Before You Come

Be sure to have the following in order before you arrive on campus.

Admission Packet

Upon acceptance to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an exchange student, we will be mailing to your home institution a packet that includes your Notice of Acceptance letter from the University, the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (also called the DS-2019), and “Welcome Letter” from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Study Abroad Office.

Visa Application

All international students are required to obtain a visa before entering the United States. As an exchange student, you will be issued with a Notice of Admission and a DS-2019 in your admission packet. These documents will allow you to obtain a J1 visa for the duration of your stay.

Before applying for your J1 visa, you will need to pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. Instructions for making payment are available at the Student and Exchange Visitor Program website.

Once you have paid the SEVIS fee, you will need to apply for your visa and schedule an appointment at the nearest designated U.S. consulate or embassy. For more information on applying for a visa, please consult the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor page.

When completing your visa application, please provide the following contact information under the required fields:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
International Student and Scholar Services
isss@illinois.edu

Your address in the USA will be:
400 Turner Student Services Building
610 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Medical & Immunization History Form

You must complete the Medical and Immunization Form prior to your arrival on campus. Please read the instructions before completing the History Form. You will need your home doctor to sign the History Form, so you will need to complete it before you leave your home country. You will need to submit the completed form to the McKinley Health Center when you arrive on campus.

Claim Your NetID

Your NetID will be your most important electronic ID at the University of Illinois; you will use it for just about everything. The most immediate uses will be for University Housing reservation and course registration (subject to College holds and restrictions). Your NetID is a name assigned to you that is unique across all University of Illinois campuses. It serves as your login to many University computing and networking services and also determines your University email address, which is netid@illinois.edu.

To claim your NetID, go to http://netidclaim.uiuc.edu and follow the instructions. Protect your NetID and NetID password. Do NOT share your NetID or NetID password with anyone.

Setting Up Your University of Illinois Email

University of Illinois undergraduate students set up an email account using Google Apps @ Illinois. You can find instruction on how to set up your new email on Technology Services website.

It is important that you set up and regularly check your University of Illinois email account. A lot of useful and essential information will be sent out to students at their University of Illinois email address.

Housing

The Study Abroad Office does not reserve housing for students, so you are responsible for arranging your own housing. There are many options available to exchange students: University Residence Halls, Private Certified Housing, and off-campus properties owned and managed by independent landlords. You may also find listings for subleases on the Study Abroad Housing Board. You will need your NetID and NetID password to access the Housing Board.

Exchange Student Finances

Even with a tuition waiver, you may still be required to pay various student fees or fees for instruction not covered under your exchange agreement.