UIS has sufficient housing for all international students who desire to live on campus. You should keep in mind, however, that the number of openings in each type of housing is limited. Prospective students that apply early are more likely to receive a housing assignment that matches their preferences.
There are many advantages to living on campus as opposed to finding your own off-campus housing, not the least of which, is knowing that you will have a place to live as soon as you arrive. Although some off-campus housing may be available at a lower cost, the difference will seldom offset the cost in transportation expenses, time commuting each day, the general inconvenience of living far from where you study, and the loss of campus social life. You should seriously consider living on campus at least until you have gotten settled in the U.S.
If, after you have paid your housing deposit, your student visa should be denied, your deposit will be refunded. Simply contact the Housing Office, request the refund, and send them a copy of the denial letter issued by the U.S. consular official. So, please do not wait until later to request your campus housing. Doing so will make things much more difficult for the Housing Office and for you. Contact Housing as soon as you receive your admission.
Once your housing assignment is made, unless you follow the correct procedures for obtaining permission to break your contract and that permission is granted, you will be obligated to pay for the entire cost of the period under contract. Please read the housing application carefully and contact the Housing Office with any question you may have before submitting the application.
- To apply for housing, go to the housing website.
- Click on the link Apply for Housing. There you can download an application and the website offers useful information and answers any concerns you may have. Contact them directly for any housing-specific questions.
Orientation for new students
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.
In order to prepare for your arrival at UIS, we would like you to view the following documents and bring them with you to Check-In. Check-In times are on the orientation schedule (pdf) and you will check-in to the Office of International Student Services, which is located in the Human Resource Building Room 52. Please bring copies of your I-20, passport, visa, and I-94 OR the originals so that we can make copies for you. Also, the following forms need to be filled out for the day you Check-In:
Please view the On-Line Welcome Folder for additional information.
- Create a Net-ID and Password. Get directions to create your Net-Id & Password (pdf).
- After creating your Net-ID and Password, update your current mailing address in Student accounts:
Visit www.uis.edu and select “A-Z Index”, select “Student Accounts”, select “UI-integrate Self Service”, select “University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)”, enter your Net-Id & Password, select “Personal Information”, select “Addresses & Phones”, select “Current Mailing Address”, update the data with your current mailing address and phone. This means where you are living NOW, in the United States — not your foreign address.
(Computer Science Students should first send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for WPI-Request–With Permit of Instructor. The email must contain your UIN number, Course number and Section number. For Example: CSC 470A).
- After getting the WPI-Approval (for CSC only), students can register online for the classes:
Connect to: www.uis.edu/registration and select appropriate semester, select “Student and Faculty Self-Service”, select “University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)”, enter your Net-Id & Password, select “Registration & Records”, select “Registration”, select “Look-up or Select Classes”, select “I Agree”, select Term, click Submit, select Subject, click Class Search, mark the Check-boxes for the Courses you want to register for that particular term, Click Register, enter CRN Number in the rectangle-boxes provided, click
Submit Changes. Now you are registered. Check your “Student Schedule – Detail” in “Registration-Menu” for registered course details.
- After registering for classes only, go get your i-Card (PAC-108):
- For On-Campus jobs, only after registering for classes and identifying a vacancy online, go to the Career Connect website through Career Development Services.
See Financial Aid website for vacancies.
After getting a job, apply for Social Security Number. (See instructions in the Employment section).
- Complete online GA (Graduate Assistantship) & GPSI (Graduate Program Service Internship) application form.
Take a copy of your resume to GA office (PAC 518) or GPSI office (BRK 475). They share applications, so you need only go to one or the other – not both. Do not disturb others in offices near GA or GPSI. They are not in the GA/GPSI program and cannot help you.
- Visit the Office of International Student Services website now, and often, for additional information.
Soon after arriving on campus, you should open a banking account. There are many banks located in Springfield and you may choose whichever bank you prefer. Below is a link to a list of banks in Springfield. You can also view the Yellow Pages of the Phonebook for a more extensive list.
The Campus Bookstore has cell phones available for sale to students. The “pay as you go” plan is provided by Virgin Mobile and inlcudes texting. The bookstore also has prepaid phone cards available for international students.