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Published monthly by the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Entered in the post office in Gainesville, Florida, as second-class matter, under
Act of Congress, August 24, 1912
Office of Publication, Gainesville, Florida.
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General Information for Prospective
University of Florida Students. . . . . 1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . ... 1
Location and Climate . . . . . . . 2
The Educational System at the University of Florida .. . ... 2
Semesters . . . . . . . . 2
Admission ... . . . . . . . 2
Major... . . .......... ... . . . ... 3
Course . .. . . . . . . . 3
Credits ........ .............. 3
Faculty . . . . . . . .... 3
Student Classification . . . . . . . 3
The Lower Division -The University College ...... 3
The Upper Division and the Graduate School . . . 4
Enrollment . . . . . . ... ... 4
Academic Load . . . . . . . .. 4
The Lecture- Discussion Method of Instruction .. .. .. 5
Class Participation . . . . . . . ... 5
Examinations . .. . .. .... . . 5
Grades .... . . . . . .. .. 6.
Honor Points. .................. 6
Satisfactory Standing . . . . . ... . . 6
Requirements. .................. 7
Degrees .. . ........ . . . .. . ..... 7
The Honor System . . . . . . . . 7
Student -Faculty Relations . . . . . . 7
Extracurricular Life . . . . . 8
Religious Life . . . . .. . .. . 9
Vacations . . . . . .. 9
Food Service . . . . . . . . . . 9
Student Health .. . . . . . . 10
Accident and Health Insurance . . . . . . 10
Clothing Needs . . . . . . .. .. 11
Counseling of Foreign Students . . . ... . . . . 11
II. Specific Information and Requirements for
Admission to the University of Florida ...... 12
English Language Requirements . . . . . . ... .13
Passports and Visas . . . . . .. . . 14
Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Transportation . . . . . . . .. 16
School Expenses. . . . . . . . .. 17
Transfer of Funds . . . . . . . . .. 19
Financial Aids . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Important Note . . . . . . . . . 19
Scholarships .. . . . . . . ... . 19
Fellowships and Assistantships .. . . . . ... 20
Employment .. .. . .. .. .. . . ....... 20
Loans .. . . . . . . . ... .... 21
Applying for Financial Aid . . . . . ... 21
Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Desirable Arrival Time . . . . . . .... . .22
Concluding Statements . . . . . . . ... 22
FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The University of Florida is happy to receive inquiries from people
in other countries who are interested in continuing their education at this insti-
tution of higher learning. During the past twenty-five years the University has
welcomed increasing numbers of students, both men and women, from abroad,
and we are always pleased to receive the applications of others with good aca-
demic records and high moral qualities. During the 1953-54 academic year the
University of Florida has enrolled about 250 students from 53 countries.
This bulletin provides that information about the University of Florida
which students from abroad have found to be of most value. If, after reading the
bulletin, a prospective student still has unanswered questions, he* is invited to
write for further information to the Advisor to Foreign Students, University of
Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
Information in greater detail, including specific requirements for
various degrees, will be found in the catalog of the University, copies of which
should beavailableat United States Information Offices and Consulates through-
out the world.
To supplement his information about studying in the United States,
any interested person is urged to take advantage of available resources in his
own country. It would be particularly valuable to interview people who have
studied in the United States or U.S. citizens who are living abroad. U.S. Em-
bassies, Consulates, Libraries, Information Offices, and English Language Cen-
ters can also give valuable assistance.The prospective student may also write to
the Cultural Attache' of the Embassy of his own government in Washington, D.C.,
for additional information of value. The more one knows about education and
life in the United States before coming as a student, the more likely one is to
have a happy and successful period of study here.
The University of Florida is one of the principal state universities in
the United States. It was founded in 1853, and has grown steadily since that
time. Its greatest period of growth has been since 1945, and it now has an en-
rollment of more than nine thousand students. Funds for the operation of the Un-
iversity come largely from the government of the State of Florida and from stu-
dent fees, supplemented by grants, donations, and other income. Direct super-
*Throughout this bulletin the impersonal "he" will be used in various forms, as is the custom
in the English language, to refer to either a man or a woman. The University of Florida is a coed-
ucational institution which is happy to have women students as well as men.
vision over the policies and affairs of the University is vested in the Board of
Control, a body composed of seven citizens from different regions of the state
who are appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida for four-year terms.
University affairs are administered by the president of the University
with the advice and assistance of the Academic Council, the Administrative
Council and the University Senate, all of which are composed of professors and
administrative officials of the University.
Location and Climate
The University of Florida is in the town of Gainesville, population
about 30,000, located in the north-central part of the State of Florida in south-
eastern United States. It is about 60 airline miles (96 km.) from Gainesville to
the Atlantic Ocean on the east and about the same distance to the Gulf of Mex-
ico on the west. The city of Jacksonville is 73 miles (117 km.) to the northeast,
and Miami is 353 miles (565 km.) to the south. The altitude is approximately
200 feet (about 61.5 meters) above sea level.
The climate is classified as semi-tropical. During a normal winter
the days are sunny and warm (about 700 to 800 Fahrenheit or 220 to 270 Centi-
grade) and the nights cool (about 30 to 500 F. or -1 to 100 C). There are
occasional brief periods of freezing temperatures, but snow is virtually unknown
in this part of the United States. The summer days may be said to be hot (800 to
950 F. or 270 to 350C.), but summer nights are usually cool and pleasant (650
to 750 F. or 180 to 240C.). The mean temperature throughout the year is 69.90
F. or 21.10 C. During the summer the relative humidity is high (average 86%),
and brief showers are frequent. Occasional rains also occur during other seasons
of the year.
The Educational System at the
University of Florida
This section is devoted to information that every student at the Uni-
versity of Florida must have in order to understand his status at the University
and the functioning of the rather complex academic system under which this and
other institutions of higher learning in the United States operate.
SEMESTERS. At the University of Florida the academic year (Sep-
temberto June) is divided into two periods, called semesters, sessions, or terms,
of approximately eighteen weeks each. The fall semester begins about September
15 each year, and the spring semester begins about February 1 There is also a
summer session each year beginning about June 10 and continuing for eight
weeks. One may take about half a semester's work during a summer session.
ADMISSION. No student may attend the University of Florida unless
he has been officially admitted. This means that he must have submitted to the
proper University authorities all of the documents and information which they
request. When all of these data have been examined and approved by the offic-
ials concerned, a "Certificate of Admission" is issued by the Director of Admis-
sions, and the student is thereupon entitled to attend the University.
MAJOR. A student's major is the field of study in which he spec-
ializes-forexample, Civil Engineering, Agronomy, Chemistry, Economics, etc.
