Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP)

Do you want more than high grades? The IAP is an exclusive first-year program for international students with advanced English-language skills. It focuses on academic, cultural and professional growth so you can excel in school – and prepare for a successful future.

As an Integrated Accelerator student at UIC, you’ll receive:

  • Exclusive and rigorous academic coursework
  • Priority access to in-demand courses that fit your interests
  • Guidance from academic advisors and mentors
  • Career development and networking opportunities
  • Intensive classes with domestic students

Program Details

Program Length
Credits Earned
Toward Degree
2 semesters/
9 months
Planned – almost all
courses include
domestic students
24+ Standard Progression** Year 2 of degree

*Some UIC majors and colleges may require a higher GPA and additional coursework for admission into their programs. Students are notified of higher GPA requirements upon arrival. All students must also pass the English requirement, ENGL160 and ENGL161, to progress.
**Varies by degree program.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Integrated Accelerator Program at UIC, you should have at least the following qualifications:*

GPA Requirement Minimum TOEFL® Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
3.0 80 – no subscore below 16 6.5 – no subscore below 5.5 69 – no subscore below 47

Don’t meet these requirements? The Academic Accelerator Program or Extended Accelerator Program might be a better fit for you.

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Sample Coursework

Semester 1 Semester 2

Live, Learn, Grow

Academic Writing I

Principles of Microeconomics (with English lab)

Math Course: College Algebra to Calculus II

Natural Science (with English Lab)

Live, Learn, Grow

Academic Writing II

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Psychology

Fundamentals of Media Communication

Learning Track course*

Total credits: 24+

*Based on your choice of major, your Learning Track course will be in one of three areas:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences
  • Business, Finance and Economics

Build your career before it even begins.

Included in the IAP, the Career Accelerator is a two-year program focused on professional development. Learn valuable skills. Gain real-world experience. Customize your experience to fit your goals. So you can stand out when you apply for jobs.


When my internship ended, I was offered a position working full-time for the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund as a Program Auditor. An internship is the chance to prove yourself and show what kind of employee you would be.”

– Jackie Stout, Political Science student

You’re Ready for the Challenge

And we’ll help. We simplify the Integrated Accelerator Program application process for you. So you can focus on becoming the best international student you can be.