to the UCF Human Resources (HR) Department. International students are not allowed to start employment until they present receipt of Social Security Card application or Social Security Number issued to them by the Social Security Administration.

For detailed information on employment and taxation, visit the websites of UCF Human Resources and UCF Finance and Accounting.



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