Recruiting Students from China
UFIC is actively involved in helping to recruit Chinese students to the University of Florida as either dual degree seeking students or as part of a number of approved 2+1+1, 2+2, or 3+1+1 programs.
In recent years, UF has focused on recruiting undergraduate students. UFIC has done this by facilitating significant dialogue between the different UF colleges and top Chinese universities interested in sending their students to UF. Through this recruitment channel, Chinese undergraduate students have enrolled in the Warrington College of Business, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and most recently the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Before recruiting students, a cooperative agreement (CA) must be signed between UF and the respective Chinese university. Three different program models for recruitment of undergraduate students from China have been developed: The 2+1+1 model, the 2+2 dual degree model and the 3+1+1 model.
Participating students must complete the first two years of basic course work at their home institution in China. In their third year, students will come to UF and take course work in their major discipline as a non-degree seeking student on a J-1 visa. Students will complete the remainder of their course work at their home university in China and receive a Chinese university degree. It is also possible for the Chinese student to spend only one semester at UF, which is described as 2+0.5+1.5 program.
2+2 Program or Dual Degree Undergraduate Program
Participating students must complete the first two years of basic course work at their home university in China. In their third year, students may transfer to Florida and complete the course work required for a major offered at Florida. Upon successful completion of the requirements, Florida will award the appropriate bachelor’s degree. The home university shall agree to recognize all the courses taken and credits awarded to the student at Florida and will also award the appropriate bachelor’s degree at the completion of the program of study. If a student who has transferred to Florida decides to return to their home university in China before completing the degree program at Florida, the home university shall accept all of the courses taken and credits earned at Florida.
Students interested in applying for one of these programs must submit their transcripts and TOEFL scores to the UF Academic Manager of the specific program before they apply. The academic manager will review their qualifications and students will be notified if they qualify to submit an application. Qualified students will then be able to apply on-line for admission to UF.
For the initial 3+1 part of this program, participating students will spend three years of study at their home institution followed by one year of study at UF as non-degree seeking full-time students. Of the courses taken, no less than 6 and no more than 12 credits must be at the graduate level in the field of the Master’s program in the College to which the student wishes to apply. The Chinese home institution shall recognize the course credits taken at UF and will award a bachelor’s degree to the student.
3+1+1 students need to apply to the graduate program they choose in the second semester of their initial year. Following admission to a Master’s program and depending upon the program options, these students can choose to enroll as either non-thesis or thesis Master’s students.
Students interested in applying for the 3+1+1 program must submit their transcripts and TOEFL scores to the UF Academic Manager of the specific program before they apply. The UF academic manager will review their qualifications. Qualified students will be notified to submit a non-degree program application to the academic manager.
Please contact the UFIC Executive Director, Susanne Hill, for more information about pursuing a joint program with a Chinese university.