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Fulbright Foreign Student and Scholars (Non-U.S. Citizens)



The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship exchange program, created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Foreign Student and Scholar Programs allow foreign graduate students and young professionals to study and research in the U.S. The program operates in about 155 countries and welcomes approximately 4,000 foreign students and researchers each year.

Fulbright Partners

  • AMIDEAST: a nonprofit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • IIE: an organization that supports the flagship educational and cultural exchange programs of the U.S. Departments of State and Defense.
  • LASPAU: a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University focused on strengthening higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean.



  • Prospective Foreign Fulbright Students and Scholars wishing to join UIC should apply for the program through their home country’s Fulbright Commission or the U.S. Embassy in their home country. Please visit the Fulbright website for more information on getting started.
  • UIC faculty interested in applying for the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program should contact the Office of International Affairs.


Accepted/Initial Students and Scholars

  • Prior to your U.S. arrival, please ensure you are in contact with the Fulbright Commission or representative at your U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country for program information and pre-arrival preparation.
  • The Office of International Services is excited to welcome you to UIC and Chicago. Once you arrive to campus, please email to set up an appointment to complete your Immigration Check-in with our office. You will need to provide the following items::
    • Check-in form (available at OIS front desk) – please let the front desk representative know you are a Fulbright scholar and confirm if you are an enrolled student or visiting scholar
    • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
    • Copy of Passport Biographical Page
    • Copy of J-1 Visa Stamp
    • Copy of DS-2019 form
    • Copy of current UIC invitation letter (if not an admitted student)
    • If you have J-2 dependents with you, please bring copies of their documents as well.


Current Students and Scholars

  • Keep in touch with OIS! We are eager to hear how your programs are going and encourage you to participate in one of our many programming events. If your program is extended or shortened, please be sure to update our office (contact information is listed below).


Important Reminders

  • If you receive immigration documents from an entity other than UIC, you must direct immigration and work authorization questions directly to your sponsor. OIS is not able to provide immigration advice to non-UIC sponsored students/scholars.




Contact Information

  • OIS Contact Information
    • Office of International Services
    • 1200 W Harrison St.
    • Suite 2160, MC 326
    • Chicago IL, 60607
    • 312-996-3121
  • UIC Graduate College (for questions regarding tuition/fellowship waivers)
    • Benn Williams, Fellowship and Awards Coordinator
    • 601 S Morgan St.
    • 633 UH, MC 192
    • Chicago IL, 60607
    • 312-413-2389
  • IIE Contact Information
    • Phone: 212-883-8200
  • AMIDEAST Contact Information
  • LASPAU Contact Information
    • Phone: 617-495-5255


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