International Admission Requirements
To apply for admission, international students should submit the following documents:
- Complete and Submit the Common Application Online along with the UIC Supplement. Printed applications will not be accepted. Apply now!
- $50 nonrefundable application fee (in U.S. dollars)
- Evidence of English competency:
- Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 80 (internet-based: IBT) with subsection minimum requirements of: writing 21, speaking 20, listening 17, reading 19 or 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based). Please note that TOEFL scores over two years old are invalid. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to UIC by ETS. Paper score reports will not be accepted as official scores unless they are sent to our office directly by ETS.
Official IELTS scores. A minimum total score of 6.5, with subsection minimum as follows: listening 6, writing 6, reading 6, and speaking 6.
- TOEFL Services:
Web Site: www.toefl.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, U.S.A
Phone Number: (609) 771-7100; TTY (609) 734-9362
If testing in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or U.S. Territories: (800) 468-6335. The University of Illinois at Chicago institution code with ETS is 001851.
- Applicants whose TOEFL/IELTS scores do not meet the minimum requirement may study English at the UIC Tutorium in Intensive English on campus.
- Native English speakers from countries where English is the only official language.
- Non-native English speakers who have completed two consecutive years of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or other country where the only official language of the country is English.
- Non-native English speakers who have a minimum of one year full-time employment in the US or other country where the official language of the country is English. Applicants must submit a letter from their employer verifying at least 12 consecutive months of employment and describing their English language ability.
NOTE: Applicants from countries where the official language of the country is not English, but who attended a university where English was the language of instruction, are not exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.
- Official academic credentials including:
- List of all subjects/courses studied each year
- Grades or examination results received
- Maximum and minimum grades obtainable
- Certified/attested English translation of all credentials
- Official scores from the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I)
- High school diploma or certificate of high school completion
- Degrees, certificates, diplomas awarded accompanied by leaving results
- Official syllabus in English describing fully all course work attempted
Once you have been admitted, an admission letter will be issued and the Office of International Services (OIS) will be notified to begin preparing your I-20 or DS-2019.
The following documents must be submitted to OIS to complete the I-20 process:
- Evidence of financial support for the first year of study. For more information on the type of financial evidence required, please visit the Office of International Services website.
- International Student Declaration and Certification of Finance form
Evidence of financial support should be sent to:
Office of International Services (MC 326)
University of Illinois at Chicago
2160 Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7164
For questions regarding the submission of correct evidence of financial support, please visit www.ois.uic.edu.