Application Requirements

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To apply for international First Year or Transfer admission, the following requirements must be met:

  • Meet First Year or Transfer admission requirements
  • Submit English proficiency test scores or qualify for an exemption to the English proficiency requirement. See UIC’s English proficiency requirements below for more details.
  • Please note, transcripts or marksheets must be official and submitted from all post-secondary schools attended. They are considered official if issued in a sealed document from the school. 
    • If new transcripts cannot be submitted, a photocopy of your version should be sent to the school to be attested, and then sent to UIC in a sealed envelope for review.
    • Transcripts and marksheets written in a language other than English require an ATA-certified  translation. 
    • All documents submitted to UIC become the property of the University. Documents will not be released to the applicant or forwarded to other institutions or agencies. Please do not submit your original or only set of academic credentials. No documents will be returned to you.

​​​A mandatory, non-refundable $50 International Credential Evaluation Fee is assessed for all undergraduate degree-seeking applicants who have secondary or post-secondary coursework taken outside the United States. 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 system.

It is highly recommended that applicants:

  • Begin the I-20 process with the Office of International Services. This process does not impact the admissions review, but we recommend that applicants have paperwork on file as soon as possible. View the Upload Guide for questions about submission of documents.

Other Requirements

Some applicants may need to meet these additional requirements:

  • Transcripts/mark sheets must be official and submitted directly from all schools you have attended. If new transcripts cannot be submitted, a photocopy of your version should be sent to the school to be attested and then sent to UIC for review.
  • College of Engineering transfer applicants must submit a syllabus for all coursework.
  • Some applicants may be offered seats in the International Bridge Program at the discretion of the admitting college or department.
    • In certain cases where a student presents strong academic credentials but does not meet minimum English proficiency, the admitting college or department may offer the opportunity to study intensive English language prior to beginning study in a degree program. The Tutorium in Intensive English (TIE) coordinates UIC’s intensive English instruction. Students enrolled in only the International Bridge Program pay UIC’s fees and assessments for campus services and TIE tuition. As students transition to UIC standard instruction, students pay UIC tuition proportionate to the credit hours taken in standard UIC classes. All standard admissions requirements must be completed including all tests such as the TOEFL/IELTS.
  • Applicants whose English Proficiency test scores do not meet minimum requirements may also apply to study English at the Tutorium in Intensive English.

English Proficiency

Requirements for English Proficiency

Below are the only tests accepted as evidence of English proficiency at UIC along with the minimum scores* indicated for each.  Only one of the following tests is required to complete your application.  

English Proficiency Test Score Minimums
Total Score 80 Overall Score 6.5 Overall Score 54 Total Score 550
    Listening 6 Listening 47    
    Writing 6 Writing 56    
    Reading 6 Reading 51    
    Speaking 6 Speaking 53    

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

English Proficiency Test Score Submission

  • TOEFL scores must be reported* to UIC directly from ETS.
    • Use our Institutional Code 1851.
    • All programs are able to access the test scores regardless of department code, as long as our institutional code is used.
  • PTE Academic scores must be reported* to UIC directly from Pearson.
    • Select University of Illinois at Chicago from the institution selection menu.
  • IELTS Academic
    • IELTS results must be delivered to our Electronic Download account by the IELTS test center.
      • Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent to our E-Download account using the IELTS system with the following information: 
        • Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
        • Department: Office of Admissions
        • Address: 1200 West Harrison Steet
        • Address2: Suite 1100
        • City: Chicago
        • State: IL
        • Zip: 60607

*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.

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

Exemptions to the English Proficiency Requirement

The following applicants may qualify for an exemption to the English Proficiency requirement:

  • Applicants from countries where English is the only official language.
  • Applicants who have completed two consecutive years of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or other country where English is the only official language. This exemption is granted only based on official transcripts.
  • Applicants who have a minimum of one year full-time employment in the U.S. or other country where English is the only official language. Applicants must submit a letter from their employer (on company letterhead) verifying at least 12 consecutive months of employment and describing the applicant’s English language ability.
  • Test-based exemptions based on official score reports include:
    • SAT Critical Reading score of 530 or higher (SAT prior to March 2016) or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 570 or higher (SAT taken March 2016 or later)
    • ACT English sub-score of 24 or higher
    • AP English Language and Composition score of 4 or higher
    • IB score of 5 or higher on the English Language and Literature exam