Basic Application Requirements Per Country/Territory

Type in your country below to see the applicable requirements.

Note that while these requirements reference official credentials, only a scanned copy of the documents is required to be uploaded to the application system for the purposes of application review. Official, attested and sealed credentials will be requested only from admitted applicants who intend to enroll at UIC.


Academic Credentials Required:

Academic Qualifications:

English Proficiency Required?

Application Requirements

Am I considered an international applicant?

You would be considered an international applicant if any of the following statements apply in your case:

  • You would need a student visa to study in the US
  • You are currently in the US on a student visa at another institution
  • You are currently in the US on a non-student visa, such as an H1B, H4, B1, etc.


Application Requirements Overview


  • Submitted online application
  • $70 application fee (non-refundable) or applicable waiver
    • The application fee or selection of an applicable waiver is required in order to submit the application.

After submitting the application and fee, you will receive a confirmation and the application will be processed by the system. Within 2 - 5 business days, you will receive an acknowledgement email indicating that your application record is ready to accept uploaded materials and initiate online requests for letters of recommendation, if required for your program. 


These are determined by program. See the  program's website for complete details. Program requirements may include(but are not limited to) items such as:

  • GRE scores - use our Institutional Code 1851 to report your results
  • personal statement - refer to the program for prompts or topics
  • letters of recommendation - online requests initiated through the application checklist
  • writing samples
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • application for graduate appointment - General Graduate College form. Some programs may require use of their own form.


Review the requirements above for your country/territory to determine whether you meet qualifications for study at the Graduate level. Note that an International Credential Evaluation Fee is assessed for the evaluation of international coursework. See the Academic Credentials section below for complete details.

Required documentation:

  • Credentials for all undergraduate coursework completed
  • Credentials for all post-baccalaureate coursework completed
  • Degree award certificate/diploma for all completed degree programs

International applicants with US coursework should refer to the Credentials section on the Domestic Requirements page.


Review English proficiency requirements above for your country/territory to determine whether English proficiency requirements apply. See the English Proficiency section below for complete details.

  • PTE Academic
  • Education-based waiver
  • Employment-based waiver

Academic Credentials

Please refer to the requirements per country/territory above to determine which credentials are needed in your case. For the purposes of application review, only a PDF copy of the credentials should be submitted online. Official, sealed credentials will be requested only from admitted applicants intending to enroll.

  • Academic credentials must be issued by the institution you attended.
    • Third party evaluations (such as WES or ECE) are not required by the Office of Admissions and will not be accepted in place of institution-issued credentials.
  • A degree award certificate or diploma should be submitted for all completed degree programs.
  • Documents issued in a foreign language should be submitted along with certified, literal English translations (see below for details).


A non-refundable $30 International Credential Evaluation Fee is assessed for all graduate and professional degree-seeking applicants who have post-secondary coursework taken outside the United States, beginning with Fall 2016 applications.

International applicants who have only U.S. coursework are not required to submit this fee. Study abroad coursework by U.S. students is excluded from this policy. The fee is assessed once per application term. Payment of the fee will be requested online through the application checklist after submission of the application.


We understand that from the viewpoint of many countries, the word “transcript” is an American term. When the Office of Admissions asks you for transcripts, we are actually asking for a copy of your academic record which includes courses taken, course descriptions, credits earned or hours completed, and posted grades. The following academic records are always acceptable as “transcripts”:

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina - Index or Upsinica
  • Croatia - Indeks or Uvjerjenje
  • Germany - Scheinen or Student Reported Summary which has been certified by the university
  • Poland - Indeks
  • India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - See Marksheets below
  • Countries following the Bologna Agreement - Transcripts. A diploma supplement may also be required.


Some institutions (such as those in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) provide a separate sheet for each year or semester which details the classes taken and marks achieved by a student. The following criteria are applied when the Office of Admissions reviews these credentials:

  • Marksheets provided should be issued on a yearly or semesterly basis.
    • These should be unconsolidated. Consolidated marks will not be accepted.
    • All yearly or semesterly marksheets should be combined into a single PDF for upload.
    • All examination attempts, including failures, must be included.
  • Marks secured, minimum passing marks, and maximum marks should be shown.
  • Marksheets may be issued by the university or the college.
    • University marksheets are preferred over college transcripts, however, if the college credentials contain all the necessary information, they will be sufficient.
  • Marksheets should clearly list the course names. 
    • If all that is shown is Paper I, II, and III or Exams I, II, III for a certain subject, the Office of Admissions will ask for a syllabus or course descriptions.
  • Always provide the back of the marksheets if any information regarding courses or grading policies is listed on it.


The Office of Admissions requires proof of all degrees that a student has earned. This should be a copy of your diploma or degree award certificate. It should state the type of degree you were awarded, the fact that it was granted to you, and the date of conferment. See below for information on types of certificates accepted as proof of degree.

Unacceptable proofs of degree:
  • Certificates which indicate only the passing of an examination or semester
    • Exam Certificates, Final Exam Certificates, Pass Certificates, Degree Exam Certificates
  • Certificates or statements issued by the college or a college official. 
    • Proof of degree must be issued by the university which has the authority to grant the degree.
Acceptable proofs of degree:
  • A copy of the conferred degree award certificates or diploma, issued by the university.
  • A Provisional Degree Certificate, issued by the university
    • Provisional certificates must indicate that you have qualified for the degree and that it will be conferred at a future date.
  • A letter from the university Registrar or Controller of Examinations, on letterhead, which explicitly indicates that you have qualified for the award of the degree and that it will be conferred at a future date. 


The Office of Admissions requires literal, certified translations for all documents issued in a language other than English. 

