Congratulations, and welcome to
UIC Global!

Soon you’ll be on the exciting UIC campus in Chicago. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues or delays for international students.

Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local Ambassador. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your Ambassador an email, Skype, WhatsApp or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you!

Africa

China

Europe

Latin <br/><span>America</span>

Latin
America

Middle East/<br/><span>North Africa</span>

Middle East/
North Africa

North <br/><span>America</span>

North
America

Russia/<br/><span>Central Asia</span>

Russia/
Central Asia

South <br/><span>Asia</span>

South
Asia

Southeast <br/><span>Asia</span>

Southeast
Asia

Jane West

Jane - West China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.159.2876.6884Email Jane
Emily Donnelly

Emily

WhatsApp:+1.617.216.8934Skype:emily_donnellyTel:+1.617.216.8934Email Emily
Hoang Vo

Hoang - (Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+84.937.225.295Skype:hoangvtb1983Tel:+84.937.225.295Email Hoang
Lisha Na

Lisha - North China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.183.1016.8200Email Lisha
Mark Sun

Mark - East China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.158.0062.4575Email Mark
Annie Lin

Annie - South China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.135.7055.0749Email Annie
advisor

Sakshi

WhatsApp:+91.995.351.0160Skype:arorasakshi187Tel:+91.995.351.0160Email Sakshi
Cristy

Cristy

WhatsApp:+1.978.885.8339Skype:Cristy Arias PenaTel:+1.978.885.8339Email Cristy
Lorena Henriquez

Lorena

WhatsApp:+57.320.478.9520Skype:lorenahegaTel:+57.320.478.9520Email Lorena
Sebastian Garcia Herreros

Sebastian

WhatsApp:+57.310.223.8150Skype:sebastian.gh-latamTel:+57.310.223.8150Email Sebastian
Isabella Jimenez

Isabella

WhatsApp:+57.319.777.9735Skype:isajimenez92Tel:+57.319.777.9735Email Isabella
Sarah Kaiser

Sarah

WhatsApp:+971.52.358.5215Skype:+971.52.358.5215Tel:+971.52.358.5215Email Sarah
Kate Vlasiuk

Kate

WhatsApp:+971.52.352.5795Skype:kate.vlasiuk1210Tel:+971.52.352.5795Email Kate

What To Do Before You Arrive At UIC

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After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:
  • Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  • Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  • Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.
After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.
  1. Complete your Visa Application.
  2. Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.
  3. Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.
  4. Notify your personal Enrollment Advisor of the date and Embassy of your visa appointment.
  5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:
How to Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa
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Visa Interview Preparation for Students
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Other links that international students find useful:

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When purchasing your ticket to your new city, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day.

Once you book your flight, visit uicglobal.org/flight to enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

Move-In Dates
Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) January 8, 2018 May 14, 2018 August 15, 2018
Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) January 8, 2018 May 14, 2018 August 15, 2018
Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) January 8, 2018 May 14, 2018 August 15, 2018
Pre-Sessional English (PSE) January 8, 2018 May 14, 2018 August 15, 2018
Academic English N/A N/A October 6, 2018
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To help avoid delays with enrollment, make your tuition and fees payment in full two weeks before you arrive.

When you begin, have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

  • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit UIC’s Flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can NOT use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
  • Wire Transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include the student’s name and birthday.
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You will need to complete the following forms before your arrival, and bring the completed forms with you during orientation:
All incoming UIC students are required to take placement exams prior to registration.

We strongly encourage UIC Global students to take these placement exams before arriving on campus. Although students will have the opportunity to complete exams during orientation, it is recommended that students spend that time learning about the campus, enjoying planned activities, and making new friends.

Depending on your program and major, you may have several tests to complete in order to determine the correct course placement at UIC. Please follow the steps below to access and complete all necessary placement exams prior to arrival:

Step 1: Activate Your UIC Student Portal

Step 2: Access placement exams in your UIC Student Portal.

Step 3: Complete all placement exams in your UIC Student Portal.

Chart explaining placement tests by major and program

For additional information on completing your placement exams, please visit our Testing FAQs page.

Contact uicglobalhelpdesk@uicglobal.org with questions or concerns.

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All UIC Global incoming students are required to submit all of the immigration documents prior to enrolling in classes.

You must complete the following items before being permitted to begin your classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago:

  • Attend mandatory orientation at UIC Global (date and time are listed in your acceptance letter from UIC Global)
  • Submit completed Immunization Form to UIC Global (this must be completed, signed and stamped by your medical doctor)
  • Submit proof of health insurance to UIC Global

Bring the following documents to the UIC Global orientation:

  • Original and valid passport
  • Original Form(s) I-20
  • F-1 visa (stamped on your passport)/F-2 visa (for dependents)
  • Copy of your Form I-94 (to print your Form I-94, please visit i94.cbp.dhs.gov)

Note: If you have not submitted original financial documents (no photocopies) before your I-20 was issued, you will be required to bring them with you when you attend the UIC Global orientation.

Helpful Resources

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NEXT STEPS BROCHURE

Information on your I-20 paperwork and visa, what to pack and other tips for arrival on campus.

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IMMIGRATION GUIDE

Learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Chicago.

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PRE-ARRIVAL CHECKLIST

Complete all steps before you get to UIC so you can help avoid delays or issues.

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ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Full campus tour, explore Chicago and other orientation activities you might do with your fellow international students.

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Want to plan your studying and traveling? Know important dates for classes, exams and holidays.