COURSE. This word has several meanings. At the university it most
often means a series of lectures for a semester in a particular subject (such as
trigonometry, elementary botany, principles of economics, etc.). Each student
attends several courses each semester, and may have quite different courses the
CREDITS. Credits at the University of Florida are stated in terms of
credit hours, semester hours, or simply hours-these are synonymous terms. A
credit hour is defined as one 50-minute period in class (or equivalent in labor-
atory) each week for one semester. A three-hour course, therefore, is one in
which there will be three 50-minute periods per week of class work, or the
equivalent of laboratory work, for one semester. Two or three periods in labor-
atory are usually considered to be the equivalent of one period in class. Many
courses have both lecture and laboratory.
FACULTY. This term usuallymeans all of the members of the teach-
ing and administrative staff of the institution. It is not commonly used to de-
scribe an administrative division or department of study of a college or univer-
sity in the United States.
STUDENT CLASSIFICATION. Students in any college or university
in the United States are classified as undergraduate students if they have not
completed a recognized bachelor's degree, and asgraduate students if theyhave
completed such a degree and continue to study in the same field. A first year
undergraduate student is called a freshman. At the University of Florida he be-
comes a sophomore or second year student when he has earned at least 28 cred-
its. When he has satisfactorily completed at least 64 credits (including certain
specific courses he becomes a member of the third yearor junior class, and upon
satisfactory completion of from 96 to 104 credits he becomes a senior. When he
completes the requirements for a bachelors degree and the degree is awarded to
him, he is said to have graduated. A transfer student is one who has completed
some credits in another institution of higher learning and transfers them to the
University of Florida. These credits are evaluated by the University, and the
student is assigned to one of the above classifications according to the extent
to which his previous credits are equivalent to those he might have earned at
the University of Florida. Sometimes a transfer student must make up deficien-
cies-that is, he must take courses which he has not had, but which are required
for students in his major field at the University of Florida.
THE LOWER DIVISION-THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. At most col-
leges and universities in the United States the first two years of undergraduate
study are referred to as the lower division. At the University of Florida the work
of the lower division is administered by the University College. All first and
second year students are enrolled in the University College regardless of the
field of study in which they expect to major. Their academic programs are sup-
ervised by the Dean of the University College and by a group of faculty coun-
selors. The academic work of the University College is designed to perform two
1 To provide a core of basic general education for all students.
This is done through a program of six one-year courses which
are required of all lower division students. These are (1) Amer-
ican Institutions, (2)The Physical Sciences, (3) Reading, Speak-
ing and Writing English, (4) Practical Logic and Fundamental
Mathematics, (5) The Humanities, and (6) The Biological Sci-
2. To provide the requisite pre-professional work for admission to
any of the various divisions of instruction in the upper division
in which the student will spend the third and fourth years at the
Upon successful completion of the University College program, a student re-
ceives the Associate of Arts Certificate.
THE UPPER DIVISION AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. The Upper
Division (third and fourth years) and the Graduate School are organized in large
administrative units which are known as colleges, schools, or divisions within
the University. The chief administrative official of each unit is its dean or di-
rector. Each college, school, or division may include a number of smaller units
called departments of instruction, or simply departments.
ENROLLMENT. The Certificate of Admission authorizes a person to
become a student at the University, but it does not constitute official enrollment
or registration. The process of enrolling or registering for a group of specific
subjects or courses begins with a personal consultation with a member of the
faculty who is the student's adviser. With the approval of his adviser, a student
may select from a variety of courses in determining his program for a particular
semester. However, he must include courses which are required by his major
department, and he may not enroll for any course for which he does not have
adequate preparation. Other steps which follow the conference with the advis-
er in the enrollment process are (1) completing the required registration forms,
(2) having one's name placed on the roll of each class or course which the ad-
viser has approved for the student, and (3) paying the University fees. Within
the first week of a semester certain changes in enrollment maybe made with the
approval of the adviser, providing the proper forms are filled in and presented
to the Office of the Registrar where appropriate changes in the records are
made. The enrollment process must be repeated every semester, since each stu-
dent registers for a new group of courses each semester. When the student is
officially enrolled, he is required to attend classes and laboratories in each of
his courses until the end of the semester and to carry out all of the requirements
of these courses, including laboratory exercises, and written and oral examina-
ACADEMIC LOAD. A student's academic load is the total number
of credit hours of courses for which he is registered for a particular semester.
Most courses at the University of Florida are three-credit courses, but there are
also a number of courses which offer one, two, four, or more credits. A normal
load for an undergraduate student is sixteen hours of credit a semester. Univer-
sity regulations specify that an undergraduate student must carry at least twelve
credits. Since graduate courses are more advanced and require more time in
preparation, a graduate student seldom carries as many hours as an undergradu-
THE LECTURE-DISCUSSION METHOD OF INSTRUCTION. Much
of the work of university courses in the United States is carried on by the lecture-
discussion method, which may be described in the following manner. The pro-
fessor normally requires the student to buy a book from which certain chapters
are assigned to be read outside of class each week. Other readings from refer-
ence books in the library may also be required. Then the professor devotes the
time of the class periods to lectures in which he may give additional material
not found in the assigned readings, or he may use the time for a discussion of
important information from the assigned reading. The text and reference books
and all of the lectures are in the English language, except in foreign language
classes or in certain graduate courses in which references written in other lan-
guages may be assigned. It is important for each student to take notes on what
the professor says during the class periods, since some of the examinations may
be based upon his lectures. Occasionally a professor will require that those
notes be handed in for his inspection as part of the assigned workof the course.
Students may also be required to make oral or written reports, and sometimes to
write long essays (usually called term papers) based upon special individual
study. In certain subjects, especially the sciences and technologies, work in
laboratories is an important part of the courses.
CLASS PARTICIPATION. When a student has officially enrolled for
a course, he is required to attend the classes regularly and to complete all of
the work assigned by the professor for that course, including all examinations.
If, after registering for a particular course, a student decides that he does not
wish to continue it, he must go through the established procedures for changing
his registration. If he withdraws from any course after the sixth week of a semes-
ter, a failing grade will be entered for that course on his permanent record. In
most classes, students are expected to ask questions and participate in class
discussions as well as to write all of the papers and examinations required. Us-
ually classes number from 25 to 200 or more students, although advanced classes
are often smaller. In large classes there may be very little opportunity for
class discussion. However, regardless of the size of the classes, most professors
want to know their students personally and expect that those with problems will
ask for personal consultation.
