The Office of International Affairs represents UIC abroad and in relations with local and national partners who collaborate with UIC on international projects.
OIA supports the efforts of our campus' fifteen colleges as they engage globally. We host international visitors and delegations, visiting scholars and international exchange students.
UIC is heavily engaged throughout the world in collaborations involving education, research, and public service. To these ends UIC maintains international agreements for collaborations which combine the efforts of universities, foundations, government agencies, the organizations of civil society, and the business community. OIA coordinates the process of developing and maintaining such agreements on behalf of UIC and the academic programs central to each effort. UIC maintains agreements for such collaboration in over 40 countries. OIA serves academic programs seeking to develop such relationships. It also provides leadership, facilitating innovative, multi-disciplinary initiatives. These represent new applications of research and educational expertise to address timely issues, opportunities, and needs through international collaborations.
OIA offers a number of campus-wide programs at UIC intended to enrich the international dimension of university life. These include the UIC Global Affairs Forums, the Distinguished Lectures in International Affairs, the UIC Annual Consular Corps Luncheon, the International Resources Fair for Students, the United States State Department Diplomat in Residence Program at UIC, the Fulbright Program workshops, and the programs of the John Nuveen Center located within OIA, as well as additional university initiatives throughout the year. Such programs respond to the continuous flow of special opportunities for international programming of timely and enduring significance, as befits a public research university, in a major American metropolis, engaged globally as well as locally.