|Information for: Visitors | Applicants | Current Students | Teachers | Alumni|
To be accepted, we require the following:
Government and University Sponsored Students: If you will have a financial guarantee from your government or university, we can only accept an application directly from you or your government/university sponsor. We are unable to accept applications from private third-party agents for students with government or university based financial guarantees.
Documents should be emailed to StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu OR sent by mail to:
When we receive your complete application, we will send F-1 applicants immigration documents by express mail. You must present this form to the authorities in your country to obtain a visa for study in the US. To get the visa, you need to pay a $200 SEVIS fee. This fee is from the US government and must be paid in order to make an appointment at the US consulate, where you will meet with a consular official and interview for your visa. The process can take some time, so be sure to apply for the visa at least one month before you plan to arrive in Gainesville.
US immigration laws require visiting students to the United States to submit a record of their immunizations. To study with us, we require immunizations records on this form only. Please see example forms here.
In addition, students with F or J visas are required to show the ELI proof of health insurance coverage for illness or accidental injury. You will not be allowed to attend classes without it. You can either buy insurance in the US or buy it in your country.
We strongly recommend that you buy insurance when you arrive at the university. You can buy UnitedHealthcare plans for $183 per month, or you can look at other plans on the UF International Center website here (the cost of these plans varies depending on the student's age).
If you choose to buy an insurance plan in your country, it is a longer and more difficult process to use it here. In fact, it is likely that you will buy insurance in your country, complete the UF waiver form, and then learn from our Health Compliance Office that it is not acceptable. In that case, you must buy UF insurance anyway!
Again, we recommend that you wait to buy insurance until you arrive at the ELI. However, if you choose to buy insurance in your country, your insurance company must verify that your plan meets these requirements.
In order to allow time to issue immigration documents and to make sure that space will be available, completed applications should be in the ELI at least three weeks before the session begins. For the exact date, check the Calendar and Fees.
Admission to the ELI is not the same as admission to the University of Florida. If you wish to obtain admission to the university, you must apply there directly. You can request the necessary forms from the Admissions Office, Criser Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, U.S.A. You can also visit the main University of Florida web site or UF International Admissions.
International students must follow these regulations established by the U.S. Immigrations and Naturalization Service (INS).
The ELI application fee is non-refundable.