EXAMINATIONS. The typeand number of examinations in a course
is determined by the individual professor. Some professors give a brief examin-
ation every class period. Others give an examination every week or every
month. Almost all professors will give major examinations at the middle and at
the end of the semester. These examinations are almost always written, and in
many courses are of the type known as objective tests. Objective tests may be
of several kinds: (1) the true-false test, which requires that the student deter-
mine whether various statements given are true or false; (2) the completion test,
which requires the student to insert words or phrases omitted from a series of
statements; and (3) the multiple-choice test which requires the selection of cor-
rect answers from among several choices given. Such tests require knowledge of
the exact meaning of the English words used.
Comprehensive examinations covering all of the subjects studied are
seldom given in colleges and universities in the United States except as partof
the examination for the master's and doctor's degrees. The examinations for these
degrees at the University of Florida are both oral and written. Comprehensive
oral examinations are sometimes given to those undergraduates who apply for
graduation with high honors at the completion of their work for the bachelor's
GRADES. The professor's judgment of the quality of work which a
student does in a course is entered on the official university records at theend
of the semester in the form of a mark or grade. At the University of Florida a
grade of "A" denotes excellent work; "B" means good work, but not the best;
"C" means fair or average work; "D" indicates that work has been poor and is
barely passing; and "E" means that work has been unsatisfactory and that the
student has failed the course.* A grade of "1" indicates that the work is incom-
plete and that a grade in the course will be given only if the student completes
all of the required assignmentsof the course within a specified time. A grade of
"X" indicates that the student was absent from the final examination. Grades
"I" and "X" are classed as failing grades until the work is completed.
HONOR POINTS. Academic standing is measured numerically in
what are called honor points or grade points. At the University of Florida each
credit hour of A earns four honor points; each credit hour of B three honor
points; each credit hour of C two honor points; and a credit hour of D one hon-
or point. Failing or incomplete grades earn no points. The honor point average
is obtained by dividing the total number of honor points earned by the total
number of credit hours of enrollment.
SATISFACTORY STANDING. In order to be considered a student in
good standing at the University of Florida, an undergraduate must maintain a
grade average of C (honor point average of 2.0) or better for all subjects. The
same standard must be maintained in order to be eligible for a bachelor's degree,
with the additional requirement in some departments that the student have no
grade below C in any course in his major field of study. For graduate students
satisfactory standing requires a B average or an honor point ratio of 3.0. Any
student who fails to achieve a certain minimum honor point average in any se-
mester (first year student 1.0, second year 1.5, third or fourth year 1.8, grad-
uate student 3.0)will be placed on academic probation for the following semes-
ter in order that he may have an opportunity to show whether or not he is cap-
able of doing better work. If he again fails to achieve satisfactory standing he
will be suspended from the University for one semester. A second such suspen-
sion is permanent. This practice applies to all students, both foreign and native.
*If a student fails a particular course he may repeat it in a subsequent semester. A student
who fails more than 50% of the credits for which he is enrolled in a particular semester will be
dropped from the University and may re-enroll only with the permission of the Committee on
Student Petitions of the University Senate.
REQUIREMENTS. There may be several kinds of requirements, but
the word usually refers to the courses required for completion of a degree. Many
of these will be courses in the student's major department, but a number of
courses outside his major field may also be required. At the undergraduate level
these will include the six University College courses previously described. En-
rollment in non-credit courses in physical fitness is required for undergraduate
men students for eight semesters, or until they graduate, and for women students
for four semesters. At the graduate level requirements often include courses in
fields closely related to the major. At both undergraduate and graduate levels
courses or examinations in languages are required in some departments. Each
department has its own special requirements, and, therefore, if a student changes
his major, he must take the subjects required in the new field and will need
more than the usual amount of time to complete his degree.
DEGREES. When a student has completed with satisfactory academic
standing the required number of credits and the specific work required by his
major department and his college, school, or division, he will be given an op-
propriate degree. The degrees most frequently granted at the University of
Florida are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of
Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). A
bachelor's degree requires completion of 128 or more credits, depending upon
the particular field of study. This normally takes about four years, but in such
fields as Engineering, Chemistry, and Pharmacy four and one-half years may be
required,and Architecture requires five years. The master's degree usually takes
one or two years beyond the bachelor's degree, and the doctor's degree will
ordinarily require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree. An ac-
ceptable thesis or dissertation based upon original research is a requirement for
the master's degree in many departments and for the doctor's degree in all de-
partments in which it is given. Specific degree requirements in particular depart-
ments will be sent upon request. Some departments do not offer the higher de-
THE HONOR SYSTEM. Every student who accepts admission and en-
rolls at the University of Florida thereby pledges himself to abide by the Honor
Code of the University of Florida students. This code states that each student
promises not to (1)cheat in examinations, (2) steal, or (3) obtain money or cred-
it by means of worthless checks or under any other false pretenses. The Honor
System is a part of the plan of Student Government at the University. It was
instituted by the students and is operated by the students. Violations are handled
by an Honor Court made up of students. The Honor System, a cherished tradition
of long standing at the University, is based upon the philosophy that honor and
self-discipline are attributes of the educated person.
STUDENT-FACULTY RELATIONS. Relationships between students
and their professors are close and tend to be informal in universities in the United
States. No mark of deference from the student, other than quiet attention, is
expected by the professor when he enters the classroom. In most classes professors
expect the students to ask questions or comment on the material being considered
in class. A student who wishes to speak usually raises his hand to be recognized
by the professor. It is not at all uncommon for students to stay after class to talk
individually with a professor. Almost all faculty members maintain regular office
hours when they expect students to come to talk over individual problems. A stu-
dent may properly address a professor as "Mr.," "Miss," or "Mrs." or by a pro-
fessional title such as "Professor" or "Doctor." However, the student should not
be surprised if a professor occasionally addresses his students bytheir first names.
Many professors invite students to their homes for special occasions, and student
groups often entertain faculty members and their husbands or wives. Faculty
members are often invited to be advisers to student organizations.
EXTRACURRICULAR LIFE. At the University of Florida, as at other
universities and colleges in the United States, the life of a student outside of
the classroom is considered an important part of his education. Therefore, the
University encourages a wide variety of out-of-class activities based upon the
personal, social, and recreational needs of all students. These activities are
designed to develop the social competency of the student, and all students are
urged to take part in some activity according to their personal interests.
The activities provided on the campus include professional clubs and
societies, honorary, scholastic and social fraternities (membership by invitation
only), dance groups, political organizations, publications, vocational groups,
dramatic and music groups, hobby groups, social clubs, and many others. At
present, there are about 200 approved student organizations active on the cam-
There are some activities and organizations such as the International
Student Organization, etc., whose chief functions are development of inter-
national understanding and intercultural exchange. These are often of particular
interest to foreign students, who can make a unique contribution to them. In
connection with these activities there may be occasions when it would be ap-
propriate for the student fromabroad to wear any distinctive costumes which are
or have been characteristic of his country. There may also be occasions when
displays of art objects, examples of various handicrafts, pictures, books, maps,
and other distinctive items from other countries can be viewed by many interest-
Many student activities center in the Florida Union, a building in the
center of the campus dedicated completelyto providing facilities and leadership
for student activities and student government. The student Service Center, the
gymnasium and other buildings also provide excellent facilities for student
All students are urged to attend the lecture and concert series fea-
turing speakers and musical artists of national and international reputation. There
are also recitals and concerts by students and faculty, plays and other enter-
tainment by student groups, and a variety of athletic events. Student identifica-
tion cards obtained at the time of registration admit students to these events,
usually without additional cost.
