The University of South Florida (USF) is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida with a total enrollment of 47,646 students in the 2012–2013 academic year. USF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, one of the state’s three flagship universities for public research. Located in Tampa, USF offers the experience of a dynamic college campus in the folds of a metropolitan area. USF’s 13 colleges offer an extensive range of degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels including business, marketing, liberal arts and ethic studies:
- • College of Arts and Science (3 schools: The School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics)
- • College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
- • College of Business
- • College of Education
- • College of Engineering
- • Honors College
- • College of Marine Science
- • College of Medicine
- • College of Nursing
- • College of Pharmacy
- • College of Public Health
- • College of The Arts (4 schools : the School of Architecture & Community Design, the School of Art & Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre & Dance)
- • University College
With over 300 student organizations to choose from, students are very involved on campus. A member of the Big East athletic conference, USF competes against some of the top ranked schools in the country. For students who like participating in sports, many intramural and club sports are available. Campus Recreation also offers traditional gym options as well as group fitness classes, racquetball courts, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
International students are not required to live on-campus, however it is highly encouraged as most landlords off-campus require a six to nine-month lease.
If you do decide to live on-campus, USF recommends the Magnolia Apartments. They provide kitchen access and a more private living space, and there is always the option to cancel your meal plan. Otherwise, there are many apartments nearby that USF students enjoy. Some of the most popular are: The Avalon Apartments: www.avalonheights.net, the Malibu: www.malibuusf.com, and many more which may be found at: www.sra.usf.edu/och/ or www.rentsolutions.com. If you are planning on arranging independent housing off-campus, please include a letter stating such with your application or email to the USF Coordinator upon acceptance.
- The Housing and Meal Plan Applications must be completed as soon as possible upon notification of acceptance. The USF Program Coordinator will notify students how to apply for housing as soon as the applications are available. We will not be able to guarantee on-campus housing, since the assignments are made on a first come, first served basis, however we will do our best to facilitate this process.
- If you plan to apply for on-campus housing, you must obtain the Meningitis and Hepatitis vaccines and submit the confirmation as part of your Health History Form to USF to be considered for housing.
- In order to be considered for housing on-campus, all students must also submit a meal plan form. More information about the meal plan options can be found at: http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSS/UnivSouthFlorida/MealMemberships/. After students have been officially accepted and issued a USF ID number, they may submit a contract on-line by going to the website above.
USF requires health coverage for Exchange students studying at USF.
purchase the USF insurance policy that is guaranteed to fulfill requirements set forth by the State of Florida/USF for immigration purposes. You can find information on the health insurance at http://www.shs.usf.edu/insurance/insurance-forms.aspx
exception to this rule is for those students who are enrolled in an insurance policy that has been reviewed and pre-approved to meet all requirements of the State of Florida prior to arrival at USF. The non-USF Insurance Policy providers will be required to sign the USF Health Insurance Compliance Form which details the requirements for insurance.
Inability to prove full insurance coverage by the second week of classes will result in a change of visa status and possible termination of the exchange in accordance with U.S. Department of State Regulations
Estimated Expenses for 2016 - 2017
- • Tuition/Fees: waived
- • Room/Board: $4,600 per semester
- • Books/Supplies: $800 per semester
- • Medical Care: $1,050 per semester
- • Personal Expenses (including transportation): $2,100
- • Total (per semester): $8,550
*Please note that these are estimated expenses
and the actual amount which you will spend will depend on your personal spending trends. You must provide proof of funds totaling the amounts above in order to complete your DS2019 visa application process.