English Courses at the University of Central Florida

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT UCF IN THE CITY OF ORLANDO

Study English at UCF Global in 2021 or 2022. Contact a representative to get a quote, to receive more information, and a pdf brochure

UCF international student receiving diploma of English Language Program

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AT UCF GLOBAL

Choose one of the best schools in Florida and study in UCF, where every year students improve their English and prepare for University admission.

Graduation of UCF English Language Class

SOME OF THE BEST ENGLISH AND PATHWAY PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Enroll on some of the best Intensive English and Pathway programs at UCF Global at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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IMPROVE YOUR CAREER IN A WONDERFUL CITY LIKE ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Students from UCF Global can enjoy all the incredible attractions and activities you can find in Orlando, Florida, a wonderful place to live and study.

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ENGLISH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

This is one of the most popular destination for international students
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A DIVERSE SELECTION OF PROGRAMS AT UCF GLOBAL

UCF Global offers a wide variety of Intensive English and Pathway programs, so you can improve your fluency and prepare for university admission.

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LEARN ENGLISH IN A CEA-ACCREDITED INTENSIVE PROGRAM

The English programs at UCF are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, which ensures the high quality of them.

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FANTASTIC UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS AT UCF

UCF Global offers great pathway programs to prepare for the prestigious undergraduate programs you can find in one of the biggest schools in the country.

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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN A DIVERSE ENVIRONMENT

You’ll improve your fluency and prepare for undergraduate studies in a diverse environment with people from all over the world.

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BECOME PART OF THE FANTASTIC UCF COMMUNITY

At UCF you’ll be able to make new friends, network with fellow students, and become part of one of the greatest college communities in the country.

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CLASSES ARE TAUGHT INSIDE THE UCF CAMPUS

Whether you study English or prepare for undergraduate studies, your classes will be taught at UCF, so you can live a real campus experience in the USA.

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HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION AT UCF

The faculty of UCF are great professionals, with years of teaching experience, which translates into high quality instruction for all students.

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YOU CAN HAVE LOTS OF FUN WHILE STUDYING AT UCF

At UCF you’ll find lots of activities and events, so you can have lots of fun, meet new people and network with fellow students.

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ACCESS TO ON-CAMPUS FACILITIES AT UCF

Students at UCF can use the different on-campus recreation facilities, to have lots of fun and meet people, as well as go to the different health centers you can find on-campus for medical treatment.

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LEARN ENGLISH AND STUDY AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM AT A GREAT CITY

Orlando is an awesome location for tourists and students alike since it has lots of tourist attractions and fun activities to do outside the classroom, for an incredibly immersive experience.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

UCF GLOBAL

The University offers 3 english program options for students

Choose the program that fits you best
Full-Time Program

Intensive English Program

A full-time intensive program for people who want to improve their English for social, academic, or professional purposes.

Full-Time Program

Pathway Programs

An special pathway program designed for those who wish to enroll on undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida

Online Program

Online English Program

An online English program for people who want to enhance their English language proficiency at their own pace, enrolled on a remote course.

INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

The Intensive English Program offered by UCF Global, at the University of Central Florida is an ESL program designed to prepare students for a variety of situations, so no matter your purpose for learning English, you can find a place in this program. It has 10 different levels from Beginner to Advanced, 23 hours per week (Mon-Fri), it’s offered in Spring, Summer, and Fall, and apart from the core courses (grammar, reading, writing, and communication skills), you’ll have an elective course. Completion of level 8 meets the minimum English language proficiency requirement of UCF.

Main Features

  • Full-Time Program
  • Classes are on campus
  • 23 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • 10 levels from beginner to advanced.
  • Completion of level 8 meets the English requirement for UCF programs
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 8 weeks. Each session is one level
  • 6 in-takes, 2 in Spring, Summer and Fall
  • Elective classes
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities such as library, gym, health center, etc.
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Applies for F-1 student visa

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 16 years old the first day of classes. No maximum age.
  • Students must have graduated from high school prior to their enrollment.
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply.

More information about the Intensive English Program at UCF

Program Curriculum

Apart from the core courses (reading, writing, grammar and communication skills), students can choose from a variety of electives, which you can check down below:

Levels 1 - 4

Basic Pronunciation Skills, Basic Vocabulary, Beginner Tech Skills, Discover America, Discover UCF, Introduction to US Culture.

