Welcome parents!  The University of Illinois is home to the largest international student population of any public university in the United States.  With more than 10,000 international students coming from 112 countries, our students and scholars bring valuable cultural and linguistic diversity to campus.  We are pleased to have your student join the Illinois “family”. 

The University of Illinois was chartered in 1867 as the “Illinois Industrial University”.  The University has 17 colleges and instructional units, 559 total buildings, and is also has one of the largest public university library collections in the world.  Among U of I faculty and alumni, there are Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. 

It is our hope that your student will utilize the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office as a resource throughout their time at the University of Illinois.  We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing programs, services and advising to all international students on campus.  If your student comes to us with a question or need that we can’t help with directly, we will be sure to refer your student to someone who can provide assistance.


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