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International Students

A Global Campus

Presenting to studentsBoasting a campus community where 24% of the student population is international, the University of Chicago embraces diversity of opinion, thought, and people. Join fellow academically curious and talented students from across the globe in Hyde Park, Chicago. Choose from a wide variety of courses for high school and undergraduate students that blend interdisciplinary discourse, fearless inquiry, and a splash of fun.

Course Descriptions

Discover the awesome course opportunities this summer at the University of Chicago. Within a supportive college community, students from all over the globe are exposed to diverse ideas in classrooms taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In the classroom, students are given the chance to take intellectual risks, dive deeper into subject matter, and discuss questions that go beyond the realm of their curriculum. Learn more about undergraduate and high school courses.

Learn more about courses available to high school students and visiting undergraduate students.

How to Apply

Learn more about the Summer Program application requirements and deadlines. Click here to read about the materials you need to apply, rolling deadlines, and start your application for a summer at UChicago. 

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Cost + Aid

Learn more about course tuition, fees, and residential housing costs, as well as information on scholarship opportunities:

For high school programs.

For undergraduate programs.

Campus Life

Each day Summer Session students live the life of a UChicago student, going to class, managing their course work, and interacting with their fellow students. Further, they round out their summer through meeting friends from all over the world, being surrounded by a campus full of activities, and getting exposure to a city with 26 miles of lakefront, outdoor concerts and festivals, and amazing neighborhoods. Learn more about a day in the life of a UChicago summer student on campus, in Hyde Park, and Chicago at large. Learn more about a day in the life of a UChicago summer student on campus, in Hyde Park, and Chicago at large.  

International Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can international students apply to the UChicago Summer Session?

Yes, international high school and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the UChicago Summer Session. International students enrolled full time for credit are eligible for an I-20 (F1 student visa eligibility document). For high school students, full-time status is considered enrollment in a high school-only program (such as our Immersion or Arts and Sciences programs) or enrollment in two concurrent undergraduate courses. Participants in the Pathway programs do not qualify for an F-1 visa; they will only need a tourist visa. For Visiting Students, full-time status is considered enrollment in two concurrent undergraduate courses.

Can I apply to the UChicago Summer Session if I currently attend another university in the U.S.?

Yes, international undergraduate students attending another university should apply and register as Visiting Undergraduate Students. Students will be required to submit their current undergraduate transcripts.

Do you accept international transcripts as part of the application process?

Yes. High School Students should submit transcripts by mail to the University of Chicago with their school’s official stamp, seal, or signature. If a student’s school subscribes to Parchment, the student should log in and use the “other individual” option to email an official electronic transcript to summersession@uchicago.edu. Naviance will only send transcripts to (undergraduate) College Admissions and these will not be received by Summer Session. If a student’s transcripts are not in English, they will need to provide an officially prepared English translation and submit that in addition to the original documentation. Please note we require transcripts from Grade 9 through a student’s most recently completed academic quarter or semester. Visiting Undergraduates may submit their undergraduate transcripts online as part of the application process.

Do I need to convert my grade point average (GPA) to a 4.0 scale?

No, grades and grade point average should be kept in their original format.

Are there scholarships available for international students?

A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available to high school/secondary students who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit. These awards cover a portion of tuition costs only. High school students from Vietnam, Brazil, or Mexico may apply for the Neubauer International Scholarship, where a select number of students will receive a full scholarship for one of our Immersion or Arts and Sciences courses.

Do you require TOEFL scores for International Students?

Students in Arts and Sciences in Chicago, RIBS, Stones and Bones, Immersion, and Undergraduate Courses must score at least a 104 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students in the Pathway program need to score at least a 100 on the TOEFL and 6 on the IELTS.

Students may request a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement if: they are a native of the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand; or a native of and have studied in English-medium schools in Canada, India, Hong Kong, or South Africa.

OR

Students with full-time status for at least two full academic years within the last five years in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa, engaging in a regular academic curriculum taught in English (in other words, not engaged in English as a Second Language or similar coursework), at the time of application. Students must submit transcripts that demonstrate that they meet the conditions for a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement. Students who have studied in English in other countries (for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, or Singapore) are not exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

If students meet the above conditions for eligibility, they should submit a written request for a waiver of the requirement to summersession@uchicago.edu. They will receive a confirmation of their waiver eligibility and application instructions via email.

Eligible students may still be required to participate in an Academic English Proficiency Assessment to confirm proficiency.