Levels 3 - 6

Current Events, Grammar Lab, Intermediate Discussion Debate, Public Speaking, Upper Level Pronunciation, Writer's Workshop.

Levels 5 - 8

Academic Preparation, Advanced Discussion and Debate, Advanced Fiction, Advanced Vocabulary, Aviation English, Business Writing, Cinema and Culture, Cross-Culture Communication, IELTS Test Preparation, SAT ACT Preparation, TOEFL Preparation, World Culture.

Levels 9 - 10

Academic Preparation, Accent Improvement, Advanced Discussion and Debate, Advanced Fiction, Advanced Vocabulary, Aviation English, Business Writing, Cinema and Culture, Cross-Culture Communication, IELTS Test Preparation, SAT ACT Preparation, TOEFL Preparation, World Culture.

PATHWAY PROGRAMS (ENGLISH + UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION)

The Pathway programs offered by UCF Global are university admission preparation programs for people who wish to enroll on undergraduate studies at UCF but need a softer transition into academic life in the USA, including an intensive English language instruction. They are divided in three based on the English proficiency level of the applicant: UCF Global Achievement Academy III, UCF Global Achievement Academy II, and UCF Global Achievement Academy UI. Students on these programs will be enrolled on English and regular undergraduate courses related to their degree, so from the very beginning they can obtain credits that will be applied towards their undergraduate program. You can begin in Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May). If you don't meet the minimum English requirement, you can enroll on the GAA Preparation program, which helps you improve your English before progressing into the GAA III program.

Main Features

  • Full-Time Program
  • Classes are on campus
  • 3 different programs based on English proficiency level
  • Three different start dates: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Programs of 9 months (GAA UI/GAA II) and 12 months (GAA III)
  • The length of the Global Academic Achievement Preparation varies
  • Curriculum adjusted to the student's choice of major
  • Priority access to academic courses with dedicated sections
  • Access to University facilities such as libraries, gyms, etc.
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • More than 200 bachelor degrees available at UCF
  • Applies for F-1 student visa

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 16 years old the first day of classes. No maximum age.
  • Students need to have graduated from high school. Diploma and transcripts are necessary.
  • English proficiency requirement varies according to program: moderate (GAA III), intermediate (GAA II), and Advanced (GAA UI). Students who do not meet these requirement may enroll on the GAA Prep program.
  • Minimum GPA Required: 2.5
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply

More information about the Pathway programs

Program Benefits

Students enrolled on the Pathway Programs of the University of Central Florida can enjoy several benefits in comparison to students who apply directly. Some of them are:

  • You improve your English while enrolled on undergraduate courses, which allows you to obtain credits towards your degree, so you don't need extra time to finish it.
  • Priority access to academic courses with special sections for pathway students.
  • Special support for a better transition into academic college life in the USA.
  • Courses are specially selected according to your area of study.
  • A more enhanced and personalized university experience.

Program Duration

Depending on your level of English, you can enroll on the GAA III, GAA II or the GAA UI program. Students who don't qualify for the GAA III program can enroll on the GAA Prep program, which consists of special English language preparation, and based on your level, it will take 12+ months to begin your undergraduate studies. You can check the duration of the other pathway programs down below:

  • GAA III: 3 terms (12 months)
  • GAA II: 2 terms (9 months)
  • GAA UI: 2 terms (9 months)

Although they last the same, GAA II and GAA UI have a different curriculum. For instance, students on the GAA UI program take more advanced courses and can enroll on two courses related to their major in the second term, in contrast with GAA II, on which students can only enroll on one course related to their major during the second term.

Sample Program Curriculum

Depending on your Global Achievement Academy program, you'll have a different curriculum, but in all cases, you'll obtain credits you can apply later to your degree. Down below you can check the curriculum of each program.

UCF Global Achievement Academy III

Term 1

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (4hrs)
  • English for Academic Success I (6hrs)
  • Strategies for Success
  • One of the following classes, depending on your area of study and math placement test scores: Explorations of Math, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus I.

Term 2

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (4hrs)
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • Oral Communications
  • U.S. History: 1492-1877
  • One of the math courses depending on your area of study

Term 3

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (4hrs)
  • English Composition I
  • American National Government
  • Two additional courses depending on your area of study
UCF Global Achievement Academy II

Term 1

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (4hrs)
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • U.S. History: 1492-1877
  • Strategies for Success
  • One of the following classes, depending on your area of study and math placement test scores: Explorations of Math, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus I.

