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About UCF
Location: Orlando, Florida
Enrollment: 68,571
Setting: Urban
Type: Public, Co-Ed
City Population: 285,713
Climate: 21.5°C - 33.2°C
U.S. News Rank: #160
International Student Rate: 2.3%

Home to more than 64,000 students, the University of Central Florida is the second biggest university in the U.S. Being big means thinking big. With the university’s strong academic programs, leadership training and career opportunities, you will be empowered to create change and make a global impact.

Why UCF?

With more than 200 courses of study and an international student body representing more than 150 countries, UCF embraces your global outlook. We have top-ranked programs in engineering, computer engineering and hospitality.

  • #63 in Most Innovative Schools—U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #49 in Best Undergraduate Teaching—U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • #105 in Top Public Schools—U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #153 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs —U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #52 in Computer Engineering —U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #5 Hospitality and Hotel Management School —CEOWorld magazine
  • Partnerships with industry leaders Boeing, Disney, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens
  • Specialized research centers in nanoscience, solar energy, forensic science and simulation and training
  • Famous alumni include former Google VP Alan Eustace, NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Ericsson CEO Angel Ruiz and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines.
Be Empowered, Get Engaged
  • 650+ student clubs and organizations
  • Championship sports teams, with free event admission for UCF students
  • State-of-the-art fitness facilities and student center
  • On-campus fitness and intramural sports activities
Orlando: Welcoming & Warm

Home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and many other theme parks, Orlando is known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World.” And more than that, this sprawling city in the Sunshine State is a hub for technology, life sciences, medical innovation, hospitality and tourism.

Weather & Climate

Orlando’s climate, like much of the Deep South, is warm and humid, with an average of 236 days of sunshine a year. Snow is rare, and winters are mild.

In & Around Orlando
  • Visit world-famous theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
  • Visit international neighborhoods like Little Saigon and Little Brazil.
  • Get the full NASA experience at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Explore the Orlando Museum of Art and the Orlando Science Center.
  • Home to major corporations like Boeing and Lockheed Martin

As an international student enrolling at a select U.S. News Global Education school, you will have access to exclusive programs and services. To make your transition as easy as possible, our enrollment counselors set you up for success with:

Application Assistance
  • Streamlined application process
  • Assigned counselor
  • Major/field of study guidance

Pre-Arrival Guidance
  • Visa interview help
  • Prep webinars & checklists
  • Help with required forms

Campus Transition
  • Airport welcome
  • Student & parent orientation
  • Cultural group outings

Academic Support
  • Classes for your academic level
  • English-language & ESL help
  • Tutoring support

Career Growth
  • Career Accelerator Program
  • Internship assistance
  • Job search help
I'm looking forward to
Undergraduate Programs
Major Lists
College of Arts & Humanities

Art – Emerging Media

Art – History

Art – Studio Art

Art – Studio

Art – Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management

Digital Media

English – Creative Writing

English – Literature


Film – Cinema Studies



Humanities and Cultural Studies

Latin America Studies


Music Education

Music – Jazz Studies

Music – Music Composition

Music – Music Performance


Religion and Cultural Studies


Theatre – Acting

Theatre – Design and Technology

Theatre – Musical Theatre

Theatre – Stage Management

Theatre Studies

College of Business Administration



Economics, Business


Integrated Business



Real Estate

College of Education and Human Performance

Art Education

Early Childhood Development and Education (PK-3)

Early Childhood Development and Education (Early Childhood Development)

Elementary Education

English Language Arts Education

Mathematics Education

Science Education – Biology

Science Education – Chemistry

Science Education – Physics

Social Science Education

Sport and Exercise Science

Technical Education and Industry Training

World Languages Education – French

World Languages Education – Spanish

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Aerospace Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Computer Sciences

Construction Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Information Technology

Mechanical Engineering

College of Health and Public Affairs

Athletic Training

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Criminal Justice

Health Informatics and Information Management

Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Track

Health Services Administration

Public Administration

Social Work

College of Medicine


Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences Pre-Clinical Track


Medical Laboratory Sciences

College of Nursing


College of Optics & Photonics

Photonic Science and Engineering

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Entertainment Management

Event Management

Hospitality Management

Restaurant & Foodservice Management

College of Sciences




Forensic Sciences



Political Sciences




Nicholson School of Communication

Advertising/Public Relations

Communication and Conflict

Human Communication



Interdisciplinary Studies

Environmental Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Women’s Studies

Dates & Costs

Important Dates 2019 - 2020 (All Global UCF Programs)

Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Application Deadline* November 26, 2019 March 31, 2020 July 14, 2020
Move-in Date January 2, 2020 May 4, 2020 August 17, 2020
Program Start Date January 2, 2020 May 4, 2020 August 17, 2020

*Estimated dates

Tuition, Fees and Costs*

Global Achievement Academy 2 – University Integration (GAA 2 -UI)

Tuition and fees $22,500 USD
Housing (2 semesters) $6,600 – $9,500 USD
Dining plan $1,900 – $4,180 USD
Health insurance (12 months) $2,000 USD
Estimated Annual Cost $33,000 – $38,180 USD

Global Achievement Academy 2 (GAA 2)

Tuition and fees $23,500 USD
Housing (2 semesters) $6,600 – $9,500 USD
Dining plan $1,900 – $4,180 USD
Health insurance (12 months) $2,000 USD
Estimated Annual Cost $34,000 – $39,180 USD

Global Achievement Academy 3 (GAA 3)

Approximate Annual Expenses

Tuition and fees $27,500 USD
Housing (3 semesters) $9,752 – $10,900 USD
Dining plan $1,900 – $4,180 USD
Health insurance (12 months) $2,000 USD
Estimated Annual Cost $41,152 – 44,580 USD

*All costs subject to change

All students will take an English language assessment test during their orientation. This test is the primary means for final placement and could vary from the preliminary placement identified on your offer letter. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees. Off-campus housing options are for a 12-month commitment, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

GAA Prep: Pre-Sessional English

Approximate Expenses

In need of additional English courses before meeting the English language requirements for the Global Achievement Academy 3? Enroll in GAA Prep, our pre-sessional English language program. Once students successfully meet the requirements of the Prep program, they will progress into and pay in full the tuition and fees for the Global Achievement Academy 3.

Estimated tuition and fees per semester- $6,950.

GAA Prep students may need to take 1-4 semesters of pre-sessional English language classes, depending on English proficiency level upon arrival. Housing, health insurance, and meal plan costs are due for the full 12-month commitment by the Global UCF payment deadline. GAA 3 tuition and fees are due upon progression to GAA 3. Refer to the payment deadline for specific semester information.

Entry Requirements

Each UCF degree program has unique entry and progression requirements based on academic background, performance and language skills.

Have a question about a specific degree? Our admissions team would be happy to help.

GPA Requirement Varies 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
IELTS™ Requirement 6.5+ 6.5+ 5.5,
no subscore below 5.0
no subscore below 4.5
TOEFL® Requirement 80+ 80+ 68,
no subscore below 14
no subscore below 12
ITEP Requirement N/A 4.5 3.5,
no subscore below 3.0
no subscore below 2.5
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Orlando, Florida
About UCF
Location: Orlando, Florida
Enrollment: 68,571
Setting: Urban
Type: Public, Co-Ed
City Population: 285,713
Climate: 21.5°C - 33.2°C
U.S. News Rank: #160
International Student Rate: 2.3%
"I chose UCF because of their engineering program. I’m interested in going into research and UCF has many research projects going on – not just for graduate students, but for undergraduate students too. That’s not very common at other universities."
Noora - United Arab Emirates