International Students

FAQ 

If I am an international applicant who is currently living in the U.S., should I submit the domestic application or the international application?

  • Only citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to send the domestic application. If you are in international student currently residing in the U.S. to attend school, you should submit the international application. Please note that the requirements are different if you are applying for our Online Master of Science in Pharmacy program.  Please see the Online M.S. program’s website for additional information.

What test scores do International Students need to submit?

  • The TOEFL-IBT is the preferred test, along with the GRE.

I am currently studying in the US/received an undergraduate degree in the U.S. Do I still have to submit GRE scores? Why?

  • Our graduate program is highly competitive. As a result, we require a GRE score for every (domestic and international) applicant to help us assess each candidate equally. Please note that we ask that the GRE be taken by the time you apply to the program. Applications that do not have submitted GRE scores by the application due date will be delayed in processing.

What TOEFL scores will I need?

  • We like to see a TOEFL-IBT score of 25 or higher for EACH score on the Reading, Writing  and Listening sections and a score of 27 or higher on the Speaking section. It is important to note that many variables factor into applicant selection and it is difficult to evaluate the chance for admissions based on these scores alone.

Does my TOEFL score qualify me for admission? If my TOEFL does not meet your recommended score, will my application be rejected?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the competitiveness of specific scores. Because we typically have many more applications than we have available openings in the graduate program, it is difficult to evaluate an individual’s chance for admission without a complete application.
  • All completed applications are measured on an individualized basis, and no application is immediately rejected without being reviewed by the selection committee. If your TOEFL score does not meet the department’s recommended score your completed application will still be considered, however many students will retake the test due to the limited amount of openings. For more information regarding the English language skills requirements for admission to the University of Florida, please visit the UF Graduate School website.

Can the IELTS test replace the TOEFL IBT test?

  • Yes, a score from IELTS can replace the TOEFL IBT. To be considered competitive for our program, we like to see applicants with a score of at least a 7 on the IELTS which is equivalent to a 100 on the TOEFL IBT test.

I am currently studying in the U.S./received an undergraduate degree in the U.S. Do I still have to submit TOEFL scores? Why?

  • We do not waive the TOEFL iBT because it includes a spoken English component. Additionally, if you are seeking funding through the University, the spoken English component cannot be waived for appointment as a Teaching Assistant under Florida state law.
  • Our graduate program is highly competitive. As a result, we ask that the TOEFL exam be taken by the time you apply to the program. Applications that do not have submitted TOEFL scores by the application due date will be delayed in processing. If you have taken the test and are waiting for the results, you may share with our department an unofficial copy of the results and provide us with an estimate when the results will be available. This will expedite review of your application. Send this information to Kaitlyn Jacobs.

Can I apply without the TOEFL and, in case of admission to the program, take the TOEFL after admission but before starting a Teaching Assistantship (TA)?

  • Unfortunately no. Our admission decisions are connected to TA or Research Assistantships (RA). We will not be able to make a determination of financial support without official TOEFL scores.

My TOEFL scores have expired. Do I need to take them again? Can I send you a photocopy of my scores?

  • All TOEFL scores must come directly from ETS, who do not officially report your scores after the two year period. Unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies of your expired TOEFL scores to meet this requirement. As a result, we highly recommend that if your scores are expired that you retake the exam.
  • You may send a copy of your expired results along with an estimate when the new results are available to Kaitlyn Jacobs. This will expedite the review process for your application.

Will you accept official transcripts from WES (World Educational Services)?

  • We do not accept the WES transcript as official transcripts. If WES transcripts are sent, they are automatically coded as “unofficial” and placed in your file. We will review a file with the unofficial WES documents, however before you can be offered admission, your university must send official school transcripts.

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