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Pre-Arrival Orientation

Congratulations and Welcome to UF!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Florida! The University of Florida is excited to welcome you to its thriving community. We are excited for you to be a part of our community and want to make sure that you have all the information to plan your journey to UF and Gainesville.

To assist with your transition University of Florida developed an online pre-arrival orientation called Voyages. Voyages assists with your travel planning and preparation, your understanding of academics at UF, and help you begin exploring everything that makes UF and Gainesville such a great place to live and learn.

To ensure that you have reached the right place please be sure to check your UFL email for specific instructions on how to register for Links Online Orientation. If you were admitted to the PaCE program you should visit the First Year Page for more information about your transition.


The transition to the University of Florida and to the United States can seem very daunting. The Voyages Pre-Arrival Orientation program allows students to begin the process smoothly.

During Voyages students will:

  • Set-Up your GatorLink Account

    You’ll use your GatorLink username and password to access the Voyages program, as well as other online UF resources, such as your e-mail and student records.
    You can set-up a GatorLink account by going to and selecting “Create Account” on the right-hand side of the screen. Once you have set-up your GatorLink account, you can log into Voyages by going to and selecting the “e-learning in Canvas” login link on the left side. Once you are logged in, Voyages, International Pre-Arrival Orientation on the top of the screen.

  • Plan your travel arrangements

    The Transition to UF module within Voyages will cover information to help you plan how you will arrive in Gainesville. Where should I fly into? What should I pack? How do I complete my immigration paperwork? Where do I check-in once I arrive to Gainesville? These are all questions that will be answered within this module.

  • Find Housing

    There are a number of options for finding housing in Gainesville. The Settling in to Gainesville section of Voyages covers both UF’s on-campus housing options and UF’s Office of Off Campus Life, which has a free housing locator you can use to find housing options off-campus.

If you have questions at any time during the completion of your Voyages modules, please feel free to contact New Student & Family Programs at or by phone at 352-392-8396.

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Campus Resources

Our team in New Student & Family Programs is here to assist you with your pre-arrival planning both now and throughout your time at UF.

For questions about your visa paperwork or your immigration status, you should contact the University of Florida International Center (UFIC).  The UFIC’s department of International Student Services can assist you with the immigration process and will also be who you check-in once you arrive in Gainesville.

For information on our on-campus orientation programs please visit your specific orientation page:

First Year Orientation

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Graduate School Orientation

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