Before You Start

Soon you’ll be at UIC in Chicago, Illinois. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues or delays for international students. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Contact your Enrollment Advisor to discuss all your required steps and ensure you have all required paperwork.

Africa

Africa

China

China

Latin America

Latin America

Middle East/North Africa

Middle East/North Africa

North America

North America

North Asia

North Asia

Russia / Central Asia / Eastern Europe

Russia / Central Asia / Eastern Europe

South Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

UK and Western Europe

UK and Western Europe

Abbie

Abbie (North Asia excluding Korea)

+852 8481 0532

Whatsapp: +852 8481 0532

Email Abbie
Ajith

Ajith (India)

+91-971-722-2408

Whatsapp: +91-971-722-2408

Skype: ajitks10

Email Ajith
Alexis

Alexis (North America)

+1 239-744-9468

Whatsapp: +1 239-744-9468

Wechat: alexis0426

Email Alexis
Alice

Alice (Northwest)

+1-857-315-8730

Whatsapp: +1-857-315-8730

Wechat: aliceqinus

Email Alice
Alsu

Alsu (Middle East/North Africa)

+7 939 346 09 59

Whatsapp: +7 939 346 09 59

Email Alsu
Bibiane

Bibiane (Korea)

+82-10-7711-6538

Whatsapp: +82-10-7711-6538

Email Bibiane
Chau

Chau (Vietnam)

+84-908-792-892

Whatsapp: +84-908-792-892

Skype: diemchau.dt

Email Chau
Chau Luu

Chau Luu (Vietnam)

+84 962 442 193

Whatsapp: +84 962 442 193

Skype: live:chau.luuquynh

Email Chau Luu
Chris

Chris (Southwest)

+1-508-948-7542

Whatsapp: +1-508-948-7542

Wechat: chris040594

Email Chris
Daniyal

Daniyal (Pakistan)

+92 310 588 8648

Whatsapp: +92 310 588 8648

Email Daniyal
Doris

Doris (South China)

+86-150-1870-6751

QQ: 2282183545

Email Doris
Ekta

Ekta (India)

+91-965-001-0409

Whatsapp: +91-965-001-0409

Skype: ekta.aneja05

Email Ekta
Evie

Evie (China)

+86 182 1096 7343

Wechat: eseviewu

QQ: 1034905349

Email Evie
Isha

Isha (India)

+91 9953550789

Whatsapp: +91 9953550789

Email Isha
Jane

Jane (West China)

+86.159.2876.6884

QQ: 713070180

Email Jane
Kelly

Kelly (China)

+86 15901806534

Wechat: 447619658

QQ: 447619658

Email Kelly
Laxmi

Laxmi (India)

+91 98183 96406

Whatsapp: +91 98183 96406

Email Laxmi
Lisha

Lisha (North China)

+86-183-1016-8200

QQ: 18310168200

Email Lisha
Marianna

Marianna

+34-692-46-41-16

Whatsapp: +34-692-46-41-16

Skype: marianna.zubenko

Email Marianna
Mark

Mark (Central China)

+86-158-0062-4575

QQ: 15800624575

Email Mark
Maya

Maya (Middle East/North Africa)

+971 58 156 0328

Whatsapp: +971 58 156 0328

Email Maya
Nikita

Nikita (India)

+91 9310587075

Whatsapp: +91 9310587075

Email Nikita
Rakesh

Rakesh (India)

+91 9096507300

Whatsapp: +91 9096507300

Email Rakesh
Sahil

Sahil (India)

+91- 9811718710

Whatsapp: +91- 9811718710

Email Sahil
Sakshi

Sakshi (India)

+91-995-351-0160

Whatsapp: +91-995-351-0160

Skype: arorasakshi187

Email Sakshi
Sanjukta

Sanjukta (North America)

+91-9820162776

Whatsapp: +91-9820162776

Email Sanjukta
Saranya

Saranya

+66-96-982-0007

Whatsapp: +66-96-982-0007

Skype: awesome.saranya

Email Saranya
Sofya

Sofya (North America)

+1 347 399 35 72

Whatsapp: +1 347 399 35 72

Email Sofya
Sonam

Sonam

+91-999-647-1494

Whatsapp: +91-895-004-9050

Skype: sonam.parashar3

Email Sonam
Taha

Taha (Pakistan)

+92-307-333-6878

Whatsapp: +92-307-333-6878

Skype: tshahid29

Email Taha
Tiffany Chan

Tiffany Chan (North Asia excluding Korea)

+886 903006063

Whatsapp: +852 9222 3579

Email Tiffany Chan
Tomi

Tomi (Africa)

+234 703 414 1021

Whatsapp: +234 703 414 1021

Email Tomi
Valeria

Valeria (Latin America)

+57 310 7880364

Whatsapp: +57 310 7880364

Email Valeria
Vicky

Vicky (North China)

+86-135-2182-7910

Wechat: vickychen7910

Email Vicky
Viraja

Viraja (South & West India)

+91 7028090894

Whatsapp: +91 7028090894

Skype: +91 7028090894

Email Viraja
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 your official 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. If your family is joining you, you must also complete the family arrival form.

​​For program dates, click here.

Make your payment in full two weeks before you arrive to avoid enrollment delays and ensure an on-time start.

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

    1. Flywire by Peer 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.
You will need to complete and submit the following form before your arrival:

You will need to complete and submit the following form before your arrival:

  • Health and Immunization Form (both undergraduate and graduate students)
    Your immunization forms must be received before you arrive on campus! You are required to submit all immunization records through Med+Proctor. You will need to sign up for an account using your UIC student email address. You will also need to make sure your documents are translated into English if they are in your first language. Find important additional information on how to submit your health and immunization forms here.
  • FERPA Disclosure Form
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. Please use your UIC Orientation Blackboard course to verify your exams.
Please visit our Testing FAQs page for additional information on completing your placement exams. You can also explore these placement test tips from 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 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 uicglobalhelpdesk@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 (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 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.

Important Dates

Payment Deadline:

December 20, 2022

Move-in Date:

January 3, 2023