Before You Start

Now that you are starting your journey with UIC Global, you will receive emails from different members of the UIC Global team. If you receive an email from any of the emails below, please make sure you respond to the email. You can also reach out to a member of the UIC Global team using these email addresses also!

UIC Global New Student Advising – newstudentadvising@uicglobal.org

UIC Global Student Services team- studentservices@uicglobal.org

UIC Global Finance- finance@uicglobal.org

UIC Global Student Accommodations- studentaccommodations@uicglobal.org

Once you are admitted and confirm your acceptance, you will be assigned a UIC Global Student Success Advisor. Your Student Success Advisor will contact you regularly through the email on your application. To schedule an appointment email newstudentadvising@uicglobal.org

Your UIC Global Student Success Team can assist you with completing the following required steps before orientation:

  • Completing each of your required pre-arrival tasks. You are required to complete certain tests or actions before arrival.
  • Submitting your required flight information and housing/dining preference form.
  • General help completing each required step and answering any questions you have before you arrive.

Review your conditional offer letter and make sure that you have submitted all documents listed as missing.

Once all your documents are submitted, please submit your I-20 Request Form along with your financial statements as outlined in the Certificate of Finances.

The university will process your I-20 and email it to you as soon as possible – please expect a minimum of 10 business days.

As soon as you have your I-20, please Apply for Your Visa.

After receiving admissions to your UIC program, you will receive instructions on how to activate your UIC student portal. Instructions are emailed to the personal email address that was used on your admission application.

  1. Look for an email from Kailey Rubinas to your personal email account with instructions on activating your student account. Helpful tip: The subject of the email is “Welcome to UIC Global!”
  2. Follow the instructions on how to activate your Net ID and token. Read the instructions carefully. Activating your Net ID is the first step to accessing your UIC Student Portal.
  3. To activate your account, you will need to have your UIN and Token. You will also need to set up Duo 2-Factor Authentication on your device.
  4. Three business days after you activate your Net ID and token, you will be enrolled in your UIC Global Orientation Blackboard course. This is an online orientation course to guide you on the information and questions you have before starting your program.
Helpful Terms:

UIC Global Orientation Blackboard Course: This is location on Blackboard, a virtual resource for new students. The goal of this course is to give you the information you need before arriving to campus and to help prepare you to complete your pre-arrival steps.

UIC Global Orientation: This is run by your UIC Global Staff and is a required part of beginning your program. For Summer 2024, UIC Global Orientation will run May 6th through May 10th to prepare you for everything you need to know about UIC and your program after arrival. This is also a great opportunity to interact with staff, have questions answered, and make new friends! You can access this schedule by visiting the tab “UIC Global Orientation Schedule” on your UIC Global Orientation Course.

OIS Orientation or “New International Student Summit”: This is run by the Office of International Services to prepare you for all things immigration related while you are at UIC. We have a dedicated day for this orientation on your UIC Global Orientation Schedule.

What is a Student Portal?
At UIC, your Student Portal is the main site you will use to help navigate services at UIC. Before you arrive at UIC, you can use your student portal to access your student email, placement tests, iAdvise, and your UIC Global Orientation Blackboard Page.

During your UIC Global Orientation Week, you will learn how to use other tools that are available on your student portal like viewing your registration information, connecting with resources on campus, and viewing your final grades.

What is a UIN?
UIN stands for “University Identification Number” and is unique to you and your account. You will use this number frequently throughout your time at UIC. A good practice is to include your UIN in your UIC email signature as you will be asked for this regularly.

What is a Token?
The Token Number is a number you will only use one time to create your account. You do not have to remember this number.

When you receive your UIN and Token through your personal email address, there will be a link to activate your NetID and create your password. Make sure you remember your NetID and password!

What is Duo Two Factor Authentication?
2FA helps secure your account, and the University’s sensitive data, by adding an extra layer of security. When logging in to university systems using your NetID and password, 2FA requires you to verify your identity using a second factor such as a mobile device and prevents anyone but you from logging in. UIC uses 2FA service provided by Duo Security, an industry leader in cybersecurity services.

Instructions for setting up Duo 2FA, can be found at this link.

What if I didn’t receive a UIN and Token?
You will only receive a UIN and Token after completing all the admissions steps and are accepted to the university. If you cannot access your account, please click “Forgot NetID” or “Forgot Password” on this page.

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:
  1. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  2. 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.
  3. 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-901 (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 enrollment advisor of the date and embassy location 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

Other links that international students find useful:

We are so excited for you to join us on campus! To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, plan to arrive on or before the UIC Global scheduled move-in day. Airport pickup is available at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to campus on our scheduled arrival day only.

Once you book your flights, you must fill out the student arrival form.

​​For program dates, click here.
​​For discounted international travel, click here.

Make your payment in full two weeks before the scheduled arrival date to avoid enrollment delays and ensure an on-time start.

Follow the instructions below to submit payment for tuition and fees:

Flywire for International Wire Transfer: Please visit UIC’s flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you cannot use a US credit card or US bank account.

If you are interested in learning about student loan information, contact:

All first-year undergraduate students are guaranteed apartment-style accommodations as part of the program. Living in UIC Global Program-Managed housing is required for the length of your UIC Global program.

Your selections are preferences only, we cannot guarantee you will receive your preference(s), We do our best to try to assign rooms based on preferences and other important factors.

-Refer to the Housing Costs page for the most current housing costs: https://shorelight.com/universities/undergraduate/university-of-illinois-at-chicago/#costs

-Please note that while housing is guaranteed, we cannot promise we will be able to match each student with their preferred housing option.

