First Steps

What students say:

 I initially intended to have the [study abroad] experience just to add a few more interesting lines on my resume, but it was so much more. I learned about myself and what place I have in this world and how much access I have to a previously seemingly-unattainable world. 


 For anyone on the fence about studying abroad: just do it. Have an open mind and an optimistic point of view, and you will soon modify your entire life. 

Adjusted Advising for Fall 2020

Given newly-imposed health and safety parameters due to COVID-19, the Study Abroad Office is temporarily adjusting its in-person advising model to a virtual platform. We are still available to support you in pursuing Study Abroad in the same capacity we were before; however, it will be virtual until further notice.

Please check the announcements on the main page for any updates or changes to the Study Abroad Office Operations.

First Step Advising – 20 minutes

First Steps advising sessions are mandatory for all study abroad applicants as a starting point for the application process. The presentation will review how to select a program that aligns with your academic, personal, and professional goals, the application and course approval process, financial aid policies, and scholarship opportunities.

Live Zoom First Step Advising

Live Zoom First Steps Advising will begin August 10th and be offered at the following times each week:


Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
2:00pm 12:30pm 11:00am & 2:00pm 12:30pm 11:00am

Sessions will begin on time, and you will not be allowed to enter the virtual room should you arrive late. The session will last approximately 30 minutes during which you will watch an introductory video followed by an open Q&A session with our Study Abroad Advisor. Please click the time of the session you would like to join above to join the zoom First Steps session at the scheduled times. After the session, a questionnaire will be shared with you to complete. Only upon submission of this questionnaire, will our office be able to confirm your completion of the First Steps Advising Session.

Virtual First Step Advising

If you would like to participate in the First Steps Advising Session independently, you can watch the video at this link. Once the video has finished, please complete this questionnaire here.  Only upon submission of this questionnaire will our office be able to confirm your completion of the First Steps Advising Session.

Drop-In Hours

Drop-In Hours are intended for students who are planning on going abroad at any point during their academic career. If you have no idea where to start, please stop by our drop-in hours to get guidance on selecting a program.  Drop-in hours will be offered weekly. Before you enter, we ask that you complete our brief intake form so we can advise you better.

See schedule below:

Drop-In Advising Schedule

Advisor Tuesdays Zoom Link Advisor Wednesdays Zoom Link
Irina 10:00am – 12:30pm Here Marlee 10:00am – 12:30pm Here
Kyle 12:30pm – 2:00pm Here Kyle 12:30pm – 2:00pm Here
Maggie 2:00pm – 4:00pm Here Krystal 2:00pm – 4:00pm Here

Consultations – 30 minutes

If you are interested in studying abroad but need some assistance in determining which program is the best fit for your academic, professional, and personal goals, please schedule a consultation appointment with one of our advisors. You can schedule as many consultations as you may need to select a study abroad program. Please note that, due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, many program details for Summer 2021 and beyond may not yet be available. For program-specific advising, please plan to check back during the Fall 2020 semester.

Formal Advising Appointments – 45 minutes

Once you have selected a specific program, please schedule a Formal Advising Appointment with one of our advisors. At least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment, you will need to submit your completed UIC Study Abroad Application to Failure to submit this application will result in an automatic cancellation of your appointment and you will be required to re-schedule. During your appointment, you will discuss scholarship options, create a budget, discuss visa/immigration requirements, and review the course approval process.

Schedule an Advising Appointment Now!

Irina Krymova, Asia & Africa
Krystal Williams, Exchanges, Europe & Oceania
Marlee Stein, Europe & Latin America

Special Note:

Students who were planning to Study Abroad in Fall 2020 will need to re-apply for their desired program by scheduling a Formal Advising Appointment and completing a new UIC Study Abroad Application for Spring 2021. We will do our best to streamline this process for you. We feel it is important to check-in with you again to make sure everything is up-to-date for your new term abroad.

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