Term 2

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (4hrs)
  • English Composition I
  • American National Government
  • Oral Communications
  • One additional course depending on your area of study
UCF Global Achievement Academy – University Integration

Term 1

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (3hrs)
  • English Composition I
  • Oral Communications
  • Strategies for Success
  • One of the following classes, depending on your area of study and math placement test scores: Explorations of Math, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus I.

Term 2

  • Co-curricular —Reading, Researching and University Life (3hrs)
  • English Composition II
  • American National Government
  • Two additional courses depending on your area of study

ENGLISH PROGRAM ONLINE

The Online English Program at UCF is a great option for students who need more flexibility in terms of when and how they can study English. It includes online self-paced content amounting to 16-18 hours per week spent in two different courses, two one-on-one meetings a week with instructors, and all the support services UCF Global offers to their English language students. Moreover, if at any point you want to move from the Online English Program to the Intensive English Program, is completely possible.

Main Features

  • Online English program
  • 16-18 hours per week, self-paced and live classes
  • Two courses: Reading/Writing/Grammar - Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation
  • 8 different levels
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 8 weeks. Each session is one level
  • Several start dates each year
  • Two core classes
  • Certificate of Completion
  • No visa needed

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 16 years old the first day of classes. No maximum age.
  • International students and US residents are welcome to apply

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES ENGLISH PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study English in University of Central Florida?

Price Tables:

  1. Intensive English Programs
  2. Pathway Programs
  3. Online English Programs

Table with costs and dates of the Intensive English Program 2021 - 2022

SessionDatesDurationProgram Fee
Summer 1 + Summer 2, 2021Full quarterMay 17 - Aug. 4(Orientation on May 12)12 weeks$5,314
Summer 1May 17 - Jun. 23(Orientation on May 12)6 weeks$2,657
Summer 2Jun. 28 - Aug. 4(Orientation on Jun. 23)6 weeks$2,657
Fall 1 + Fall 2, 2021Full quarterAug. 23 - Dec. 8(Orientation on Aug. 18)16 weeks$5,314
Fall 1Aug. 23 - Oct. 13(Orientation on Aug. 18)8 weeks$2,657
Fall 2Oct. 18 - Dec. 8(Orientation on Oct. 13)8 weeks$2,657
Spring 1 + Spring 2, 2022Full quarterJan. 10 - May 4(Orientation on Jan. 6)16 weeks$5,314
Spring 1Jan. 10 - Mar. 2(Orientation on Jan. 5)8 weeks$2,657
Spring 2Mar. 14 - May 4(Orientation on Mar. 9)8 weeks$2,657
Summer 1 + Summer 2, 2022Full quarterMay 16 - Aug. 3(Orientation on May 12)12 weeks$5,314
Summer 1May 16 - Jun. 22(Orientation on May 12)6 weeks$2,657
Summer 2Jun. 27 - Aug. 3(Orientation on Jun. 22)6 weeks$2,657
Fall 1 + Fall 2, 2022Full quarterAug. 22 - Dec. 7(Orientation on Aug. 17)16 weeks$5,314
Fall 1Aug. 22 - Oct. 12(Orientation on Aug. 17)8 weeks$2,657
Fall 2Oct. 17 - Dec. 7(Orientation on Oct. 12)8 weeks$2,657
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the English program at any season of the year.

For example if you want to study for approximately 6 months, you can take Fall Sessions I-II and Spring Session I. You will not repeat the same course, because each session will be in a different level.

Other Costs to consider

Apart from the program fee, which includes books, a student ID and access to sport facilities, you should consider some of the following additional costs when applying to the Intensive English Program at the University of Central Florida:

  • Application fee: a USD$120 non-refundable fee paid upon your application, which covers the delivery to your home country of the Form I-20 via certified post mail, which is needed to apply for the student visa.
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll on a full-time program in the USA need the F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the I-901 SEVIS Fee (US$350 aprox.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 aprox.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in Orlando: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider certain housing costs. Down below you can read some of the options UCF recommends for foreign students.
  • Health insurance: all those who are on a student visa in the US must have a mandatory health insurance, which is offered by UCF, and costs approximately USD$500 per session.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Orlando, USA
  • Food: you should consider food costs when thinking about your expenses, which will depend on where you eat.

