The UF Graduate School coordinates Fall and Spring orientation activities, to provide new graduate students with a summary of what to expect from your academic experience at the University of Florida, and your personal life in Gainesville. This page will be updated with further information as we approach the Fall semester.


FALL 2017


New Graduate Student Orientation - Monday, August 14, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., at the Reitz Union

New Graduate Student Orientation will provide introductory information to begin your graduate career at the University of Florida. It will include an overview of graduate education at UF, a mandatory International Student Orientation, information sessions from campus and student organizations, as well as a Resource Fair with more than 60 organizations represented.

The International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new international students; however, the remaining sessions of the day are recommended. Please feel free to adjust your schedule accordingly, based on your own transition to Gainesville, and any department or college orientation activities being held during the week of the 14th.


Video of first two sessions available here

(International Student Orientation starts at 1:12:30 of the video)


Teaching Assistant Orientation - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., at Carleton Auditorium

TA orientation will cover the formal requirements of being a Teaching Assistant at the University of Florida, with presentations on a variety of topics, including confidentiality of student records, classroom challenges and accommodations, and sexual harassment prevention. 



Online Tools

Orientation to Academic Life

In addition to our in-person orientation activities, you can get acquainted with academic life and campus structure at UF through our new orientation webpages, organized by topic. You can learn more about:


Additional Resources

  • If you are an international student, the online orientation called Voyages provides information on visa requirements, housing, banking, local shopping and more.
  • If you have questions about student life and related campus organizations to facilitate your transition to UF prior to your arrival to Gainesville, visit the Graduate Online Orientation website.
  • If you have questions about satisfactory progress, your advisor, and milestones for meeting your program’s academic requirements, your graduate program can provide essential transition and orientation information for you as well. 


Congratulations again on your acceptance to UF! We look forward to working with you throughout your graduate career, and hope you have a smooth transition into your graduate program.