many students are in each level?
The maximum number in each group is 15 students. The average size is 12.
I need to be able to speak English to enroll in Chicago,
Communication and Culture?
Yes. If you have never studied English before, you will not benefit
from this program. You need to be able to speak and understand
English at an intermediate level.
I enter the U.S with a tourist visa for the program?
Yes. This program meets for only 12 classroom hours per
week. This does not meet the minimum number of hours for
full-time study (18 hours per week). The program is open
to people who
visitors to the US and hold a B-1 or B-2 (tourist) visa,
entered the United States on a visa waiver,
an F-1 visa and who wish to enrich their summer break
with additional study, or
US citizens or residents.
I have to stay in the residence hall at UIC to participate
in the program?
No. You can stay with family or friends. There are also
many hotels, hostels, and extended stay residences available.
You need to make arrangements on your own for these accommodations.
There is more information on other accommodations below.
are the residence hall rooms like?
Participants stay in a co-ed building across the street from our main office. Residents occupy 4-bedroom, 4 person apartments. All
students have individual private bedrooms, and apartments
are equipped with full kitchens and private bathrooms. The
quad units are assigned based on gender; males with males and
females with females. There are extensive common areas on
all floors, as well as a Faculty in Residence and a Resident
Director on the 4th floor. The basic fee for the dormitory
rooms is $300 per week. There is an extra fee for linen
service($15 per week). If you want to cook in your rooms,
for $70 per month, you can use kitchenware (pots, pans,
plates, silverware, coffeemaker &toaster) and weekly
linen service. If you prefer to buy or bring your own linen,
there are washing machines and dryers in the building.
I get a private room and bath?
Yes you can, but NOT in the UIC housing facilities.
are two youth hostels that offer private rooms and a bath.
The rate is higher per day than the UIC dormitories. You
will need to make the arrangements on your own.
House- International Hostel offers private rooms with a
private bath. Arlington House is located in Lincoln Park,
a very beautiful and safe neighborhood located north of
downtown Chicago. Lincoln Park is about a 30-minute commute
on public transportation. For more information, visit their
website. The website is in several languages. You can make
reservations online. http://www.arlingtonhouse.com/index.html
International Hostel is another hostel that offers private
rooms. However, it is located on the far northside of the
city. Commuting to UIC for classes may take an hour on public
transportation. For more information, go to http://www.hostelworld.com/availability.php/ChicagoInternationalHostel-Chicago-2188
can also rent a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartment
for one month at Canterbury Courts. This apartment building
is located the ‘Gold Coast’ neighborhood in
downtown Chicago. It is within walking distance to museums,
shopping and the Oak Street Beach on Lake Michigan. Apartments
range from $800 - $1,750 per month. However, payment must
be made by check on a bank with a U.S. affiliate branch.
For more information about this option, go to http://canterburycourtapartments.com.
there phone service available in the dorm?
No. For short-term visits, we recommend that you bring your
own cell phone or purchase a pre-paid cell phone ($15 -
there good restaurants close to UIC Housing?
Yes. There are many really good restaurants with a great
variety of food located near UIC housing. There is a coffee
shop in the building and restaurants offering breakfast,
lunch, and dinner across from Marie Robinson Hall.
I eat my meals in the student cafeteria?
Yes. You can purchase a meal card and put as much money
on the card as you need. It works like a pre-paid debit
there a grocery or department store near the dormitory?
Yes, There is a very large grocery store a 15-minute walk
from the dorms. There is also a large department store within
walking distance to buy cosmetics, household items, clothing,
there computers available to check my email?
Yes. You can use the internet and email service in our computer
lab on campus.
I need to pay for my transportation during the 3-week program?
Yes. After you arrive, you will need to purchase a weekly
transportation card that allows unlimited travel on the
Chicago Transit system (CTA). The CTA provides bus and train
service within the City of Chicago. For more information
about the CTA, go to http://www.transitchicago.com/
you provide airport pickup?
No. There is public transportation from both Chicago airports,
Midway Airport and O’Hare International Airport. You
can take an airport shuttle bus. Buses leave every hour
($25). Cab service is also available at both airports ($35
- $60). The fare depends on your destination.