Take the next steps to start your program

Congratulations and welcome to UIC! Soon, you will be starting your classes virtually. Discover which steps you need to take before you start your program.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Are you an undergraduate student starting virtually through UIC Live? Find out your next steps before you start.

POST-GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Are you a graduate student starting your master's program virtually? Find out your next steps before you start.

Undergraduate Programs:

Your mandatory orientation will take place on August 13-21. Please access your orientation schedule and Zoom links here. You should plan to be in orientation from 6a.m.-10a.m. Central Daylight Time on August 13-21.

In order to complete your mandatory placement exams, you will need to activate your UIC student portal. Find directions on how to activate your portal here.

We strongly encourage UIC Global students to take all assigned placement exams before starting online orientation. 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: Confirm that your student portal is activated.

Step 2: Access placement exams in your UIC Student Portal.

Step 3: Complete all placement exams in your UIC Student Portal. Please note, most exams can only be taken one time. Please consult the Testing FAQs page to see specific information about each exam.

Pre-Sessional Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) International Direct
No tests prior to program start ALEKS Math ALEKS Math ALEKS Math
Academic Writing (English) Academic Writing (English)
Chemistry*
Physics*

*International Direct students will only be required to take chemistry and physics placement exams if their major requires these courses for their degrees. If this test is required for that major, the test will be loaded automatically into their student portal. Typically, these tests are for science and engineering majors.

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: During orientation, 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 in addition to the writing exam(s). 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 to be successful in your program at UIC.

Contact uicglobalhelpdesk@uicglobal.org with any questions or concerns.

Please refer to your statement of fees to make the tuition payment. Payments can be made through Flywire and must be completed 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.

In order to attend your orientation, you will need Zoom. Zoom is the audio and video technology used as part of the virtual experience. If you are located in China, you can download the Zoom link here. If you are not located in China, you can download the Zoom link here. You do not need to sign up for an account.

You will receive information about your textbooks as it gets closer to the start of class. Please check back later for more details.

Review the Enrollment Contract for important terms and conditions.

As part of the Live-to-Device experience, we recommend all students purchase a second computer monitor. The experience is designed to be optimized with the use of the second monitor. You can find recommended specifications to purchase the monitor here.

Google Chrome is required for the use of UCommons. You will use UCommons, and therefore Google Chrome, for all of your Live lectures. You can download Google Chrome from the link here, if you are located in China, and the link here, if you are located anywhere outside of China.

UCommons is the platform you will use for all Live lectures, assignments and course resources. Within 3-5 days of paying your enrollment deposit to UIC Live, you will be able to set up your UCommons profile. Check your personal email for instructions on how to complete the set-up.

Hoylu Sketch is the software we use for our interactive white board. You will be able to interact on the whiteboard with your professor and any other student in the course. You can register for Hoylu Sketch here.

To ensure the best experience for you and your fellow students, there are certain technology requirements you must meet. Please ensure that you have:

  1. Either a Mac or Windows machine to participate in Live lectures. Please note that our technology is not compatible with phones or tablets.
  2. A camera on your laptop—it is a requirement to be on video to get credit for class.
  3. Google Chrome browser
  4. Headphones with a microphone
  5. Strong bandwidth (i.e., internet speed). You can test your bandwidth here. Please ensure that your internet bandwidth is a minimum of:
    • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 20.0 Mbps download speed.
    • Sending 1080p HD video requires 10.0 Mbps upload speed.
  6. A second monitor: Please refer to checklist item number 8 in this section for additional details regarding recommended models and specifications.

If you are participating in UIC Live courses while located in the U.S., you must check in with UIC Office of International Services (OIS) upon your arrival in Chicago in order for your immigration record to become active.

Note: Checklist items are subject to change as needed. Please continue to be in contact with your Enrollment Counselor for updates.

Graduate Programs:

You will receive an email that will include your mandatory orientation dates, schedules and Zoom links. You should plan to be in orientation for the full designated time. Your department faculty will guide you on additional setup needed in order to start your courses.

Please refer to your statement of fees to make the tuition payment. Payments can be made through Flywire and must be completed 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.

In order to attend your orientation, you will need Zoom. Zoom is the audio and video technology used as part of the virtual experience. If you are located in China, you can download the Zoom link here. If you are not located in China, you can download the Zoom link here. You do not need to sign up for an account.

Review the Enrollment Contract for important terms and conditions.

If you are participating in virtual courses while located in the U.S., you must check in with UIC Office of International Services (OIS) upon your arrival in Chicago in order for your immigration record to become active.

If you have opted into a Professional Development or Global Citizenship course through Live, you will need to setup a UCommons profile to use for all Live lectures. Within one week of confirming your enrollment in the class, you will be able to setup your UCommons profile. Please utilize the guide here to complete the setup.

Google Chrome is required for the use of UCommons. You will use UCommons, and therefore Google Chrome, for all of your Live lectures. You can download Google Chrome from the link here, if you are located in China, and the link here, if you are located anywhere outside of China.

If you have opted into a Professional Development or Global Citizenship course through Live, you will need to sign up for a Hoylu Sketch account. Hoylu Sketch is the software we use for our interactive white board. You will be able to interact on the whiteboard with your professor and any other student in the course. You can register for Hoylu Sketch here.

If you have opted into a Professional Development or Global Citizenship course through Live, you must meet certain technology requirements to ensure the best experience for you and your fellow students. Please ensure that you have:

  1. Either a Mac or Windows machine to participate in Live lectures. Please note that our technology is not compatible with phones or tablets.
  2. A camera on your laptop—it is a requirement to be on video to get credit for class.
  3. Google Chrome browser
  4. Headphones with a microphone
  5. Strong bandwidth (i.e., internet speed). You can test your bandwidth here. Please ensure that your internet bandwidth is a minimum of:
    • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 10.0 Mbps (up/down).
    • Sending 1080p HD video requires 10.0 Mbps (up/down).
  6. A second monitor: Please refer to checklist item number 10 in this section for additional details regarding recommended models and specifications.

If you have opted into a Professional Development or Global Citizenship course through Live, it is recommended that you purchase a second computer monitor. The experience is designed to be optimized with the use of the second monitor. You can find recommended specifications to purchase the monitor here.

Note: Checklist items are subject to change as needed. Please continue to be in contact with your Enrollment Counselor for updates.