In the United States considerable emphasis is placed upon sports.
Everyone is urged to participate in some sports activity for recreation, for the
maintenance of physical health, and for the opportunity to learn teamwork and
good sportsmanship. Minimum physical education activities are required of all
students, but many additional opportunities for participation are provided for all
interested persons. The University sponsors an active intramural sports program
providing competition among members of various student organizations in such
sports as soccer, football, basketball, baseball, track and field events, swim-
ming, tennis, golf, and many others. There is also an opportunity for all under-
graduate students to compete for places on University teams for intercollegiate
competition. So-called winter sports, such as skiing and ice skating, are not
available in the southern part of the United States.
Graduate students usually have less time than undergraduates for out-
side activities, but all are urged to take part as their time permits.
Additional activities for the wives and children of married students
and staff members are provided by the Newcomers and University Dames organ-
izations. The families of students have the privilege of sharing many of the rec-
reational facilities provided for regularly enrolled students.
RELIGIOUS LIFE. A broad program of religious activity is sponsored
on the campus by the Student Religious Association, composed of representatives
of all student religious groups and assisted by a faculty Committee on Religion.
Student religious centers with full-time pastors and excellent facilities are pro-
vided adjacent to the campus by the Baptist, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran,
Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic Churches. Many other religious
groups offer special student programs and services through the churches of
VACATIONS. Vacations (or holidays) usually coincide with the im-
portant festival days observed in the United States. The first of these during the
school year is Thanksgiving Day which is celebrated the last Thursday in Nov-
ember. At the University of Florida, no classes are held from the Wednesday
afternoon before Thanksgiving Day until the following Monday. The holiday
celebration of Christmas (December 25) begins about December 20 and lasts un-
til after New Year's Day (January 1), a two-week period. The next scheduled
holiday is the Easter vacation, which lasts from the Thursday before Easter
through the following Monday, a four-day period. A student may also have a
few days free between the fall and spring semesters and between the spring se-
mester and the summer session. There is approximately a month's holiday be-
tween the summer session and the opening of the new academic year in the fall.
Many students do not attend the summer session and thus have a three-month
period for travel, special study, or other activities. The residence halls are
closed during the Christmas holiday and the month after the summer session clos-
es. Other housing arrangements must be made for these periods.
The University of Florida provides meals for students in several Uni-
versity cafeterias. In a cafeteria various items of food are displayed on a long
table, and each customer selects the things he wishes to eat. A cashier at the
end of the food line totals the cost of the items selected and collects the money
to pay for the meal. The food is carefully planned and attractively served. It is
the policy of the University Food Services to furnish good food prepared under
sanitary conditions at the lowest possible cost. State law forbids the serving of
alcoholic beverages on or near the campus, and no cooking can be permitted in
students' rooms because of fire prevention regulations.
It is not possible for the University Food Service to provide students
from abroad with foods to which they are accustomed at home. However, it is
hoped they will learn to enjoy the North American foods and the occasional in-
ternational dishes that are served. The University does not recommend that stu-
dents, either native or foreign, (except for married couples) try to do their own
cooking in off-campus apartments. Experience has shown that frequently this
practice is more expensive, takes a great deal of time, and results in illness be-
cause of improperly balanced diets or improperly prepared food.
The University maintains the Student Health Department in the in-
firmary Building on the campus for the protection and medical care of the stu-
dents in residence. The Clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to provide
consultation and treatment to all students in need of medical care. Emergency
service is available at other hours. The 65-bed hospital provides students in need
of hospitalization with twenty-four hour general nursing care under the super-
vision of University physicians.
The Student Health Department provides the following services for
all enrolled students:
1. Physical examination and chest X-ray for all new students register-
ing during Registration week. This supplements the physical exam-
ination record which every student must submit before he is permitted
to register at the University.
2. Outpatient Clinic service for all injuries and illnesses.
3. Complete diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses of limited dura-
tion, including hospitalization, general nursing care, and the serv-
ices of a physician. A charge of $1.75 a day is made for each hos-
pitalized patient, and includes the cost of meals.
4. Hospital laboratory tests for which the Infirmary is equipped.
5. Diagnostic X-ray service at low cost.
6. Most drugs and supplies prescribed for the treatment of illness.
The Student Health Department does not provide for the following:
1 Medical service outside the University Infirmary.
2. Medical service during any regular University vacation.
3. Treatment of chronic or other diseases requiring hospitalization over
extended periods of time.
4. Hospitalization or surgical service for major surgery or for bone frac-
tures that require the services of an orthopedic surgeon.
5. Consultation services of physicians whoare noton the University staff.
6. Services of special nurses.
7. Laboratory analyses made outside the Infirmary.
8. Dental care and ordinary eye examinations or glasses.
ACCIDENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE. To protect himselfagainst the
expense or accidental injury or unforeseen illness which cannot be taken care of
by the Student Health Department, every foreign student is urged to provide him-
self with an accident and health insurance policy payable in the United States.
To meet this important need, the Student Government of the University has pro-
vided a health insurance plan at a cost of $12.50 per year. This policy does not
cover the student while traveling to and from the University. The Institute of In-
ternational Education, 1 East 67th Street, New York 21, New York, has a spe-
cial insurance plan for students from abroad. Providing protection from the time
the student leaves his own country until he returns, the cost is about $30 a year.
Neither of the above insurance plans nor the Student Health Department will pay
for dental work or eye examinations, so the student should arrange for examina-
tion of his teeth and eyes and correction of any defects before he leaves his own
In preparing a wardrobe for a school year, both men and women stu-
dents should emphasize casual, informal attire, the usual dress of university stu-
dents in the United States. There should also be emphasis upon light-weight
clothing of cotton rayon, or linen since the weather is quite warm six months or
more out of the year. Men usually attend class in slacks (informal trousers) and
short-sleeved sport shirts, without neckties, coats, or hats. If the weather is
cool they usually wear sweaters or sport jackets rather than suits. For daily cam-
pus wear women students usually choose cotton dresses or blouses and skirts,
ankle-length hose, and low-heeled shoes, with sweaters or sport coats for addi-
tional warmth in cool weather. For dress occasions men need suits with regular
shirts and neckties, but they seldom have any use for European-style formal
clothes. Women should bring with them a minimum amount of dress clothing-an
afternoon dress or two, a summer formal dress, and a winter formal dress. A more
extensive wardrobe would probably be useful, but is not absolutely necessary.
