Student Exchange Process

Thank you for your interest in studying abroad at the University of Central Florida (UCF)! Once you have been nominated, the UCF Abroad will facilitate your application and provide important information throughout the process. After you have completed both your UCF Exchange and UCF Admissions applications, you will gain access into the system, and the different steps of the process will be made known to you.

To apply as an exchange student at UCF, you must first be a student at one of our partner universities and be nominated for exchange. Please contact your International Office for information about your university’s nomination procedures. Once UCF Abroad receives your nomination, you will be contacted by an Exchange Coordinator to proceed with UCF’s student exchange application.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at exchangein@ucf.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to the UCF family!




Orlando, Florida is not known for its public transportation system and students may need to adjust. Students are encouraged to use the shuttle service provided by the university (where possible). Additional transportation options will be provided during the mandatory exchange student orientation.


An on-campus room will be reserved for you, provided you apply on-time. Students will be in an apartment with their own lockable bedroom. Three other students will be in the apartment. Two bathrooms are shared by the four students. The apartment has a full kitchen and common sitting room.

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Students on the main campus stay in Lake Claire Apartments. www.housing.ucf.edu/choices/lakeclaire

Hospitality Management students stay in the Rosen Campus Apartments. www.housing.ucf.edu/choices/rosen

You must be admitted (you are admitted when you receive your DS-2019) before you can apply for housing. We will provide the housing application information when appropriate. General information about housing can be found at www.housing.ucf.edu


When you have completed and submitted your Certification of Finances Form with supporting bank paperwork, you will be issued a DS-2019. The DS-2019 is the document you take to the U.S. Embassy to obtain your student visa.

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It will take about 3 weeks to process and then will be sent to your university exchange coordinator’s office. This should be the first form you complete. Once you have received your DS-2019 you will proceed to make both the SEVIS and Visa application (DS-160) fees online, after which you will contact the U.S. Embassy to make an appointment.

Additional Information

Course Registration:
For immigration purposes, undergraduate students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours and graduate students are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours to be considered full-time. This means enrolling in 3 or 4 classes respectively, depending on the number of credit hours associated with each course.

Please note that course registration for fall begins in April and course registration for spring begins in November.

The International Affairs and Global Strategies division will register students in classes approved by their academic advisor. Students must submit the following in order to be cleared for registration:

1. Admissions Application
2. Certification of Finances (with supporting documents)
3. DS-2019 Request Form
4. Immunization Form
5. Health Insurance
6. Knights E-mail Address
7. Course Registration Worksheet and Transcript

Once classes are full, they will be closed to all new enrollment. It is important for students to complete the registration requirements as early as possible to have the best chance of enrolling in the classes of their choice.

Additional Info:
» Students are allowed to travel to the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date listed on their DS-2019.
» Students are allowed an additional 30 days to leave the country at the end of their program.
» Airports:
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Sanford International Airport (SFB)