Undergraduate International Applicants

How exciting! You are contemplating moving to a new country in order to pursue your education…and you’ve got questions! It’s only natural. We are here to help you sort them out.

Who can Apply?
How to Apply?
When are the Deadlines?
How much does a degree at UIS cost?
Does my university partner with UIS?
Are there scholarship options?
Do I qualify for in-state tuition?
Can I complete my degree online from my home country?
Are there specific admissions requirements for my program?
How do I get an I-20?
What’s life like as a student on campus at UIS?
What if my question is not here?

Who can apply?

Any international student who has graduated from high school with a desire to begin an undergraduate program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Minimum requirements:


How to Apply

 Please follow this list to accomplish admission requirements

  1. Complete the Online Admissions Application
  2. Personal and Academic Statement
    1. Personal Statement – This is an applicant’s chance to tell us about themselves. Describe interests and accomplishments which are not indicated elsewhere on the application.
    2. Academic Statement – Tell us more about professional aspiration, intellectual interests, and personal experiences relevant to the choice of a specific academic program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
  3. $60 USD non-refundable application fee (UIS is waiving the application fee for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 terms)
    1. Payable to the University of Illinois at Springfield
    2. Students should pay online when completing the application
    3. Important: DO not submit fees in cash or via wire
  4. Students who apply to the University of Illinois at Springfield on or after July 1, 2019 and have international academic records must arrange (at their expense) to have their record(s) evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization. Our recommended evaluation service is World Education Services (WES), but we will accept an evaluation from any NACES member. All evaluations will typically include certified copies of the documents used to conduct the evaluation. If certified copies of your academic record(s) are not included with the evaluation, you will be responsible for requesting that official documents be sent to UIS from each institution attended, along with an English translation (if the records are in a language other than English). Please Refer to the list below in order to determine the type of evaluation required for your application to UIS, or to determine if this requirement is applicable to you.
    1. Freshmen
      1. Please refer to this transcript document for information on obtaining an NACES member articulation
      2. UIS requires a statement of US Secondary degree equivalency as well as an articulated US course letter grades/GPA
    2. Transfer
      1. Please refer to this transcript document for information on obtaining an NACES member articulation
      2. A NACES evaluation is required for all post-secondary credits issued to the applicant.
      3. As university level credit is anticipated to be transferred to UIS, UIS will require a detailed evaluation including US degree equivalency, course levels, and a GPA.
    3. Exceptions
      1. All UIS Alumni with an UIS awarded degree and currently enrolled students who do not have a NACES evaluation on file will not be required to submit a NACES member evaluation. Please note that a NACES member evaluations cannot be submitted in order to “update” a GPA.
      2. All extraordinary admissions instances, such as educational strikes, applicants that identify as a ‘refugee’ or ‘aysylee’, etc. will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact registrar@uis.edu in order to determine next steps with a formal request including a full description of the circumstances and any available supporting documentation.
      3. All applicants applying to UIS from an International Baccalaureate Institution, Council of International Schools member institution, or US State Dept. Assisted Schools will not be required to submit a NACES evaluation as UIS recognizes that the institution utilizes an American-based curriculum.
  5. Official English proficiency score – Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the UIS English Proficiency Admission Requirements:
    Test/Method Score
    iTEP Academic Plus Level 4.0
    TOEFL 61 iBT
    IELTS 5.0
    Pearson Test of English 50
    ELS Level 112
    Graduated from and attended a U.S. high school 3 or more years
    Obtained a U.S. associate’s degree or higher GPA of 2.00 or better on a 4.00 scale

    In some cases, the English requirement may be waived, please see our requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for Conditional Admission. Note: All score reports or transcripts must be official. Some programs may have higher English Proficiency requirements.

  6. Submit all applicable test scores*:
    Test UIS Institutional Code
    ACT 1137
    AP 0834
    CLEP 1787
    SAT 0834
    TOEFL 1787

    *Students who reside in a country where the ACT or SAT is not availble may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement

  7. Required Health Records (only for on-campus students)
    1. You are required to submit a completed Pre-Enrollment Health Record form which includes vaccination history.
    2. Students who are not U.S. citizens must have a tuberculin skin test done at the Campus Health Service office on arrival and prior to registering.
      1. If the test is positive, you will be required to have a chest x-ray. International students who have had a positive tuberculin skin test in the past are required to bring a statement from the health care provider who performed the test, giving the date of the test and the size of the induration in millimeters.
    3. You will be required to have a chest x-ray when you arrive on campus. All medical records must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

When are the Application Deadlines?

  • Fall (August) Semester: June 1
  • Spring (January) Semester: November 1
  • Summer admission is not encouraged due to the limited availability of on-campus courses.

How much does a degree at UIS cost?

Prices for programs vary from program to program. You cost will also differ if you come to study on campus or online. Please refer to our online cost calculator as an estimate of course fees.  Your tuition costs are fixed for the completion of your degree at UIS. You will not need to worry about prices changing over your time with us.

Does my University Partner with UIS?

Here is a link to our International Articulation Agreements. We are always looking to build new partnerships around the world!

Are there scholarship options*?

Yes! There are a number of possibilities for you. Follow the links for more information. (*not available for online students)

Freshman Only Scholarship Options:
Lincoln Merit Scholarship
Honors Program Scholarship

All Undergraduate Scholarship Options:
UIS Institutional Scholarship
Global Partnership Scholarship

Scholarship Resources Outside of UIS:
FastWeb
• CollegeAnswer
Scholarships.com

How do I get an I-20*?

Once Admissions receives your materials, the International Student Services Department issues your I-20.  Please refer to the Initial Form I-20 website for more information about what actions you will need to take in order to receive your I-20.

Do I qualify for in-state tuition?

Under most circumstances, international students will not qualify for in-state tuition.  Please refer to the Academic Programs and Services website for more information.   Please note that there is no tuition differential for students who are domestic or abroad for online degrees.

Can I complete my degree online from my home country?

Not all of our programs are available online. Browse through our list of online degrees to find your desired degree program. If it’s available, you can take it from the comfort of your hometown, from all the way on the other side of the globe.

Are there specific admissions requirements for my program?

Please refer to our list of all UIS degrees.

What’s life like as a student at UIS?

Please visit our Life at the University of Illinois Springfield page for more information.

What if my question is not here?

Contact me!

Anna Bradford, International Admissions Counselor

alight2@uis.edu