Since it rains frequently during the summer and occasionally during the other
seasons, a light-weight raincoat is a necessity.
It is always possible to buy clothes in the United States. There is no
rationing or any regulation on such purchases. However, it would cost a con-
siderable sum to purchase a complete wardrobe in this country, and ifa student's
dollar resources are limited it might be better for him to bring what he needs with
him from home. If a student coming to the University of Florida plans to buy
clothes in the United States, it would be best for him to wait until he arrives in
Florida to make his purchases. A few students from abroad wear their native
garments regularly, both for comfort and to save buying a new wardrobe; but
most prefer to wear American-style clothing. However, students are encouraged
to bring distinctive national costumes with them to wear on special occasions.
Counseling of Foreign Students
The University of Florida takes considerable interest in its students
as individuals. This interest is given concrete form in a number of ways, among
which is the provision on the University staff for experienced and understanding
personswhosechief function is to assist students in arriving at satisfactory solu-
tions to important personal problems. The services of the Adviser to Foreign Stu-
dents and his assistants are provided especially for students from abroad. There
is also a counselor especially for Latin-American Students in Agriculture.These
specialized counselors are alwaysglad todiscuss any problem that a foreign stu-
dent may have, and to cooperate with other members of the University staff in
helping to provide answers to any questions raised by students.
Others whose services may be of value to a foreign student include
the Dean of Student Personnel, the Deans of Men and Women, the Deans of the
Divisions, the heads of departments, and the staff members of the residence hal Is,
the Bureau of Vocational Guidance and Mental Hygiene, the Speech and Hear-
ing Clinic, the Reading Laboratory, the Student Health Department and the stu-
dent religious centers. Faculty members and students are also friendly and eager
to be of service when they can.
While all of these people are willing and able to help students with
problems, they cannot be of service unless individual students come to them to
ask for assistance. It is customary for students at the University of Florida to
seek help with difficult problems, and all are urged to do so before the diffi-
culties have become severe.
AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
TO THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Admission to the University
Any student from another country who plans to seek admission to the
University of Florida should begin the process by sending a letter of inquiry
several months (preferably a year) before he plans to begin studying in the Unit-
ed States. This should give time to obtain the necessary records, make arrange-
ments for passport and visa, complete financial arrangements, and take care of
the many other necessary details. Direct all inquiries to:
Adviser to Foreign Students
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
Complete instructions for applying for admission will be sent upon request along
with the necessary forms which are to be filled in and returned to the Adviser to
Foreign Students. The instructions will request the student to submit (1)official
and complete records of his previous education, (2) character recommendations
by qualified references, (3) information as to his educational and vocational
goals, (4) evidence that he has adequate financial resources (5) evidence that
his ability to read, write, speak, and understand spoken English is sufficient to
enable him to profit from his studies, and (6) miscellaneous personal informa-
tion. These data will be examined carefully by University officials and will pro-
vide the basis for their decision as to whether to admit the applicant or not.
When a student is admitted to the University of Florida, an official
certificate of admission signed by the Director of Admissions is sent to him. Ad-
mission is for a particular semester only. If a student is not able to come for
that semester, he should inform the Adviser to Foreign Students immediately.
Then, if he wishes to come for a later semester, a new letter of admission can
be issued for him.
No student is admitted to the University of Florida until he has re-
ceived the official letter of admission. Receiving a person's application and
credentials for examination does not constitute admission. Many applications
are received both from students in the United States and from foreign students;
and, with the limited facilities in some departments, only those applicants hav-
ing the best records can be accepted. Under no circumstances should an appli-
cant give up a position, purchase transportation, or make any definite plans to
depart for Gainesville until he has been told officially that he is admitted in
a letter signed by the Director of Admissions of the University of Florida. If any
person comes to the campus without first receiving the letter of admission, he
does so entirely at his own risk. His presence on the campus will not influence
the decision on his admission application. If an applicant cannot be admitted,
he will be informed of the reasons for the decision, and his credentials will
either be returned or forwarded to some other institution in accordance with his
All important letters will be sent by airmail. The University of
Florida cannot accept cables, radiograms, or telegrams that are sent collect,
nor will such communications be sent to the prospective student unless prior
arrangements are made by him for payment of the charges.
English Language Requirements
Long experience with foreign students has proved that those whose
native language is not English cannot profitably study in the United States un-
less they have acquired a considerable proficiency in the use of the English
language. All lectures and books are in English, and are of course designed for
U.S. students who have spoken and studied English all their lives. It is not ex-
pected that the student from abroad will speak or write English as fluently as do
native students, but he must be able to speak and write understandably, and to
understand both written and spoken English. If he is a graduate student working
for a master's or a doctor's degree, he must be able to write his thesis in correct
English. It is especially important that every student have a good reading know-
ledge of the English language.
The University of Florida offers an English Language Institute each
summer which provides about nine weeks of intensive language instruction for
students. All students whose native language is not English and who have not
been in the United States for at least a year are urged to begin their study by
enrolling for the English Language Institute. During the academic year, Sep-
tember to June, only three courses in English for foreign students are offered in
the regular curriculum of the University, and it is not possible for a student to
enroll for full-time study of the language. All of the instruction in English as a
second language isgivenby specially trained professors. However, it is designed
to meet the needs of students who already have a good basic knowledge of the
language. Students who have little or no knowledge of English cannot be ac-
cepted at the University of Florida. At your request the Adviser to Foreign Stu-
dents will be glad to send information on other facilities for English instruction
available in the United States.
Because of the importance of English, every foreign student is re-
quired to submit with his application for admission to the University of Florida
certain statements from qualified people regarding his English proficiency. Forms
for this purpose are included with the admission materials. This requirement has
been established because it is important that both the University and the student
know in advance that his ability to read, write, speak, and understand spoken
English is sufficient to enable him to pursue studies here satisfactorily.
If English is not the native tongue of a foreign student, he will be
examined in reading, speaking, and writing English and in understanding spoken
English when he arrives at the University of Florida, whether he has taken a
previous examination or not. He will then be classified in one of the following
1 Students whose proficiency in English is sufficient to admit them
at once to a full program of study at the University of Florida.
2. Students whose proficiency in English is fair and who will there-
fore be permitted to take a limited program of study which must
include special courses in English for foreign students. These
courses give no University credit for graduate students.
