Check-in Process for New International Students

When you arrive at the University of Florida to start your program, you need to come to the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) as soon as possible. UFIC is located in 1765 Stadium Road, Suite 190 Hub.

All J-1 international students coming to the University of Florida are responsible for maintaining legal non-immigrant status and valid insurance coverage. When checking in, you must read, sign and submit the Responsibility Form to the Exchange Visitor Services (EVS) unit. EVS will also check your documents and health insurance coverage for immigration and University of Florida purposes.

For check-in you are required to bring your University of Florida DS-2019, (and previous DS-2019s for SEVIS Transfer students), I-94 card, passport, and visa with you to UFIC. SEVIS Transfer students have 15 days from the first day of class to complete the check-in procedure.

All international non-UF sponsored students (AMIDEAST, IIE, LASPAU, USAID, VED, FORD, and OAS) must check-in with the ISS Coordinator, Debra Anderson.

To clear your health insurance hold(s), you must provide proof of current health insurance coverage. The international student health insurance must meet the standards of the State of Florida Board of Governors.  

  • If you already have health insurance, please bring the Insurance Verification Form completed and signed by an insurance company representative.
  • If you do not have health insurance, please click here to find more information about obtaining health insurance coverage.

Once EVS checks your health insurance documents, we will clear your insurance hold(s) in Student Records. We also check other holds you may have which would prevent you from registering. If there are other holds we will explain how to clear them. Frequently, students have the immunization hold and the emergency contact hold. To clear the immunization hold, take your immunization documents to the Student Health Care Center (SHCC).

Once you are registered for classes, EVS will report your enrollment status in the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) showing you are in active status at this school.

All international students must report their United States local home physical address (no P.O. Boxes) to the University of Florida and USCIS.

In order to access the University of Florida Directory you will need to set up your GatorLink e-mail account. You can get assistance to create your e-mail account in the HUB at the Computer Help Desk. You will need your student ID card. All important information will be sent to your GatorLink e-mail account. Get your University of Florida Identification Card (Gator1Card) at the Welcome Center. You will need a photo I.D. and  $15.00.

If you will be working on campus or have an Assistantship/Fellowship, you will need a Social Security Number (SSN) (this is not the number issued by the school). To obtain your SSN, take your DS-2019, the letter of appointment (must be on University of Florida department letterhead), ISS letter of student status verification, your passport, visa and I-94 to the Social Security Office. Maps are located in 170 Hub.