Accepted Students

Incoming Accepted Students

Arrival You should plan to arrive no later than the Wednesday before classes begin. Upon arrival, you should check in with International Student and Scholar Services Office and the International Programs in Engineering Office.
Engineering Orientation There is a mandatory orientation for all engineering exchange students during the week before classes begin. Date, time and location will be provided to you thru email. It is critical that you attend this orientation in order to have a successful start to your exchange program.
Additional Orientations

International Student and Scholar Services provides orientations on a number of different topics (banking, healthcare services, student insurance). These orientations are not mandatory- you can pick and choose which sessions to attend.

There is also a mandatory Student Life Orientation one week after the engineering orientation.

Notice of Admission The “Term/Year” on your Notice of Admission (NOA) indicates the term your exchange program begins. If you applied for the academic year, your NOA will only indicate the Fall term
Non-Degree, Undergraduate Student Status Unless you are accepted as a non-degree, graduate exchange student (this applies to very few exchange students), you will be coded in the UIUC system as a non-degree, undergraduate student no matter what level you are at your home university.
Visa Information

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. International Student and Scholar Services will be your resource for all visa related matters.  Please note that you have to maintain full-time student status at UIUC to maintain your visa status.  (12 credit hours per semester)

Medical  & Immunization History Form You must complete the Medical and Immunization History 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.
NetID 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 This YouTube video explains how to claim your NetID. For additional instructions on how to claim your netid, visit: Technology Services Knowledge Base
University of Illinois Email University of Illinois undergraduate students set up an email account using Google Apps @ Illinois. You can find instructions on how to set up your new email here. 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.
Course Registration  For a complete view of what courses are offered, you should use the Class Schedule : Please remember that engineering exchange students cannot register in courses offered by the College of Business (no exceptions). Also, we cannot guarantee enrollment in any specific course, so it is extremely important for exchange students to be as flexible as possible in their course selection.
Research Projects We cannot set up or guarantee exchange students will be able to participate in research projects during their exchange.  Exchange students who want to participate in a project should connect with the department/faculty during the first weeks of class to see if there is the possibility of working on a project.
We cannot accommodate exchange students who are REQUIRED to do a project as part of their exchange program. 
Restricted Classes If you receive an error message indicating the course you are trying to register for is restricted (major restriction, pre-requisite restriction), you have to wait until you arrive on campus to request permission from the department to register for the course.
Closed Class  This indicates there is no space in the course. You will have to continue to monitor the registration system to see if space becomes available. We will discuss possible options for getting into closed courses during the mandatory orientation.
Housing Information University Residence Hall 
Private Certified Housing
Off-Campus Housing – The University of Illinois Tenant Union is an excellent resource for students looking for off-campus housing. You may also find listings for subleases from current UIUC students on the Study Abroad Housing Board. You will need your NetID and AD password to access the Housing Board.
Temporary Housing  If you need to arrive on campus before you can move into your University Housing or private apartment, there are several options available for temporary housing. Visit for additional information.
Student Health Insurance All exchange students are automatically enrolled in the University of Illinois student health insurance. The fee for student health insurance will be charged to your student account.
Student Fees  All exchange students receive a tuition waiver and some fee waivers, but some fees will not be waived and you will be required to pay those fees. This will be explained in detail during the engineering orientation.
Academic Expectations The ISSS Academics Guide provides an overview of the U.S. Academic System as well as What to Expect in the Classroom and other useful information for international students.