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Information for International/Foreign Applicants or Applicants with Foreign Coursework

If any coursework has been taken outside the U.S...

Applicants should provide a foreign transcript evaluation (ECE or WES)  for our admissions counselor's evaluation with regard to meeting pre-pharmacy requirements.  These reports can be mailed, emailed, or faxed.

UIC College of Pharmacy
Office of Student Affairs (MC874)
Room 154
833 South Wood Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

FAX:  312-413-0106
email:
pharmosa@uic.edu

How do I apply if I'm a non-citizen or if I have foreign coursework?

You will need to do the following in order to apply to the College of Pharmacy at UIC:

  1. Complete PharmCAS application and UIC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application (if invited to do so).
  2. Provide attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all undergraduate work in the original language (with Supplemental Application).
  3. Provide attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language (with Supplemental Application).
  4. Provide proof of all degrees awarded. Attested degree certificates or diplomas should be submitted (with Supplemental Application).
  5. Submit certified English translations of all credentials (with Supplemental Application).
  6. Provide TOEFL or IELTS score (with Supplemental Application) if necessary.  See below.
  7. Foreign/non-citizen applicants must provide financial documentation (as discussed below) with Supplemental Application.  DO NOT WAIT FOR AN OFFER OF ADMISSION TO SUBMIT THIS DOCUMENTION. Or you may submit the necessary documentation to the Office of International Services.  Please see the address on the "Obtaining an Initial I-20/DS2019" page.
  8. If course work is in progress, final transcripts with grades recorded and proof of any degrees awarded will be required upon enrollment. English translations will also be required.
  9. All materials MUST be received by December 31.

Evidence of English Competency

TOEFL/IELTS Exemptions

TOEFL/IELTS exemptions are not determined by the prevalence of spoken English in your country or the medium of instruction at your university.

You may qualify for a waiver if you can provide the following:

  • Evidence that you have been attending a U.S. institution for at least 2 years of full-time study.
  • A letter from a U.S. employer stating that you are proficient in the use of English and that you have been employed at the establishment for at least 1 year.
  • Education or employment for the duration of time listed above in a country where English is the only, official language, i.e. UK, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec).

Minimums

The Graduate College minimum requirements for TOEFL scores are as follows*:

TOEFL Scores
Paper-based exam—550
Computer-based exam—213

IBT
Writing—21
Speaking—20
Listening—17
Reading—19
Total score—80

IELTS Scores
Listening – 6.0
Writing – 6.0
Reading – 6.0
Speaking – 6.0
Total Score – 6.5

Other English Competency tests

Other English competency exams may be available to students and may be accepted by other institutions. UIC accepts scores for TOEFL and IELTS only. We do not accept TSE, TWE, Cambridge examinations, TOEIC, or other similar tests in place of TOEFL. Some departments may give consideration to students who have completed these exams (specifically TSE and TWE) in addition to the TOEFL or IELTS. Please contact your department on details regarding their policies.

Understanding the I-20 Process

How does the I-20 process work?

Once you have been recommended for admission by your department, the next step is being approved for official admission by the College of Pharmacy and getting an I-20 issued. The College of Pharmacy cannot offer official admission to international students until sufficient evidence of financial support has been received. The next several sections help to explain what is meant by “evidence of financial support” and attempt to clarify some of the questions you may have.

Once the College of Pharmacy has approved your admission and your financial documents have been received, the Office of Admissions and Records will process your official admission. An admission letter will be issued for you and your file will be forwarded for an I-20.

The Office of Admissions and Records is not the office responsible for the actual issuance of your I-20. Instead, your file must be sent to the Office of International Services (OIS). The Office of International Services will make a final review and will begin the I-20 process. Once your file has gone to the Office of International Services, the Office of Admissions and Records can no longer give you information about its status. During peak processing times, the Office of International Services requires a minimum of 20 business days for the issuance of an I-20.

Neither the Office of Admissions and Records nor the Office of International Services will express or overnight any documents to you. All correspondence will be sent via regular mail (by post). Your department may make arrangements to send your I-20 via express or certified mail. This is done at the department’s discretion and not all programs will be able to provide this service.

Once you have received your official, College of Pharmacy letter of admission and your I-20 form, you may make an appointment at a U.S. embassy for a visa interview. From there, the process of issuing your actual visa is in the hands of the consulate officials.

Evidence of financial support

Evidence of financial support for the first year of study must be submitted before an I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to the admitted student.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • An original bank statement signed by a bank official. Proof of sufficient funds for tuition and fees, books and supplies and living expenses for the first year must be shown. The funds must be in a savings, money market or certificate of deposit account and displayed in U.S dollars. A maturity date must be provided on all certificates of deposit and other time deposits. Maturity dates must be no later than the first day of the semester. OIS will accept Checking (current) accounts which is published on our website: http://www.ois.uic.edu/students/new/initial-i20/

In addition to the UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances, students may wish to provide a separate Affidavit of Support executed by the sponsor or a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Affidavit of Support (CIS form I-134). Additional affidavits of support may be used in conjunction with the official UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances, but will not be accepted in its place.

NOTE: The UIC Declaration and Certification of Finances form must ALWAYS be submitted for students who are seeking an I-20 or DS-2019. Other affidavits of support may be submitted in addition to the UIC Declaration, but will not be accepted in its place.

Qualities of a correct bank statement

  • All documents must be original. Copies and faxes cannot be used.
  • Bank documents may be no more than 6 months old from start of term.
  • Bank statements must be signed by a bank official and funds must be in a savings, money market, or certificate of deposit account. We will accept Checking (current) accounts which is published on our website: http://www.ois.uic.edu/students/new/initial-i20/
  • Maturity dates must be provided for certificate of deposits and other time deposits. These deposits must mature on or before the 1st day of your 1st semester of study.
  • Documents should be issued showing total funds in U.S. dollars.
  • Sufficient funding must be shown to cover the total costs listed on the Declaration and Certification of Finances form.