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Pre-Arrival Information

Visa Application and Interview

After receiving admission to UCF for a degree program, you will have to apply for a visa to enter the United States. You will receive a packet from the International Services Center containing your I-20 form and other related information. You will use the I-20 to apply for the F-1 visa (student visa).

Tips on Applying for an F-1 Visa

For locations of U.S. embassies and

The I-901 fee is required for all F-1 visa applications. It activates the form I-20 in the SEVIS system and the receipt for payment of the fee will be required at the visa interview. Here is the link:

Detailed F-1 visa application information:


UCF is proud to offer a variety of residential communities to its students. Each of the five different residential communities has distinctive characteristics and opportunities. All of the UCF apartments and residence halls are furnished, air-conditioned/heated, carpeted, and have phone service connections. Residents are also provided with Ethernet connection capabilities. All residential facilities are also wired for cable television service. Students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing as soon as they have been admitted to UCF. There is a limited amount of campus housing available to students, and all housing is assigned on a first come, first served basis. Contact the Housing & Residence Life office at (407) 823-4663 or take a look at their web site:

On-campus housing

There is no first-year housing requirement at the university. More than 15,000 students live within a 5-mile radius of the campus. At your request, the Off-Campus Student Resource Center will provide you with information on several housing options. Their phone number is (407) 823-6505.

Off-campus housing


To which airport will you fly?

Most students choose to arrive at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) It may be helpful to arrive early and stay in a hotel while you decide where you want to live.

Here is some helpful information for your travel to the United States:

Travel Tips and Arrival Procedures

For information on hotels, transportation, and currency, please visit the International Student Survival Guide .
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