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We are thrilled to know that you are planning a future at UIC. As the largest and most diverse university in the world-class city of Chicago, with branch campuses in Rockford and Peoria, UIC is an inviting and dynamic home for international students, scholars, and employees from around the globe.

The first step in your journey to UIC is being admitted to one of our academic programs, invited as a visiting research scholar, or hired as an employee. The links below will help direct you to the appropriate place to explore options and submit your application. After your invitation to UIC has been secured, you will begin working with the Office of International Services on your immigration and arrival preparation processes.

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After you are admitted, invited or hired, you become a member of the UIC international community which is comprised of over 4,000 individuals from over 100 countries. While your story is unique, the Office of International Services knows that there are certain things all new members of our community need to know as they prepare to join us in Illinois.

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OIS assists those who need visa sponsorship to study, research, visit or work at UIC. Generally, these are individuals who do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. The process to initiate and obtain visa documentation can vary greatly depending on your plans but OIS is here to guide you along the way.

Obtain your visa

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There is a lot to think about when preparing to leave home for a new country and culture, including packing, temporary housing, health care and how to prepare family members who will be joining you on the journey.

Tackle your pre-departure check list

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Immigration checks, customs and boarder inspection – these things can be intimidating, for sure. This page provides information on what to expect when entering the U.S.

Prepare for the port of entry

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Once you are in the U.S. you will need to make your way to Chicago and the UIC campus.

Make your way to campus

Orientation Heading link

Your transition to UIC does not end when you arrive on-campus.

Explore orientation programs