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University of Illinois at Chicago


University Information

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: 1893
Undergraduate Students: 17 575
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public research institution
Website: www.uic.edu or www.ois.uic.edu

About the University

The University of Illinois at Chicago, or UIC, is a state-funded public research university located in Chicago. As the second campus established under the University of Illinois system, it is also the largest university in the Chicago area with approximately 27,000 students, and 2,300 faculty members and staff.

UIC is composed of three campuses, which cover 311 acres (125.9 ha) in the Little Italy and the University Village section of Chicago. The East Campus is located on the Near West Side, near the Chicago Loop, just south of Greektown and a 15-minute walk from downtown Chicago.

UIC operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals. The University of Illinois at Chicago offers 74 bachelor degrees, 77 master degrees, and 60 doctoral degrees through its 14 colleges, in addition to the university’s specialized Honors College (for undergraduates) and the omnibus Graduate College (for graduate students):

  • Applied Health Sciences,
  • Architecture and the Arts,
  • Business Administration,
  • Dentistry,
  • Education,
  • Engineering,
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • College of Medicine,
  • Nursing,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Public Health,
  • Jane Addams College of Social Work, and
  • Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

  • All internationals are required to be enrolled in a health insurance plan. Students at UIC are automatically enrolled in Campus Care, a package of supplemental health benefits designed to provide care for accidents and illnesses.  Campus Care covers health services not provided under the Health Service Fee.  Dental, Vision and Hearing care are not included in Campus Care, however they do provide packages for these services at discounted prices.
  • All students are charged for Medical Insurance, and a mandatory Health Service Fee will be assessed to your account.  You will see this fee on your tuition bill.  For questions regarding this fee, please contact Campus Care.

Cost: $570.00 per semester

Waivers: It may be possible to waive enrollment in Campus Care.  Please see review the Waiver material on the Campus Care website.  

Living on-campusCampus Housing offers a wide variety of housing options including family housing.  They have a number of residence halls on UIC’s three main campuses. Campus Housing offers programs, activities and services that provide an educational advantage for UIC students. They also offer premium locations throughout the campus that other off-campus housing options cannot.

If you are interested in campus housing, you should apply early since spaces can fill up quickly. The application, as well as information about deadlines and fees, can be found on the Campus Housing website.

Cost: $7,889 per semester* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan this price includes the meal plan.

Off-campus Housing: UIC has an Off-Campus Housing office located on the second floor of the Student Residence Commons, 700 S. Halsted, Room 2026.  The office provides housing information and offers many services that you may find helpful in making your living arrangements. Many internationals choose to live off-campus.  Chicago is a big city with many diverse neighborhoods.

International Student Fee: $130
Orientation Fee: $149
Transportation Fee: $163
Total: $442 per semester

The average budget per month is: $1,250 – $1,450

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $9,031 per semester, $17,912 per year