An International Campus

Who We Are

What makes UIUC stand out among other American universities?

international student population among U.S. public institutions

international students from 123 countries

public & #35 overall university in the U.S. (U.S. News)

Fortune 100 companies recruited Illini grads last year

Pulitzer & 23 Nobel prize winners among faculty and alumni

of Illini secured a job or graduate opportunity within 6 months of graduation

But there’s more to us than that. Discover dozens of reasons why we’re unique!

Top 10 Countries

We're proud to be a diverse, international campus. The following are the best-represented countries in our undergraduate population.

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Bangladesh
  • Canada
  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • Indonesia
  • Pakistan

Find Your Passion

No matter what you choose to study, you can expect exceptional professors, engaging classes, and an education that will help you achieve your goals.

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What Majors Does UIUC Offer?

With 150+ programs across 11 academic communities, chances are we have the major for you.

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Which Major is Right for Me?

Choosing your field of study is a big decision. Let us help you narrow things down!

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How to Apply

As an international student, you'll follow our first-year or transfer application process, plus a few additional steps.


If you’re a first-year college student, this may be your first experience with a college application. Fortunately, we’ve made the process easy.

Learn More about applying as a First-Year


Transferring to UIUC from another school means a slightly different application process. We're here to give you all the details.

Learn More about applying as a Transfer


As an international student, you need to be aware of some extra requirements when applying. Make sure there are no surprises along the way!

Learn More about applying as an International student

Explore Campus

It’s never been easier to picture yourself on our campus.

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Services Just For You

International students are a critical part of UIUC, and our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department can help you take control of every aspect of your experience here.

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Make New Friends

No matter what your country of origin is, we have events and international student groups that will make it easy to meet new people from all backgrounds.

Diwali, Festival of Lights display on the Quad at night

Cultural Events

At UIUC, you’ll find events for you as well as opportunities to learn about other cultures.

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International Student Groups

Thanks to the diversity of our international student groups, you’ll find a community that’s right for you!

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A Safe Campus

We understand the safety concerns international students and families often have when it comes to attending school so far from home. We’re here to reassure you that UIUC is a safe, secure community.

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Public transportation in a new country doesn’t have to be difficult, especially with the resources available in Champaign-Urbana.

Getting Here

As an international student, you'll probably arrive in Illinois via Chicago. Chicago is only a few hours away from campus, and getting from there to here is easy!

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Getting Around CU

No car? No problem. UIUC is located in a bike- and pedestrian-friendly college town, with plenty of public transportation options available.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial aid can be a little more complicated when you’re coming to UIUC from another country. Here's everything you need to know.

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Prepare for College as an International Student

Getting ready for college doesn’t have to be difficult, even if that college is in a different country.

Read Blog about preparing for college

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Take Advantage of English Corner

English Corner is designed to help you feel at home at UIUC. Practice your English, meet new people, and more!

Read Story about English Corner

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Experience a Day in the Life at UIUC

What’s a typical day like for a student on our campus? Let us show you.

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Reach out to us at any time! Our admissions counselors are ready to help.

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