Pre-Arrival and Orientation

Congratulations to those students who have been offered admission to the University of Central Florida! We are excited to have you join the UCF community. Once you have admission to UCF and are planning to attend, you have several steps to take. The links below will guide you through some of the steps and offer suggestions to make the process go smoothly.


Visa Application and Interview

– After receiving admission to UCF for a degree program, you will have to apply for a visa to enter the United States.
– You will receive a packet from the International Affairs and Global Strategies containing your I-20 form and other related information.
– You will use the I-20 to apply for the F-1 visa (student visa).

Please see below some tips and detailed F-1 Visa application information. Take a moment also to watch the videos where students explain the process.

Tips on Applying for an F-1 Visa
For locations of U.S. embassies and consulates:

Detailed F-1 visa application information:

Applying for an F-1 Visa

The Visa Interview


The I-901 fee is required for all F-1 visa applications. It activates the form I-20 in the SEVIS system and the receipt for payment of the fee will be required at the visa interview. Here is the link:



UCF is proud to offer a variety of residential communities to its students. Students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing as soon as they have been admitted to UCF.



To which airport will you fly to?
Most students choose to arrive at the Orlando International Airport (MCO).  It may be helpful to arrive early and stay in a hotel while you decide where you want to live.



Before you can register in classes, you will need to purchase health insurance and submit an Immunization Health History form.

Health insurance Requirements

Immunization Requirements


Student Union

International Student Orientation

Online International Student Orientation

All F-1 international students need to complete an online orientation in Webcourses.  This orientation was created to provide you with the important information you need to know before arriving to campus to help you have a smooth transition to university life in the United States.  It is designed to take about one hour to complete.


The following topics will be covered in Online Orientation:

·         F-1 Immigration Information

·         Arrival Information

·         Becoming a UCF Knight

·         Crossing Cultures

·         Finding Support

·         Helpful Tips and Reminders


You will automatically be added to the Online International Student Orientation in Webcourses.  To begin your online orientation, log into Webcourses using your NID.  If you do not know your NID, you can locate it here. 

Mandatory Check-In Sessions

One of the first things you need to do to maintain your immigration status it to check-in with UCF Global- International Student & Scholar Services so that we can activate your SEVIS record.  All international students must arrive in time to attend a Mandatory Check-In Session at UCF Global.  You will be prompted to register for your Check-In Session in the Online International Student Orientation.




At your Check-In Session, you will meet with a UCF Global advisor to update your local address, emergency contact information, and phone number.  Your UCF Global advisor will make a copy of your immigration documents (I-20, passport, visa, and I-94) and answer any questions you have about your immigration status.  You will get to meet other new students and UCF Global student ambassadors will be available to answer your questions about student life and to take you on a tour of campus.


Please note that you will not be able to register for classes until you have completed check-in so be sure to arrive early enough to be able to attend.  Once you complete your check-in, UCF Global will remove the “International Student Hold- New Student” hold from your student account. 


*Undergraduate students need to attend a Mandatory Check-In Session before attending First Year Orientation.


International Student Orientation

After you attend your Mandatory Check-In Session at UCF Global, you will attend International Student Orientation.  This is a large, fun event that will take place in room 108 of the Psychology Building (across Memory Mall from UCF Global).  At orientation you will have the chance to connect with other international students, get updates on important information you need to know for your first few weeks at UCF, and meet with student organizations and campus partners.

 There will be activities, raffles, and lots of fun. See you there!

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Spring 2018 Check-In Session Dates

Register in advance here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

10:00 am – noon

UCF Global Building

Thursday, December 21, 2017

10:00 am – noon

UCF Global Building

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UCF Global Building

Friday, January 5, 2018

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UCF Global Building


Monday, January 8, 2018

10:00 am – noon

UCF Global Building


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UCF Global Building


Thursday, January 11, 2018

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UCF Global Building


Friday, January 12, 2018

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

UCF Global Building

* Students attending a Late Check-In Session cannot register in classes until they have completed their Check-In Session and all other holds have been removed from their student account.  Due to this, students attending a Late Check-In Session will be subject to the $100 late registration fee since class registration will occur during the late registration period

Spring 2018 International Student Orientation

Friday, January 5, 2018

10:30 am

Psychology Building, Room 108

If you have questions about International Student Orientation or the Check-In Sessions, feel free to contact us at

Graduate Teaching Assistants

For more information on Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training requirements, visit the GTA Information webpage.

Class Registration

Graduate Students will be able to register for classes during orientation or during the add/drop class enrollment period.

Quick Links:

Registration  |  GTA Training  |  SPEAK Test