3. Students whose English is insufficient for profitable study at the
University of Florida. Such students will not be permitted to en-
roll at the University at all until they have improved their know-
ledge of English either by study in a special school or with a
Other institutions in the United States have similar requirements, and therefore
it is wise for the foreign student to be sure of his English proficiency before
coming to this country.
Passports and Visas
Before leaving his own country, a student must obtain a passport from
his government anda visa from the United States Consulate. There are four com-
mon types of visas which might be obtained:
1. A Visitor'sVisa, which admits a person to the United States as a
temporary visitor, but which would under no circumstances per-
mit him to accept any employment for pay while he is here. This
visa is given for a maximum period of six months, and a fee of
$10 is charged for each renewal. Under the 1952 Immigration
Act, a person who enters the United States on this visa and sub-
sequently enrolls in a school must immediately change to the
Student Visa described below.
2. An Immigrant's Visa, which should be obtained only if a person
wishes to apply for U.S. citizenship and make this country his
permanent residence. A male student who accepts this visa is
obligated to register for possible service in the Armed Forces of
the United States if he is between the ages of 18 and 26. If
called for service, he must serve or permanently forfeit the priv-
ilege of applying for U.S. citizenship.
3. A Nonimmigrant Student'sVisa, which is the one a person should
request if he is coming to the United States to study and is then
planning to return to his own country. Neither this visa nor the
next type is granted until the student has received the official
certificate of admission to the University.
4. An Exchange Visitor'sVisa issued under Section 201, Public Law
402, passed by the 80th U.S. Congress in 1948. This is the visa
a foreign student will be given if he is receiving any financial
aid from an agency of the United States Government. It may also
be given in some cases to those who are to receive a scholarship
or other financial aid from the University of Florida, whose edu-
cational program has been approved (Program Serial Number
P-1285) by the Departmentof State under the terms of Public Law
The Nonimmigrant Student Visa is usually the one best suited to the
needs of a regular student. If for some particular reason a student desires to ac-
cept one of the other types of visa, he should be sure to understand the regula-
tionsthoroughlyand know exactly how the requirements will affect him while he
is in the United States. It is difficult to change from one temporary status to an-
other after one arrives in the United States, and a fee of $25 must be paid for
a change of status. It is virtually impossible to change from any temporary status
to that of a permanent resident of the United States after arrival. No change of
status of any kind will be granted to one who enters on an ExchangeVisitor's
The University of Florida cooperates with the U.S. Government in
giving all possible assistance to foreign students who are coming to the United
States to further their education with the aim of returning to their own countries
as soon as this goal is accomplished. But anyone who attempts to use his student
status for some other purpose, such as earning a living or gaining United States
citizenship, will inevitably be involved in serious difficulties.
Students in the United States must be careful to renew their pass-
ports at consulates of their own countries well before the expiration dates there-
on. The passport must be valid six months beyond the expiration date of the per-
son's permit to remain in the United States. All persons must also be careful to
observe the regulations of the U.S. Immigration Service. Provisions of the regu-
lations for those classified as Nonimmigrant Students include the following:
1. In order to maintain student status a student must carry a full
program of study "in the amount and of the nature required by
the school." This is defined by the University of Florida as 12
semester hours for an undergraduate, except in special cases,
and is variable for graduate students.
2. A student from abroad must study at a school which is included
in a list of institutions approved by the U.S. Office of Education
and the U.S. Attorney General (The University of Florida is on
the approved list.) If he wishes to transfer from one school to an-
other in the United States, the student must apply to the Immi-
gration Service for permission to transfer at least 30 days before
he intends to move to the new school. Permission can be granted
only if the student has been admitted to the new school and if
the school is on the approved list.
3. A Nonimmigrant student may be permitted to accept part-time
employment during a regular school term, but only after re-
ceiving written permission from the Immigration Service. Per-
mission will be granted only if (1) the student has been in the
U.S. one year or was admitted with an arrangement certified by
the school for employment, (2) the student actually needs the
money he will earn, and (3) if the part-time work will not inter-
fere with successful completion of his regular studies. Permission
to work during the summer vacation must also be obtained.
4. Permission to study in the United States will begiven for a max-
imum period of one year at a time. The permission may be ex-
tended for one or more one-year periods upon application to the
Immigration Service. Application for an extension must be made
at least 30 days before expiration of the period. No fee is
charged for this extension.
Provisions of the regulations governing Exchange Visitors include the
1 This status cannot be changed while in the United States.
2. Activities undertaken while in the United States must be a part
of an educational program approved by the Department of State.
3. Employment may be undertaken only if it is authorized under
the program of the sponsoring institution and if it will contribute
to the educational objective of the student or trainee.
4. The permit to remain in the U.S. may be extended for one or
more one-year periods with the approval of the sponsoring insti-
tution and the Immigration Service.
Every citizen of another country who is admitted to the United States
for any purpose must report his address and any subsequent change of address to
the Immigration Service. Failure to observe any of the regulations makes the
foreign student liable to immediate deportation from the country.
One of the most important parts of a person's preparation to come to
the United States to study must necessarily be to make arrangements for all pos-
sible financial needs before leaving his own country. One must not come with
inadequate funds assuming that it will be easy to get the money one needs in
the United States. The following paragraphs should be read very carefully.
They give as accurate a picture of the financial needs and opportunities for aid
as it is possible to give.
TRANSPORTATION. It is possible for a person to buy his transpor-
tation direct to Gainesville before he leaves his own country, or a ticket from
the port of entry to Gainesville may be purchased after arrival in the United
States. In this country travel by motor bus is cheapest. Railroad coaches are
somewhat more expensive, and first class railroad travel and airplanes are the
most expensive. Specific information about various methods of travel to Gaines-
ville from the usual ports of entry into the United States will be sent when the
student is admitted to the University. If the port of entry is on the western coast
of the United States and the student plans to travel by bus or train from there to
Gainesville, he should plan to have at least $35 to $50 to pay for meals and in-
cidental expenses on the trip. It is also important to provide for return transpor-
tation at the conclusion of the period of study in the United States.
SCHOOL EXPENSES. (As of 1954)The following table gives a min-
imum estimate of expenses at the University of Florida:
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term
1. Tuition $175 $175 $100
2. Registration fee 75 75 45
3. Room 50 to 100 50 to 100 30 to 40
4. Linens 10 to 15 10 to 15 7 to 10
5. Meals 240 to 300 240 to 300 120 to 150
6. Vacation room and meals 45 to 70 15 to 20 70 to 105
7. Books and supplies 50 50 25
8. Incidentals 125 125 75
TOTALS $770 to $910 $740 to $860 $472 to $550
Total for the academic year (September to June) . . $1510 to $1770
Total for calendar year (September thru August) . . $1982 to $2320
The following explanatory notes with regard to these expenses may
help to understand them:
1 New students, regardless of when they enter the University, are
required to pay all of Items 1, 2, and 3 in the above table, and
most of Item 7, before or during registration. Students who have
previously been enrolled are expected to pay their fall semester
room rent by July 1, and their spring semester room rent by Jan-
uary 8 each year. Tuition and registration fees are due during
registration for the fall semester and during the pre-registration
period about January 20 for the spring semester. Therefore, a
student needs about $450 to $500 on hand for the months of Sep-
tember and January to cover these items and daily meals and
incidentals for the first few weeks of the term. He will also need
between $75 and $90 for each additional month (October, Nov-
ember, December, February, March, April, May and June). For
the summer session a student requires possibly $275 at the be-
ginning of the term and $75 to $90 a month for July and August.
