INTO University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university committed to student success.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university committed to student success.

USF Highlights

  • Live, learn, and have fun with university students from all 50 US states and 150+ countries around the world.
  • USF offers a wide variety of academic resources, including 24 hour library, writing center, tutoring services, and a student support staff.
  • Students are certain to find activities to match your interest with over 600 student organizations on campus, 100+ events during the week of welcome, volunteer opportunities, concerts, lectures, movies under the stars, theatre, pep rallies, sports and so much more.
  • Named 40th on the list of “best buy colleges” – Forbes (2012).
  • One of only 40 public universities in the Tier I “very high research activity and community engagement designations” category – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Ranked top 100 in the U.S. and among the top 250 universities worldwide – Shanghai Jiaotong.
  • Home to Professor Autar Kaw, recognized as the U.S. Professor of the Year – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2012).
  • Top 20 in the U.S. for campus diversity –The Princeton Review (2010).
  • Innovative Pathway Programs and intensive English programs offered.

Where is USF?

Tampa is a beautiful city located on Florida’s west coast. Living here, you’ll enjoy the excitement of city life as well as the area’s natural beauty. Tampa’s annual average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius with 361 days of sunshine a year. Tampa Bay includes the cities of Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg and is home to over 3 million people. When you’re not participating in activities on USF’s campus, you can explore the many cultural and recreational activities in the area by visiting one of the many museums, theatres, or spending time at one of the breathtaking beaches. There are 10 theme parks within a 90 minute car ride from Tampa, including Universal Studios, Disney World, and Busch Gardens. Florida’s landscape includes a dynamic mix of beaches, wetlands, and plains, with highlights such as the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Everglades.

Academics and Support Services

The University of South Florida system is a young and emerging system that currently includes 13 colleges and our wide variety of academic resources are designed to help our students succeed. At USF, we value the distinctive contributions of international students as integral to the life of the university.

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of The Arts
  • College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Honors College
  • College of Marine Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • University College

In addition to 89 undergraduate majors and 139 degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine, USF is in partnership with INTO, and offers Pathway Programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree, or graduate degrees for students who will benefit from additional English language study.

Undergraduate Programs

89 undergraduate majors are offered in fields related to behavioral and community sciences, marine science, medicine, fine arts, public health, education, engineering, and business.

Undergraduate Pathway Programs

  • Allows the students to combine intensive English language study, academic skills development, and academic coursework in a customized program designed to move students successfully through the first semester or first year year of a four-year degree.
  • Guaranteed admission to a relevant USF degree program upon successful completion of a Pathway Program
  • Programs offered in Business, Engineering, Science, Computing and General Studies

Graduate Programs

97 Masters and 43 Doctoral programs are offered in fields such as Audiology, Fine Arts, Engineering, Education, Business, Biology, Political Science, Entrepreneurship, and Global Sustainability.

Graduate Pathway Programs

  • The innovative Graduate Pathway programs offered at USF are designed to increase students’ academic knowledge and develop their language ability.
  • Assured progression to a USF graduate program subject to successful completion of a Pathway program.
  • Programs offered in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, The Arts, and Sustainability

Academic English

  • The Academic English program at the University of South Florida prepares international students for university study in the U.S.
  • Intensive English preparation consist of 12 to 14 week semesters
  • 6 levels of instruction from beginner to advanced
  • 18 hours of classes per week

General English

  • The General English program is designed for students of all levels of English who want to develop communication skills in many social and professional situations
  • Program durations vary from 4 to 48 weeks
  • 4 levels of instruction (beginner, intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced)
  • 18 hours of classes per week covering the following core skills: listening, speaking, reading, grammar and writing.

Special Programs

Summer Youth English Experience

  • Builds oral communication skills while being in a university environment.
  • Two-week sessions* include English workshops, USF department visits, field trips and chaperoned, weekend activities.
*Participation is limited to a maximum of two consecutive sessions/four weeks.

Study Abroad with English

  • Long-term program combining Academic English language study with undergraduate courses at USF.
  • Students earn college credits in their field of study without enrolling in the degree program.
  • Program length depends on student.

Pathway Jump Start

  • Two-week series of sessions designed to assist graduate and undergraduate Pathway students adjust to the American classroom.

Advance in TEFL

  • Designed for practicing EFL teachers interested in developing their English language skills.
  • Deepens theory and practice of TEFL.

Start Dates

Fall - August 2014
Spring – January 2015
Summer – May 2015


USF’s English Language Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).


English for Specific Purposes

Finding a Place to Live


$30,000—$35,000 Semester

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