International Admission

International Admission Instructions

A few days after you have submitted the online application you will receive an email with instructions on where to upload all required supporting documents. Admission recommendations cannot be made until all required documents have been received.

Please note the following:

  • Applicants must use the application form hosted by the Office of Admissions (* except for programs noted below).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $70 (U.S. currency) is required to have your application reviewed. This fee is waived for applicants seeking readmission who have been previously enrolled at UIC as a graduate student, and employees of UIC.
  • An international credential evaluation fee of $50 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, in English translation.  If you are admitted, official documents will be requested at that time, of both original language and official 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 using the document upload process (see link above) 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 Codes are 1851 for the GRE and the TOEFL; however, you may also upload unofficial copies.)
  • For more information about the application process, please see Graduate Applicants FAQs.

Admission recommendations cannot be made until all required documents have been received.

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

  • Declaration and Certification of Finances Form signed by both the student and the sponsor.
  • 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.


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.