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University of Illinois at Chicago

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  • The largest university in the chicago region
  • No need for the SAT
  • A pathway to studies in the USA !

A member of the Shorelight programme, University of Central Floridaoffers extremely flexible courses. The first two or three semesters are designed specifically to allow international students to adapt to the american system and culture as smoothly as possible.

OnCampus: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

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Diversity, a central principle for this american university

University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) is located in the legendary town of Chicago. The university places a huge emphasis on diversity, and strive to create an ethnically and culturally rich learning environment. This is why they greet international students with open arms and do everything to ensure they make a successful transition.

University of Illinois-Chicago is a member of Shorelight : a group of universities committed to offering an exceptional student experience for internationals arriving in the United States. Students on this programme have the ability to change their specialty at any moment, and they are assigned to small class sizes for a truly personalized learning exerience. They also receive 24/7 linguistic support. The aim of this programme is to facilitate the students transition to an american university. For the first two or three semestres, these students follow lessons with academic support allowing them to earn university credits. They also participate in programs that allow them to familiarise themselves with local culture.


Courses and Specialties : Medicine, Education, and Communication

UIC is the largest university in the Chicago area. They have 29 000 students, spread across its 15 faculties. The Times Higher Education ranked them 129th in the world among universities less than 50 years old.

UIC is particularly well known for its Life Sciences and Medicine faculty, ranked 125th in the world. Its Pharmacy and Nursing Studies degrees are highly competitive. Its Communication and Media, as well as Education programmes are in the top 100 in the world as well (QS Top Universities).


Joining the University of Illinois-Chicago

To join the University of Illinois-Chicago via the Shorelight progamme, students must hold a 12/20 average on the baccalaureat as well as a 5.0 IELTS test score.

A years tuition at University of Illinois-Chicago costs between $29 500 and $38 000 depending on the course. For accommodation, expect around $10 000 to $18 500 depending on the type of accommocation. This includes catering.


Living and studying in Chicago

Chicago is a historic city that is chock full of tourist attractions and everything a student needs. After New York, it’s certainly one of the cities with the best run public transport system. The CTA (metro and bus) serve most neighbourhoods at a very reasonable price. There are also Divvy bikes, a rental system similar to the Velib in Paris. The main campus is located in the Near West Side, in the west of Chicago. The latter is only three subway stops away. It’s a safe neighbourhood that has a buzzing nightlife and is close to Greektown and Little Italy.

The university offers multiple accommodation options for all budgets and preferences. First year students, particularly internationals, have priority for on-campus accommodation.

Moving to the US to study can be a daunting prospect and many students give up before they even get started. This is exactly why the Shorelight programme was created. So if you are keen to study in the US, get in touch with a Study Experience member as soon as possible !

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