University of Virgin Islands Students

Welcome to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. When you arrive on campus, please contact LaToya King (Lking@eng.ufl.edu) to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Taylor (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs).  Please read the below important information about the college that will help to make the transition to UF.

Arrival
There are more than 50,000 students at the University of Florida, many of whom fly into the Gainesville Regional Airport. Airline reservations need to be made EARLY! Gainesville Regional Airport is located at 3400 NE 39th Avenue. When making reservations we suggest you fly all the way to Gainesville. (For example, a ticket to Miami or Atlanta without a connecting flight to Gainesville will leave you eight hours by car from Gainesville). Bus service to Gainesville is very limited. If possible, try to arrive on a weekday (Monday through Friday) because the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) and other University of Florida offices are closed on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Airports The connecting cities to Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) are Atlanta on Delta, Charlotte on U.S. Airways, Miami on American Eagle, and Tampa, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale on United Airlines. There are no connections from Jacksonville. The Gainesville Regional Airport is located at 3400 NE 39th Avenue. It is 6 miles from the Gainesville airport to campus. Taxicabs are available at the airport.  Allow at least $25 for cab fare and tips.  For Gainesville Regional Airport information, click here or call (352) 373-0249. Our office here on campus (392-2177) would be glad to assist you in making arrangements for being picked up.

Housing
The first resource is the Gator Guide to Off Campus life. The Gator Guide is Off Campus Life’s annual publication and it is available through the Off Campus Life website http://www.offcampus.ufl.edu/gator_guide/. This resource provides steps to follow to find off campus housing, average rental rates, lease information, safety information, bus information and much more.   The second resource is a free online off campus housing locator http://housing.offcampus.ufl.edu that students can search for housing off campus including apartments, houses and condominiums for rent.  Students can search based on location, number of bedrooms, lease length, cost, amenities and several other search criteria.  The locator also has sublease listings and a roommate finder.

Latin and Caribbean Scholarship
Under Florida statute 1009.21*, full-time students born and living in Latin American and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who receive scholarships from the federal or state government qualify for in-state tuition. This provision of the law provides an opportunity to encourage the continued internationalization of UF and to attract more high-quality students from Latin America and the Caribbean.

To qualify, UF students must be awarded a non-duty scholarship of a minimum of $500 per semester paid from either state or federal funds. Students must be full-time and in good academic standing. Graduate or research assistantships are not considered scholarships for this purpose. Note that this program provides eligibility; it is not a guaranteed scholarship. Scholarship decisions are made by the colleges. Department of Major

To receive the Latin American – Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship status, the qualified student must do the following:

1. Obtain a memo from the college (Department of major) at the start of each semester, indicating the amount of the scholarship and the semester for which it is awarded. Contacts for your Department Advisor can be found at: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/advising/who-is-my-advisor/ and Department of major can be found at: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/academics/schools-departments/

2. This letter must be presented to the International Center for processing (170 Hub/Box 11325) of the application for residency status for tuition purposes under Florida Statutes 1009.21. Here the student will receive a form.

3. The form must be completed and taken to the offices of the Registrar, and Director of Financial Services in Criser Hall. The Registrar’s office will note the student’s eligibility for in-state fees, and the Financial Services office will record the designation.

Detailed information can be found at: https://www.ufic.ufl.edu/iss/LACScholarship.html.