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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

Enrollment for First Friends is currently closed. Stay tuned for enrollment to re-open in April for new international students beginning their programs in fall 2019.

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