Why Study at UIC?
Hear why these international students chose UIC and what their experience is like so far.
“Some of the reasons I chose to study at UIC are as follows. The first factor is that the location of the college is in the city of Chicago where there are a lot of professional competitions. I am a computer science major and there are a lot of hackathons, which will help me increase my exposure in the field. Another factor is the Indian population over here. In Chicago, the Indian population is quite high, so I could adjust more easily. Another factor is that UIC has AI labs, which I aspire to work in during my junior or senior year.”
“The first two weeks for me were pretty hard. I felt lonely, I was away from home, from family, from friends, and there wan’t anyone that I really knew in the city. But, as the weeks went on and as school started, I started to get involved in more activities on campus and I really found the things I wanted to do in the city. It helped me create my own space at UIC.”
Major: Computer Science
I was worried about making new friends, but everyone is nice here, so it was not a problem. It was easy to make friends from around the world.
“It’s hard at first for every international student. We have to adjust to a lot of new things, including cultural differences and learning how to talk and conduct yourself in a new society. But for me, it was easier than expected to adjust. UIC is truly a diverse university. There are so many people here from different cultures, it’s a melting pot of different cultures, which is really nice to see. You can really understand other people’s cultures. It’s a beautiful thing how this university embraces its diversity.”
“At UIC, we have a free membership to the gym, including all of the gym classes, swimming pool and sauna. We also have free access to public transportation in Chicago, which is the train and the bus. The last thing, which is my favorite thing, is that we have a free event pass to mostly every event hosted by UIC. This is a great way for students to get involved on campus. So, if you are interested in making friends from all over the world, if you enjoy the big city life and if you want to have access to services for international students, then UIC is your choice.”