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International Admission

International Admission Instructions

Applicants must upload all supporting documents within the application.  Admission recommendations cannot be made until all required documents have been received.

Please note the following:

  • A non-refundable application fee is required to have your application reviewed. Available application fee waivers are noted on the Admissions website.
  • An international credential evaluation fee is assessed on any applicant presenting international course work requiring an evaluation regardless of residency.
  • You must upload unofficial copies of transcripts, mark sheets and diplomas issued by the university along with certified English translations, if necessary. If you are admitted, official documents will be requested at that time, of both original language and English translations for all academic credentials not originally issued in English, along with submission instructions.
  • If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will need to provide email address for each of your recommenders.
  • Program-specific requirements (e.g. writing samples, personal statements, resumes, letters of purpose, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted within the application, unless specifically directed to you otherwise by the program to which you are applying.  (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS and other test scores must be sent directly from the testing service to UIC. UIC’s Institutional Code is 1851 for the GRE and the TOEFL).
  • Valid English proficiency test scores must be submitted if required, based on the country or territory in which an applicant previously studied.  English proficiency information can be found on the International Requirements page of the Admissions website.
  • For more information about the international application process, please visit the International Requirements page on the Admissions website.

Office of International Services Requirements

The Office of International Services will require the following documents to be uploaded, in order to issue an I-20, or other immigration documents:

  • Original bank statement signed by bank official showing sufficient funding in a savings account, money market account or certificate of deposit account.  Checking accounts are not acceptable.
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances Form signed by both the student and the sponsor. This form, along with more information and resources, can be obtained from the OIS Prospective Students webpage linked below.

Postsecondary Credentials & Additional Requirements

Applicants who have completed studies outside the United States must present all postsecondary school credentials. Such credentials must include a record of all studies completed to date; grades or examination results received (including failing as well as passing grades); maximum and minimum grades obtainable; rank in class; degrees, diplomas, and certificates earned; and length of the school year. Documents must be authentic, and those not written in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Copies are acceptable when certified as authentic by the issuing institution. All documents should be sent directly to UIC by the issuing institution.

For information on International Admissions please see the Office of Admissions website.

International Teaching Assistant Program

As a part of UIC’s Graduate College, the International Teaching Assistant Program provides three main services for international teaching assistants (ITAs) and the academic departments that employ them:

  • Conducting oral English proficiency testing for all non-native English-speaking TAs in compliance with Illinois state law
  • Providing courses to help ITAs improve their English language, communication, and teaching skills
  • Offering drop-in workshops and casual social events to give ITAs more opportunities to use their English outside of the classroom

ITAP also organizes and runs the annual Campus-Wide New TA Orientation.