International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

August 25, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Welcome Gators! My name is Kris Clan, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs in the Dean of Students Office here at the University of Florida. This video will serve as an introduction and overview to Voyages, your online pre-arrival tutorial designed to prepare you for your transition to UF in Gainesville. Through this program, you’ll learn about travel preparations you need to make for your journey to Gainesville, academic requirements and expectations at the University of Florida, you’ll begin discovering some of the campus resources and features of Gainesville that makes this such a great place to learn and live. In order to help with your navigation of Voyages, we’ve put together a checklist of steps you’ll complete and highlights of the modules you’ll want to take advantage of. The first step you’ll need to complete is setting up your GatorLink account. The video below will explain how to create your GatorLink account as well as what your GatorLink username will be used for. One thing you will use it for will be accessing the full Voyages program, which is hosted through UF’s e-learning platform, known as Sakai. It requires a GatorLink account in order to login. The link to login to Voyages is at the bottom of this page. Once you’ve logged in to Voyages, it’s time to begin planning for your move to Gainesville. Reviewing the “Transition to UF” module within Gainesville will help you gather information to plan your travel arrangements. This section will include information on local airports, a packing checklist with some helpful tips on what you should and shouldn’t bring, a travel checklist which covers some of the common questions that come up during international travel, and information on how to checkin with UF once you arrive. This section also includes a short video on how to complete your immigration paperwork. Your travel arrangements are important, so makes sure to take your time with reviewing this section. The second module of Voyages focuses on understanding academics at UF. Two important features of the UF system that you’ll want to make sure you have a good understanding of will be ISIS and Sakai. ISIS is UF’s integrated student information system which you will use to access and review your student records. As mentioned earlier, Sakai is UF’s e-learning platform which many instructors will utilize to complement information covered in class. Within the academic section of Voyages, there will be two separate videos which will walk you through the basics of using both systems. Also important to understanding academics at UF is how to review and clear your holds. A hold is a restriction on your student records that prevents you from being able to register for classes. The “How to Use ISIS” video will instruct you on how to check and clear your holds. The third module in Voyages is where you’ll begin to explore all the amazing things UF and Gainesville have to offer you. Within this section, there are a few specifics that you will want to pay attention to in order to help with your transition to Gainesville. The “Living in Gainesville” section contains information on both on-campus and off-campus housing banking and local shopping options, community safety, and more. Additionally in this module you find a number of campus resources covering everything from student health care, to athletics, to religious services, and more. All this information is designed to assist you with your arrival, planning, and transition to the University of Florida. There’s a large amount of information contained within Voyages. Take your time reviewing this information and make sure you have a good grasp of each section before proceeding to far into the next. If you have any question about information, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Student Office, the graduate school, or the University of Florida International Center. Welcome to UF and go Gators!