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).

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

Detailed F-1 visa application information:


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.



You will have to purchase health insurance while you are an F-1 student.
You also must show you have received immunizations or show proof of immunity to several diseases.

Complete the required Immunization Form

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


After arriving, you will need to attend a mandatory F-1 immigration orientation in addition to the orientation for your degree program. Please contact IAGS at for further questions.

Spring 2017 Immigration Orientation Dates:

Friday, December 16, 2016

F-1 Spring Orientation

8:30am – 1:30pm

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

F-1 Spring Orientation

8:30am – 1:30pm

Monday, January 9, 2017

F-1 Spring Orientation

8:30am – 1:30pm

Summer 2017 Immigration Orientation Dates:


F-1 Summer Orientation