Graduate Enrollment Contract

General

  1. By submitting your deposit you are agreeing to this Enrollment Contract, which forms a binding agreement between you and UIC Global (“ UICGLOBAL,” “we,” or “us”). UIC Global, which operates Graduate Direct at the University of Illinois at Chicago, reserves the right to amend this Enrollment Contract from time to time.
  2. In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by UIC Global.
  3. Degree Verification and Non-US Institutions. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a U.S. accredited university. You may be required to submit your degree for verification (sometimes called “validation” or “authentication”), either by your employer or your country’s education authority if you wish to live and work in your home country. It is your responsibility to determine what level of verification is needed and how to obtain it. We do not guarantee that your UIC degree will be verified outside of the U.S. Degree verification does not impact the validity or value of your degree in the U.S. Further, we do not guarantee that credits earned at UIC will be transferrable to systems of higher education outside of the U.S. Whether and how much transfer credit to award is in the discretion of the foreign institution.

Tuition and Fees; Refunds

  1. Tuition and Fees Payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on your invoice by the indicated due date. You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees, to UIC Global. UIC Global has the right to amend its prices.
  2. Failure to Pay. Failure to pay by your payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees or the inability to progress after your first year, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees you may become in violation of your immigration status. You may be dismissed from the UIC Global program for failure to pay your invoice.
  3. Deposit Refunds. To be eligible for a refund of your deposit, within 60 days after your program’s start date you must submit a written refund request together with documentation showing your visa application was denied before your move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.
  4. Graduate Enrollment Deferrals. Deferrals must be requested prior to or within 60 days after your original move-in date. You may defer your enrollment for up to one calendar year (i.e., two consecutive semesters, not including summer); however, your deposit will roll-over for one deferral only, not including summer (i.e., a Spring deposit will apply for next Fall, but a new deposit is required starting with the following Spring semester if you defer again). We will not refund your original deposit. After one calendar year, you will be required to re-apply with a new application and deposit.
  5. Refunds for Cancellation of Enrollment. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your move-in date (found here: global.uic.edu), you may request a full refund of fees paid, less housing and any other non-refundable fees. After the start of the semester you may be eligible for the partial refunds listed in the table below. After the no-refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your program at UIC Global are nonrefundable.
Intake Semester
Last Day for Refund 100%
Last Day for Refund 60%
Last Day for Refund 50%
Begin 0% Refund
Fall 2021
September 03, 2021
October 08, 2021
October 15, 2021
October 26, 2021
Spring 2022
January 21, 2022
February 25, 2022
March 04, 2022
March 15, 2022
Summer 2022
May 19, 2022
June 16, 2022
June 23, 2022
July 04, 2022
Fall 2022
September 05, 2022
October 07, 2022
October 14, 2022
October 25, 2022
  1. Refunds Generally. You must submit your refund request for all eligible refunds within 60 days of program completion, withdrawal, or dismissal. The request form can be found  at https://p.widencdn.net/ztr0nf/UIC_Refund-Form_LR .  All refunds will be issued in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, including any fees incurred for a rejected payment, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All eligible refunds will be processed when students complete, withdraw, or are dismissed from our program.  This may be transferred to the student’s university account or processed as a refund directly to the student. Refunds are typically issued within 60 business days from receipt of completed form.
  2. Tuition Waivers. Students participating in Graduate Direct are not eligible for scholarships or appointments with tuition waivers. They are eligible for hourly paid positions on campus that do not carry any tuition discount or fee waiver.
  3. No Refunds for Immediate Transfer. You will not receive a refund of your deposit or any tuition or fees if you enter the United States on a University of Illinois at Chicago-issued I-20 and immediately request a transfer of your I-20 to another academic institution.
  4. UIC Global Visa-Denial Refund Exceptions- Virtual Start. If you begin your program virtually through UIC, you acknowledge that completing your program on-campus will require you to obtain a valid U.S. study visa, and that UIC and UIC Global do not guarantee you will receive your visa. Moreover, you may not know if you are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of your virtual studies. If you are denied a visa after you have successfully completed the virtual portion of your program, UIC will allow you to defer the start of your next consecutive term up to three semesters(approximately 12 months). If, during the three-semester deferral period, you are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, you may be eligible for a refund of 50% of your tuition paid, subject to meeting the following conditions:(1) you submit documentation to UIC Global (your visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment) verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for your next term of study, and(2) you remain in good standing and achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the virtual portion of your program. No refund is available if you are able to continue in your degree program online.
  5. UIC Live Visa-Denial Refund Exceptions- Live Start. If you begin your studies through UIC Live, you acknowledge that completion of your studies will require you to obtain a valid U.S. visa for study, and that UIC Global cannot guarantee you will receive your visa. Moreover, you may not know if you are denied a visa until after completing all or a substantial portion of your UIC Live program. If you are denied a visa after successfully completing any part of your UIC Live program, we will allow you to defer the start of your next consecutive term up to three semesters (approximately 12 months). If, during the three-semester deferral period, you are denied a U.S. visa two or more times, you may be eligible for a refund of 75% of your tuition paid, subject to meeting the following conditions: (1) you submit documentation to UIC Global verifying at least two U.S. visa denials prior to the move-in date for your next term of study (your visa denial letter and proof of visa appointment), and (2) you achieve a GPA of [3.0] ) or higher during the Live portion of your program. No refund is available if you are able to continue in your degree program online.

