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Executive Director's Welcome

Welcome to all international students, scholars and their families. The Office of International Services (OIS) staff hopes that you will find your academic pursuits to be very rewarding at the University of Illinois at Chicago and that you use the resources of our office whenever necessary to assist you in resolving your immigration related problems and concerns or to enhance your experience. The OIS web site was designed to describe the various programs and services we offer.

The mission of our office is to enhance and support the international dimensions of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the medical branches in Peoria and Rockford. This includes participation in the creation of both a culturally diverse learning and working environment by assisting individuals involved in international educational exchange. OIS provides an array of essential services and programs to assist international students, faculty and scholars, and their families to achieve their educational, professional and personal objectives. To accomplish the mission of enhancing and supporting the University’s international efforts OIS:

  • Provides immigration rules and regulations counseling and advising to international students, faculty, staff and scholars.
  • Facilitates the transition of international students, faculty, staff and scholars to life at UIC and the U.S. by providing continuous services aimed at assisting in the assimilation process.
  • Provides immigration rules and regulations guidance and referral to university departments and units, particularly in the area of employment, taxation, admissions, international exchange programs, and international program creation.

It is our hope that you find our staff to be accessible and friendly.  We may be reached by telephone, e-mail or personal appointment.  In addition, we always have Open Advising for international students on Mondays through Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. where an advisor is available to answer your general concerns.  Our office environment is generally informal and you may feel free to call our staff by our first names.

No matter how long or short your stay at the University of Illinois at Chicago, we wish you the best and encourage you to utilize our services. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,
James Hammerschmidt, PhD
Executive Director