List of Preferred Courses

This form needs to be completed for each semester that you plan to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Before completing the form, please read through this entire section and be fully aware of the restrictions on courses offered. To complete the form, please use the Course Schedule.

High Demand Fields of Study (list updated 2/19/17)

Due to high demand from degree-seeking students at Illinois, the following programs/departments/schools/colleges and their courses are NOT open to incoming exchange students admitted through the campus Study Abroad Office.

  • Department of Advertising (ADV courses)
  • Division of Broadcast Journalism (JOUR courses)
  • College of Business (ACCY, BADM, and FIN courses)
  • Department of Bioengineering (BIOE courses)
  • Department of Computer Sciences (CS courses)
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE courses)
  • Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (ME courses)
  • Division of General Studies
  • Graduate College
  • School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER courses)
  • College of Law (LAW courses)
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (LIS courses)
  • College of Medicine
  • Technology and Information Management Program (TGMT courses)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Any internships, co-op programs, or teaching practicums in local schools.

The following departments/colleges experience high enrollment demand. Consequently, you will need to have maximum flexibility in course choices from these departments.

  • Architecture (College of Fine & Applied Arts)—limited access to studio classes
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Chemistry (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Economics (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)—VERY limited enrollment
  • College of Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Kinesiology (College of Applied Health Sciences)—VERY limited enrollment
  • Landscape Architecture (College of Fine & Applied Arts)—enrollment in studio classes must be pre-arranged
  • Sociology (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

As you identify courses of interest and as you work with your home university on your study plan, please consider the following:

  • You should enroll in courses at a variety of levels. You are strongly discouraged from taking more than three courses at the 300-level or higher.
  • We do not recommend taking more than three courses in your major, especially in engineering and the sciences.
  • You must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester to maintain full-time student status.
  • Undergraduate students are limited to courses at the 100- to 400- levels; enrollment in courses at the 500-level or higher are by permission only, and permission may not be granted.
  • To facilitate academic advising, you should limit your course choices to 2-3 academic departments.


  • This form is NOT a registration form.
  • This form is NOT used to reserve seats for you in classes.
  • Please be advised that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cannot guarantee enrollment in classes, even if the home university requires that course.