Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from international students.

We have a strong, world-renowned reputation as part of the University of Illinois system. International students are an integral part of our campus, and we thank you for being a part of our community.

Before You Apply

Q1) Will I get admitted?
A) Please review the web page pertaining to undergraduate and graduate admissions.

Q2) What are the application procedures and contacts for international students?
A) You can find application procedures for international freshmen, undergraduate, transfer, online and graduate students on the Admissions website, or contact admissions at or +1 (217) 206 4847.

Q3) What are the application deadlines?
A) See step number 8 in the graduate international student admissions process, or the undergraduate international student admissions process.

Q4) What are the application requirements (GRE, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL and GPA Requirements)?
A) Please choose your profile from the Admissions website.

Q5) Where can I find information about scholarships?
A) Find scholarship opportunities on the Financial Aid website. Some undergraduate students may automatically qualify for a merit scholarship. Also, these programs offer a monthly stipend and tuition waiver: Graduate Assistantships, and Graduate Public Service Internship.

Q6) What is the minimum number of credit hours needed for a semester?
A) See the section for F-1 Students for information regarding credit hours for international students.

Q7) What is my eligibility for a masters degree?
A) Find information about graduate degree eligibility.

Q8) What are the course fees and complete expense evaluation (including accommodation) per year/tuition fee per semester?
A) Choose your profile (freshmen, undergraduate, graduate, etc.) on the Financial Aid website to find out more about the cost of attendance at UIS .

Q9) What current research is being done at UIS?
A) Find more about faculty research on our Research and Sponsored Programs website.

Q10) Where can I get information about Springfield, Illinois?
A) Springfield is a friendly community that is not too big, but big enough to have shopping, great food, and plenty to do. Find information about Springfield Illinois.

Q11) How safe is the University of Illinois Springfield campus?
A) The University of Illinois Springfield is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which academic endeavors thrive. Find more information on our Safety and Security web page.

Q12) Are there online degrees at UIS?
A) You can find a list of online degrees and certificates on the UIS Online web page.

Q13) What should I know about executive orders regarding immigration?
A) You can find information regarding executive orders and immigration on the International Student Services immigration web page.

Q14) Where can I find information about Optional Practical Training (OPT)? You can find this information on the International Student Services OPT web page.

Q15) Where can I find information about Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? You can find this information on the International Student Services CPT web page.

After You Apply

Q1) When can I expect a decision?
A) You can check your application status online.

Q2) What is the status of my application?
A) You can check your application status online.

Q3) What does “Limited Status” acceptance mean?
A) One or more of the admission requirements was not met or is pending. Additionally, prerequisites may be required. Please contact Admissions at or +1 (217) 206 4847 for more information.

Q4) What are I-20 procedures?
A) An I-20 must be obtained before beginning the VISA process. An admission packet, including the Admission Letter and I-20 form, along with informational documents regarding your visa process and UIS will be sent to the home address provided on the application for admission upon admitted status. A SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) ID will be assigned and sent to you. Please contact Admissions at or +1 (217) 206 4847 for more information.

Q5) When will I get my I-20?
A) Your I-20 is given along with your admission packet. Find more information about I-20.

Q6) What is the difference between an acceptance letter and an I-20?
A) An acceptance letter is a letter informing you about your acceptance at the University of Illinois Springfield. An I-20 is an Immigration document that certifies your admission to the University of Illinois at Springfield. See the International Admitted web page for more information.

Q7) What is SEVIS?
A) The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), administered by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is an Internet-based system that maintains data on foreign students and exchange visitors before and during their stay in the United States. A SEVIS fee must be paid, and a SEVIS ID obtained before starting the VISA process. Find more information about the SEVIS program, or find out how to pay your SEVIS fee and the SEVIS process.

Q8) What are orientation procedures?
A) The International Orientation and Check-In web page has information regarding orientation, arrival and check-in for international students. Check-in is mandatory. Once you have checked in, you will be directed towards undergraduate or graduate orientation dates and locations.

Q9) What are housing (Residence Life) deadlines?
A) Find important dates on the Residence Life website.

Q10) What are housing (Residence Life) costs per semester?
A) Find housing rates on the Residence Life website.

Q11) Am I allowed to live off-campus?
A) UIS operates two residence halls (required for freshman and sophomores/1st and 2nd year undergraduates) and apartments and townhouses for upperclassmen (junior and seniors/3rd and 4th year undergraduates), graduate students and families. Some upper level and graduate students choose to live off campus in apartments they find on their own.

After You are Admitted

Q1) What are the steps for obtaining a VISA to enter the U.S.?
A) Find out how to obtain a VISA on the International Student Services website. Find more VISA information

Q2) What is my Enterprise or NetID and Password?
A) NetIDs are required to register for courses, and are part of your UIS email account among other accounts. Find out more about your NetID and password on the Information Technology Services website.

Q3) What are the vaccination procedures at UIS?
A) Find information about vaccinations and immunizations on the Health Services website.

Q4) Are there payment procedures or payment plans?
A) Information about payment procedures and plans

Q5) Are there any on-campus jobs?
A) See a list of typical campus job descriptions. These may not all be hiring at this time, but you can find which positions are open by signing into CareerConnect with your NetID and password. Also, visit Career Development Center website for more information about jobs. See information about the Graduate Public Service Internship program, and Graduate Assistantships

Q6) Where can I find groups for new students?
A) When you are admitted, Admissions will invite you to a Facebook group for new undergraduate students. You can also find on-campus groups through discussions on the official UIS Facebook Page.

Q7) Where can I find travel partners and roommates?
A) You can connect with others through discussions on the official UIS Facebook Page. Related information is also available on the Travel Information web page. You have the choice if you would like to choose a roommate. If you do not have a roommate in mind, one can be assigned to you. Learn more about requesting a roommate on the Residence Life website.

Q8) Can I see a course structure and curriculum for online and on-campus Course?
A) Course structure and curriculum are shared by individual department. Please view the individual department website or contact the department for more information.

Q9) What is STEM and is my course STEM?
A) Types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—are subjects collectively known as STEM. Computer Science and Management Information Systems are STEM majors at UIS. To find out if your major is a STEM major, please contact Admissions at or +1 (217) 206 4847 for more information.

Q10) How can I change my major?
A) Use the Change of Curriculum form located on the Registration website.

Q11) What employment opportunities do I have after my education?
A) The types of employment available to you after you graduate are dependent upon the field of study you are in. Visit the Career Development Center website for help with transitioning from the university to a career.

Q12) How can I obtain a drivers license?
A) Find more information about obtaining a drivers license on the International Student Services Drivers License web page.

Q13) How do I obtain a Social Security Card and Number (SSN)?
A) Find more information about obtaining a Social Security Card and Social Security Number (SSN) on the International Student Services Social Security Number web page.

Q14) How do I get around Springfield?
A) Find information about traveling around the city of Springfield on the International Student Services Handbook web page.

Q15) How do travel to Springfield from Chicago or St. Louis?
A) If you fly into the U.S. and arrive in Chicago, St. Louis, or another city, find information about getting to Springfield on the International Student Services Travel Information web page.

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