2. There are certain special fees not included in the above table.
For example, any student who does not complete registration by
the end of the regular registration period must pay a registration
fee of $80 instead of $75. Fees of $1 to $10 are charged for
certain special examinations. A graduation fee of $10 is charged for
each person who is to receive a bachelor's degree and $20 for each
candidate for a graduate degree. The Student Bank charges $1 a se-
mester for handling a student's funds. There are small breakage fees in
certain laboratories, and special fees are charged for music lessons.
Certain student organizations charge a small fee for membership.
3. Room rent (Item 3) varies according to the building and the number of
persons in a room. The rent in wooden buildings is lower than that for
rooms in brick residence hal Is. The rate is lower if two or more students
share a room than when one student occupies a room alone. The rental
charge does not include the Christmas and Easter holidays, but housing
can be arranged for these periods at a small extra cost.
4. Linens (Item 4) include sheets, blankets, and pillows for the bed, and
bath towels. These may be rented from the University Housing Office
at rates indicated in the table, or a person may furnish his own. For
further information, see the section on housing which follows.
5. Meals (Item 5) are served in any of several University cafeterias or in
privately owned cafeterias and restaurants near the campus. Each per-
son pays for each meal as he gets it, and the cost depends upon what
he has selectedto eat. Unless one lives in a boarding house or a frater-
nity off campus, there is no arrangement by which one may pay for
meals by the month. However, $5 or $15 meal ticket books may be
purchased in advance and used for payment of meal charges. The rates
quoted in the table of expenses are based upon a minimum of $1 .80 to
$2.25 a day, and some students find even the higher value insufficient
for their needs. Certainly one should not plan on spending less than
6. Vacation room and meals (Item 6) covers maintenance costs during the
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in the fall semester and the Easter
holiday in the Spring semester. During the summer there is a period of
a month between terms, and if a student does not attend summer school,
there is a period of about three months to be provided for. Since room
rents do not cover vacation periods, an extra sum must be provided for
this purpose. Occasionally the estimated amount may be reduced if the
student is invited to the home of a friend during a holiday.
7. The cost of books and supplies (Item 7) will vary considerably accord-
ing to the field of study the student may select. In such fields as Arch-
itecture and Engineering such expensive equipment as drafting instru-
ments and a slide rule must be purchased. In certain other fields each
student must buy costly technical books. The estimate given in the
table for this item should be considered an average figure.
8. Incidentals (Item 8) will include such expenses as special fees, laun-
dry, entertainment, stationery, postage, occasional small items of
clothing, membership fees for certain campus organizations and other
9. The above table does not include the cost of transportation from the
student's home to Gainesville and return, nor the cost of any traveling
he maydoduring vacation periods. Neither does it include the cost of
clothing, photographic equipment, etc., which he is advised to pur-
chase in his own country before he comes to the United States unless
he has additional funds in U.S. dollars to cover such purchases.
10. The total expenses given in the table are minimum estimates. At the
present time (1954) they should be adequate to cover necessary ex-
penses for a student who is careful of his money. Under no circumstan-
ces should anyone try to get along on much less than the minimum
estimate- in fact it would be safer to plan on more than the estimate.
All expenses are subject to change without notice, and they are more
likely to increase than to decrease.
TRANSFER OF FUNDS. There areoften many difficulties in transfer-
ring funds from other countries to the United States, especially from those coun-
tries with unfavorable monetary exchange rates. A student from abroad should
therefore be thoroughly familiar with the regulations of his own government
about forwarding money to the United States and make arrangements to have
the necessary funds on hand at the beginning of each semester and at regular in-
tervals throughout his stay here. The Cashier's Department of the University
Business Manager's Office maintains a Student Bank where funds may be depos-
ited for safekeeping. The charge for this service is $1 .00 a semester.
IMPORTANT NOTE. If he requires financial aidtomake possible
his coming to the University of Florida to study, he must receive official notice
of an award before leaving his own country. The student must not come to
Gainesville with insufficient funds, expecting to receive an award of financial
assistance after he arrives. This aid is not available on that basis. However,
sometimes his chances of receiving financial aid are better if he can come to
the University to study for one or two years on his own funds and demonstrate
by his work that he is worthy of recognition and financial assistance. The pro-
spective student should remember that available financial aid is limited, and if
he can arrange to provide all necessary funds for himself, the possibility of his
coming to the University of Florida will be much greater.
SCHOLARSHIPS. The University is authorized to award a number of
Non-Resident Tuition Scholarships to foreign students. These scholarships ex-
empt the recipients from the payment of tuition (Item 1 in the table of expenses).
They are available for fall, spring, and summer terms. The scholarships are lim-
ited in number and can be given only to the best qualified applicants. They are
awarded upon the basis of the academic record of the student and his need for
such assistance. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
Awards of scholarships are made by a committee of faculty members. A scholar-
ship may be renewed if the student's work is satisfactory but renewal cannot be
guaranteed. Satisfactory work is defined as a grade average of "C" for under-
graduate students and an average of "B" for graduate students. No scholarship
award is approved until after the applicant has been formally admitted to the
University of Florida.
There are sometimes a few additional foreign student scholarships
offered by student or community groups, but the number and value of these vary
considerably from year to year. After being at the University for a year or more,
a foreign student who has a good record may apply for certain other small schol-
arships provided for University students from gifts and endowments.
FELLOWSHIPS AND ASSISTANTSHIPS. These are awards for which
only graduate students are eligible. They are given only to outstanding students
who show exceptional promise in their specialized fields of study. Either foreign
or U.S. students may apply, and the selection is based entirely upon the relative
merits of the applicants.
Fellowships are available at stipends of $900, $1125 and $1350 for
9 months, and assistantships at $1200 and $1600 for 9 months. In addition the
recipient is exempted from payment of tuition (Item 1 in the table of expenses).
