University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Restricted Courses

Due to high demand from degree-seeking students at Illinois, some courses are not available to incoming exchange students.

Prior to your arrival on campus, all incoming exchange students must complete the Tentative Course Form detailing which courses the intend to take for each semester that they are enrolled at Illinois.

Use the lists below to guide your search of the Illinois Course Explorer, when filling out the Tentative Course Form. As you identify courses of interest and as you work with your home university on your study plan, please consider the following:

  • You should enroll in courses at a variety of levels. You are strongly discouraged from taking more than three courses at the 300-level or higher.
  • We do not recommend taking more than three courses in your major, especially in engineering and the sciences.
  • You must enroll in at least 12-18 credit hours per semester to maintain full-time student status.
  • Undergraduate students are limited to courses at the 100- to 400- levels; enrollment in courses at the 500-level or higher are by permission only, and permission may not be granted.
  • To facilitate academic advising, you should limit your course choices to 2-3 academic departments.

Important note: The Tentative Course Form is not a registration form and will not be used to reserve a seat for you in a classe. Please be advised that the we cannot guarantee enrollment in any classe, even if your home institution requires it.


Closed Programs

Courses within the following programs/departments/schools/colleges are not open to incoming exchange students admitted to Illinois through our office.

  • Department of Advertising
  • Department of Journalism
  • College of Business (ACCY, BADM, and FIN courses)
  • Department of Bioengineering
  • Department of Computer Sciences
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Division of General Studies
  • Graduate College
  • School of Labor and Employment Relations
  • College of Law
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism (online graduate courses only)
  • Technology and Information Management Program
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Any internships, co-op programs, or teaching practicums in local schools.

Limited Programs

Courses within the following departments/colleges experience high demand. Consequently, you will need to be flexible when choosing courses from these departments.

  • Architecture (College of Fine & Applied Arts)—limited access to studio classes
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Chemistry (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Economics (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)—VERY limited enrollment
  • College of Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Kinesiology (College of Applied Health Sciences)—VERY limited enrollment
  • Landscape Architecture (College of Fine & Applied Arts)—enrollment in studio classes must be pre-arranged
  • Sociology (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)