Pre-Arrival & Orientation

We are excited to have you start with UIC Global very soon!
There are a few steps that you should start taking now to help you transition to starting your academic program and begin your Orientation experience!

The very first steps you need to take is activating your NetID. Activating your NetID means starting your student account with UIC.

You will receive your UIN and a Token Number to activate your account. (A number that you only have to use one time to activate your account)

Intake for Fall 2021
Orientation August 11, 2021 – August 20, 2021
Move-In August 11, 2021
Classes Begin August 23, 2021

What is a UIN?

UIN stands for “University Identification Number” and is unqiue to you and your account. You will use this number frequently through your time at UIC. A good practice is to include your UIN in your UIC email signature as you will be asked for this regularly.

What is a Token?

The Token Number is a number you will only use one time to create your account. You do not have to remember this number.

When you receive your UIN and Token through your personal email address, there will be link to activate your NetID and create your password. Make sure you remember your NetID and password!

If you ever forget your password, this process will allow you to set up recovery options.

Once you have activated your NetID, you will be eligible to get enrolled in a Pre-Arrival Orientation course through the learning system Blackboard. After activating your NetID, you will receive a notification of when you have been enrolled. This can take between 3-5 business days. Completing all the steps found in the Blackboard course will assistance you with your transition to start your academica program smoothly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Orientation is mandatory and a part of your UIC experience. Orientation helps you get started in your semester successfully.

You will receive your UIN and Token to your personal email account that you listed on your application and after you are fully accepted to UIC Global. You will receive this email to activate your student account serveral weeks before your program starts.

After you activate your NetID, you will be notified through your personal email address when your Orientation course is ready. This can range from 3-5 business days. The orientation course is ready several weeks before your program begins so you have enough time to complete all the steps.

You can find your Blackboard course by following the steps:

1) Log into your Student Portal at my.uic.edu
2) Click on for the UIC Blackboard icon on the “Welcome” tab.

Your real-time orientation schedule will be available to you in your Blackboard Orientation course. When the schedule is ready, it will be posted under “Orientation Schedule – Real Time”.

Yes! If you are in the Extended or Academic Accelerator programs, you will take iTEP as part of your placement testing. Please consult your Blackboard Course for more information on when you will receive this testing information and how to take it.

The seocnd part of your experience with placement testing is completing all the placement tests found in your Student Portal at my.uic.edu. Depending on your program and academic major, placement tests found in your Student Portal can range from 1-5 tests. These tests are available to you now! Please consult your Blackboard Orientation course on the types of tests for more information.

Academics

As a university student, you will need to always know when your classes begin and end. Please consult the academic calendar as it will show the future start and end dates for future semesters so you can make your arrangements accordingly.

Based on the length of your program, your placement tests help determine your final program placement. At the end of your program, you will be evaluated to see if you have met with your program requirements for UIC.

You will learn more about your program requirements in your Blackboard Orientation courses and during Orientation. UIC Global is here every step of the way to help assist you in your academic journey.

As part of your degree path, you are required to complete general education requirements.

UIC General Education Requirements

There is a wide range of tutoring support available at UIC to help you be successful in all classes! All UIC students frequently use these resources to assist in subjects like academic writing, math, science, and more!

You will be taking academic writing courses in your first year, so it is important to make sure use the UIC Writing Center! You can find how to schedule an appointment here

Academic Writing Center

Math and Science Learning Center

UIC Tutoring website

Once you begin your program, you will have access to your weekly Drop In Advising schedule showing all available advising times and staff members who can help answer questions, provide support or guide you through your program. We offer Drop In advising times Monday – Saturday every week of the semester. Staff and Peer advisors also happy to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment. Throughout your program, you’ll be contacted by advisors to check in on your program, success and support you through your first year.

Frequently Asked Questions

That is a very common question from all students that are in our UIC Global program. In the United States, it is an expectation for all students to receive a holistic education. What does this mean? It means that students are expected to take classes outside of their major to learn about other topics that are beneficial for students to help them think critically and provide a well-rounded education. ! It also fulfils your General Education Requirements that are required for every degree at UIC

GPA stands for “Grade Point Average”.
At UIC and colleges throughout the U.S, grades for a class will be assigned using letters like A, B, C, D or F. So, your GPA is calculated by adding the number of points you’ve earned from your classes and dividing it by the number of total points of all your classes. To make it a bit simpler, a 4.0 is getting all A’s, a 3.0 is getting all B’s and so forth.

