IEP Application Process

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How to apply

To apply to the Intensive English Program, clcik the link below. We will review your application and send you the next steps. 


Apply to the IEP 

IEP Application Map

After completing Step 1 - "Apply", you will receive emails with step-by-step instructions to help you complete the application process.

Download Map & Process Chart
IEP Application Map - This is the path to follow to become an IEP student. Skip step #3 if you do NOT need a visa.

Step 1: APPLY

Step 1.A - Create an Application Account + Start An Application

IMPORTANT: The "Application Email Address" must be the personal email address of the real student.

Do not use a family member or recruiting agent email address or your application may have problems.

This screenshot shows the correct method to log into an IEP application account.

Step 1.B - Pay the Online Application Fee

Payment is made inside the the application.

Step 1.C - Complete the Online Application

Upload a copy of your application fee receipt and type the receipt number.

Step 2: Activate Accounts & Upload Immigration Documents

Step 2.D - Activate Student Account

Activate your MyUWF Account. You will need your UWF ID, birth date, and access to the email account from your IEP application.  You will create security questions and a password. Write down your new username & password.

Activate MyUWF Account

Step 2.E - Activate UWF Gmail Account

Use your new username and password to activate your UWF Gmail Account. You must do this to receive important future emails.

Activate UWF Gmail Account

Step 2.F - Upload Immigration & Financial Documents

Required to get an F-1 Student Visa.

You will upload a copy of your passport & financial documents to proof you have enough money to live & study in the U.S. without a job. Your financial documents upload must include a "UWF Certification of Financial Resources" (CFR).

Download CFR & Instructions

Step 3: Obtain Your Visa

Step 3.G - Create Shipping Account & Pay for I-20 Shipping

You must have the original I-20 document with you for your visa interview. After we print your I-20 form, we will email you instructions to the costs to mail the document to you.


Step 3.H - Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee

You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee to the U.S. government to get a visa.

Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee


Step 3.I - Complete a DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application

Apply For a Nonimmigrant Visa

You should have the following documents available while you complete your DS-160:

  • Your I-20 Form
  • An acceptable Visa Photo of yourself (digital)
  • Passport
  • Travel itinerary, if you have already made travel arrangements.
  • Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States, if you have previously travelled to the United States. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years. 
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae - You may be required to provide information about your current and previous education and work history. 
  • SEVIS ID # (This will be on the I-20 Form)
  • The street address for the University of West Florida: 
    • Street Address (Line 1): 11000 University Parkway
    • Street Address (Line 2): Building 71, Room 147
    • City: Pensacola
    • State: FLORIDA
    • ZIP Code: 32514 

Step 3.J - Schedule and go to your Visa Appointment

Schedule your Visa Interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is most convenient for you.

U.S. Embassies & Consulates List

Step 4: Health Insurance, Immunizations, Housing, Orientation

Step 4.K - Purchase International Student Health Insurance

F-1 Student Visa holders are required to have health insurance for every semester. This is a U.S. law and a UWF requirement.

There are two options for meeting this requirement:

Option 1: Purchase the UWF pre-approved health insurance plan provided by Insurance For Students. (Fastest & Easiest)

Purchase Pre-Approved Plan

Option 2: Use a private health insurance plan and provide a copy to UWF. We must review your private health insurance plan. Submit your plan early by completing a "health insurance waiver".

You may purchase a private insurance policy that meets Florida's minimum requirements for international student insurance.

After you purchase a private policy, you must also submit a health insurance waiver by the waiver deadline for your IEP semester so we can review your policy.

Health Insurance Waiver Deadlines
All private health insurance plans must be uploaded before these deadlines.
IEP SemesterWaiver Deadline
Fall August 15
Spring December 1
Summer April 15

If you do not do this by the waiver deadline then you will be required to purchase the UWF Insurance Policy.

Submit Health Insurance Waiver

We will notify you if your private policy does not meet the minimum requirements.

IMPORTANT: Read your insurance private health insurance plan details carefully. It is easy to purchase the wrong plan by mistake. UWF is not responsible to help you get a refund if you purchase an incorrect insurance policy.

You can find more information about insurance for UWF international students here.


Step 4.L - Complete Immunization Requirements

Florida laws requires that all students provide documentation of immunization records.

You must upload copies of your immunization & vaccine records using a special form called the "The Online UWF Mandatory Immunization Health History (MIHH) Form".

You must complete the entire MIHH form or you cannot enroll in IEP classes.

We will email you instructions about how to properly complete the form.

Your uploaded documents will be reviewed by employees of UWF Student Health Services.  They will read your documents and update your "Immunization Status" if you are approved.

MIHH Form - Paper version - (Download & Print)

MIHH Form - Online - (Upload the paper version)

Step 4.M - Find Housing

IEP students are allowed to rent rooms and apartments on-campus at UWF.

Please go to the UWF Housing & Residence Life website to learn about your options.

There are privately owned "off-campus" apartments and houses for rent within walking distance of IEP as well.

IEP will not help you apply for housing on-campus or off-campus.


Step 4.N - Register for Orientation

All new IEP students must attend Orientation. You will receive a special email to register for orientation.



Step 5: Prepare for Classes & Pay Tuition and Fees

Step 5.O - English Placement Testing (EPT)

All new IEP students must take the English Placement Tests.

The tests will assess your grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. The results of the tests are used to determine your IEP level and class schedule.

Check the dates and deadlines for your semester on the IEP website.

Students will be charged a $100 Late Testing Fee if they do not attend EPT testing day. 


Step 5.P - Update Local Address & Phone Number

U.S. immigration regulations require F-1 Student Visa holders to register their local U.S. address & a cell phone number that works in the U.S.

You must update this information after find an apartment and purchase a local cell phone number.

Update Local Address & Local Phone Number

Step 5.Q - Attend Orientation

Orientation is a series of classes and activities to teach you the rules of being an IEP student and an F-1 Student Visa holder. The classes will have information about attendance, immigration, academics, and include a short tour of the campus.

All new IEP students must attend Orientation.

Students without F-1 Visas must attend Orientation.


Step 5.R - Immigration Check-In

After Orientation you must make a special appointment to meet with a UWF Designated School Official (DSO).

The DSO will review your documents and verify your local U.S. address and cell phone number.

This is a requirement for all F-1 Student Visa holders.


Step 5.S - Prepare for IEP Classes & Pay Tuition

After the EPT tests, you will be emailed a list of your IEP classes and the books and materials you should purchase.

You must purchase all of your books and materials before the end of the second week of class.

Tuition & Fees are added to student accounts during the first week of IEP classes. Students must pay all tuition & fees by the deadlines on the calendars.

There are 2 options for paying tuition & fees:

MyUWF CashNet - Credit Card Only

UWF Cashier's Office - Cash Only

All tuition & fees must be paid in full (100%) or students will risk being expelled from the program.

Payment plans or installment payments are not allowed.