When can I get to campus?

We hear this question every day from international students like you. With the coronavirus pandemic, we understand that visa availability and travel plans may have been impacted. As always, UIC Global has you covered.

We are working to get you to campus as soon as possible, in ways that ensure your health and safety. If you face delays in arriving to campus on time, explore our solutions for beginning your university journey in a way that is tailored to you.

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Option 1.
On-Campus Fall Semester—August Start

UIC intends to open its doors in some capacity in Fall 2020. You are welcome to arrive on campus at the start of the regular semester in August, if that is possible for you. Our team will be available to support you during your transition to the U.S.

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Option 2.
On-Campus Fall Semester— Academic English Session II

For our Academic English students, we are offering a mid-semester arrival option that will enable you to get started on your program later this fall at our campus in the heart of Chicago.

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Option 3.
Virtual Fall Semester

If you are unable to arrive on campus for the fall semester during either start option, you are invited to participate in UIC Live, a digital classroom experience that lets you begin your program right away, from home—no study delays or interruptions—and arrive on campus in January. Learn more about UIC Live.

Please review our Academic Calendar for all important Fall 2020 dates.

Find a solution that works

Explore which path to your university degree makes the most sense for you.

Question 1: Are you able to get a visa appointment this summer?

Answer: Yes

Question 2: Are you able to book travel plans for August?

Answer: Yes


On-Campus Fall Semester—August Start

Question 1: Are you an Academic English student able to get a visa appointment in late summer or fall?

Answer: Yes

Question 2: Are you able to book travel plans for October?

Answer: Yes


On-Campus Fall Semester—Academic English Session II

Question 1: Are you able to a visa to arrive on campus before October 12?

Answer: No

Question 2: Are you able to begin your degree virtually from home?

Answer: Yes


Virtual Fall Semester

Virtual graduate program offerings

Students within designated Graduate Direct programs can now start their Master’s degrees virtually in Fall 2020 and arrive on campus for the Spring 2021 semester. Virtual programs include:

College of Business Administration

  • Master of Business Administration 
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Management Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Marketing
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management

College of Engineering

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Engineering

College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts

  • Master of Architecture

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

  • Master of Urban Planning and Policy

If you do not see your degree listed on this page, please reach out to your enrollment counselor to confirm.

Student stories

Considering UIC Live? Hear from international students like you who have already started classes!

Yiduo Bo, China

“Compared with traditional online courses, Live-to-Device increases the interaction between teachers and students. In traditional classrooms, professors give the lecture and students listen. When students have questions, they feel uncomfortable to interrupt the lecture. In the Live-to-Device modality, students can use the raise-your-hand button, and the lecturer can choose the right time to interact with the students.”

Xin Ran, China

“This real-time online teaching allows me to concentrate more than in a traditional large classroom. I am no longer shy about expression and often interact with professors and classmates. This mode also brings great convenience to learning, as long as you have a good internet connection, there is no delay. This class mode is not limited by time and space, and you can interact with foreign professors in real time.”

Stay informed

During this time of uncertainty, we are here for you. See how we are supporting our students.

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Student Support Video

UIC is here for you. Watch this video about the UIC community during the age of COVID-19.

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Flexible Start Options Video

Get details on the benefits of each flexible start option for the Fall 2020 Semester.

For more information on the Fall 2020 semester, please visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” page.

Explore more of our COVID-19 Resources