Did you know 50+ languages are spoken on campus? No matter where you’re from, you’ll feel at home at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Here are just some of the reasons why international students like you choose UIC.
Chicago: Life in the fast-paced city
Looking for excitement? Chicago is the third-largest U.S. city, full of American culture, international food and professional opportunities.
- Nearly 3 million people live in Chicago.
- Ranked #7 in the 2014 Global Cities Index.
- Home to more than 7,000 restaurants, 550 parks and 200 museums.
- International center for technology, finance, business and more.
- O’Hare International Airport is the second busiest in the world.
- Located in the middle of the U.S., for easy travel around the country.
Academics: UIC is the smart choice
UIC is the only public research university in the city. From the classroom to the lab, you’ll have every opportunity to learn, innovate and succeed.
- #112 National Universities—U.S. News & World Report, 2021
- #52 Top Public Schools—U.S. News & World Report, 2021
- Ranked one of the top 200 universities in the world.*
- Innovative research in computer science, bioengineering, education and more.
- 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, for smaller class sizes.
- 29,000 students, including undergraduate, graduate and professionals.
- 84 undergraduate degrees to choose from.
- A UIC degree has a value of nearly $400,000 USD over 20 years.**
*Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Campus: Student life worth living
A modern campus in a thrilling city. Hundreds of student clubs and organizations. Convenient transportation around campus and Chicago. This is UIC.
- Named one of the most diverse campuses in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report
- Fun events, including cultural fairs, concerts and festivals.
- Urban yet green, with 5,000+ trees and 800 bike racks on campus.
- 20 top-tier Division I sports programs for men and women.
- 25 recreation leagues, from sports to martial arts to dance.
- Free evening transportation service around campus.
Chicago: The Windy City
Iconic, progressive and diverse, Chicago is a commercial and cultural powerhouse. The third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is known for its strong business economy, architecture and culture. The city is a national higher education destination, with more than 250,000 students attending the city’s 50+ colleges and universities.
- #3 for Fast-Growing Small Businesses—Inc. 5000 List, 2018
- #6 Best “Innovation Hub” in the World—UKPMG’s Disruptive Tech, 2017
- #1 Most Diversified Economy in the U.S.—Moody’s Analytics, 2017
- 30+ Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Chicago—Chicago Tribune, 2018
- 400+ major corporate headquarters, 1800+ international companies and 300+ digital start-ups
Weather & Climate
Like much of the Midwest, Chicago experiences the four seasons with warm summers, cold winters with snowfall and moderate spring and autumn seasons.
In & Around Chicago
- Visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck or walk to Millennium Park.
- Experience the arts at Chicago Theatre or catch improv comedy at Second City.
- Watch a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, the second-oldest baseball stadium in the world.
- Sample Chicago cuisines like deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs.
- Visit the Art Institute of Chicago, 200+ art galleries and hundreds of public artworks, including the world-famous “Chicago Bean.”
As an international student enrolling at a select U.S. News Global Education school, you will have access to exclusive programs and services.
To make your transition as easy as possible, our enrollment counselors set you up for success with:
- Streamlined application process
- Assigned counselor
- Major/field of study guidance
- Visa interview help
- Prep webinars & checklists
- Help with required forms
- Airport welcome
- Student & parent orientation
- Cultural group outings
- Classes for your academic level
- English-language & ESL help
- Tutoring support
- Career Accelerator Program
- Internship assistance
- Job search help
Disability and Human Development
Kinesiology (Exercise; Science and Health Promotion; Movement Science)1
Human Development and Learning
Urban Education: Elementary Education
Teaching of English
Teaching of French
Teaching of German
Teaching of History
Teaching of Mathematics
Teaching of Spanish
Art (Moving Image; New Media Arts; Photography; Studio Arts)
Integrated Design and Arts
Theatre and Performance
Theatre Design, Production, and Technology
Computer Science (Computer Systems; Human Centered Computing; Software Engineering)
Human Resource Management
Information and Decision Science (Business Analytics; Management Information Systems; Operations and Supply Chain Management)
Management (Human Resource Management; Leadership and Managerial Skills; Managerial Logistics; Strategic Management)
Marketing (Innovation & Product Management; Marketing Research; Promotions and Communications; Sales Leadership)
African American Studies
Criminology, Law and Justice
Earth and Environmental Sciences
English (American Literature; British and Anglophone Literature; Creative Writing; Media; Rhetorical and Cultural Studies; Professional Writing)
French and Francophone Studies
Gender and Women’s Studies
Germanic Studies with a Business Minor
Integrated Health Studies
Latin American and Latino Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science
Political Science (Law and Courts; Urban Politics)
Psychology (Applied; General)
Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics; Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies; Hispanic Studies)
Spanish – Economics
Statistics (Applied Statistics; Statistical Theory and Methods)
Undergraduate Accelerator students should speak with an admissions advisor if they are interested in pursuing a degree from the School of Public Health
Dates & Costs
|Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)
|Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)
|Pre-Sessional English (PSE)
|Minimum TOEFL®||80, no subscore below 16||68, no subscore below 14||60, no subscore below 12||<60|
|Minimum IELTS™||6.5, no subscore below 6.0||5.5, no subscore below 5.0||5.0, no subscore below 4.5|
|Minimum Itep™||4.5 no subscore below 4.0||3.5 no subscore below 3.0||3.0 no subscore below 2.5|
Art History (MA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS)
Master of Science in Marketing (MSM)
Master of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management (MSSCOM)
Applied Economics (MA)
Latin American and Latino Studies (MA)
Political Science (MA)
Early Childhood Education (M.Ed)
Instructional Leadership (M.Ed)
Language, Literacies & Learning (M.Ed)
Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics & Assessment (M.Ed)
Science Education (M.Ed)
Special Education (M.Ed)
Youth Development (M.Ed)
Chemical Engineering (MS)
Civil Engineering (MS)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS)
Energy Engineering (MEE)
Industrial Engineering (MS)
Materials Engineering (MS)
Mechanical Engineering (MS)
Master of City Design (MCD)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Dates & Costs
UIC Global students can choose from 34 graduate degree programs at UIC. Many degree programs have unique entry and progression requirements based on academic background and performance.
Have a question about a specific degree? UIC Global’s admissions team would be happy to help.
|Credits Earned Toward Degree||Progression
|N/A, students enrolled directly in degree program||60 (no part below 14)||Depends on program requirements||Not applicable/already enrolled||Year 2|
|Minimum GPA Required||Minimum IELTS™||iTEP™|
|2.75 and up *||6.5 – no part score below 6.0*||4.5 (no part below 4.0)|
*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.
About TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP
To demonstrate you English-language ability, you only need a qualifying score from one of the three English-language proficiency exams. You do not need to take all three exams.