Special Instructions for International Applicants

 

International students are welcome to attend UIC in the summer. However, not all international students are eligible to apply as visiting Summer Session Only students. Review the visa requirements below to determine your eligibility and what supporting documents you will need to submit in addition to the online Summer Session Only application.

If you wish to continue your enrollment beyond summer at UIC, you will need to submit a regular undergraduate application or graduate application in addition to the Summer Session Only application.

Visa Requirements for Nondegree Summer Session Only Students

When you are admitted to UIC as a visiting Summer Session Only student, you are admitted as a nondegree student. Because of this nondegree status, UIC cannot provide international Summer Session Only students with immigration documents such as the I-20 or DS-2019. In order to attend our Summer Session, you must meet the visa requirements listed below and already have valid non-immigrant status.

Please read the following guidelines for more information about eligibility of more common visa categories:

F-1: If you are already in the U.S. enrolled as a continuing student at a U.S. college or university on a valid student visa (F-1) and may legally remain in the U.S. for the duration of the UIC Summer Session in which you wish to enroll, you may attend UIC as a Summer Session Only student provided that you maintain your immigration status with your current sponsor.

  • You will need to submit a copy of your I-20, passport, and I-94 to UIC.
  • You also will need to have a letter from the Designated School Official (D.S.O.) of your home college or university granting permission to attend UIC for the summer.
  • If you are a F-1 student on Post-Completion or STEM OPT, you will need to submit a copy of your current I-20 and valid EAD card to UIC.

J-1: If you are already in the U.S. enrolled as a continuing student at a U.S. college or university on a valid exchange visitor’s visa (J-1) and may legally remain in the U.S. for the duration of the UIC Summer Session in which you wish to enroll, you may attend UIC as a Summer Session Only student provided that you maintain your immigration status with your current sponsor.

  • You will need to submit a copy of your DS-2019, passport, and I-94 to UIC.
  • You also will need to have a letter from the Responsible Officer (R.O.) or Alternate Responsible Officer (A. R. O.) of your home college or university granting permission to attend UIC for the summer.
  • If you are a J-1 student on Academic Training after completion of studies, you will need to submit a copy of your current DS-2019 showing your current work authorization to UIC.

J-2: If you are already in the U.S. on a valid exchange visitor’s dependent visa (J-2) and may legally remain in the U.S. for the duration of the UIC Summer Session in which you wish to enroll, you may attend UIC as a Summer Session Only student.

  • You will need to submit proof of your J-1’s legal status in the U.S., such as a copy of your DS-2019, in addition to your passport, and I-94 to UIC.

H-1B/H-4: If you are already in the U.S. on a valid temporary worker’s dependent visa (H-4) and may legally remain in the U.S. for the duration of the UIC Summer Session in which you wish to enroll, you may attend UIC as a Summer Session Only student.

  • You will need to submit a copy of the following documentation to UIC: your passport, visa, I-94, and you or your spouse’s I-797 approval notice (the immigration notice stating H-1B/H-4 status).

Note: Should you have any questions about maintaining your immigration status while at UIC, please contact the college or university that is currently sponsoring you with regard to your immigration status.

English Language Competency Requirements for Summer Session Only Students

If you are applying to UIC as a Summer Session Only student, UIC does not require test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for admission.

Required Supporting Documents and How to Submit Them

I.     Visa Documentation: In order to be admitted to UIC as a Summer Session Only student, you will need to provide the Summer Session Office with the following supporting visa documentation:

  • If you have an F-1 visa: You will need to submit a copy of your I-20, passport, and I-94
  • If you have a J-1 visa: You will need to submit a copy of your DS-2019, passport, and I-94
  • If you have a J-2 visa: You will need to submit proof of your J-1’s legal status in the U.S., such as a copy of your DS-2019, passport, and I-94
  • If you have an H-4 visa: You will need to submit a copy of: your passport, visa, I-94, and you or your spouse’s I-797 approval notice (the immigration notice stating H-4 status).

In order to submit your required documents, you can either fax them to the Summer Session Office, or upload them to our secure Box account.  Supporting documents must be submitted by the appropriate application deadline for the session in which you wish to enroll.

TO FAX YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: Fax your supporting documents to the attention of “UIC Summer Session” at (312) 413-9730. Please email summer@uic.edu to let us know you have faxed your documents so that someone can confirm you submitted everything correctly.

TO UPLOAD YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO BOX: You can upload the documents to Summer Session’s secure Box account. You must first contact the UIC Summer Session Office by calling (312) 996-9099 or emailing summer@uic.edu, requesting access to Box after you’ve submitted your Summer Session Only Application.  Once you request access you will receive an email message inviting you to collaborate on Box. Accept the invite and upload all of your documents to an individualized folder with your name on it. If you have any questions, contact us.

II.     Letter from your Home College or University: If you have an F-1 or J-1 visa, in order to be admitted to UIC as a Summer Session Only student, you will also need to provide the Summer Session Office with an official letter from your home college or university’s International Student Services office giving you permission to attend UIC for the summer. Your application will be considered incomplete until the Summer Session Office receives this letter of approval.

Read the following instructions on how to prepare and submit this letter.

WHO SHOULD PREPARE THE LETTER:

  • If you have an F-1 visa: Go to your home school’s International Student Services office and request an official letter from the Designated School Official (D.S.O.) granting you permission to attend UIC for the summer. The letter should be on official school letterhead paper.
  • If you have a J-1 visa: Go to your home school’s International Student Services office and request an official letter from the Responsible Officer (R.O.) or Alternate Responsible Officer (A. R. O.) granting you permission to attend UIC for the summer. The letter should be on official school letterhead paper.
  • If you have J-2 or H-4 status: You do not need to submit a letter from a college or university. However, you will need to submit the required supporting visa documentation (see “Visa Documentation” section above) with your application.

The letter should include the following information to prevent delays in processing your application:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • State that you are applying to UIC as a Summer Session Only student for the upcoming summer session
  • Specify whether you plan to attend the 4-week session, 8-week session, or both.

HOW TO SUBMIT THE LETTER TO UIC:

The letter can be either faxed or mailed to the Summer Session Office, but will only be accepted if it is submitted according to the instructions below.

  • By email

An email with the required information can be submitted in place of a letter, if  it is sent directly from your home college or university’s International Student Services office to Assistant Director of Admissions Jamie Palumbo at pniewski@uic.edu. It should include the office name and phone number.

  • By uploading to your Box folder

Upload your letter to your Box account in the same way that you uploaded the rest of your supporting documents.

  • By fax

The letter will only be accepted as official if it is faxed directly from your home college or university’s International Student Services office that includes a cover sheet with their office name and phone number.

The letter must be faxed to the attention of “UIC Summer Session Only” at (312) 413-9730 by the application deadline.

  • By mail

The letter should be on official school letterhead paper in a sealed envelope from your school in order to be considered official. It must be postmarked by the application deadline for the session in which you wish to enroll.

You or your school can also mail the letter directly to:
University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC Extended Campus
Summer Session
1333 S. Halsted St., Suite 205, MC 561
Chicago, IL 60607

English as a Second Language (ESL)

If you are interested in taking noncredit ESL courses only, you do not need to complete a Summer Session Only application. For more information, visit the Tutorium in Intensive English or contact them by e-mail at tutorium@uic.edu or by phone at (312) 996-8098.