Having a hold on an account isn’t the worst thing, but it’s something that should be taken care of sooner rather than later. Having a hold on an account can do quite a few things to you as a student, like not being able to register for next semesters classes. The first step to take is to reach out to a UIC Global staff member so that they can clarify why you have a hold. Afterwards, they will be able to guide you on how to get this hold removed in a timely manner.

Health & COVID-19

Visit https://today.uic.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 on campus.

Individuals with F-1 student visa status are required to show proof of COVID vaccination in order to enter the US. Vaccinations must align with the US’s approved list of COVID-19 vaccines. Only two exceptions apply:

  1. Student is from a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (see list here).
  2. Student is under 18 at the time of travel.

Additionally, fully vaccinated travelers must show results of a negative coronavirus test taken three days before their flight’s departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers meeting the above-listed exceptions will be required to show results of a negative coronavirus test taken one day preceding their flight’s departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States.

If neither vaccine exceptions apply to you and you remain unvaccinated, you may not be able to enter the US on the date of your scheduled travel.

Student Health

There are several location on campus that accommodate students when they are sick. https://studenthealth.uic.edu/family-medicine/
In their first year, students will have UIC Global Cigna insurance via Wellfleet. This insurance can be used on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

For information regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 and the UIC international community, including immigration status maintenance, travel guidance, support resources and frequently asked questions (FAQs), visit the Office of International Services’ coronavirus/COVID-19 update page.

As of June 21, 2021, UIC is requiring students who plan to be on campus to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the 2021 fall semester. For employees, there is currently no vaccine requirement.UIC will accept all vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of June 21, 2021, UIC is requiring students who plan to be on campus to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the 2021 fall semester. For employees, there is currently no vaccine requirement.UIC will accept all vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). If you can complete a vaccine series for one of these approved vaccines, it is advisable to take the vaccine in your home country. Please see below if you only have time to complete one dose of a two-dose series. If none of these approved vaccines are available to you in your home country, you will be able to receive an accepted vaccine upon arrival to Chicago.

If there is high level of transmission in your home country and you have access to one of the vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), it is recommended that you get vaccinated even if you cannot complete a series. With a two-dose series COVID-19 vaccine there is some protection with the first dose.
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines

If you do choose to get one dose of a vaccine not available in the USA prior to departure and have to get another type of vaccine here, please know that there is good evidence that mixing vaccine types is safe. Some evidence regarding mixing the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines were more likely to report side effects than those who received two doses of either vaccine, but all reported adverse reactions were short-lived, and there were no serious safety concerns or hospitalizations.

If the first dose you get in your home country is not currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC recommends you receive the full series of an FDA-approved vaccine. You can do so once you arrive in Chicago, as long as 28 days have passed since your last dose of a non-WHO/non-FDA approved vaccine.

If the vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), you will be considered fully vaccinated at UIC as long as you can provide documentation of vaccine receipt.

If the vaccine you take is not currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization, the CDC recommends you receive the full series of an FDA-approved vaccine. You can do so once you arrive in Chicago, as long as 28 have passed since your last dose of a non-WHO/non-FDA approved vaccine.

UIC will continue to monitor data on the effectiveness of different global vaccines against currently circulating COVID-19 strains in the US. If these strains are demonstrated to evade the protection afforded by the vaccines that you received in your home country, you may be subsequently advised to receive booster doses or other approved US vaccines that have greater efficacy against emerging vaccine-resistant strains.

Student COVID-19 vaccination records must be provided prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Vaccination records may vary by country. Further information with instructions on how to provide authorization for disclosure of vaccination records or to upload a copy of the Vaccination Record Card will be communicated soon.

If none of the approved vaccines are available to you in your home country, you will be able to receive an accepted vaccine upon arrival to Chicago.

