The Office of International Student Services (ISS) provides formal orientation programs each semester, including summer session. The orientation is mandatory to ensure pre-registration, academic advising and English proficiency testing, as well as required visa status document processing. The director, international peers, faculty and university service unit representatives, i.e. Housing, Health Insurance, Health Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, Library and host community volunteers provide information, guidance and hand-outs to facilitate a smooth transition to the campus and community.
In follow-up orientations, information is provided on academic, financial, personal, social, institutional, cross-cultural and governmental issues. Cultural and educational program participation is encouraged to facilitate a comprehensive, successful educational experience for each international student and scholar attending the university.
- If you are planning on living in campus housing, please contact the Housing Office, before you reach UIS.
- The tentative schedule for the next international orientation is available on our Information and Forms page.
Host Family Program
The University of Illinois at Springfield Host Family Program is made up entirely of local volunteers motivated by an interest in removing barriers to international understanding. International Student Services provides names and information about newly arrived students who would like a local family with whom he/she can visit, enjoy an occasional meal, celebrate holidays, participate in community sports and cultural events and relax in easy conversation among friends. These students are then matched with an American family with similar interests. The family, in turn, will gain insight and information about a country and culture different from their own and have the pleasure of adding new members to their family circle.
You will be asked upon arrival if you want to participate in this program. If so, you will complete a short application.
- See Prospective Students for more on admission, costs, housing, travel, visas, etc.