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The Illinois campus has one of the largest international student enrollments in the country. Nearly 9,000 international students are currently enrolled at Illinois, placing the campus first among public universities in the U.S. and second among all American institutions of higher education. The campus also ranks highly in the number of international scholars, with 1,787 in 2010-2011, placing it 13th in the country. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality. The office strives to create an environment that is conducive to a successful educational, personal, and professional experience. ISSS serves the international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.
Illinois supports study abroad through a central Study Abroad Office as well as dedicated staff in major colleges. In a reflection of our students’ commitment to and interest in international education experiences, the student body voted in 2011 to continue a fee of $5 per semester in support study abroad scholarships. The fee generates about $250,000 per year, significantly augmenting the campus’ financial support for students learning abroad, estimated at more than $800,000 per year.
The University also aims to provide its students with opportunities for hands-on training and advisement on employment opportunities after graduation. Twice a year, the campus holds career workshops focusing on international careers, providing a multitude of International Career Resources to help advise students on how to embark on their desired career path. The Office of International Programs and Studies also offers engagement and communication internships during the academic year to provide direct experience.
Illinois offers dozens of Registered Student Organizations on campus for virtually every demographic and interest. To find an campus organization that fits you, visit the website at: http://illinois.collegiatelink.net/
Students interested in attending the University of Illinois should visit the admissions page.