Information for International StudentsJanuary 2012 Welcome to the University of South Florida
Great Location – Tampa, Florida• The University of South Florida is located in the city of Tampa on Florida‟s West Coast• Metropolitan area featuring culture, sports and entertainment• Warm climate – mild winters and warm summers• Breathtaking beaches in Clearwater & St. Petersburg• 1 hour drive to Orlando – Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, NASA, and Discount Shopping Malls
The Tampa Community• Tampa Bay population: 4 million +• Top 10 in the US for IT jobs• The 16th most wired city in the nation (Forbes, 2009)• The 8th cleanest city in America (Yahoo! Real Estate, 2008)• The 5th best outdoor city Downtown Tampa (Forbes, 2008)• Ranked 20th most literate city in the USA• Home to numerous Fortune 1000 businesses including: • Outback Steakhouse • TECO Energy • WellCare Health Plans, Inc • Jabil Circuit Raymond James Stadium • Publix Supermarket (USF Football and Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Why Choose University of South Florida?The University of South Florida• A safe, diverse university of more than 47,000 students from all 50 US states and 157 countries• One of the most engaged universities in the US – very highly ranked against other US universities and throughout the world.• Very Highly Ranked • Ranked 110th in the World University Rankings as measured by research performance (2010) • 8th on the list of “up and coming universities” according to U.S. News & World Report (2012) • 20 Graduate programs named to the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report (2011) • 27th among US public institutions in the 2011 edition of Top American Research Universities • Ranked in the top 20 for campus diversity by The Princeton Review (2010) • Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship program ranked by The Princeton Review (2010) • Ranked 9th among universities in a listing of the top 300 organizations granted US patents in 2010
The University of South Florida - Overview• Founded in 1956• Built on the principles of Truth and Wisdom• Ranked 8th in "Up and Coming Universities“ nationwide (US News & World Report, 2011)• Four campuses: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland• The 9th largest university in the US with 47,000+ students and 40,000+ students on Tampa campus• 14 colleges, schools and academic units• 150+ undergraduate degrees• 150+ graduate degrees• $400+ million generated in research annually
Carnegie Foundation Rankings – Tier 1 Research UniversitiesUSF is one of only 40 public US universities to earn Tier 1 Very High ResearchActivity and Community Engagement designations from the Carnegie Foundation Carnegie Mellon University Stanford University Columbia University (NY) SUNY Stony Brook University Cornell University UC Berkeley Duke University UCLA Georgetown University UC Riverside Harvard University University of Colorado-Boulder MIT University of Miami NYU University of Michigan Ohio State University University of South Florida Penn State University University of Notre Dame Princeton University University of Pennsylvania Purdue University University of Wisconsin Oregon State University Yale University
Marshall Student Center – Life at USFThe Marshall Student Center is the heartstudent life on campus and offers manyamenities and services including:• Two full service restaurants• Food court with 7+ dining options• Study lounges, meeting rooms• Serenity Room (for prayer, meditation)• USF Pharmacy• USF Federal Credit Union• Computer Store• USF Card Center (where you receive your Student ID)• Centre Gallery (for student-run art exhibits)• USF Dining Services Office• Student Government offices• Office of Multicultural Affairs• New Student Connections (offering resources, events, advice and connections for new students)
The USF Student ID Card – Life at USFA USF Student ID Card has many benefits:• Ride the campus BullRunner buses for free• Free use of the Campus Recreation Center• Purchase merchandise at USF Bookstore• Obtain free entry to USF sporting events• Visit Student Health Services• Access entry to residence halls• Open a USF e-mail account• Free use of Student Government, Information Technology and College of Engineering Computer Labs• Free access to facilities and ability to borrow materials in all USF libraries
Academic Resources – USF• USF Library • Open 24 hours Monday – Friday during fall and spring semesters • 24-hour remote access to the Library website, catalog and electronic resources • 144 individual computers for students, 11 group use computers and 17 public access computers • Free wireless internet access throughout the building• The Learning Commons • Search assistance from librarians • Support from IT Computing • Tutoring and Learning Services • Writing Center• The Career Center• Services for Students with Disabilities• The Counseling Center
Student Services – INTO USFStudent Support offers a range of services to meetspecific needs of international students• Social Activity Programs • Weekly activities • Visits to places of interest in Tampa and Florida, sporting events, amusement parks and more • Help students adjust to US life and make friends• Housing • Advise about meal plans, roommate selection, room types, moving off-campus, and more• Health and wellness • Advise about health care, student employment, resources for spiritual health, and general well-being• Cultural and Language Ambassadors • Help students with language issues, understanding classmates, communicating with teachers and adjusting to daily life• 24-hour support • INTO USF emergency phone number: +1 813-362-3457
Academic Services – INTO USF• Academic Advisors • Answer questions about classes, attendance, grades and academic performance• Tutors • English Tutors (ESL professionals) help with grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing • Academic Tutors (experienced USF students earning advanced degrees in particular topic) • GRE/GMAT Tutors• Conversation Partners Program • Meet with students multiple times per week • Help students practice speaking, listening by discussing cultural traditions, world news, etc.• Visa and Immigration Support • Help students maintain student visa status • Open during the week for advising • Give advice on getting a Social Security card or driver license, verify documents, write invitation letters to family to visit
Student Housing• Students can choose to live on campus or off campus.• Undergraduate Pathway students, and Academic English students intending to pursue an Undergraduate Pathway, are required to live on campus for the first year.• On-Campus Housing Options • University Apartments – single bedroom/shared bathroom/shared living area and kitchen (4 students per apartment) • Premium Style Suites – suite style living with two double bedrooms and one shared bathroom • Traditional Style Suites – suite style living with four double bedrooms and semi private bathroom• All options on-campus options feature: Air conditioning, cable television, wireless Internet, laundry facilities, vending machines, 24-hour emergency maintenance, and one bed, desk, chair, dresser, and built-in closet per student.
