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International Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, international students should submit the following documents:

  1. Complete and submit the Common Application online, including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. International transfer applicants may also apply via the UIC Web Application. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  2. $50 nonrefundable application fee (in U.S. dollars)
  3. Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirements.

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.

TOEFL/IELTS Exemptions:

    • 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 U.S. 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.

Undergraduate applicants may refer to the following link for more information regarding English proficiency requirements by country.

Other Admission Options at the Discretion of the Admitting College or Department International Bridge Program

In certain cases where a student presents strong academic credentials but does not meet minimum English proficiency, the admitting college or department can offer the opportunity to study intensive English language prior to beginning study in a degree program. This opportunity is known as the International Bridge Program. The Tutorium in Intensive English (TIE) coordinates UIC’s intensive English instruction. Students enrolled in the International Bridge Program pay UIC’s fees and assessments for campus services and TIE tuition. All standard admissions requirements must be completed including all tests such as the TOEFL/IELTS.

  1. 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
  2. First Year applicants also need to submit:
    • Official scores from the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I)
    • High school diploma or certificate of high school completion
  3. Transfer applicants also need to submit:
    • Degrees, certificates, diplomas awarded accompanied by leaving results
    • Official syllabus in English describing fully all course work attempted
  4. College of Nursing applicants must submit a Full Education Course-by-Course Report Evaluation of Foreign Credentials from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), 3600 Market St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651, (215) 222-8454, or e-mail at

I-20 Process and Requirements

Though not required until after admission, the Office of International Services strongly recommends that financial documents be submitted during the application process so that acceptable documentation is on file once an international applicant has been admitted. These items will be requested through the Application Summary, once submitted applications are ready to receive uploaded materials.

Please visit the Office of International Services website at for additional information on financial document requirements and follow up with them with any inquiries you may have about financial document requirements and I-20 processing.

Submission of financial documentation does not affect application review and admission. For more information on the document upload process, please see the Undergraduate Document Upload Guide.