Accommodations & Services

  1. Airport Transfers. Requests for airport transfer service must be made at least two (2) weeks in advance of arrival by visiting https://global.uic.edu/before-you-arrive/. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Chicago Midway and Chicago O’Hare airports. We cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than two (2) weeks in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform UIC Global staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.
  2. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan. On-campus housing is not available for GRADUATE DIRECT students. Please contact the UIC Global office for information about off-campus housing options. If you are interested in purchasing a meal plan please contact UIC Global.
  3. Health Insurance. All international graduate students studying at UIC Global are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, Illinois and local requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.
    1. You are required to purchase coverage from a UIC Global-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
    2. You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and UIC Global is not responsible for payment of any funds related to a student’s health insurance. Be advised that the cost of health insurance is typically non-refundable, unless permitted by the enrollment contract of a particular plan.

UIC Global Policies, Procedures and Requirements

  1. Vacation, Holidays and Closures. Please familiarize yourself with UIC Global’s calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. We do not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to planned or unplanned school closures.
  2. Absences. Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status. You will not receive a refund if you lose immigration status due to class absences.
  3. Medical Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw for medical reasons you must apply for a valid medical withdrawal through the Office of International Services. We will honor any tuition refunds granted by the University for a medical withdrawal in conflict with this Enrollment Contract, but please be aware that certain housing and other UIC Global fees may not be refundable.
  4. Consecutive Semesters. You must complete your coursework in consecutive semesters. This requirement may be waived by the Managing Director of UIC Global only in extenuating circumstances.
  5. >Academic Performance. Students are accepted to UIC Global with the strict understanding that adherence to the UIC Global academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at global.uic.edu/ as may be amended, is mandatory. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the minimum standards set by UIC Global. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from UIC Global. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees that may require presenting additional proof of finances.
  6. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of UIC Global’s policies, rules or regulations, which may impact your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.
  7. Dismissal. If you are dismissed from UIC Global for any reason you may not reapply to UIC Global, the University, your current program or any other program offered by UIC Global.
  8. Internships and Externships. If you are accepted into an internship or externship option, such as Career Premium, all opportunities will be awarded by a third-party organization at such organization’s sole discretion.

Legal

  1. Photography, Filming and Sound Recording. UIC Global or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the Internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting in which you wish not to participate. By accepting this Enrollment Contract you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.
  2. Force Majeure. UIC Global will not be liable in cases where UIC Global is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, disease or pandemic, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons that are beyond UIC Global’s control.
  3. Liability. The liability of Shorelight-Dragon, LLC d/b/a UIC Global, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to UIC Global or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of IL without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to this Enrollment Contract, shall be brought exclusively in the Federal court in IL . By signing the enrollment contract, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agrees to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
  4. Legal Compliance. We have a legal obligation to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. We may use certain information you provided to us on your application to ensure our compliance with export and other regulations by screening you against lists prepared by federal government agencies, such as those prepared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control(OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. You hereby consent to the transfer of your personally identifiable information to third-party screening services that we have retained solely to conduct such screenings.

University Policies, Procedures and Requirements

  1. As a graduate student at UIC Global you are also bound by the rules and regulations governing the University of Illinois at Chicago, as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at http://uic.edu/.
  2. In addition to the health insurance requirements listed in this Enrollment Contract, the terms of your health insurance must meet the University of Illinois at Chicago requirements. You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and the University of Illinois at Chicago is not responsible for payment of any funds related to your health insurance.
  3. Unless we inform you otherwise, your books and learning materials must be purchased through the University Bookstore.
  4. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You are required to adhere to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CODE and REGULATIONS, which can be found at http://dos.uic.edu/community-standards/. You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s policies, rules or regulations, which may impact your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.
  5. Dismissal. If you are dismissed from UIC Global or from the University for any reason, you may not reapply to UIC Global, the University, your current program or any other program offered by UIC Global.
  6. Force Majeure. The University of Illinois at Chicago is not liable in cases where the University of Illinois at Chicago is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, disease or pandemic, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons that are beyond the University of Illinois at Chicago’s control.

Visa Status

  1. F-1 Status. In order to maintain proper F-1 visa status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. Please review the University of Illinois at Chicago guidelines based on F-1 regulations on student visa status and immigration: https://www.ois.uic.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=1581&pageId=189689. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of the University of Illinois at Chicago or UIC Global policies, may be shared with the shared with the DHS and other institution and agencies as applicable, the University of Illinois at Chicago and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents and UIC Global staff and agents. If you intend to seek permanent resident status at any point during your anticipated tenure at the University of Illinois at Chicago you must disclose such intent at the time of application. Please be aware that scheduling and class attendance conflicts that arise from pursuing immigration status changes will not be accommodated and may prevent you from continuing at your studies. You may be dismissed if you seek or obtain a change in you permanent residency. No refunds will be given if you must withdraw due to your actual or anticipated change to permanent resident status.