 When not officially provided by your prior university, we accept translations from the following:

Translations should be on a translator’s letterhead and should be literal (not an interpretation or a paraphrasing).

Plain translations, notarized translations, and translations done by someone other than a certified translator are not acceptable. Evaluations performed by agencies such as WES and ECE will not be used in place of certified translations.


The supplement provides a description of the nature, level, context and status of the studies a student pursued and successfully completed.


Applicants may be required to submit a syllabus or course descriptions if an academic credential does not provide enough detail about the courses taken. These items will usually provide a key for understanding the courses you have taken and will provide the highlights of that course's curriculum. These will be requested on a case-by-case basis.

English Proficiency

UIC requires the submission of valid English proficiency test scores for all non-native English speakers. These requirements are set per country/territory. Refer to the requirements for your country/territory above.

The following are the only tests accepted at UIC as evidence of English proficiency. The Graduate College minimum scores* are indicated for each.

Total Score 80 Overall Score 6.5 Overall score 54 Total Score 550
Listening 17 Listening 6 Listening 47
Writing 21 Writing 6 Writing 56
Reading 19 Reading 6 Reading 51
Speaking 20 Speaking 6 Speaking 53

*Note that departments may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the program's requirements for additional information.

Applicants with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied. If recommended for admission by the program, these cases are referred to the Graduate College for additional approval.

English proficiency test scores are considered valid for two years following the test date and must be valid at the time of application.


  • TOEFL scores must be reported* to UIC directly from ETS.
    • Use our Institutional Code 1851. Inquire with the department for department codes.
  • PTE Academic scores must be reported* to UIC directly from Pearson.
    • Select University of Illinois at Chicago from the institution selection menu.
  • IELTS scores must be submitted through our application system after submission of the application.
    • Please be prepared to upload a PDF copy of your IELTS score report.

*Note that it can take up to two weeks from the process/ship date for reported scores to be reflected as received within our application system.


The English proficiency test requirement may be waived under the following circumstances:

  • Evidence of enrollment at a U.S. institution for at least 2 years of full-time study.
  • A letter from a U.S. employer on letterhead 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).

Exemptions based upon enrollment will be applied after receipt of applicable academic credentials.

Documentation for exemptions based upon employment will be requested to be uploaded through the application checklist after submission of the application. This should consist of a letter from your employer indicating the length of time you have been employed at the establishment and attesting to your proficiency with the English language.

The English proficiency test requirement will not be waived based upon the medium of instruction at your prior institution. This includes attendance at a branch or campus of a US or UK institution which is physically located in a country from which an English proficiency test is required.


In certain cases where an applicant presents a strong academic profile but has sub-standard English proficiency test scores, the admitting program can offer the opportunity to enroll in an intensive English program prior to beginning study in the degree program. This is known as the International Bridge Program. Note that this option is offered at the discretion of the program. Programs may choose not to offer Bridge admission.

Applicants must still follow the standard application procedure and submit all requirements, including valid English proficiency test scores. UIC does not offer the option to defer submission of valid English proficiency test scores.

The Tutorium in Intensive English (TIE) coordinates UIC’s intensive English instruction. Students enrolled in the International Bridge Program pay UIC fees and assessments for campus services and TIE tuition.

When you can't obtain a requested credential

If your institution refuses to issue a required credential, you will need to request a letter from the appropriate university or college authority (i.e.Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Dean, Principal etc.) which clearly indicates their policy on the matter. 

The Office of Admissions will input a checklist request for this letter which will allow you to upload it as you would any other document.

Other Important Information

Assistantships and Funding

Department awards and financial assistance in the form Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships and Fellowships are awarded by the program.

More information on financial support can be found on the Graduate College website.

Contact your intended program to see what funding opportunities are available and whether you are being offered funding.

Visa Process for Admitted Students

Financial documents for visa processing are requested by the Office of International Services. Applicants may begin submitting OIS-requested documents online through the application system checklist during the application period, however, they do not need to be submitted until after an admission decision is made.

OIS document requests do not affect application review or admission.

Please see the website of the Office of International Services for additional details and contact them with inquiries about OIS document requests or financial documents you've submitted.

Official Credential Guidelines

Only admitted applicants who intend to enroll at UIC will be required to submit official, attested and sealed copies of their academic credentials to the Office of Admissions before they can register for their second semester at UIC. This includes both the transcripts or marksheets and the degree certificate/diploma. 

If English translations were required, the original translations should also be submitted.

From foreign institutions, copies of original credentials which have been attested by the university or college authority and sealed by the same individual will be considered as official. We understand that many universities only issue one set of final, original credentials. Please do not send originals to UIC, as received documents cannot be returned.


  • Make a copy of your transcripts or marksheets and degree
  • Have them stamped/attested by the university or college authority.
    • Each page should be individually attested.
  • The same authority will need to seal the credentials in an envelope.
    • The same attesting stamp should be placed over the flap.

The university may issue the official credentials directly to UIC or to the student. As long as the seal is not broken, the credentials will be considered official.

Documents may be considered unofficial for any of the following reasons:

  • Attestation is not consistent
    • If pages were stamped or sealed by different individuals, they are not considered official.
  • Attestation is not done by an acceptable authority
    • Credentials should be attested by the Registrar (Assistant/Associate/Deputy), Controller of Examinations, Attestation Officer, Principal, or Dean.
  • Credentials were submitted in plain, unstamped or open envelopes.
    • Envelopes must be sealed at the time they are received by the Office of Admissions.
    • If envelopes were opened by a postal or other legal authority, retain and submit the documentation provided by them.
  • Attestation has been done by EducationUSA or other third party.
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