Admission Details

Admission Process

Admission to the program involves the following steps:

  • Pre-screening application at the home institution;

  • Home institution screening and recommendation;

  • Preliminary application to UF;

  • Preliminary application to Walt Disney World;

  • Approval and invitation to interview with UF and WDW staff in Canada;

  • In-person interviews with UF and Walt Disney World Staff in Canada;

  • UF and WDW staff review and send offer letters to qualified candidates;

  • Candidates accept offer and formally apply to UF and WDW;

  • Formal application to UF and WDW online on-boarding and recruiting systems include, but are not limited to, a non-degree seeking student application, a J1 Visa request, Statement of Financial Responsibility, Proof of English Language Proficiency and WDW Screening and Background Check;

  • UF staff approve the formal UF applications, documentations and initiate a DS-2019 form, work with the registrar to issue UF ID numbers, provide directions on how to set up the student UF Gatorlink account;

  • Students register for two (2) UF Summer A Classes (HFT 3253; LEI 4905) and make tuition payment;

  • WDW staff enter student interns into their International Academic Exchange online system, issue WDW ID numbers and access to the WDW employee portal;

  • Students gain access to the UF Canvas Online Learning course platform and begin coursework.

Admission Requirements

  • Age 18 years or older;

  • English fluency (If English is not your native language, you must have a minimum score of 80 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS.);

  • Second year level of university study (sophomore standing) at your home institution;

  • Currently enrolled and in good academic standing at your home university (U.S. equivalent of 3.0 GPA or higher (B-average));

  • Recommended by your home institution for interviews with UF and Disney;

  • Financial support to cover the costs of the program and personal expenses;

  • Desire to perform at a high-level in both the academic & work components of the program;

  • Positive, professional, friendly attitude and service orientation;

  • Engaged in appropriate course of study: tourism, hospitality, recreation or a related field.

Apply Now!

Please contact your home institution liaison to obtain more information and receive a pre-screening application and or attend a program information session. Once your home institution approves of your participation (based on the guidelines set above), the liaison will forward a list of screened applicants to UF and Disney staff who will follow up and provide instructions to formally apply to UF and Walt Disney World. Note that interested students will apply to UF (paper application) and Walt Disney World (weblink application) separately. Upon completion of the applications and interviews, select students will be invited to attend a program presentation and in-person interviews with UF and Walt Disney World Staff in Ontario. 

Canadian Partner University Liaisons

University of Waterloo
Darci Prince

Brock University
Jennifer Barton

Niagara College
Maxine Semple

St. Lawrence College
Spring Tompkins