The awards differ in that no service is required under a fellowship, while a
graduate assistant is expected to devote a minimum of 15 or 20 hours per week
to assisting with research projects or with teaching of regular classes in his
major department for the duration of the appointment. A foreign student has
little chance for consideration for a teaching assistantship in a field which re-
quires a background of knowledge and experience in the United States, and un-
less his English is excellent, he could not be considered for this type of appoint-
ment in any field. Appointments are usually for one year and may be renewed
if funds continue to be available and if the student's work is satisfactory. A
person who has not been admitted to the University cannot be considered for
appointment to a fellowship or assistantship.
EMPLOYMENT. The University regularly offers some part-time em-
ployment to worthy students. However, many of the U.S. students must earn
part of their expenses in order to continue in school, and there are never enough
jobs for all the students who seek them. The student from abroad on a regular
Nonimmigrant Student Visa should remember that Immigration Regulations re-
quire (1) that he successfully carry a full load of student work, and (2) that he
have written permission from the Immigration Service before accepting employ-
ment (see the section on passports and visas). No student should count on earn-
ing very much toward his expenses while he is studying here, both because of
the limited employment opportunities and because his time for work will be
It is very difficult for any student to obtain part-time work of a pro-
fessional nature, although some departments employ advanced undergraduates
and graduates as assistants. Most of the available jobs consist of manual labor,
such as janitor work, dishwashing, waiting on tables, house cleaning, construc-
tion work, gardening, and taking care of children for which the pay varies from
$0.35 to $1.00 an hour. Some students work in the University cafeterias for
their meals. Students at the University of Florida take great pride in being able
to help themselves financially by means of such employment.
Most employers want to see the people they employ, and therefore
it is very difficult to arrange part-time employment before a student arrives on
the campus. Unless a student hasbeen informed in writing byUniversity officials
that employment will be immediately available for him when he arrives, and
unless immigration officials at the port of entry into the United States approve
this arrangement, the student should not plan to work during his first year. If he
is diligent in seeking employment, he can probably find a part-time job or sum-
mer employment to supplement his funds for the second and following years' ex-
penses. However, it is virtually impossible for a student to earn all of the mon-
ey for his expenses-he must continue, even after the first year, to have finan-
cial assistance from his own sources.
LOANS. No funds are available for long-term loans to students, or
for payment of transportation costs. Funds are available for small, short-term
emergency loans to currently enrolled students for necessary school expenses
only. The maximum amount which may be borrowed is usually $50. A loan must
be repaid within 90 days. Loan applications must be approved by the Assistant
Dean of Men and the faculty Committee on Student Aids, Scholarships and
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID. If a prospective student from
abroad wishes to apply for a scholarship, fellowship, assistantship, or other fi-
nancial aid, or if he has questions about finances, he should write to the Adviser
to Foreign Students, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. The letter
should include a detailed statement of the financial needs and the previous ac-
ademic training of the student. The Adviser to Foreign Students will be glad to
answer questions and to see that the necessary instructions and forms for appli-
cation are sent to the student.
Housing facilities for students at the University of Florida compare
very favorably with those in other universities and colleges throughout the
United States. The majority of the University residence halls for men and for
women are fireproof buildings constructed of brick, concrete and steel, but some
are of wooden frame construction. Many of the buildings are comparatively new.
All are within walking distance of the classroom buildings. Carefully selected
and trained personnel are in charge of each residence hall. Each room is pro-
vided with basic furnishings-beds, mattresses, dressers, desks, and chairs-but
students are encouraged to provide their own drapes, pictures, bedspreads, rugs,
and lamps. Sheets, blankets towels and pillows may be rented from the Univer-
sity, or each student may furnish his own. If the student rents them, the Univer-
sity will provide him with clean sheets and towels each week, but if he provides
his own he must make arrangements for having them laundered at a commercial
No student living in a University residence hall can be promised a
room by himself. Very few single rooms are available, and these are reserved
for students with special disabilities. Most students live in rooms or suites with
one or two roommates. It is the policy of the University to house each student
from abroad with a U.S. student as a roommate in order that he may learn to
know the campus, the community, the language, and the people as quickly as
A housing application is included with the application forms for ad-
mission, and should be returned with the admission forms. A housing assignment
will not be made until the student has been admitted to the University. The
assignment will be cancelled if the student does not arrive by the arrival date
specified in his admission letter. The entire amount of the first semester's rent
will be due upon arrival. A deposit of $10 in addition to the rent is required
from each occupant of University housing. It is refundable when he leaves
University housing, providing he is not liable for any property damage or other
charges not covered by the regular room rent.
Some University-owned apartments are available at comparatively
low rentals for married students. However, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
are given preference for these apartments, and there are usually none available
to others. Rooms and apartments for single or married students are also available
in or near the city of Gainesville, usually at somewhat higher rentals than are
charged for University housing facilities. However, first-year students and all
undergraduate women students are required to live in University residence halls
if space permits, and all students from abroad are encouraged to live in Univer-
sity housing if possible. At the present time graduate women students cannot be
housed in University facilities because of limitations of space. Arrangements for
off-campus housing cannot be made until after arrival in Gainesville. Lists of
rooms and apartments may be examined in the Housing Office.
Many students live in one of the 11 sororities (for women) or 26 fra-
ternities (for men) which have their own houses near the campus. However,
residence or membership in one of these groups is by invitation only.
Desirable Arrival Time
Every student should plan to arrive in Gainesville at least by the ar-
rival date specified in his admission letter. A few days of extra time before the
semesterbegins will give an opportunity to become acquainted with the campus,
to interview the Adviser to Foreign Students, to check on credentials, to make
any necessaryfinancial arrangements, to get settled in a room, and to talk with
an academic adviser.
However, it is recognized that it is not always possible to arrive at
the most convenient time. One must come when transportation is available. If it
is necessary for a foreign student to arrive earlier than the suggested date, ev-
ery effort will be made to make the necessary arrangements for him until the be-
ginning of the term. If a student arrives after the first week of classes he prob-
ably will not be permitted to enroll as a regular student until the beginning of
the next term.
Whenever the foreign student plans to arrive, the Adviser to Foreign
Students would like to know his exact arrival time in advance, so that housing
may be ready for him, and, if possible, someone may meet him at the bus sta-
tion, railway depot, or airport.
Thisbulletin is offered in the spirit of friendly helpfulness with which
the University of Florida traditionally receives students from other countries. The
aim in its preparation has been to give the prospective student a good picture of
the situation he can expect to find and what will be expected of him if he be-
comes a University of Florida student. The material included answers the ques-
tions which students from abroad most frequently ask. It is the hope of the Uni-
versity that this information will help to assure that all of its students fromother
countries will have a pleasant and profitable period of study. Any student who
has questions which have not been answered in this bulletin is invited to write
to the Adviser to Foreign Students of the University of Florida, who is always
ready to help in any way possible.