students in class The University of Illinois Springfield welcomes students from around the world.

New Students

We congratulate you on your decision to study at the University of Illinois Springfield and wish you the very best academic and interpersonal experiences while you are here. This section focuses on everything related to your pre-arrival and arrival to Springfield. We hope that this information will help to prepare you for your departure from your home countries and your first few weeks on campus.


The Office of International Student Services (ISS) provides a mandatory orientation program during he week before classes start each semester.  All new international students are expected to attend. The director, international peers, faculty and university service unit representatives, (i.e. Housing, Health Insurance, Health Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, Library, etc.) provide information and guidance to facilitate a smooth transition for new international students to the campus and community. Information is provided on academic, financial, personal, social, institutional, cross-cultural and governmental issues.

Current Students

This section strives to keep all current international students with F-1 and J-1 visas up to date on your legal responsibilities in the U.S. If after reading this information you still have questions please feel free to call or visit ISS for more detailed information.

Former Students

The Office of International Student Services continues to support those former students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT), welcomes the assistance of our alumni in recruiting new international students, and encourages all to become actively involved in the UIS Alumni Association. For those able to do so, we also encourage you to give back to your University so that others can benefit from the same valuable educational experience that you received from UIS.

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  • One of your best sources of information about everything related to study in the United States is the EducationUSA center located in your own country.
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State has also published a very valuable booklet entitled:
    If You Want to Study in the United States: Getting Ready to Go (pdf)
  • Study in the States is a great website for prospective and current international students looking for information about obtaining a student visa and maintaining status.
  • If you would like to do even more preparation has prepared a series of courses: Before You Leave, While You’re Abroad, and Once You Return that cover much of what you will need to know about coming to the US for study and returning home afterwards.