Student organizations play an important role in the American university setting. Many students participate in multiple organizations throughout their years at the UF. There are currently about 900 student organizations ranging from academic organizations to recreational activities and other special interest groups. Student organizations are a great way to meet new people and to become involved. There is something for everyone.
The Center for Student Involvement will be able to assist you in finding an organization that will fit your interests. The website above allows you to search for student organizations based on your interests. Here is a broad list of categories to help guide you when you are thinking about becoming involved.
Volunteers for International Student Affairs (VISA) is the university's largest international student club. VISA is a very active organization that oversees smaller international clubs. The VISA website lists all active international student clubs. VISA also hosts International Month with many interesting cultural awareness activities.
NaviGators International Program
NaviGators International Program is a group of students at UF who strive to make the time that international students spend here in Gainesville as wonderful as it can be. You will receive an invitation to join the Navigators group and be paired with a mentor, a UF student who has studied abroad and wants to help our exchange students. The Navigators group sponsors regular group events on and off-campus and weekend trips to places such as Universal Studios and St. Augustine.
NaviGators is a program associated with the international honor society, Phi Beta Delta. Because PBD focuses on international education, the NaviGator Mentor Program was created not only to help acclimate exchange students to Gainesville, but to encourage an exchange of different cultures and ideas between American and international students.
As an exchange student, you would be considered the NaviGatee and your NaviGator will initiate conversations and will plan outings and activities. You are encouraged to ask your Mentor questions that you may have about living in USA or college life.
TRiP (Travel and Recreation Program) is a student organization that leads adventure and leisure trips to explore the outdoors. Rock climbing to white water rafting, they have a TRiP for you.