Next Steps for Admitted International Freshmen

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of South Florida! We know that deciding where to attend college is a big decision, and we want you to feel comfortable that you’re making the right choice.

If it’s been a while since you visited our site, reacquaint yourself with USF’s top-rated academics, vibrant campus life, and spectacular Tampa Bay location. Can you see yourself at USF?

If your answer is YES (and we hope it is), use the links on the right to begin your journey as a USF Bull.


We want to stay in touch! If you haven’t already done so, visit and activate your USF NetID and USF email address. Your USF email address will be used by all University offices for official communication. If you did not receive the four-digit code needed to activate your NetID, please call the Office of International Admissions.

Verify Personal Information

Log in to and verify that your address, telephone number and email addresses are current. Make updates if necessary.


Explore scholarship opportunities at USF. Most applications have a deadline of February 1. You will be automatically considered for Admissions Scholarships if you apply for admission by January 2.

Apply for Housing & Meal Plan

Freshmen must live on campus and purchase a meal plan (exceptions may apply – contact Housing for details). Housing assignments are made based on the date of a completed housing application. To ensure you receive your preferred housing assignment, do not delay!

Submit Medical History

All new students must submit the official USF Medical History form and provide proof of immunizations to Student Health Services prior to registering for classes. Students living on campus must provide evidence of Meningitis vaccination to receive a housing assignment.

Purchase or Provide Proof of Health Insurance

Submit the Student Health Insurance Compliance Form prior to the start of the semester. Florida law requires all international students to have medical insurance. Medical insurance is available through Student Health Services.

Submit Visa Documents

Submit all required documentation to International Services if you will be attending USF on a student visa (F-1 or J-1).

Submit Enrollment Deposit

Pay your non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit by December 1 (admitted for Spring term) or May 1 (admitted for Summer/Fall) to secure your place at USF. The deposit will be applied towards your first semester’s tuition and fees.

Register for Orientation

Once you have activated your NetID and paid your enrollment deposit, you may register for the international student orientation. Plan to arrive at USF August 17, 2014 and start your USF experience with Glo-Bull Beginnings Week, our orientation designed to prepare international students to be successful at USF. Glo-Bull Beginnings Week leads directly into our Week of Welcome for all incoming USF students.

Submit Final Academic Credentials

You must submit official academic credentials (transcripts, diploma, external exam results) before or upon arrival at USF. If you have dual enrollment, you also must provide an official college transcript.

Review Tuition and Fees

USF does not mail tuition bills. Once you are registered for classes, check your tuition due at Sign up for e-deposit to permit financial aid and student refunds to be directly deposited into your personal bank account. You may open a U.S. bank account through the USF Credit Union or another financial institution.

Wrap Up Final Details

Obtain your USF ID card from the USF Card Center. If you plan to park on campus, purchase your USF parking permit. Purchase your textbooks from the USF Bookstore. Finally, be sure to complete the online Life Skills and Academic Integrity modules.

Connect with New Classmates

Join the International Admissions Facebook page and the New Student Network. Register for CampU and make friends before your first day. Be sure to attend Week of Welcome (WOW). It’s jam-packed with exciting events that make students feel connected to the campus community.