Next Steps for Admitted International Students

你好, ¡Hola!, مرحبا, Olá! and welcome to UWF! Getting adjusted to UWF can be challenging with housing, arrival, and maintaining legal immigration status - but don't worry, we are here to help!

Please contact the UWF International Student Services Office at 474-2502 or Skype at uwfinternationaloffice for any questions, assistance, or concerns with next steps.

First Steps: Financial Statements, Student Visa, Transfer Coursework, and Campus Visit

Submit Confidential Financial Statement

You must provide proof of sufficient funds for academic and personal expenses, including health insurance, for the duration of program of studies.  The Form I-20 will be issued approximately 4-5 business days after approved financial documents are received.

Upon Admission:  Complete and submit your Confidential Financial Statement (PDF) form via email to or fax to (850) 474-2915.

Applying for Your F-1 Student Visa

International students are issued a Form I-20 by International Student Services after an approved confidential financial statement is received.  The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa.

You can pay your SEVIS fee at  The University of West Florida school code is MIA214F00366000.

After submitting your SEVIS fee payment, you can schedule an appointment with an embassy or consulate for your visa interview.  Please refer to the U.S. Department of State Student Visa Website to be guided through the process.

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Transferring Your F-1 Student Visa? (Students already enrolled at a U.S. institution)

If you are an F-1 student who is transferring from an institution in the United States to the University of West Florida, either before completion of your current program of study or after having completed your program of study, you must transfer your SEVIS record to UWF.

Complete and submit the International Student Transfer Form (PDF) via email to or fax to (850) 474-2915 and release your student record to SEVIS school code MIA214F00366000.

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Visit Us!

As a #FutureArgo you are invited to visit with us.  There is no better way to see if UWF is your fit unless you see firsthand what life is like as an Argo!  We have many options, pick your favorite and get signed up!

Confirmation & Next Steps

Confirm Your Admission

All International students are required to notify us that you have chosen to attend UWF prior to registering for orientation or applying for on-campus housing.

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New Student Orientation

All international students are required to attend the New International Student Orientation, which is where they will register for classes.

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Submit Proof of Health Insurance

All international students are required to show proof of health insurance prior registering for classes.  Proof of health insurance should be emailed to or faxed to (850) 474-2915.

Students will select an option below:

  • Opt out of UWF's coverage program by submitting the online waiver form by December 1.  Many foreign insurance companies and travel insurance plans do not meet the State of Florida regulations.
  • UWF's Health Insurance Coverage through Gallagher Insurance

Option 1 Deadline:  If you submit the waiver after the deadline dates below, you will be automatically be assessed the insurance premium fees on your UWF student account.

  • Fall 2017:  August 1, 2017
  • Spring 2018:  December 1, 2017

Submit Immunization Records

All students are required to complete and submit an Immunization Health History Form to register for classes at least 3 weeks prior to when they wish to register.  For questions please contact Student Health Services at or (850) 474-2172.  Learn more including helpful steps on completing out your form at

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Information for Transfer Students

Registering for Classes

International Upperclassmen Transfers are able to contact their Academic Department Advisor directly to be advised.  You will need a registration PIN to register, which is released by your Department Advisor.

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Preparing to Pick Classes

Check, verify, and satisfy any registration holds.

Check that college and/or AP, IB, etc. transcripts have been received and credit is awarded.  You can view your Application Status and Degree Audit apps in MyUWF.

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Planning for Your Arrival

Apply for On-Campus Housing

Housing is always in high demand, so be sure to complete and submit a housing contract as soon as possible.  Students are encouraged to apply for housing by the priority deadline.

Housing contracts and housing living options can be found at  For questions, please contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at

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Planning Your Arrival in Pensacola

Look out for our UWF welcome table at the Pensacola International Airport.

It is suggested that students plan to arrive by plane.  Trains and buses are not typically convenient transportation in this region.  The nearest airport is Pensacola International Airport (PNS).

Upon arrival, students typically take a taxi to the university.  Taxicab fare usually costs between $25-$35 (USD).

Students should plan on arriving prior to their scheduled orientation(s) and start of classes.  Upon arrival, students are required to check in with UWF International Student Services to formally confirm arrival.

Final Steps

Check In with UWF International Student Services

All new international students must check in with International Student Services upon arrival, usually at the New International Student Orientation.  We are located in Bldg. 71.  Legal status is not activated until check in is completed.

At check in, students need to bring:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Form DS-2019
  • Proof of health insurance or a credit card to purchase health insurance

Students who do not check in within thirty (30) days lose their legal status as non-immigrants and will be terminated.

Need help?  Contact the International Student Services Office by email at or phone at (850) 474-2502.

Submit Any Final Academic Documents

All students are required to have their final transcripts sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions once they graduate from high school or complete final college coursework prior to the start of your classes.

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Pay Tuition

Students can check their UWF account balance and make payments online through their CashNet app.

For any questions or help, please contact Argo Central.  Come on in to Bldg. 18, email or call (850) 474-3387.

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Academic Deadlines

Be sure to check the deadlines specific to your term.

Academic Calendar 2017-2018 (PDF)

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