Table with costs and dates of the Pathway Programs at UCF 2021 - 2022

ProgramDatesDurationProgram Fee
UCF Global Achievement Academy IIIYou can start at any academic semester (January, May, or August)12 months$25,000
UCF Global Achievement Academy IIYou can start at any academic semester (January, May, or August)9 months$17,000
UCF Global Achievement Academy UIYou can start at any academic semester (January, May, or August)9 months$17,000
Upon successful completion of any of the pathway programs and an ACT exam, students are eligible for admission as transfer students to more than 200 bachelor programs offered at UCF.

Other Costs to consider

Apart from the program fee, you should consider some of the following additional costs when applying to the Pathway Programs at the University of Central Florida:

  • Application fee: a USD$120 non-refundable fee paid upon your application, which covers the delivery to your home country of the Form I-20 via certified post mail, which is needed to apply for the student visa.
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll on a full-time program in the USA need the F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the I-901 SEVIS Fee (US$350 aprox.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 aprox.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in Orlando: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider certain housing costs. Down below you can read some of the options UCF recommends for foreign students.
  • Health insurance: all those who are on a student visa in the US must have a mandatory health insurance, which is offered by UCF, and costs approximately USD$1000 per semester.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Orlando, USA
  • Food: you should consider food costs when thinking about your expenses, which will depend on where you eat.

Table with costs and dates of the Online English Program at UCF 2021 - 2022

Session & DatesDurationProgram Fee
Same dates as Intensive English Program6 to 8 weeks$920 per session
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the English program at any season of the year.
For example if you want to study for approximately 6 months, you can take Fall Sessions I-II and Spring Session I. You will not repeat the same course, because each session will be in a different level.

Other Costs to consider

Apart from the program fee, you should consider some of the following additional costs when applying to the Online English Program at the University of Central Florida:

  • Application fee: a USD$30 non-refundable fee paid upon your application.
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to ucfvivecampus.com

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the form.

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2. Passport Copy

Clear Copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


3. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement that shows that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program. Amounts can be in US dollars or your local currency.

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees, and an estimate of what you might spend in medical insurance, housing, meals, books and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

Bank document must show at least the following amount per program:

  • Intensive English Program: USD$10,264 (2 sessions)
  • GAA Prep: USD$11,960 (per semester)
  • GAA III: USD$42,472 (per year)
  • GAA II & GAA UI: USD$33,972 (per year)

Note: if you enter the GAA Prep program and later advance onto GAA III, you'll have to obtain a new I-20, and therefore, you must submit a bank document certifying you have at least the US$42,472 to cover the program expenses.


4. Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee of US$120 (IEP), US$120 (Pathway Programs), or US$30 (OEP) paid to UCF Global. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the instructions mentioned by the representative.


Send your application documents

A representative need to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to ucfvivecampus.com

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school. Please contact us for more details. The application process is different

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted in the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20, needed to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in at UCF.
  • If the program you are applying for is a full-time program (18hrs/week or more), you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • If your program is less than 18 hours a week, you will have to travel to the U.S. as a tourist with a B1/B2 tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. As a tourist, you can only stay in the U.S. the time period your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for a F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160)
  • Pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

Next, you need to make full payment of all remaining fees, which is due at registration and can be done by credit card (Discover, Master Card, American Express), travelers/cashiers checks, or money order. You will receive more information regarding dates once you begin the application process.

5. Arrival to School

You should arrive a week before the program start date to attend the orientation. On your admission letter you can find more information about the orientation and the initial placement test. On the first day at school you should bring your passport and I-20 document.

Important: we suggest you to apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN ORLANDO AND ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Cultural events and activities
  • Conversation groups
  • Community guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Picnics
  • Sport events
  • Recreation activities
  • On-campus sport activities

While enrolled on the on-site English or pathway programs at UCF, you’ll be able to participate in all kinds of fun activities inside and outside campus, such as field trips to explore Florida; great recreation and cultural events and activities to meet new people; conversation groups to speak with other people and put your English into practice; on-campus sport activities to exercise and make new friends; and much more.

Information about the city of Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a city in Central Florida, which is the center of the Orlando Metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 2 million people.