Immigration

As an international student, you will become familiar with the Office of International Services at UIC throughout the duration of your study. It is important to always note your program start and program end dates on your I-20.

After you arrive to the US, you will need to complete the OIS Immigration check-in. This is mandatory and should be completed immediately upon your arrival.

In order to successfully check-in after your arrival, please visit this check-in link to begin.

For students with immigration documents sponsored by UIC, failure to check-in within 30 days of the start of classes will result in termination of your nonimmigrant status.

Frequently Asked Questions

To complete check-in, you will need to visit here.

Failure to check-in will result in termination of your nonimmigrant status.

Air and Sea travelers will be issued I-94s during the admission process at the port of entry. After your arrival, you will also be able to access this here.

Arrival Documents by Region

Failure to submit officially to the university listed below will prevent registration.

Translations must come from recognized bodies such as a school, embassy, overseas EducationUSA Advising Centers, or other certified translation agencies. Translations alone will not be accepted.

Students who have taken post-secondary credits must also submit the transcripts for all credits taken. If the school requires stamped and sealed envelopes for all documents, they will be required for post-secondary transcripts as well.

Undergraduate student guidance

Two methods to officially submit your transcripts

Official electronic documents are accepted through the following services: The Common Application, Parchment, Naviance, Escrip-Safe, and The National Student Clearinghouse. The electronic delivery method will be determined by your sending institution’s agreements with one of these third-party servicers. As is the case with all three servicers, you should select The University of Illinois at Chicago as the recipient. No email address should be provided. We have database accounts with each of these providers and will receive access to the transcripts through our database.

Your school can also send an electronical to UG-intl@uic.edu. The email must be from the official school email account.

Official paper documents can be mailed the Office of Admissions in the originally sealed envelope. Official documents that have been opened and/or resealed or repackaged will not be accepted as official.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, MC 018
University of Illinois at Chicago
Suite 1100 Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7161

 

Graduate student guidance

All documents must be issued in the language of instruction and accompanied by a certified translation if the language of instruction is not English.

Translations must come from recognized bodies such as a school, embassy, overseas EducationUSA Advising Centers, or other certified translation agencies. Translations alone will not be accepted.

Students who have taken post-secondary credits must also submit the transcripts for all credits taken. If the school requires stamped and sealed envelopes for all documents, they will be required for post-secondary transcripts as well.

Any submission to UIC Admissions will NOT be returned to the student.

To find credential guidelines, degree qualifications, and English proficiency requirements based on the country or U.S territory in which you studied, please enter the name of the country/territory and click here.

The official method to offically submit your transcripts

Official paper documents can be mailed the Office of Admissions in the originally sealed envelope. Official documents that have been opened and/or resealed or repackaged will not be accepted as official.

Office of Admissions, MC 018
University of Illinois at Chicago
Suite 1100 Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7161

Job & Career Services

Frequently Asked Questions

International students can only work upto 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during official school breaks only.

Yes, you can but it should sum up to no more than 20 hours a week.

Absolutely, keep applying and editing your resume.

Scholarships & Finances

If you are a student who has received a scholarship from UIC Global for your first year, this is not something that Global can extend. That being said, you should research the opportunities here.
This link not only contains internal UIC scholarships, but external scholarships as well The UIC Office of External Fellowships (OEF) assists current UIC undergraduate and professional school students in searching and applying for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and external scholarship awards. They provide information about available awards, advice on application preparation, and assistance throughout the scholarship application process. OEF services are available to current UIC undergraduate and professional students only.

If you have received a 4 year scholarship from UIC Global, there are a few steps that you need to complete every semester in order to maintain the scholarships:

