Why USF?

Why USF for International Students?

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From the moment you first step onto our campus to the moment you finally turn the tassel at graduation, we’re committed to the success of talented students like you from around the globe. We are proud to have more than 140 countries represented in our student body.

As you consider your options, we welcome you to explore our state-of-the-art facilities, our vibrant community and the endless opportunities that await you at our campuses in the thriving Tampa Bay area. Get to know us a little better as you discover what it means to be a part of the herd.

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Our Campuses

Learn more about our three USF campuses — all under the umbrella of a single Preeminent Research University.

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Tampa Bay Living

Tampa Bay, one of the fastest growing communities in Florida, is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Explore the sun-drenched, subtropical paradise that the University of South Florida calls home.

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At USF, you’ll have access to more than 200 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 140 doctoral and 260 master’s programs.

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Student Life

Immerse yourself in a campus that is bursting with opportunities to get involved, meet new friends, discover your passions and make a difference. Our Student Affairs department houses a range of multicultural organizations where you can connect with other students and find your community.

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International Student Services

Finding a community on campus is easy with USF students hailing from all 50 states and over 140 countries. We support International students like you with specific engagement opportunities to help you feel welcome at USF.

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See why international students like Nithin chose USF:



USF is one of America’s top public research universities. Beginning your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the nation. You might help to develop clean sources of energy, enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, or study the effects of cyberbullying. The possibilities are limitless.

USF Research


With one of the lowest tuition rates in the United States, generous financial aid and scholarships, and plenty of student employment opportunities, USF is an outstanding value. Learn more about how we can help you reach your education goals at a price that won’t break the bank.

Cost of Attendance

Student Resources

Student success is at the heart of what we do. To ensure the best outcomes possible, USF offers multiple academic resources for our students, including academic advising, tutoring and testing services and more.

Our International Services team also assists students like you with everything from onboarding to involvement to make sure you get the support you need.

USF International Services

Career Services

Get ready for graduation starting on day one! USF’s Career Services supports you in the process of dreaming, planning and achieving career goals. They can teach you how to self-assess and conduct career research, seek out experiences that will give you transferable skills, and search for full-time employment. Offerings include:

  • Career Coaching: Offers career exploration, resume writing and more services to current students to help you discover your career interests and find employment.
  • Cooperative education: Integrates hands-on, paid, career-related work experience with your academic program and provides you with valuable training in your chosen career field.
  • Internships: Offers a hands-on opportunity to work in your desired field and are often shorter in duration than a co-op.
  • Job search: Prepares you for the career search after graduation with a suite of services including resume and cover letter preparation, employer research, networking and interview skills, and tips on proper attire.

Career Services

Athletics and Recreation

USF Athletics

USF’s 18 NCAA Division I teams compete throughout the year, achieving excellence in football, basketball, softball and more. Around game-time, USF students enjoy many perks, like free admission to every gamefan rewards, and free transportation to watch the Bulls play football at Raymond James Stadium, famous home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Soon, students will cheer on the Bulls at our very own on-campus stadium.

USF Athletics


From surfing to basketball to eSports, our over 70 intramural and club sport options allow you to find the activity that interests you. Other recreation and fitness options also include:

  • Gyms at all three campuses
  • Equipment rentals at all three campuses
  • Adventure Trips for all students
  • Pools at the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses
  • Group fitness at the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses
  • Hiking trail at the Tampa campus
  • USF Challenge Course at the Tampa campus

Recreation and Wellness


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