Summer/Fall 2022 and Academic Year 22-23 Program Application Deadline

March 11th, 2022


Meet the Inaugural Cohort of the Chancellor's FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholars!

Chancellor Michael Amiridis with the first cohort of FirstGen Flames Abroad Scholars. The group is standing before a UIC backdrop.

The Chancellor’s FirstGen Flames Abroad scholarship was developed to encourage first-generation, first-year undergraduate students to study abroad. Meet the inaugural cohort of FirstGen Flames Abroad scholars and learn more about this unique study abroad scholarship here!

Your Major Abroad Week

Flyer for Your Major Abroad Event featuring a picture of a student in a desert landscape with her arms outstretched. The dates listed are September 7-10, 2021. A web URL is included:

Are you interested in studying abroad but unsure about how a term abroad will fit into your UIC degree plan? The UIC Study Abroad Officerecently hosted a week-long series of virtual events to help you explore how studying abroad can fit into your UIC degree plan.

Our Your Major Abroad series included faculty and advisors from across campus to help you learn about programs that may satisfy degree requirements. Whether you want to study abroad to satisfy requirements for your major, minor, or simply to learn and explore something new, there’s a study abroad program for you.

Please visit this page to access recordings and slides from the presentations.

Student posing in France

“Not only is it a great opportunity academically, but personally. Its a great way to push yourself to be able to learn in a new environment, but also a great way to work on being independent. You also make friends that last a lifetime.”

Diana Jimenez, Sociology and Gender and Women Studies  |  CIEE, Paris, France

COVID-19 Updates

(Updated October 17th, 2021)

COVID-19 has and will impact study abroad’s normal operations; however, our commitment to student mobility and access to international opportunities remains central to our operations.  Please be reassured that we are taking the necessary steps to keep our community healthy and safe. As new information is received, we will post up-to-date information on program statuses and any new policies or necessary safety measures at the link below.

The SAO and Office of Global Engagement (OGE) have been closely monitoring the global pandemic in the hopes that we can resume study abroad programs for Spring 2022. We had set October 15th as the date by when we would make a decision about whether or not study abroad could proceed for the spring semester so we are providing these updates:

-Messaging has gone out to all students in process for a Spring 2022 or Spring Break 2022 program, which you can review below. As conditions are improving in countries around the world, thanks to increased vaccination rates and other advances, we are hopeful that some study abroad programs may be able to run next semester.

-The Department of State maintains a system of travel advisories for countries around the world. These advisories are aligned with CDC’s travel notices and COVID-19 guidance. Department of State travel advisories range from Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions to Level 4: Do Not Travel. The SAO and OGE have determined that students who have applied to a Spring Semester 2022 program based in a country with a current travel advisory of level 4 will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in these programs.

-For students who have applied to a Spring Semester 2022 program based in a country with a current travel advisory of level 2 or 3, we need to collect additional information about the conditions in their proposed host countries to determine if their study abroad program is permitted to run next semester. We intend to make decisions by the end of the month.

-For students who have applied to a Spring Break 2022 program, we are now looking to make a decision towards the end of the semester since the travel experience would occur in March.

In all cases, students have been advised to register for Spring 2022 classes at UIC as a backup in case their study abroad program is canceled. You can review the messaging that was sent to each group of students at the following links:

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Study abroad is for all UIC students.  We strive to ensure that our students continue to have access to meaningful study abroad experiences.

  • 83% Receive federal aid

  • 44% Are Pell eligible

  • 69% Identify as an under-represented minority

  • 38% Are the first in their family to attend college

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