In order to apply as an exchange student at UCF, you must first be a student at one of our partner universities abroad and be nominated for exchange by the institution. Each partnered university's nomination process is different, so make sure you contact your local International Office for information on the procedure.
Each nominated student will receive a welcome email. The email will provide the steps for undergraduate or graduate students. Each student is required to complete a UCF application.
Please note: There is an application fee of $31 USD that must be paid for the application to be complete. This fee cannot be waived. We provide a guide to the application process; please follow the instructions, so as not to delay the application process.
Once the UCF General Admissions Application is completed, students will need to create an account on our study abroad website. Again, this information is provided in the welcome email. In this step, detailed information under the "Getting Started" page is provided. The welcome email will also include a guide on how students should process this application.
Once the Study Abroad Application TD Guide is completed, students may return to the account at any time to upload documents. The ‘Getting Started’ will provide detailed information on the documents necessary for the issuance of immigration document (DS-2019) and registration of courses.
Please see a list of the documents below:
- Registration Worksheet ( available in the 'Getting Started' link)
- Official transcripts
- English Language documentation ( required to be shown to verify language proficiency)
- Passport ( only required if student is a not requesting a DA-2019)
- Due to the size of the student population at UCF, different departments on campus will handle different parts of the incoming exchange process. The UCF Abroad will provide information on each required task and the office with oversight for that specific process. UCF Global is responsibility for processing your DS-2019 request. Your DS-2019 package will be sent to the address that you provided and will include information on how to request your J-1 visa.
- All students admitted to UCF must have the correct immunization vaccines and this must be documented on the immunization form. International students (the federal government and the State of Florida also require international students to have health insurance). On the "Getting Started" page, we’ve provided information on several companies that students can select from for health insurance. International students will not be able to register for classes at UCF without health insurance and immunization records. UCF Health Services will review and accept all health related items.
- Registration of classes will be processed through the UCF Abroad office. Classes with prerequisites must be approved by the corresponding department before a student can be registered. Classes fill up quickly, therefore, it is always recommended for incoming students to submit their paperwork as soon as possible.
- UCF Abroad will provide guidance on housing, however, students may seek off-campus on their own. We simply ask that you inform us of the address. There is extremely limited housing on UCF main campus, however, students within the hospitality field can be housed at the Rosen campus. Students taking courses at UCF Downtown can be housed at the downtown campus. All other students taking courses at the main campus will be directed to off-campus student housing.
- UCF Global will provide detailed information via email on the onboarding process or orientation of students. UCF Abroad will organize a 'Things You Need to Know' session via zoom prior to arrival.