Campus Dining Options• There are four, all you-can-eat restaurants. • The Bulls Den Café (Andros Center) • Fresh Food Company (Argos Center) • Juniper Dining (Juniper-Poplar Hall) • Champion‟s Choice (Close to INTO USF)• Food Court at Marshall Student Center • The Food Court offers selections such as Sbarro Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Miso Sushi, Noodle & Rice Bowl, Moe‟s Southwest Grill, Einstein Bagels, Beef „O‟ Brady‟s Restaurant, and Top of the Palms Restaurant.• Other Campus Food Locations • There are also many other dining options throughout campus, including Starbucks, Burger King, Subway, Camille‟s Sidewalk Café, and convenience stores.Video: USF‟s Newest Dining Facility
INTO USF English Language ProgramsGeneral English • 4 Levels with start dates every 4 weeks • 21 lessons per week (15 lessons of classroom instruction + up to 9 learning labs) • Minimum age 17 – High School diploma requiredCampus Year Abroad • 24 or 36 weeks discounted General English Program • 21 lesson per week (12 hours of core course + 6/12 hours of elective + 3 hours activities in USF/Tampa community) • Monthly start dates • Minimum age 17Academic English • 5 Levels with 3 start dates per year • 20 lessons per week in class + 15-20 hours per week out of class • Minimum age 17 – High School diploma required • Successful completion of Academic English Level 4 meets English entry requirements for PathwaysStudy Abroad with English • Combines Academic English and undergraduate course work • Students can take 2-3 undergraduate courses at USF • Minimum English requirement: Academic English Level 4 or 65+ iBT or IELTS 5.5 INTO USF students in their General English • Successful completion of at least one year of student at a and Academic English classes university/college with a min. GPA 2.5 (out of 4.0) required
INTO USF Admissions ChecklistAll applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org .Please remember that acertified English translation must accompany all documents issued in languages other thanEnglish.For Academic English and General English Courses: • Completed INTO USF Application Form • Copy of Passport - if applicant will arrive with dependents, include copy of dependents‟ passports as well • Copy of High School/University Diploma • Bank Statement or letter of sponsorship (or Affidavit of Support if bank statement is not in student‟s name) • Copy of proof of an adequate alternative insurance policy (required only if student is not booking INTO USF Student Health Insurance)
INTO USF Estimated CostsCertification of Financial Support for 2012-13• To receive your I-20 from INTO University of South Florida all amounts must be in United States currency or show applicable conversion rate. Estimates are only for I-20 purposes, so a student‟s actual costs may be higher or lower depending on program length.• These costs include tuition, housing, meals and insurance. To receive an I-20 you must prove you have enough money to pay for a full academic year (costs below). ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS – INTO USF Programs COST DESCRIPTION GRADUATE UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC GENERAL PATHWAY PATHWAY ENGLISH ENGLISH (STANDARD) (STANDARD) (1 SEMESTER) (4 WEEKS) Tuition and Fees $23,950 $19,850 $5,600 $1,520 Housing and Meals $10,800 $9,400 $6,750 $1,656 Living Expenses $4,100 $4,100 $1,820 $455 Insurance $1,500 $1,500 $500 $125 Total $40,350 $34,850 $12,850 $3,301
INTO USF Contact InformationMailing Address INTO USF 4202 E. Fowler Ave, FAO100 Tampa, FL 33620 USATelephone (+1) 813-905-INTO (4686)Fax (+1) 813-905-XNTO (9686)Web www.intohigher.com/usfFacebook www.facebook.com/intousfINTO USF Activities https://sites.google.com/site/ intousfactivities/
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