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!
Grace - 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 3, 2017||May 8, 2017||August 16, 2017|
|Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)||January 3, 2017||May 8, 2017||August 16, 2017|
|Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)||January 3, 2017||May 8, 2017||August 16, 2017|
|Pre-Sessional English (PSE)||January 3, 2017||May 8, 2017||August 16, 2017|
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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.
You will need to complete the following form before your arrival, and bring the completed form with you during orientation:
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.
ITEP English Proficiency Test
Step 1: Take practice test
All incoming UIC Global students will need to take an English Language Proficiency test in order to ensure that you are placed in the correct program*. You can take this test before you arrive on campus by scheduling a convenient day and time in advance. All you will need is an internet connection and desktop or laptop computer with camera and microphone. To help get you started, you can take a practice test before the exam to get comfortable with the test format and review material for the exam. This practice test will help you to get familiar with the test before you schedule a time to take the actual exam.
*Pre-sessional students do not need to take the ITEP English Proficiency test.
Step 2: Set up user account to schedule exam time
After you complete the practice test, log into Examity Testing Service to set up your individual user account and schedule a date and time to take the exam with an exam proctor. You can choose a date and time that is convenient for you to take the exam and schedule it in your Examity account dashboard. You will need to plan to take the exam for approximately 90 minutes in a quiet, well-lit area with your computer. As part of the proctoring service, you will need to have official identification, your passport, to present to the exam proctor.
Use the link below to get started in setting up your account and schedule a date:
You should have received an email from the examity test service with your username and password. If you did not or cannot find it, please email
Step 3: Review the exam instructions and important information for your scheduled exam date.
Placement Exams for IAP and AAP Students
As an IAP or AAP student you may need to take the following exams depending on your major:
Academic Writing Placement Exam
All incoming UIC students in the Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) and Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) are required to take the university Academic Writing placement test. You can complete this exam before you leave your home country. The university Academic Writing placement exam will help determine your Academic Writing course placement.
Note: Pre-Sessional and Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) students do not need to take the Academic Writing placement test
You can complete this exam before you leave your home country. You will have 1 hour to complete the exam. The exam will give you three essay topics to choose from, you only need to select one topic. You will then write an academic essay on this topic. Remember to check your spelling, punctuation and grammar. Once you begin the exam, you must complete it and will not be able to re-take this exam.
Physics Placement Exam
All incoming UIC students in the Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) and Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) in the majors listed will require Physics courses and will need to take a Physics placement test to determine the correct course placement. This exam will determine which course you are placed in, so it is very important that the result be an accurate reflection of your skills in Physics. If you are placed above your abilities in a course which is too hard for you, you will likely have difficulty passing and progressing into your degree program.
Note: Pre-Sessional and Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) students do not need to take the Physics placement test.
Majors Required to take the Physics Exam:
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Chemistry Placement Exam
All incoming UIC students in the Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) and Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) in the majors listed will require Chemistry courses and will need to take a Chemistry placement test to determine the correct course placement. This exam will determine which course you are placed in, so it is very important that the result be an accurate reflection of your skills in Chemistry. If you are placed above your abilities in a course which is too hard for you, you will likely have difficulty passing and progressing into your degree program.
Note: Pre-Sessional and Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) students do not need to take the Chemistry placement test.
Majors Required to take the Chemistry Exam:
Computer Science Engineering
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Step 1: Locate your student portal information.
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 placement can be found below or printed for your convenience.
Please check your Junk and Spam folder if you do not find this email. If you are still not able to locate the email with your information, please contact:
Step 2: Go to my.uic.edu.
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 ``Go to the On-Line Placement Test`` for ``English`` placement tests.
For additional reference please see The UIC New Student Guide for Placement Exams.
All UIC International 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 International (date and time are listed in your acceptance letter from UIC International)
- Submit completed Immunization Form to UIC International (this must be completed, signed and stamped by your medical doctor)
- Submit proof of health insurance to UIC International
Bring the following documents to the UIC International 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 International 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.