As one of the main destinations for tourists, Orlando is home to more than a dozen famous theme parks: Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), Universal Orlando, Island of Adventures, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, SeaWorld, etc. Due to its great weather and many attractions, Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful”, and ranks among the most popular American cities based on where people want to live.

Orlando is also home to the prestigious University of Central Florida, which is the largest University campus in the United States in terms of enrollment.

Orlando is also a major industrial hi-tech center. The metro area has more than a $13 billion technology industry employing more than 50 thousand people and is a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media. Agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace, and software design. Another important sector is the film, television, and electronic gaming industries.

The great location of UCF campus in Orlando gives you the opportunity to experience an exciting city by going to the many theme parks, professional sporting events, museums and enjoy many other activities that the city of Orlando can offer you.

Study English and visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Information about University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida is located in Orlando, Florida and is an American metropolitan public research university. It is the largest university in the United States by total enrollment.

UCF was founded in 1963, with the primary mission of providing personnel to support the growing U.S. space program at the Kennedy Space Center. As the academic scope expanded beyond its original focus on engineering and technology, UCF continue as the university currently leads the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.

The University now offers more than 200 degrees through thirteen colleges. UCF has made significant research contributions to engineering, optics, simulation, digital media, business administration, education, hospitality management, and arts. The University logo is a Pegasus and the University sports teams, are commonly known as UCF knights.

Some quick facts about UCF include:

  • More than 68,000 students, coming from 133 countries
  • More than 13,000 faculty and staff
  • It has 13 schools and colleges
  • There are more than 200 degree programs
University of Central Florida UCF Global Building in Orlando

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HOUSING IN ORLANDO

Most common housing options for international students in Orlando

STUDENTS FROM THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH AND PATHWAY PROGRAM AT UCF GLOBAL HAVE 3 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS:

Check housing options for international students at UCF in Orlando
  • Dormitories on Campus
  • Dormitories off Campus
  • Apartments

Dormitories On Campus

Students from the pathway programs can live in on-campus dormitories. In this type of housing, they share common spaces with other students, so they can meet new people, make friends and network with them. Another benefit is its incredible location inside the college campus, only a few minutes walk to your classes, so its a great way to save money in transportation and get to live a fantastic college experience. Contact us as soon as possible if you'll enroll on a pathway program and you wish to live on campus.

Some of the options are:

Dormitories Off Campus

Apart from on-campus dormitories, there are also external providers that offer housing in student residences outside the UCF campus. These are private residencies that include all the amenities students need to live abroad and depending on each case, you can find shared and private rooms.

For more information check the UCF Off-campus Housing Website:

Apartments

Another housing option in Orlando is renting an apartment on your own or share it with other students. This option is usually more expensive and you must sign a lease, but it's more suited for those who wish to live in a more private environment.

For further information check the UCF Off-campus Housing Information:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near the campus of the University. If the housing option is off campus, students must contact directly the housing provider.

FAQS

Do you have any question about studying English at UCF?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ENGLISH IN UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

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Why should I choose to study at UCF?

The University of Central Florida is a public state university that is home to nearly 66,000 students, coming from 150+ countries from all over the world. Therefore, it offers a great opportunity to meet other students from different cultures and create a professional network that will be immensely useful for your future career. Moreover, its large, beautiful campus is the perfect environment to motivate students, where you can also spend your free time enjoying the multiple activities this university offers or spend time with other students, who are happy to welcome international students. Additionally, the UCF campus is close to numerous tourist attractions, so you’ll always have something fun to do.

Why should I study in Orlando, Florida?

This wonderful city is full of exciting theme parks, great restaurants and also close to paradisiac, sunny beaches. Whether you like fun, urban life or visiting breathtaking nature locations, Orlando has everything you need to have a wonderful time.

What is a Pathway Program?

A pathway program is an alternative entry method for international students who wish to undertake undergraduate studies at an American institution, but lack the English language proficiency or the minimum academic requirements to apply through the regular entry method. By choosing a pathway program, you’ll enter UCF as a regular student and you’ll be instructed in all areas, so you can successfully progress into the second year of your undergraduate degree.

What is the difference between the IEP and the GAA Prep programs?

