The Ultimate International Student Experience

Adjusting to college life in the U.S. can be challenging. To make your transition as easy and productive as possible, the Undergraduate Accelerator is a one-year program that sets you up for success with:

  • Academic, English-language and cultural support
  • College credit toward your UIC degree
  • Access to exclusive courses and cultural events

Flexibility

Flexibility

Choose from three Undergraduate Accelerator options for just the right amount of support. And in the U.S., you can customize your education and change which degree you study.

Dedicated Support

Dedicated Support

Make your transition easy with academic, tutoring, career and personal support from trained advisers. We’ll even pick you up when you arrive at the airport.

Small Class Sizes

Small Class Sizes

Receive more individual attention and customized support with fewer students in your classes. Some of your courses are exclusively for international students like you.

American Cultural Experiences

American Cultural Experiences

Get to know your new city by going to fun events with the Undergraduate Accelerator group. For instance, going to UIC Flames basketball games or exploring Chicago.

Live, Learn, Grow

Live, Learn, Grow

Gain the knowledge you need for daily life at UIC and the learning skills required in U.S. classrooms, with this core Undergraduate Accelerator course.

Professional Development

Professional Development

Give your career a fast start with the Career Accelerator. This two-year program enhances professional skills and offers access to internships for invaluable experience.

Which Option Is Right for You?

The Undergraduate Accelerator offers three different programs, including the one that’s right for you. Explore below to see which option is your best choice.

Integrated Accelerator Program

IAP

For high-achieving students who want a rigorous academic experience.

Academic Accelerator Program

AAP

For students who want additional support and tailored courses.

Extended Accelerator Program

EAP

For students who want an immersive international study experience.

None of these options look right for you? Click here to explore other ways to enter UIC.

Compare Your Options

Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)
Recommended For High-achieving students Students who want some English-language support Students who want a personalized experience
Main Benefit Rigorous academic experience and priority access to courses Just the right amount of support and tailored courses Immersive English-language learning and cultural experiences
Length 2 semesters (9 months) 2 semesters (9 months) 3 semesters (12 months)
GPA Entry Requirement 3.0 2.5 2.5
English-language Level Advanced Intermediate Moderate
Estimated Tuition $29,500 (USD) $31,000 (USD) $38,000 (USD)

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Estimated Program Duration

Time to completion varies based on your English-language ability, degree choice and number of courses per semester.

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Preparation for the Global Job Market

Qualified Undergraduate Accelerator students can get professional training, career advisement and internship opportunities.