Study at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois 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. To participate in an exchange program, first find out if your university has an active agreement by contacting the office or individual who coordinates such exchanges on your home campus.
Why Study Here?
- We have many years of experience. The university was founded in 1867, as one of the one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act.
- We foster some of the greatest minds. 28 Pulitzer Prizes and 24 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to our faculty and alumni.
- We pioneer innovative research. Our university invented the first graphical web browser in 1993.
- We stand out among our peers. Our university is the #11 ranked public university in the United States.
- We are a global campus. Our university welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries every year.
Take a Virtual Tour of Campus
Let the Office of Undergraduate Admissions introduce you to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign through photos, virtual reality, or the eyes of current Illini and learn more about the places where you will live, learn, and work.
There are many opportunities for international students to get involved on campus.
Registered Student Organizations
With more than 1,000 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), there is something for every student.
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.
There are a number of offices on campus that offer resources and support services to all students.
- Counseling Center
- Asian American Cultural Center
- Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
- La Casa Cultural Latina
- Native American House
- McKinley Health Center
- Student Health Insurance
- Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
- Library Services for Users with Disabilities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
- Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR)
- Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA)
- Veteran Student Support Services
- Women's Resources Center (WRC)
Review the undergraduate course offerings during the term you plan to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 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 the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. To find out if your university has an active agreement, contact the office or individual who coordinates such exchanges on your home campus.
- Nomination from your home university to participate in the exchange program.
- 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 the exchange program.
- English language proficiency (see "English Language Proficiency Verification" on the Instructions & Components page).
- Certified evidence of financial support (see "Certification of Financial Support" on the Instructions & Components page).
Ready to get started? Learn more about the Application for Exchange Students.