Life in the U.S.A.

International Students

“The more internationally diverse we become, the richer the educational experience that we provide will be.” – Dr. Susan Koch, Chancellor

Welcome Party Spring 2011

In today’s world, as never before, comprehensive internationalization of higher education has become an essential mandate, not just an option. For the many of us who are able to visit or live in only one or two other countries during an entire lifetime, the opportunity to learn from our international students of the myriad diversity of cultures around the world and, even of how persons from those many cultures view our own culture, provides that enriching of the educational experience that our Chancellor has described as can nothing else. The Office of International Student Services is extremely proud of the role that we play in helping to support international diversity on our campus and in our community. – Rick Lane, Director, OISS

The University of Illinois Springfield welcomes students from around the world!

Current Students

This section strives to keep all current international students with F-1 visas up to date on your legal responsibilities in the U.S. If after reading this information you still have questions please feel free to call or visit ISS for more detailed information.

  • Employment and Training – Information about different types of authorized work opportunities for international students
  • Financial Assistance – For students interested in scholarships or financial resources outside the university
  • Graduation – How to participate in and invite family to your graduation ceremony
  • Health – Health Services provides preventive services and resources that support participation in health care, enabling individuals to recognize health as a comprehensive state over which they have control.  Health care that allows individuals to perform optimally, both physically and mentally, in order to achieve their academic and intellectual potential and to minimize interruptions in their academic careers.
  • Maintaining F-1 Visa Status – There a hundreds of immigration laws that impact international people in the United States. It is important to know and follow the laws for your status. Following the laws keeps a student “in status” and violating a law can make a student “out of status.”
  • Scams – Keep updated on scams that target international students.
  • Transportation – Information on how to get around campus and the wider Springfield community
  • Taxes – All international students in the United States are required to fill out and mail income tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) even if they did not make any money.
  • Travel – Information on travel in and outside the United States

The Office of International Student Services and UIS provides many resources for our international students.  Please view the Website Directory of Resources and Information for an A-Z Index of various resources provided by our office and the university.