New International Students

The Exchange Visitor Services (EVS) unit at UF's International Center (UFIC) is committed to ensuring the integration of international students and families into the life of the University of Florida and the city of Gainesville.

The EVS staff at UFIC is here to assist you with making a smooth transition to American culture and student life at the university. Every year the University of Florida hosts some 4500 international students on its beautiful campus. International students may come to the United States in F-1 or J-1 visa status.

Some of the services provided by EVS for international J-1 students are:

  • Processing DS-2019s for new incoming students
  • Advise international students and staff regarding immigration compliance, visa status maintenance and acculturation issues.
  • Offer workshops on employment; collaborate with other campus units to present workshops on cultural adjustment and other topics.
  • Develop, plan, conduct and implement orientation programs for new students.
  • Collaborate with other UF departments to increase the level of understanding regarding immigration issues and the role of International services.