New Student Information

To do list for all new students before first day of class (FALL 2018): Please note, these activities are required.

    • Review the Microbiology and Cell Science Graduate Student Handbook 
    • Check out the online orientation for new graduate students (optional if you attend on campus orientation)
    • Attend New Graduate Student Orientation – Tentative Date – Monday, August 13, 2018, Location and Schedule to be announced 
    • Attend New Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation – Tentative Date – Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Location and Schedule to be announced 
      • TA orientation will cover the formal requirements of being a Teaching Assistant at the University of Florida, with presentations on a variety of topics, including confidentiality of student records, classroom challenges and accommodations, and sexual harassment prevention.
    • Attend the Microbiology Graduate Teaching Assistant orientation (REQUIRED) organized by Dr. Monika Oli, Lab Coordinator for Microbiology and Cell Science. Dates and times for the Fall 2018 semester will be emailed to you during the summer semester.
      • Monday, August 20, and Thursday August 21, 2018 – contact Dr. Oli with questions.
    • Attend the 2018 Microbiology Graduate Symposium (REQUIRED)  The symposium is an overnight function. Lodging will be provided for students by the department. Details regarding the schedule and location of the 2018 symposium will be available in early-June 2018. Dates  TBD, but most likely the weekend of August 17-19, 2018.


  • Classes and Teaching Responsibilities for students begin on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, for the fall 2018 semester.

To do list for International Students:

  • Receive your I-20: Review the International Student Services website for an instructions on how to receive your I-20.
  • Receive your Visa: Review the International Student Services website for instructions on how to apply for your Visa.
  • Complete the check-in process for new international students.
  • If your score on the TOEFL iBT Speaking Portion is less than 23, you must complete the UF SPEAK Test. Florida law requires all international teaching assistants (ITAs) to demonstrate oral proficiency in English.
  • Students who scored 23-27 on the TOEFL iBT (or 45-50 on the SPEAK test) will be permitted a provisional teaching assignment if they concurrently enroll in EAP5836 (Academic Spoken English 2).