The University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations is the UIS department that assists students with making sure payments are paid and are paid on time. Their website offers useful information to answer any questions you may have.
The health care system in the United States may be quite different from your home country. Health care is neither free nor cheap. The university requires all students to have health insurance. The university offers health insurance and health care services and the fee is automatically assessed to your university bill unless you have proof of other insurance, which is of the equivalent or better. Please view the Human Resource website for more information on health insurance.
Health Services at UIS offers care to all students for minor injuries, annual appointments, immunizations, and other services. They are located in the Business Services Building, Room 20. Please visit their website for more information on services.
If this is a severe emergency, you should go immediately to the Emergency Room at the hospital or call 911.
The UIS Bookstore offers one-stop shopping for all your books, supplies, and UIS apparel. The bookstore will buy back most textbooks at the end of each semester for a percentage of the original price. The UIS Bookstore is located on the first floor of Founders Hall. Visit their website for additional information.
Campus Recreation offers activities, equipment, facilities, and services to enhance your mind, body, and spirit. The TRAC is a gym available for all UIS students (bring your i-card for admittance), which has a running track, racquet ball/squash courts, weight machines, and more. Check out the recreational sports website for more information.
There are a number of student organizations at UIS of interest to international students. The International Student Association is open to all UIS students interested in international affairs, campus life, and other cultures. Other organizations serve primarily to provide fellowship and support to students from one particular country or region of the world. Still others provide opportunities to practice a particular language or to explore international political relations. All international students are encouraged to participate in any and all of these in order to maintain their ties to their native cultures and to learn from and share with each other our common needs and aspirations. See the Student Life website for a listing of all Student Organizations.
Student Life also offers numerous events and activities throughout the year. Look for announcements about these in your campus email and on posters throughout campus.
Please familiarize yourself with the local laws. They may be different and/or have different consequences from your home country. For example, in Illinois, you may not drink alcohol if you are under 21 years old. Also, the laws for drunken driving are very strict in Illinois. You should never drive while under the influence of alcohol. UIS has its own police unit. Please view their website for university policies and state laws.