international student checklist

Please complete the following checklist prior to the start of class.  Some of these items can be completed before International Student Check-In.  Not all items are applicable to all students.  If you have any questions, please contact ISSS!

 


1. STUDENT ID CARD
(i-card)

ID Center | Illini Union Bookstore (1st Floor) | 809 S. Wright Street | (217) 244-0135 |

Obtain your i-card at the ID Center.  You must present your University ID number and proof of identity to obtain your i-card.

Submit your own photo and have your i-card pre-printed and waiting for you when you arrive on campus! Visit MyPhotoSubmit to learn more.

 

2. COMPUTER NETID AND PASSWORD
You will need to obtain your NetID and set your password online in order to have computing access on campus. You will be asked for your name, UIN, and date of birth.

 

3. UPDATE YOUR US LOCAL ADDRESS
Students in F-1 and J-1 status are required by federal law to report a local address and update their addresses within 10 days of moving.  This can be done via iStart. Please visit the Address Update page for more information on how to update your US local address.

 

4. REPORT TO COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT

  • Graduate Students should report to their departments and attend any required orientation sessions.
  • Undergraduate Students should schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan if needed.

 

5. REGISTRATION FOR COURSES
Course registration is done online, through U-I Integrate. For assistance, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

NOTE: In order to maintain your F-1/J-1 nonimmigrant status, you must be registered for a full course load each semester. In the Fall and Spring semesters, the minimum credit requirement will be 12 credit hours. If Summer is your first semester of study, then a full course load is 6 hours. With permission, you may be granted a reduce course load prior to registering below full time. For more information and exceptions, look for the handout labeled "Guidelines to a Full Course of Study".

 

6. IMMUNIZATION AND TUBERCULOSIS (TB) TESTING
McKinley Health Center Immunization and Travel Clinic | 1109 S. Lincoln Avenue | (217) 333-2702

*Please make sure you have your i-card before visiting McKinley Health Center*

All International Students are required to complete a tuberculosis (TB) screening and provide Immunization Records.  Please follow the instructions on the McKinley Health Center website to download and submit forms online for both Immunizations and TB testing.

 

7. SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION TRAINING PROGRAM

In order to complete this section, you must accept your offer and claim your NetID.

This online training is required to be completed. In order to complete it, you must have claimed your netID.

Undergraduate students go to https://go.illinois.edu/Undergrad_TitleIX_Training to begin training.

Graduate students go to https://go.illinois.edu/Grad-Professional_TitleIX_Training to begin training.

For more information about the training, visit the We Care website..

 

8. HEALTH INSURANCE
Student Insurance | 1109 S. Lincoln Ave.| (217) 333-0165 | insure@illinois.edu

All registered students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the U of I Student Health Insurance Plan. If you wish to be exempt from the insurance or add a dependent, please contact the Student Health Insurance Office. You may also visit their website for information about enrollment/change dates, as well information about when coverage becomes effective each semester. You are strongly encouraged to purchase health insurance for any accompanying family members, which can be purchased during the Enrollment/Change Period.

Visit the following pages for general information about student health insurance and frequently asked questions.

 

9. ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST (EPT)
Students are often required to register for the EPT. Review your admission letter to confirm if you are required to take the test. Failure to complete EPT testing may result in a hold on your course registration for future semesters.

employment information


COMPLETE I-9 FORM

If you have on-campus employment, you must complete Section 1 of the I-9 via the Tracker system no later than your first day of work for pay (access provided by hiring unit). Form I-94 will be needed - paper Form I-94 (front and back) OR Electronic Form I-94.

TEMPORARY CONTROL NUMBER (TCN)
ID Center | Illini Union Bookstore (1st Floor) | 809 S. Wright Street | (217) 244-0135 |

If you have on campus employment and you do not have an SSN at this time, you will need to request a TCN from the i-Card office. You will need to provide your hiring department with the TCN, to process your employing paperwork. This is a temporary number and will be replaced with your SSN once it is obtained.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN)
If you have on-campus employment, you will be eligible to apply for an SSN. For information regarding Social Security eligibility and application procedures, remember to pick up a handout from Resource Area at Check-in entitled Applying for a Social Security Number.

J-1 WORK AUTHORIZATION LETTER (J-1 students sponsored by UI only)
J-1 students must obtain a work authorization letter from their program sponsor prior to beginning any employment on-campus. J-1s sponsored by U of I may obtain this letter at ISSS. Students with sponsorship other than the U of I must contact their program sponsor to obtain this letter.

Events

ISSS ORIENTATION
Join us for the ISSS Orientation for all new interational students!

ISSS35 Programs

ISSS offers exciting programs at the beginning of the semester and during the year for international students. Come join us!

 

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Calendar & Workshops