Your Status as a UIC Student
You will maintain your academic status at UIC during your term(s) abroad through enrollment in a Study Abroad Office rubric associated with your major college. After you’ve confirmed your participation to a program and attended the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation, the Study Abroad Office will register your for this placeholder rubric corresponding with the amount of credits you must take to maintain full-time enrollment at all times during the program (except during the summer when enrollment will depend on the number of credits offered on the program). Please be aware of the following guidelines:
- All students participating on semester- or full-year Partnership or Exchange programs must complete the equivalent of at least 12 UIC undergraduate credits, or 9 UIC graduate credits, per semester. If you register for and/or complete fewer than 12 UIC semester undergraduate credits or 9 credits for graduate students, you will be in violation of the terms of participation in your UIC study abroad program and you may be removed from the program. Keep in mind that some scholarships and grants may require you to earn more than 12 credits per semester while you are abroad. MAP Grant recipients will automatically be registered for 15 credits to receive the full award amount.
- Participants on summer programs will be registered for anywhere from 3 to 12 credits depending on the length and requirements of the program. As programs vary greatly, so can fee structures and enrollment requirements. Contact your study abroad advisor early for guidance or if you have any questions on this. To receive financial aid, you will need to be enrolled in at least 6 credits as an undergraduate or 5 credits as a graduate student.
- Following the instructions provided by your host institution or program provider, you are expected to register for the number of courses required by your program or by UIC, whichever is higher. You will enroll in classes AND register for your final exams following the procedures in effect at your program location. Please note that at some institutions, enrollment in a class does not include enrollment for the final exams, which may require separate registration.