International Student Exchange

              “A program involving reciprocal movement of students between institutions.”

The University of Illinois at Chicago has established exchange partnerships with a number of universities around the world. Exchange programs give students the chance to study at a university outside of the United States and "in exchange" give a student from that university a chance to study at UIC.

Outgoing Exchange Students from UIC

Exchanges provide a full immersion experience. In most cases, exchange students take classes with students from the host country and have the opportunity to get involved in campus clubs, organizations, and activities.

Exchanges are most appropriate for an independent and highly motivated student looking for a fully immersive study abroad experience. Students who choose this option are expected to adapt to what is often a different, more autonomous educational structure, and is therefore best suited for students with a strong academic history.

As with all study abroad programs, exchange participants are required to take a full- time course load while abroad. Some exchanges have a limited number of placements and can be quite competitive. In the Program Search database, type the word exchange in the box labeled Program Name for a list of exchange options.

For exchange programs, students will pay UIC tuition and fees just like a semester or summer term on campus in Chicago. Additional costs include housing, international insurance, air fare, and personal expenses. Because of this cost structure, exchanges are often ideal for students who have a UIC tuition waiver and for those who are eligible for Veterans Affairs education benefits.

Incoming Exchange Students to UIC

The University of Illinois at Chicago has established exchange partnerships with a number of universities around the world. Exchange programs give UIC students the chance to study at a university outside the United States and, in return, give a student at a partner university a chance to study at UIC. The information provided below is intended for incoming exchange students, or students at a partner university who would like to study at UIC.

The application process for incoming exchange students is a collaborative effort:

  • Nomination: To begin the application process, an authorized coordinator at the home institution must nominate the interested student(s) for the UIC Exchange Program. The coordinator should download and complete the fillable pdf form below, sign [hard or digital signatures are acceptable], and return by email attachment to the UIC Study Abroad Office at with ‘Exchange Nomination’ in the subject line. UIC does NOT accept self-nominations for exchange.
  • Application: UIC Study Abroad Office forwards approved nominations to the Office of International Services who will then provide the home institution coordinator and student with the UIC Exchange Program Incoming Exchange Nomination & Application Directions. This document will explain the application process in detail.
  • Admission: After the student submits a completed application to the Office of International Services, it is forwarded to the relevant academic department for consideration. If the academic department agrees to host the student, UIC Admissions will conduct a final review of the application, and, if approved, issue the official admission letter.
  • Deadlines: Nominations and applications must be received by the following deadlines to be considered for the corresponding study terms. Applications received by the Early Action Deadline will receive advanced notification of admission and priority consideration for on-campus housing, course selection, and immigration document processing.

    Study Term Nomination Deadline Early Action Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
    Fall Semester
    Aug. – Dec.
    Feb. 1 March 1 May 15
    Spring Semester
    Jan. – May
    June 1 July 1 Oct. 1
    Summer Session I
    May – June
    Nov. 1 Dec. 1 Feb. 1
    Summer Session II
    June – Aug.
    Nov. 1 Dec. 1 Feb. 1

If your institution is not an exchange partner and you would still like to study at UIC, please visit the International Admissions page for more information.
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