Before You Arrive
Congratulations, and welcome to
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!
Jane - West China
Lisha - North China
Mark - East China
Annie - South China
What To Do Before You Arrive At UIC
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.
- Complete your Visa Application.
- Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.
- 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.
- Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.
- Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:
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.
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|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|
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.
All incoming UIC students are required to take the ALEKS math placement test before they arrive on campus.
The ALEKS math placement exam will help determine your math placement and the correct course. You will need to complete this before you leave your home country. Here are the guidelines for the ALEKS math placement on taking the exam.
Note: Pre-Sessional students do not need to take the math placement test. IAP or AAP students need to take chemistry and physics placement exams.
Step 1: Prepare to activate your UIC Student Portal
You should have received an email from UIC to the personal email address you provided during the application process. In this email, you will find your University Identification Number (UIN) and NetID needed to activate your university student portal. Instructions to activate your portal and select your ALEKS math placement can be found on page 7 of the
Please check your Junk and Spam folder if you do not find the email. If you are still not able to locate the email with your information, please contact:
Before you start: Once you have activated your portal and selected the Math Placement exam, review the instructions carefully. You will find an option to complete the Learning Module before taking the exam. This is a practice exam and a useful opportunity before taking the real exam. We strongly recommend that you complete the Learning Module. The exam takes 1.5-2 hours to complete and once you begin you must complete it. Please be prepared for the right amount of time and access to the internet.
Step 3: Click on “Students Only – Login to New Version of the Portal”
Step 4: Click on “Sign in” in the upper right hand corner.
Step 5: Enter UIC NetID and Password.
Step 6: Click on the “Link to the ALEKS Math Test” for the Math Placement Test
Step 7: (For IAP or AAP students only) Click on the “Go to the On-Line Placement Test ” for the Chemistry and Physics placement exams
For additional reference, please refer to the UIC New Student Guide for Placement Testing.
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.
Information on your I-20 paperwork and visa, what to pack and other tips for arrival on campus.
Learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Chicago.
Complete all steps before you get to UIC so you can help avoid delays or issues.