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. UIC is prepared to support you in beginning your university journey in a way that is tailored to you. Explore our start options below.

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Option 1.
On-Campus Spring Semester—Regular Start

UIC will remain open for the Spring 2021 semester. You are welcome to arrive on campus at the start of the regular semester in January, 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 Spring 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 semester at our campus in the heart of Chicago.

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Option 3.
Virtual Spring Semester

If you are unable to arrive on campus for the spring 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 next semester. Learn more about UIC Live.

For more information about the Spring 2021 semester start options at UIC, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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 fall?

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: Yes


On-Campus Spring Semester—Regular Start

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

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: Yes


On-Campus Spring Semester—Academic English Session II

Question 1: Are you able to a visa to arrive on campus for the spring semester?

Answer: No

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

Answer: Yes


Virtual Spring Semester

For all application and payment deadlines as well as move-in and program start dates, please visit the Important Dates page.

Virtual graduate program offerings

Students within designated Graduate Direct programs can now start their Master’s degrees virtually and arrive on campus for the next 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 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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