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First Friends

First Friends is a program designed to assist incoming international students with their adjustment to UIC and Chicago. Incoming 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 incoming 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 - Fall 2018

Enrollment is now open for the fall 2018 session of First Friends. If you are interested in the program, please read the information provided below and complete the appropriate application.

Fall 2018 Incoming International Student Application
This application is for new international students beginning their programs at UIC in August 2018 who would like to connect with a current international student to ask questions via email about life at UIC.

Fall 2018 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.

Questions about the First Friends program can be directed to Brenna Ford at brennaf@uic.edu or (312) 996-3121.