New Student Information

To do list for all new students before first day of class (FALL 2017): 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 14, 2017, Location and Schedule to be announced 
    • Attend New Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation – Tentative Date – Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 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 2017 semester will be emailed to you during the summer semester.
      • Wednesday, August 16, and Thursday August 17, 2017 in the Microbiology Building – contact Dr. Oli with questions.
    • Attend the 2017 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 2017 symposium will be available in early-June 2017. The dates will be Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th.


  • Classes and Teaching Responsibilities for students begin on Monday, August 21, 2016, for the fall 2016 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).