Undergraduate students must take a full-time course load of at least 12 UF credits per semester. Graduate and Professional students must take a minimum of 9 UF credits per semester.
Be aware that you may not be able to register for some courses if you do not have the prerequisites. A prerequisite is a course that you must have taken in the past in order to take another, higher-level course. It is up to each academic department to decide whether you meet the pre-requisites for classes. You will need to contact the academic adviser for the department(s) that offer the courses you wish to register for. Their names are listed at the top of each department’s Course Listing. You can find their email in the UF Directory. Be sure to provide a copy of your current transcript along with your course request list in your email so the adviser can decide if you are qualified to take the class.
Number of Credit Hours
As an exchange student, you are considered a Non-Degree Seeking student. This means that you are taking courses at UF not for a UF degree, but rather towards the requirements of your home institution.
The quantity of academic work a student does at the university is measured in credit hours. The number of credits a course is worth usually depends on the number of hours per week that it meets. A three-credit course, for example, will meet three hours weekly for one semester. Undergraduate classes usually meet for three fifty-minute sessions a week.
Fall and Spring class periods are 50 minutes with a 15 minute break between periods.
Graduate classes usually meet during one 3-hour-a-week class.
Attendance and Participation
At universities in the United States, students are expected to attend all classes throughout the semester. Each professor will have his or her own standards regarding the number of absences per course a student is allowed. Professors may adjust grades based on the number of absences a student may have.
Students are also expected to participate in classroom discussions and lectures. Some professors view student participation as a key component to a course and he or she may include participation as part of the final grade. Your professor may review readings, grade homework, and evaluate your performance through Exams or Quizzes. Group projects are assigned in some courses. Each professor typically explains the classroom procedures and expectations on the first day of each class.
The required textbooks are listed in the Course Listing when you click on the Course Title. Many professors may give grace time at the beginning of the course for students to purchase the textbook(s), but many professors expect you to already have purchased the textbook for the first day of class. The price for books varies widely with each class. The average cost for books is between $300-$500 each semester. Used books are often 30% cheaper than new ones. At the end of the semester, the UF bookstore has "book buyback" week. The price you get in return for your book also varies. You will generally receive less than 50% of your original cost. Some students decide to sell their used textbooks online.
Books can be purchased in a variety of places. The UF Bookstore, half.com, Amazon.com, and other sellers offer new and used books. It is recommended to compare prices.
School supplies are reasonably affordable at local department stores upon arrival. Using the bus to Archer road will give you access to Wal-Mart, Target, and other stores that will provide for your academic needs.
Students are required to commit themselves to academic honesty by signing a prescribed basic statement, including the Student Honor Code, as part of the registration process. All students are required to abide by the Academic Honesty Guidelines which have been accepted by the University. The academic community of students and faculty at the University of Florida strives to develop, sustain and protect an environment of honesty, trust and respect. Students are expected to pursue knowledge with integrity. Exhibiting honesty in academic pursuits and reporting violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines will encourage others to act with integrity. A fundamental principle is that the whole process of learning and pursuit of knowledge are diminished by cheating, plagiarism, and other acts of academic dishonesty. In addition, every dishonest act in the academic environment affects other students adversely, from the skewing of the grading curve to giving unfair advantage for honors or for professional or graduate school admission. Violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines shall result in judicial action and a student being subject to the sanctions in paragraph XIV of the Student Code of Conduct. The conduct set forth hereinafter constitutes a violation of the Academic Honesty Guidelines (University of Florida Rule 6C1-4.017).