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Incoming Exchange Student Information

Welcome to UF and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences! We’re happy to welcome students from our partner institutions around the world to the Gator Nation and are here to help you have a successful semester or academic year. For more information on the incoming exchange student application process and pre-departure information, please visit the UF International Center website. Once you have been successfully nominated by your home university and approved by UF, use the information below to begin registering for courses.

Graduate Students: Please contact your department’s graduate coordinator for advising and registration questions.

Choose Your Classes

You should choose your classes using the following guidelines:

  • Classes must be taught by our CLAS Departments. Up to one class may come from outside of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) with approval of the college offering the class.
  • Class numbers between “1,000-4,999” (for example, DEP3053) are for undergraduate classes. You may take any combination of levels between 1,000-4,999.
  • Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours for visa requirements. A maximum of 18 credit hours can be taken.
  • You are only allowed one 100% online class. Classes listed as 80-99% online count toward the in-person requirement.
  • You can see what classes are offered in a specific semester using our Schedule of Courses (“classes” and “courses” are used interchangeably), which is published in early March for Fall and early October for Spring. Use the filters to choose the Term you will be attending. Use “Campus/Web/Special Program” for the Program type.
  • Once you have selected classes, check with your home university to be sure they are acceptable.

CLAS Departments and Centers

African American Studies
African Studies
American Studies
Asian Studies
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Data Science
East Asian Lang & Lit-Chinese
East Asian Lang & Lit-Japanese
European Studies
Foreign Languages & Literatures
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies
Graham Center
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Studies
Jewish Studies
Latin American Studies
Marine Biology
Microbiology and Cell Science
Political Science
Sustainability Studies
Writing Program
Written and Oral Communication

You should submit all required documents to UFIC including your class selection form as early as possible to have the best opportunity of getting the classes you desire. You won’t be able to register for classes until all required documents have been received. We cannot guarantee registration in any specific class, but will do our best to try and accommodate your requests.

Restricted Classes:
There is no guarantee of being able to register for any particular class. You should have backup options and some flexibility in what you register for. You must have the published pre-requisites for all classes. Computer Science classes are very limited and you should not expect to register for more than 1-2 computer science classes per semester. Exchange students are not eligible to enroll in: COP 3502C, COP 3503C, COT 3100, CEN 3031, CDA 3101, and COP 4600.

Check Your Holds

To register you cannot have any active registration holds on your record. You can check for holds on ONE.UF. If you have an immunization hold, it may be possible to temporarily lift it to allow you to register. Please contact Amila Tica at


Once you’ve selected your classes and have removed your holds you will register on ONE.UF. Use the tutorial below if you need help navigating the system.

How to Register for a Class on ONE.UF

You must be registered for at least one class before the end of the Regular Registration, but you should register for as many of your classes as possible, as early as possible, for the best selection. If a CLAS class you want to take has no seats available you may email to see if we have any seats in reserve for exchange students.


Some classes have pre-requisites which are listed in the Schedule of Courses or the Undergraduate Catalog. If you are having trouble registering for a class due to a pre-requisite error message, you can email the Department that offers the class. Please include your UF ID number, the class number, and a copy of your unofficial transcript. Or you may email to request a pre-requisite waiver if you have clearly taken the pre-requisite at your home university (for computer science, economics, math, and statistics courses you must email the department). For classes outside of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences please contact the other college that offers the class for permission.

Adjusting Your Schedule

Once you have registered you may continue to adjust your class schedule on ONE.UF if needed through the end of the Drop/Add period which is the first 5 days of classes in the Fall and Spring semesters. We generally do not permit adding courses after the drop/add period unless needed to meet your visa requirements. You must check with your home university to make sure your classes are acceptable prior to the last day of the Drop/Add period.

Helpful Terminology

Course: This refers to an individual class, not a degree of study. You may hear the terms “course” and “class” being used interchangeably. Most exchange students take 4-5 courses (or classes) each semester.

Credit Hour: Also referred to as “hours” or “credits”, every course taught is designated a total number of credit hours. The number of credit hours for a class reflects approximately the total hours a student spends per week in class. Most courses at UF are 3 or 4 credits, but some laboratories may be 1 or 2 credits. You need a minimum of 12 credits each semester (term) to meet visa requirements.

Drop/Add: A period of time beginning the first day of classes when students can adjust schedules by dropping or adding courses or changing sections of a course. Courses dropped during drop/add are not subject to fees.

Major: A subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization.

Module: This usually refers to a portion of class, usually one that is online. UF uses the online learning platform called Canvas ( Courses are often divided into modules, or sections.

Prerequisite: A condition that must be met to establish eligibility to enroll in a program or course.

Schedule of Courses: Registration information provided online each term with academic regulations and a listing of all courses offered.

Semester or Term A standard academic term (fall or spring) of approximately 16 weeks of instruction.

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