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

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

North Asia

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

Russia/
Central Asia

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

South
Asia

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

Southeast
Asia

Maryna

Tel:+380 97 159 06 09WhatsApp:+380 97 159 06 09Skype:mkyselova14Email Maryna

Chau (Vietnam)

Tel:+84 908.792.892WhatsApp:+84 908.792.892Skype:diemchau.dtEmail Chau

Shayan (Pakistan)

Tel:+923358220020WhatsApp:+923358220020Skype:shayanchawlaEmail Shayan

Shirin

Tel:+971.52.358.5215WhatsApp:+971.52.358.5215Skype:shirin_elchami_1Email Shirin

Suan (Korea)

Mobile:+82-10-4947-9065Kakao App:liliana67Email Suan

Abbie (North Asia, Exc. Korea)

Tel:+852 8481 0532WhatsApp:+852 8481 0532Email Abbie

Tomi - Africa

WhatsApp:+234.703.414.1021Skype:Tomi AfilakaTel:+234.703.414.1021Email Tomi

Jacob

WhatsApp:+1.857.529.7237Skype:Jacob MohbergTel:+1.857.529.7237Email Jacob
advisor

Sakshi

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

Sonam

WhatsApp:+91.895.004.9050Skype:sonam.parashar3Tel:+91.999.647.1494Email Sonam

Unnati

WhatsApp:+91.972.501.2676Skype:+91.972.501.2676Tel:+91.972.501.2676Email Unnati

Viraja – South Asia (India)

WhatsApp:+91 7028090894Skype:+91 7028090894Tel:+91 7028090894Email Viraja
Hoang Vo

Hoang - (Vietnam)

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

Saranya - (SE Asia exc. Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+66.96.982.0007Skype:awesome.saranyaTel:+66.96.982.0007Email Saranya

Alice – South and West China

QQ:1196954619Tel:+86 15928933132Email Alice
Annie Lin

Annie - South China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.135.7055.0749Email Annie
Jane West

Jane - West China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.159.2876.6884Email Jane

Kelly – Central China

QQ:713070180Tel:+86.159.018.06534Email Kelly
Lisha Na

Lisha - North China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.183.1016.8200Email Lisha
Mark Sun

Mark - East China

QQ:119396488Tel:+86.158.0062.4575Email Mark

Vicky – North China

QQ:1925259247Tel:+86.135.2182.7910Email Vicky

George – LATAM

WhatsApp:+57.301.521.6058Skype:georgelalcantaraTel:+57.301.521.6058Email George

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
Visa Interview Preparation for Students
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When purchasing your travel ticket to your new city, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day.

Please provide your arrival details at least 15 days in advance to the program start date. We need to know when you are arriving so we can confirm your housing and enrollment, it also helps the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

Also, we offer free rides from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) to campus, and you can confirm an airport transfer service with this form.

All students are required to submit their arrival details before they depart for University of Illinois at Chicago.

You can submit your arrival details here: uicglobal.org/arrival

Move-In Dates

Undergraduate:

Spring 2020Summer 2020Fall 2020
January 6, 2020May 11, 2020August 12, 2020

Post-Graduate:

Spring 2020Summer 2020Fall 2020
January 6, 2020 June 8, 2020August 12, 2020
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To help avoid delays with enrollment, make your tuition and fees payment in full two weeks before you arrive.
  • 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.
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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 undergraduate 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

Please visit our Testing FAQs page for additional information on completing your placement exams. You can also explore these placement test tips and tricks outlined by our UIC Global tutors.

Important Disclaimers:

  • International Direct Students: The results of the Academic English writing exam will determine your placement in English composition or English language classes.
  • Accelerator Students: Upon arrival at UIC, you will take an English language proficiency test. Your placement in English composition or English language classes will depend upon the results of the proficiency test. You may also be required to take additional English language courses as part of a UIC Global accelerator program or enroll in full-time English language study at UIC.

The purpose of all English courses is to help you be successful in your program at UIC.

Contact uicglobalhelpdesk@uicglobal.org with questions or concerns.

*Applies to undergraduate students only

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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.