  • Applicants who do not have TOEFL or IELTS scores may participate in an Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA). The AEPA takes the form of an interview via web conference with a trained evaluator at the University of Chicago. The results of this assessment will help the Summer Session Office make a final decision on your application; participating in an assessment does not guarantee admission to the program. There is an additional fee of $70 for applicants who participate in an AEPA.
  • To request an AEPA, contact the Summer Session staff at summersession@uchicago.edu. They will guide you through the process of scheduling your AEPA and paying the additional $70 AEPA fee.
  • You must have submitted your application and paid your application fee in order to schedule an AEPA, and you will not receive an admissions decision until your AEPA results have been received by the Summer Session Office.
  • The application fee and the AEPA fee are nonrefundable.
  • Academic English Proficiency Assessments should be completed before the application deadline for your particular program. We recommend that you request one as early as possible, and no later than two weeks before your application materials are due.
  • If you elect to participate in an AEPA, please enter “00” as your TOEFL scores on your application. (The system will not allow you to submit an application without entering TOEFL scores.).

Can I substitute SAT, AP or A-level results for the English proficiency exam requirement?

No, students who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or AEPA to be considered for admission.

    Will I be required to get a student visa?

    International students studying at the University of Chicago will need an F-1 student visa. The only exception is for students in the College Pathway programs, who will not qualify for a F-1 visa and should enter the United States on a tourist visa.

    Do I still need to apply for a student visa if: I have a tourist visa and have entered the US without a student visa before; I have an ESTA; or my country has an agreement/visa exchange policy with the U.S.?

    Yes. Entering the United States to take credit classes under a tourist visa is a violation of visa status. If a student if found to be in violation of visa status it will make getting a visa in the future VERY difficult. For credit study is NOT allowed under the Visa Waiver Program or ESTA.

    As a Canadian citizen, do I need to apply for a student visa?

    Canadian citizens coming to the United States to study full-time should obtain an I-20 Certificate, but are not required to get a visa stamp in their passport.

    I'm flying from O'Hare/Midway, how do I get to campus?

    There are two major commercial airports in the Chicago area: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. Midway International Airport is approximately eight miles west of the UChicago campus, and O'Hare International Airport is about 30 miles northwest. With hundreds of students travelling from all over the world, the University does not have the staff to pick students up from the airport, but the UChicago campus is easily accessible from both airports, whether via public transit, shuttle, car, taxi, Uber, or Lyft. 

    Go Airport Express operates out of both Midway and O'Hare Airports, and will drop you off right in front of Campus North Residential Commons. To schedule and pay for a ride between the airport and campus, go to https://www.airportexpress.com/  or call 1-888-284-3826 (press option 1 to be connected to an operator immediately). Campus North Residential Commons. Go Airport Express can also pick you up again when you leave for home; make your reservation online or via phone using the information above. When making your reservation, please select the Ratner Athletic Center (a short walk from Campus North Residential Commons) as your stop; when boarding the shuttle, let the driver know that you need to be dropped off at Campus North Residential Commons. The driver can make this stop when requested. Go Airport Express can also pick you up again at this location when you leave the program; just ask your RA for assistance.

    I am a student under the age of 18 flying from overseas for my Summer Session program. Do I have to make special arrangements for my flight?

    Summer Session students and families should be sure to double check airline policies regarding unaccompanied minors prior to booking tickets. Different airlines have different policies regarding the minimum age one has to be to fly unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. These ages are not fixed. One airline may set 14 as the youngest one can be in order to fly alone, while another may set the minimum age at 17. Please take extra precautions to verify an airline's age policy before purchasing tickets, as Summer Session staff will not be able to pick students up or accompany them to the airport.

    I'm under 18 and would like to arrive early or stay an extra day or two for Summer Session. May I stay at nearby hotels prior to check in?

    No, unfortunately the minimum age necessary to book a hotel room in the United States is 18. The same restriction applies to booking an AirBnB or subletting an apartment. Minors—those under the age of 18—will not be allowed to stay in a hotel room or sublet without an adult staying there with them, even if their parents have booked and paid for the room already. In short, students under the age of 18 should not arrive in Chicago or stay past the check-in and check-out dates stated in their acceptance materials unless they will be have a parent or guardian staying with them, and should make their travel plans accordingly. 

    Can I check in a day early or stay an extra day at my residence hall?

    No, the residence hall schedule is fixed and students are not able to check-in early or stay past the check-out dates stated in their acceptance materials.

    Students are neither allowed to check in to the residence hall before the official check-in date nor allowed to stay in the residence hall beyond the official check-out date given in their acceptance materials. There can be no exceptions.

    There are too many students who need to move in and out of the residence hall at various points during the summer to allow early arrivals or late stays. This rule applies to all students, regardless of age. Summer Session students and families should make their travel plans accordingly.