International Students


Welcome international students! We can’t wait to see you on campus this fall and want to ensure you’re ready to arrive on campus in August!

Need some help preparing for Welcome Week? Check out our tips below:

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Learn about International Student Resources

Learn more about the resources that serve you through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.

International Resources

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Check out the Welcome Week Schedule

Get a little taste of all the different activities you can participate in when you arrive on campus! Don't forget to add the events to your calendar so you don't miss out on the fun!

Welcome Week

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Download the Illinois App

The Illinois App will be a great resource for you on campus. If you have a meal plan, you‘ll be able to monitor your swipes and dining dollars. You can also use the app for your bus pass if you‘re using the bus off campus. Learn more below!

Illinois App

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Complete the Required Programming

The university requires that all first-year students (freshmen and transfers) attend mandatory programming. Two of these programs (ACE IT and FYCARE) must be completed in the fall and the other during the spring semester (I-Connect).

Required Programming

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Browse Campus Resources

Learn about various student resources on campus. The Get Connected section will help you explore all sorts of resources, from cultural centers to wellness resources. Take some time to browse!

Get Connected

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Connect with New Student & Family Experiences on Social Media

Before and throughout Welcome Week, we will be highlighting our events. Follow us so you don’t miss out on any fun events!

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International Student Orientation

New Student & Family Experiences and International Student & Scholar Services works together to create an orientation in August. Get more information about Undergraduate International Student Orientation.


Get more information about the schedule for International Student Orientation.

Pre-Arrival / Check-In

All international students are required to check-in with the university. The International Student and Scholar Services office manages this process. Get more information on this process.

Please Note: If you are going to attend our orientation program, we will assist you in completing this process.

It is crucial to read all University correspondence prior to arrival. You will be given specific instructions and guidance from various units on campus such as Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Offices, your College and/or Department and the Office of International Student & Scholar Services. Please visit the ISSS Pre-Arrival webpage to make sure you have completed all the needed tasks.

Campus Housing / Early Move-In

Our program is free for all students to participate in, BUT if you choose to move into your housing assignment early, there will be a charge. We highly encourage you to move into your assignment early to get acclimated to your community. Also, if you live in University Residences, you will have a meal plan for those few days. Get information on early move-in.