Both programs include two sessions of Intensive English classes. However, the GAA Prep program includes airport pick-up, the option to live on campus, access to the GAA academic advisor for a better preparation for undergraduate studies, and guaranteed admission into the GAA II program. In summary, the IEP is better for students looking to improve their English, whereas the GAA Prep program is for those who want to enroll on undergraduate studies at UCF.

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study English at UCF?

Please check with us what type of visa you need to take the program you are interested in.

  • All full-time programs in the U.S. require a F-1 student Visa. With an F-1 visa you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • Part-time programs (less than 18 hours a week) can be taken with a tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. With a tourist visa, you can only stay in the U.S. the duration your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

If you need an F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form) from the UCF Global at the University of Central Florida. In some countries it can take several weeks to obtain a visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/

I am not a student in my country. Can I take these English language and pathway programs with an F-1 student visa?

Yes, the programs at UCF are open for people who are not currently studying. You must be at least 16 years old to apply and have finished high school.

Does the University of Central Florida offer scholarships?

UCF doesn't offer scholarships for the English or Pathway Programs, but you may apply for scholarships once you enter your undergraduate program. Contact us for more information.

What kind of comments and reviews does the University of Central Florida receive?

The University of Central Florida is a highly prestigious institution, one of the biggest in the country in terms of enrollment, and therefore, it offers students the opportunity to live and learn in a great diverse college environment. This is why students have great reviews and comments about UCF.

Will classes be taught inside the UCF campus?

Yes, all classes are taught at UCF.

How does UCF evaluate my current English language level?

You take a placement test before the program, which for example will determine whether you are ready to enroll on the UCF Pathway Programs.

What are English language requirements for the pathway programs?

Apart from a minimum GPA of 2.5 for all programs, the overall minimum English requirements are the following: TOEFL iBT 80 / IELTS 6.5 (GAA UI), TOEFL iBT 68 / IELTS 5.5 (GAA II), and TOEFL iBT 60 / IELTS 5.0 (GAA III). There are also other tests results you can submit. Contact us for more information.

How many English proficiency levels can be found at UCF Global?

There are 10 different levels.

Can I use the on-campus facilities of the University of Central Florida?

Yes, you’ll be just like any other students, so you have open access to the different on-campus facilities you can find at UCF.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams to apply for the English or Pathway programs at UCF?

It’s encouraged that students take the TOEFL or IELTS test before applying to have a reference of their English level. If you haven’t taken these exams before, contact us for more information.

Do I need to take an SAT test before or after applying for the Pathway Programs at UCF?

You only need to take the SAT exam once you’ve already been accepted into your degree program and no minimum score will be required.

Will I need a high school diploma to enroll on the English and Pathway programs at UCF?

Yes. In order to enroll on the English Program at UCF you’ll need a high school diploma OR transcript. However, for the pathway programs you must submit both the diploma and the transcripts.

Can I use a tourist visa or ESTA to enroll on these programs at UCF?

No, you must have an F-1 student visa to enroll on the English and Pathway Programs at UCF. Nonetheless, you can still enroll on the Online English Program without any type of visa or permit.

Do I need health insurance to enroll on the English and Pathway Programs at the University of Central Florida?

Yes, health insurance is needed for all on-site English and pathway programs, which UCF can offer for an extra fee.

Is there an application fee to enroll at UCF?

Yes, all programs have an application fee, which is US$120 for the Intensive English program and the Pathway programs, and US$30 for the Online English Program.

When do I have to pay for the Programs? What are the payment methods?

The full payment is due at registration and can be done by credit card (Discover, Master Card, American Express), traveler’s/cashier’s checks, or money order.

Can I work in Orlando during my studies?

Yes. An F-1 Student Visa allows you to work up to 20hrs per week inside the UCF campus. However, these positions are mostly taken by regular undergraduate and graduate students, so it might be difficult to get a job on campus.

Do I need immunization to enroll at the University of Central Florida?

Yes, you must fill in a form stating you have received immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); against Meningococcal Meningitis; as well as Hepatitis B. Other vaccines such as Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, Varicella, Hepatitis A, HPV, Polio, Influenza, among others, are recommended, but not mandatory.

Where can I find the undergraduate programs I can join after completing the Pathway Program?

You can find more information HERE. Keep in mind you must check whether you can choose that major as part of your pathway program, because some undergraduate programs have additional requirements. Finally, please consider you must select a major at the time of your application for the Pathway Program.

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