University of Florida Activities and resources for International Students English Language Institute
One of the best things to do to keep practicing your English outside of the classroom is by participating in social, cultural, sport and other activities and meeting new people. The English Language Institute at University of Florida gives you the opportunity to do this through several activities and resources.
Activities at the University of Florida
The English Language Institute will give you access to any of the 10 libraries on the University of Florida campus, plus access to daily after-class sports and cultural activities.
Students of ELI UF will receive a weekly informative and entertaining newsletter.
Afternoon and weekend activities are provided by the Cultural Immersion Program (CIP). Typical afternoon activities are sports, conversation over coffee, and movies. Weekend trips include kayaking, canoeing and swimming, in Florida’s beautiful springs, picnics and barbeques, paintball, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and trips to beautiful beaches! Another popular activity is Volunteer Day. ELI students can participate in volunteering activities in the Gainesville community. The CIP also arranges for students to have one-on-one conversation partners
all activities are covered in your tuition. However, park entrance fees (Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, etc.), some transportation fees, food, and souvenirs are not included.
Main attractions in Gainesville
You can go to support the Gators team in different sports as football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc. More information in the following link: http://www.gatorzone.com/
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, popularly known as "The Swamp", is the football stadium for the University of Florida and the home field of the university's Florida Gators football team. The attendance for the Gators' home football games regularly exceeds 90,000 people.
One the main butterfly exhibition of the World. At the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, you’ll come face-to-face with exotic free-flying butterflies within a large screened enclosure. Visitors can stroll through tropical foliage and flowers to the sound of waterfalls.
Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark.
More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds.
Eight trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling, including the 16 mile long, paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.
Main attractions in cities nearby as Orlando and Tampa
Walt Disney World
The happiest place on earth. Disney World was opened on October 1, 1971 and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is not just a theme park, but a huge resort complex covering 47 square miles. The resort contains four separate theme parks, two water parks and 99 holes of golf. The four theme parks are Disney World Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom and Disney-MGM Studios.
Universal Studios Orlando
Providing decades of entertainment to fans worldwide, Universal Studio’s theme park offers countless attractions that are all sure to thrill, inspire, excite, and above all help to create those memories that will last your family for a lifetime. Universal Studios is somewhat unique as a theme park in that it allows you the opportunity to go behind the scenes of an actively working movie studio, and also experience the rides that pay homage to some of their biggest blockbuster movies.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens is a 335 acre African-themed family entertainment and adventure park featuring thrill rides, live music, craft performances and a multitude of exotic animals in natural habitat settings. This is one of the must see attractions in the Tampa area for visiting families.
Also, visitors can take a safari to see animals grazing on the plains with reproductions of African villages and camps. Visitors can experience close up encounters with some of the animals.