-All housing options are fully furnished with a kitchen and include cable/Wi-Fi access and in-building laundry.

-Housing Waiver requests are subject to review 30 days prior to the published arrival date. Housing waivers can be rejected and will not be reviewed after a final decision has been made. No waivers will be issued after arrival.

All UIC Global undergraduate students are required to complete placement exams before arriving on campus. The placement test due date is April 15th, 2024. Do not wait until you have a visa to complete your placement tests. These must be completed before you arrive. Test results are valid for one year, if you do not receive a visa, your tests results will still apply for future.

Failure to complete these tests by the due date will delay course registration and final program placement (confirmation).

Depending on your UIC Global Program and major, you may have several tests to complete 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: Verify which placement tests are required for you using the chart below.
  • Step 2: Access placement exams in your UIC Student Portal.
  • Step 3: Complete all placement exams in your UIC Student Portal. Please use your UIC Orientation Blackboard course to find answers to FAQs.
  • Please visit our Testing FAQs page for additional information on completing your placement exams.
Academic English/Pre-Sessional
No Tests prior to arrival
Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)
iTEP
Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)
ALEKS Math Writing Exam
Academic Writing Exam
iTEP
Chemistry *
International Direct Program (ID)
ALEKS Math Writing Exam
Academic Writing Exam
Chemistry *
Physics *
*Note: Academic Accelerator and International Direct students will only be required to take Chemistry and Physics tests if their major requires these courses for their degree.

Important Disclaimers:

All communication regarding your testing will be sent to the email address we have on file from your application. If you do not have access to that email, please notify your UIC Global Student Success Advisor.

Your final program placement will be determined upon arrival to campus. The results of the placement tests are used to place you on the program track that is appropriate for your skill level, and which may be different from what was indicated in your conditional offer letter. If your assessment test score does not meet the criteria for your assigned program track, you will not be able to enroll on that track. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and involve additional costs.

International Direct Students: The results of the Academic English writing exam will determine your placement in English composition classes.

Accelerator Students (AAP and EAP):

  • You are required to take an iTEP for program placement. If you have already taken iTEP for admissions, you do still need to complete the one through UIC Global. Instructions will be sent to the email used on your application for this test.
  • Upon arrival at UIC, you will take an English language proficiency test. Your placement in English composition or English language classes will depend upon your proficiency test results. 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.

Contact newstudentadvising@uicglobal.org with questions or concerns.
*Applies to undergraduate students only

All incoming UIC Global students are required to submit their immigration documents prior to enrolling in classes.

You must complete the following items before being permitted to begin your classes at UIC:

  • Attend mandatory orientation with UIC Global (date and time are listed in your UIC Global acceptance letter)
  • Submit completed Immunization Form to UIC Global (Instructions can be found on your UIC Global Orientation Blackboard course)
  • Complete your tuition and fees payment Complete required placement tests

Bring the following documents to the UIC Global orientation:

  • Original valid passport
  • Original I-20 Form(s)
  • 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.

All new students are required to attend the UIC Global orientation week. UIC Global orientation is not offered virtually. Some departments and programs may require additional orientation attendance. To learn more, you must visit your UIC Global Pre-Arrival Orientation Blackboard course.

Summer 2024 UIC Global Orientation Week includes all dates below:

May 6th: All students are expected to arrive by this date. This is the official move in date. On the move-in date, all students are expected to check in with the UIC Global office at the designated check-in location. Students will receive this information during the Pre-Arrival Webinars and can find more information on their UIC Global Pre-Arrival course in Blackboard.
Please note that students will complete additional check-ins with the university throughout the UIC Global Orientation week as well.

If you arrive early, please consult your UIC Global Pre-Arrival Orientation course in Blackboard for hotel and transportation recommendations.

  • May 7th: Orientation Session Day 1 (9AM CST to 7PM CST)
  • May 8th: Orientation Session Day 2 (9AM CST to 7PM CST)
  • May 9th: Orientation Session Day 3 (9AM CST to 7PM CST)
  • May 10th: Orientation Conclusion (9AM CST to 5PM CST)
  • May 13th: Classes begin

For all new students, Orientation will take place from May 6th through May 10th, 2024. Orientation is an important and mandatory program that will introduce you to the academic, social, and cultural life at the University of Illinois, Chicago. The orientation will be in-person so please plan your travel to arrive on or before May 6th, 2024. We look forward to seeing you soon!

All students are required to arrive by the program start date of May 6th. If you have an emergency that prevents you from arriving and starting your program on time, you must schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor for approval before travelling. Arriving after the start date without approval may result in not being able to start your program.

This program helps international students apply for remote internships and gain real-life work experience to boost their resumes.

  • Certificates and training: Attend online professional bootcamps before your virtual internship starts. Gain hands-on experience once you officially begin by contributing to projects alongside industry experts. If you are interested in certifications, Career Premium now offers unlimited access to training courses that lead to certification in Amazon Web Services, Java, Microsoft Azure, and Python, among many other in-demand skills.
  • Coaching and mentorship: Receive direct guidance from career coaches and industry experts on career exploration, skill training, and professional development.
  • Applying: Work on real-life projects for leading employers and build your portfolio. We work with more than 12,000 multinational companies that have unique projects for you to leverage your new skills, experience, and professional network to land your dream job.

“The tutors are resourceful, and they really helped me while I was applying for internships. I certainly believe I will find a job after graduation.”—Shelley, hired at Tesla

Important Dates

Application Deadline:

April 15, 2024

I-20 Transfer Deadline:

May 4, 2024

Payment Deadline:

April 22, 2024

Move-in Date:

May 6, 2024