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International Students

International students comprise about one third of the IDP student body, and bring a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds, knowledge, and expertise to our graduate program.  The applicant pool varies in composition (i.e., number of applicants from each country) each year, but most international applications come from students from India, China, and South Korea.  We welcome applications from a diverse pool of qualified applicants, and seek no predetermined number of students from any one country.  We simply seek the best students for biomedical science research training.  The 2013 admitted class contained about 25% international students.  Including the newly admitted students for fall 2013, we have students from Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Guyana, Honduras, India, Iran, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

Due to the enormous number of international inquiries we receive and the large number of applications reviewed, the following information about the review process for international applicants is provided.  It should be noted that almost all of our current international students resided in the United States at the time of application, and, hence, could be interviewed in person.  Because of the extremely strong domestic international pool of applicants, it is extremely rare that international students residing overseas will be considered for admission.  Most successful international applicants have a basic science B.S. degree with extensive research experience as evidenced by letters of recommendation from research mentors and/or publications, and many have a research M.S. degree.  Our initial evaluation of international applicants residing outside of the United States is based on the online application.  International applicants living out of the USA should have a GRE of at least 320.  UF faculty members native to and/or familiar with the educational systems of other countries assist the Admissions Committee with this initial review.  After consideration by the Admissions Committee, highly qualified overseas applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

TOEFL. International students whose native language is not English and who have not studied at an institution in the United States or other English-speaking country for one year or longer must have a score of at least 600 on the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 250 on the computer version of the exam, or 100 on the internet-based TOEFL.  The TOEFL exam must have been taken within the past two (2) years.  Exemptions to the TOEFL score requirement are granted per University of Florida policy for English proficiency.