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Info for Exchange Partners

The information below is for our exchange partner institutions for use in promoting the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on your campus and assisting students in the application process.

Who You & Your Students Will Work With

When your students apply as an exchange student, they will work with Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE), an academic college’s study abroad office, and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). It is important to understand the difference between these offices. Click the boxes below to learn more.

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) is the campus study abroad office at the university. Your exchange student's application may be initially processed by IAGE.

Contact Information for IAGE

Your application may be processed by an academic college’s study abroad office, depending upon your university’s exchange agreement. Upon acceptance to the university, all students will work with an academic college more directly. You can find their contact information and websites on the College Study Abroad Offices page.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is responsible for immigration services for all international students at Illinois, including exchange students. You will be required to submit documentation, complete federally-mandated check-in, and attend orientation with ISSS, as outlined in the application process.

Contact Information for ISSS

  • Mailing Address: International Student and Scholar Services
    432 Student Services Building MC-306
    610 E. John St. Champaign, IL 61820  USA
  • Email: isss@illinois.edu
  • Phone: +1-217-244-0530

Language of Instruction

English


Academic Calendars

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the exams and breaks, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website. For recommended arrival times to campus and the new international student checklist, visit the ISSS Incoming Students page.

Deadlines

The application deadline is cyclical—occurring every year on the following dates.

  • Fall and Academic Year (August start): March 1
  • Spring and Calendar Year (January start): September 1

U.S. Classroom Culture

The academic environment in the classroom at Illinois may be very different from the student’s home institution. In the United States, instructors often encourage active participation, emphasize group projects, communicate with students frequently, and foster an informal classroom setting.

Credit System

Coursework is counted in semester credit hours. In general, one credit hour represents a one-hour class period that requires at least two hours of individual study each week for one semester. Thus, a semester 3-credit hour course would meet for three hours a week and the student would be expected to perform at least six hours of homework, self-study, and/or research outside of class. A full semester course load is considered 12-18 credit hours.

Grading System

An explanation of the grading system can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Application Requirements, Process, & Deadlines

Please refer to the Application Process page.

Selecting Courses

  • Enroll in courses at a variety of levels. Students are discouraged from taking more than three courses at the 300-level or higher at one time.
  • Diversify course selection. It is recommended that students do not take more than three courses in their major, especially in engineering and the sciences. To better facilitate advising, students should limit their courses to two to three academic departments.
  • Ensure your student enrolls in the minimum number of courses needed to maintain their student status. A minimum of 12-18 credit hours per semester is required to maintain full-time student status. Review the Full Course of Study page on the ISSS website.
  • Undergraduate and graduate courses have different permissions. Undergraduate students are limited to 100- to 400- levels courses; enrollment in 500-level courses or higher are by permission only, and permission may not be granted.

Course Registration

Students will receive information about course registration after acceptance. Initial registration begins in late May (for August entry) and late November (for January entry). Final registration is often not completed until students arrive on campus and meet with an academic advisor.

Visa & Immigration Matters

All visa and immigration matters will be processed through International Student and Scholar Services. Please refer to the Application Process page for introductory visa and immigration information.

Emergency Resources

If a student from your university is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, they should call 911 immediately. If the emergency is not life-threatening, they may contact the University of Illinois Police Department or the Office of the Dean of Students for resources and support.