University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study at Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a leading public, research institution in the United States with a land-grant mission and a global impact. Our global classroom provides students, faculty, and alumni with the tools they need to find innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Why Study at Illinois?

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

Let the Office of Undergraduate Admissions introduce you to Illinois through photos, virtual reality, or the eyes of current Illini and learn more about the places where you will live, learn, and work.

Campus Life

There are many opportunities for international exchange students to get involved on campus.

Registered Student Organizations

With more than 1,000 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at Illinois, there is something for every student.


Cheer on one of Illinois' 19 Division I sports teams. Stay active with Club Sports, Intramurals, and Campus Recreation.


GLOBE is a club whose goal is to provide opportunities for domestic and international students to network and help all students develop leadership skills, global awareness, and cultural competency. GLOBE connects “Blue” members, experienced domestic and international students, with “Orange” members, new international students, and teams them up in small groups to participate in various activities and events.

Support Services

There are a number of offices on campus that offer resources and support services to all students.


Review the undergraduate course offerings during the term you plan to attend Illinois and complete a tentative course form to share with your academic advisor. Refer to the list of restricted courses to ensure the courses you have selected are not closed to incoming exchange students. Be sure to have maximum flexibility as the availability of courses may change and some course offerings may be restricted to only degree-seeking students. We cannot guarantee enrollment in specific courses, even if your home university requires that course.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at an institution that has a bilateral student exchange agreement with Illinois. To find out if your university has an active agreement with Illinois, contact the office or individual who coordinates such exchanges on your home campus.
  • Nomination from your home university to participate in the exchange program at Illinois.
  • A 3.0 out of a 4.0 grade point average or a "B" average in all courses.
  • Completion of one year of university education prior to the start of exchange at the Illinois.
  • English language proficiency (see section on "English Language Proficiency Verification" Instructions & Components page).
  • Certified evidence of financial support (see section on "Certification of Financial Support" Instructions & Components page).

Ready to get started? Learn more about the Application for Incoming Exchange Students.