Arriving in the U.S.

Getting an F-1 Student Visa

Once admitted, international students are issued a Form I-20 by the International Student Office. The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa. 

The first step is to pay your SEVIS fee. This is done by logging on to and paying the fee. The University of West Florida school code is MIA214F00366000. 

After paying the SEVIS fee, it is possible to schedule an appointment with an embassy or consulate for a visa interview. The U.S. Department of State Student Visa Website is a valuable resource and will guide students through the process.

Arriving in Pensacola

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

Orientation and Check In

A new international student at UWF is required to do several things:

Check in with the International Student Office

New international students must check in with the International Student Office. Legal status is not activated until check in is completed. At check in students need to bring: 

1. Passport 

2. Visa 

3. Form I-20 

4. Proof of health insurance or a credit card to purchase health insurance with.

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

Attend the Mandatory Undergraduate UWF Orientation

All new F-1 international students are required to attend the UWF orientation. Students are not permitted to register for classes until this is completed. To register and pay the orientation fee, visit the Orientation page.

Attend the Mandatory International Student Office Orientation

All new international students are required to attend the International Student Office orientation. Any student who misses the orientation is required to complete a make-up orientation at a later date.

Semester DateLocation
Fall 2015 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10 a.m. University Commons Conference Center, Bldg. 22
Spring 2016 Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10 a.m. Science and Engineering, Bldg. 4

Graduate students have an optional orientation available. See New Graduate Student Orientation for more information.