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Restricted Courses

Due to high demand from degree-seeking students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 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 the university.

Use the lists below to guide your search of the 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:

  • Enroll in courses at a variety of levels. It is discouraged to take more than three courses at the 300-level or higher.
  • It is recommended not to take more than three courses in your major, especially in engineering and the sciences.
  • 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, limit your course choices to 2-3 academic departments.

The Tentative Course Form is not a registration form and will not be used to reserve a seat for you in a course. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee enrollment in any course, 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 the university through our office.

  • College of Business (ACCY, BADM, and FIN courses)
  • Department of Bioengineering
  • Department of Computer Sciences
  • Division of General Studies
  • Graduate College
  • School of Labor and Employment Relations
  • College of Law
  • School of 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.

  • Department of Advertising
  • Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Architecture (College of Fine & Applied Arts)—limited access to studio classes
  • College of Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Department of Journalism
  • Kinesiology (College of Applied Health Sciences)—some limitations
  • Landscape Architecture (College of Fine & Applied Arts)—enrollment in studio classes must be pre-arranged