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As you travel to the U.S. and initially settle in Illinois, you will want to keep your family and friends updated back home. Planning how you will communicate during this transition period will help ease the minds of those who love you most.

Methods of communication Heading link

There are many ways to communicate while traveling internationally, many are free and more are added each day. You may decide to keep your cell phone and SIM card from home to utilize calling and texting as normal. Just make sure to contact your cell phone provider to notify them of your travel and discuss rates for international calls and texts. You may also decide to utilize wireless internet connections to make calls and send messages via apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Skype, Google Voice, FaceTime or others.

Wi-Fi in transit Heading link

Unlimited free Wi-Fi and charging stations are available throughout Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. O’Hare Airport is connected to downtown Chicago and the UIC Chicago campus by the CTA Blue Line train which now offers 4G wireless service along its entire track and free Wi-Fi in its downtown stations. Free public Wi-Fi is also available at certain locations throughout the city of Chicago. Remember to be cautious when using free, public Wi-Fi as the security of your information cannot be ensured.

UIC Wi-Fi Heading link

Once you have arrived on-campus you will be able to utilize UIC’s wireless network, or UIC-Wifi. You will need an active UIC NetID and password to log into UIC-Wifi. If you need help logging into UIC-Wifi, visit the C-Stop BSB in the Behavioral Sciences Building on the East Campus or C-Stop LHS in the Library of the Health Sciences on West Campus.