  • The UIC Global Diversity scholarship is a merit based award for UIC Global students. The scholarship may be awarded for up to four years of study for students meeting all requirements necessary to maintain the scholarship.
  • Scholarships are awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters but not for the Summer terms (8 fall or spring semesters or 4 years).
  • Please note that this scholarship amount will be a credit on the tuition that you will be paying for the Spring and Fall semester. If you complete your program early, you will not receive a payment for the semesters that you have not attended.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 from coursework taken at UIC only, or above in order to meet the requirements. All students will be reviewed annually to determine if the current GPA standing meets the requirements.
  • Students may be granted a one semester grace period for the scholarship if the Institutional Level GPA is below 3.0 but is 2.5 or above. This is not guaranteed. If a grace period is granted, you will have one academic semester to raise your GPA to 3.0 in order to meet the terms of probation and continue to receive the scholarship.
  • If after the grace period, a student fails to restore their GPA to a 3.0 or higher, they will forfeit their UIC Global Scholarship.
  • Students must maintain full-time status (12+ hours) in order to remain in immigration status and receive the Diversity Scholarship.
  • If you do not enroll in consecutive Fall or Spring semesters for any reason you will waive any missed semesters from the total remaining eligible semesters of Scholarship.
  • The only exception to full-time enrollment will be for students in their final semester if approved by the Office of International Services (OIS).

ATM:
Using an ATM card is a common way to withdraw money in the U.S. ATM machines are very common. ATM stands for Automatic Teller Machine, and is a machine that allows you to withdraw cash from your bank account, without having to be at your bank. Be aware that most banks will charge a fee if you use ATMs of another bank on their machine. This can add up quickly – so be careful!

Credit Card:
It is also common for people to pay for items by credit card. Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are usually accepted in most grocery stores, retail shops and restaurants.

Exchanging Currency:
Most money can be exchanged at major banks and at most Currency Exchange Stores. In addition to exchanging currency, this store provides other services, such as sending money through Western Union, and providing CTA passes for purchase.

The following information may be helpful to those unfamiliar with United States currency: One dollar ($1.00) equals “100” cents. Paper money or “bills”, come in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Coins are in denominations as follows:

Coin Name Value Value as $
Penny 1 cent $0.01
Nickel 5 cents $0.05
Dime 10 cents $0.10
Quarter 25 cents $0.25
Half Dollar 50 cents $0.50
Dollar 100 cents $1.00

To avoid delays and cash-flow problems, you may want to open a bank account with a U.S. bank before you arrive.

Banking

The two banks which are accustomed to working with Internationals and that you can find on-campus are Credit Union 1 and PNC Bank. There are also many banks around Chicago including Citibank, Chase Bank, and Bank of America, to name a few.

Following are UIC’s on-campus resources:
Credit Union 1
Complete banking services are offered by Credit Union 1, which has three convenient locations on campus. Credit Union 1 members can get free checking accounts and saving accounts with a minimum balance of $5, ATM/Debit cards, money orders, and traveler’s checks. Clients must show a photo identification (I.D.) to qualify for opening an account.

PNC Bank
PNC Bank is the banking partner of UIC. PNC Bank offers the Student Checking Account with online banking, bill pay, and mobile banking. PNC also offers international wire transfers. To open a PNC Bank account, visit the nearest branch with your valid passport and UIC ID card.

Make sure that you are always referencing the enrollment contract: which will give you up to date information regarding the terms and conditions of your program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Payment is due on the 28th of each month. Tuition and fee charges for fall and spring terms are billed in September and February respectively. Summer term charges are billed in June and/or July depending on enrollment. Please see below for more details or visit University Bursar Announcements.

https://paymybill.uillinois.edu/payments/PaymentDueDates

To begin the Sponsor Billing process, the student is required to submit a Sponsor Payment Plan (SSP) Application. The SSP Application is required in order to participate in the Sponsor Billing. It also serves as a FERPA release for the University, as well as verification that the student understands the responsibilities of participating in Sponsor Billing.

https://paymybill.uillinois.edu/payments/sponsor_billing/

Students need to pay all tuition and fees in a timely manner to avoid late fees, potential loss of scholarships, and delays in registering for classes. Click here for instructions: global.uic.edu/prepare-for-your-program/before-you-arrive/#Payment.

Progression

College of Engineering
2.75 Cumulative GPA AND successful completion of English 160

College of Business
2.5 Cumulative GPA AND successful completion of English 160

College of Architecture, Design and the Arts
2.5 Cumulative GPA and successful completion of English 160 (Theater, Music, Acting require audition)

All other colleges
2.5 Cumulative GPA and successful completion of English 160

Parking and Transport

Clubs & Organizations