International Students

Glo-Bull Beginnings Week

Glo-Bull Beginnings is a program for undergraduate, international students to prepare them for being a student at USF and living in the US. This required program includes your Orientation session and other events from International Services.

Glo-Bull Beginnings Globe with USF Flag

Glo-Bull Beginnings Week starts with your arrival to the US no later than Sunday, August 17. If you are living on campus, you will move into the residence hall on this day.

All students identified as an international student during the admissions process are required to attend this event.

We are still developing the schedule, and will provide you with more information this summer.

Travel Arrangements

When making your travel arrangements and itinerary, please use this information to ensure a smooth transition to USF.

Additional questions about your arrival plans may be answered on our Getting Here page.

Orientation Information

First Year Students

Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 will be your Orientation days. During Orientation, you will be on a team with fellow students led by an Orientation Team Leader (OTL). OTLs are undergraduate students who are passionate about USF and want to make your experience great. Orientation covers a lot of topics such as academic policies, student support resources, tips on getting involved, health services and insurance, immigration services, and much more! At the end of the second day, you will build your class schedule with your academic advisor. Other programming in Glo-Bull Beginnings Week will add more details to content covered at Orientation.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students will attend Orientation on Wednesday, August 13. During Orientation, you will experience what being a USF Bull is all about! Your Orientation will include information on academic policies, student support resources, getting involved on campus, health services and insurance, immigration services and much more! You will also meet your academic advisor and register for your first semester classes. During your Orientation, you will meet Transition Mentors or TMs who are undergraduate students that are here to help. Other programming in Glo-Bull Beginnings Week will add more details to content covered at Orientation. Please note that students living on campus cannot move into their residence hall until Sunday, August 17. These students should plan to stay at a local hotel when arriving to the U.S. and until that date.

Optional Linens for On-Campus Residents

During your Orientation reservation, you will be given the option to purchase linens, as an additional fee. This packet will include sheets, a blanket, a pillow, pillow case, and towels. These will be yours to keep. If you purchase linens, they will be provided to you when you check into the residence hall.

We are offering this service to eliminate the need for you to travel with these items. Additionally, not all students are immediately able to purchase these items upon arrival to the United States.

Pre-Arrival Homework

The Pre-Arrival Homework will prepare you to be a student at the University of South Florida and provide you with valuable information about coming to the United States. The content will be available in June and we will send you an email at that time.

CampU and Bull Haul Participation

Unfortunately, due to your obligations in Glo-Bull Beginnings Week, international students are not able to participate in CampU or Bull Haul. There are events throughout Glo-Bull Beginnings Week to allow international students to meet each other and their fellow USF students.

Questions or More Information

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