Getting Started at UF

UF has a lot of resources to help navigate your time here. Here’s are some resources to help you get started.


  • UF Office for Student Financial Affairs
    • The mission of the Office for Student Financial Affairs is to enhance recruitment and retention of students through research and support of financial aid programs while assisting parents and students in planning for and meeting higher education expenses.
  • GatorCloud
    • GatorCloud is home to cloud-based services provided to the University of Florida community.
  • UFApps
    • UFApps provides access to software applications from any computing device–laptops, tablets, desktops, and smartphones–from any location, at any time. Students and faculty can start using UFApps now!
  • Gatorlink VPN
    • The Gatorlink VPN service provides secure remote access to the University of Florida network and makes it appear as if your computer were physically attached to the campus network.  By using the Gatorlink VPN client, you may access resources on the UF network that are not typically available over an Internet path.
  • Public Speaking Lab
    • The Public Speaking lab offers assistance to those seeking to develop effective speaking skills across academic disciplines.
  • Writing Studio
    • The Writing Studio is committed to helping University of Florida students and faculty meet their academic and professional goals by becoming better writers.
  • Career Connections Center
    • Our office provides a diverse range of services including helping connect job seekers with employers and offering students individualized career education and guidance to enrich their collegiate experience and prepare them for life after graduation.
  • Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence
    • FDTE is dedicated to keeping faculty and teaching assistants connected and informed.
  • Office of the Ombuds
    • The purpose of the Ombuds is to assist students within the university community in solving problems and conflicts.
  • UF Libraries
    • The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida and serve every college and center in the university.
  • Campus Map
    • The online campus map provides the UF community and visitors with an easy-to-use way to locate a UF building or location and to print a map for reference.
  • Dean of Students Office
    • The University of Florida Dean of Students Office creates a culture of care for students, their families, faculty and staff by providing exemplary programs and services designed to enhance students’ academic and personal success.
  • Gator 1 Central
    • Gator 1 Central unifies meal plans, bookstore accounts, vending accounts, and Wells Fargo accounts all on the Gator 1 Identification card.
  • UF International Center
    • UFIC staff administer the programs that made possible over 6,600 international students on campus or pursuing practical training this past year, that sent almost 2,200 UF students to study abroad, that manage hundreds of collaborative agreements with partner institutions across the world, and that support thousands of international trips for research, teaching and collaboration.
  • Computing Help Desk
    • The UF Computing Help Desk provides phone, email, and walk-in direct consulting to faculty, staff, and students and escalation or referral to campus help desks and service providers.
    • is an online training resource partner of the University of Florida.’s library has over 5,000 courses, lectures and tutorials covering a wide range of general topics and software skill development.
  • Microsoft Imagine Academy Training
    • The University of Florida has partnered with Microsoft to provide free Microsoft Imagine Academy training.
  • Disability Resource Center
    • It is the goal of the Disability Resource Center to foster a sense of empowerment in students with disabilities by educating them about their legal rights and responsibilities so that they can make informed choices, by encouraging them to engage in critical thinking and self-advocacy and by supporting them in being successful students, campus leaders and positive contributors to the campus community.

This resource is one of a series written for international students during their time at UF. Visit our International Students resources page for more.