International applicants must adhere to the School of Architecture's application requirements as well as the University's requirements for international applicants:
1. Proof of English proficiency
This may include a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score or another acceptable form of proof. Find further information, including minimum score requirements, on the international admissions website.
2. Academic credentials from previous institutions
Different records may be required depending on the country in which you've completed prior schooling. Find the specific requirements for your country on the international admissions website. All credentials are evaluated by UIC, meaning we do not require a third-party evaluation. Any applicant with international credentials will be charged a $50 International Credential Evaluation Fee by the University.
3. I-20 Request documents
These include a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF), Evidence of Funding, and copy of your passport. I-20 request documents are not required until you've been admitted to the university; however we suggest international applicants submit these before admission decisions have been made in order to expedite the process. Find further instruction on the OIS website.
Other Notes for International Applicants:
CPT / OPT
None of our degree programs are STEM-designated or eligible for the STEM OPT extension. International applicants who complete one of our degrees may be eligible for up to one year of OPT upon graduation. MArch and MAD-Crit students may pursue CPT during their time in our program for appropriate internship positions.
International students are typically eligible for on-campus employment positions. International students may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. This includes all work, both on campus and off.