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First Friends

First Friends is a program designed to assist incoming international students with their adjustment to UIC and Chicago. New students are connected with current students via email prior to their arrival in Chicago and encouraged to ask questions about life as an international student at UIC. Examples of typical First Friend questions are:

  • What should I pack for the Chicago weather?
  • What was your experience like finding housing?
  • How much can I expect to study?
  • How can I get involved with groups and organizations at UIC? 

Enrollment in the First Friends program for both new and current international students typically opens two months prior to the start of each fall and spring semester. First Friends is a perfect opportunity for international students to begin their involvement with the Office of International Services and the UIC international community.


  
  
 

 

First Friends Enrollment - Spring 2018

Enrollment is now open for the spring 2018 session of First Friends. If you are interested in the program, please complete the appropriate application linked below.

Spring 2018 New International Student Application

This application is for new international students, beginning their programs at UIC in January, 2018, who would like to connect with a current international student to ask questions via email about life at UIC.

Current International Student Application

This application is for current international students, actively enrolled at UIC, who would like to assist incoming international students with their pre-arrival questions via email.

Current students will be expected to attend one training workshop after submitting the application form. Please review the following dates and email oisactivities@uic.edu with your preferred date. If you cannot attend one of the workshops please email oisactivities@uic.edu for additional information.

First Friend Training Workshop Dates:

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 2160

  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 2160