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International Students Guidelines and Policies

Admitted High School and Visiting Students who are registered for graded, credit-bearing courses (those offered in the programs Arts and Sciences Chicago, RIBS, Stones and Bones, Immersion, and Undergraduate Courses) must be enrolled in a full-time course load and follow the visa processing steps listed under Visa Information below. Entering the United States on a tourist visa (or equivalent, such as ESTA) for these programs would be considered a violation of that visa status by the U.S. government.

College Pathways courses are not for credit or a grade and participants in this particular program are not eligible for an F-1 or J-1 (international student) visa. Participants requiring a visa to enter the U.S. should apply for a B visa. Participants should be sure to travel with a copy of their admittance letter when entering the U.S, in order to be able to produce it if asked to do so for immigration officials. Participants should also carefully review the visa information provided on the website of the consulate where they intend to apply for a visa and follow the instructions there. Please visit usembassy.gov to find a consulate near you.

Airline tickets and other travel arrangements should not be finalized until a student visa has been issued. Students who will be flying as unaccompanied minors should check with their airline before departure about any special arrangements that need to be made.

Having all of the steps complete by the dates listed in this timeline will help ensure, but does not guarantee, your participation in Summer Session 2017.

Have a question about Summer Session? Take a look at the frequently asked questions below, and you’ll probably find the answer. If not, please contact us at summerint@uchicago.edu so that we may help you.

  Session I Session II, III, IV
Student completes application/registration No later than April 10 No later than
April 24
Admissions Decision emailed by Summer Session April 17 May 1
$500 tuition deposit due from student April 24 May 8
FRS & Visa processing documentation submitted by student May 1 May 15
I-20 processed and mailed to student by UChicago May 15 June 1
Student completes visa interview no later than    
Classes begin June 19 July 10

Registration and Deadlines

High School Students

Students who will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in secondary school for the 2017–2018 academic year should apply as a high school student. Your application will not be reviewed until your transcript, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and TOEFL or IELTS scores are received. Review the Apply page for more information.

Once a High School student is offered admission to the program, a nonrefundable $500 tuition deposit is required. You should begin the visa processing steps listed under Visa Information as soon as you submit the tuition deposit.

Official transcript:

  • A quality scan of your official transcript should be uploaded to your application
  • Transcripts are only official when they come by mail with your school’s official stamp, seal, or signature; scanned and emailed transcripts are not official. 
  • The only official electronic transcript that can be sent directly to summerhs@uchicago.edu is through Parchment, a service to which your entire school must subscribe.
  • Official transcripts must be sent for grades 9, 10, and 11, depending on your current grade.
  • An officially prepared English translation, if the transcript is not in English, should be included.

Your transcript should demonstrate excellent progress in all subjects, particularly those you are coming to the University of Chicago to study.

Undergraduate Students

Students attending another university in the 2017-2018 academic year should register as a Visiting Student. Visiting Student registrations will not be processed until your transcript and TOEFL or IELTS score is received. If any of your courses have a prerequisite a transcript will be required to complete your application. Course prerequisites are included in course descriptions, listed as "PQ."

Once a Visiting Student is offered admission to the program, a nonrefundable $500 tuition deposit is required. They will begin the Visa processing steps under Visa Information after they submit the required, nonrefunable $500 tuition deposit. 

English Language Proficiency Requirement

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); participants in College Pathway Program in Economics and Arts and Sciences in Asia must score at least a 100 on the TOEFL or a 6 on the IELTS. Other standardized tests, such as the CET, ACT, or SAT, are not an adequate substitute for the TOEFL or IELTS.

Adequate proficiency in English must be demonstrated in order to qualify for admission. If you do not submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, your transcripts do not show that you are eligible for a waiver, or you decline our request to participate in an Academic English Proficiency Assessment, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission.

For international applicants whose native language is not English, one of the following is required:

Meet the TOEFL or IELTS standard
  • 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); participants in College Pathway Program in Economics and Arts and Sciences in Asia must score at least a 100 on the TOEFL or a 6 on the IELTS. Other standardized tests, such as the CET, ACT, or SAT, are not an adequate substitute for the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Request that ETS send an official score report to the University of Chicago (1832).
  • Eligible students may still be required to participate in an Academic English Proficiency Assessment (see below) to confirm proficiency.
Demonstrate eligibility to waive the TOEFL/IELTS

You may request a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement if:

  • You 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

  • You have studied in full-time status for at least two 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).
    • You must submit transcripts that demonstrate that you 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 you meet the above conditions for eligibility, please submit a written request for a waiver of the requirement to summersession@uchicago.edu and enter “00” as your TOEFL scores on your application. (The system will not allow you to submit an application without entering TOEFL scores.)

You will receive a confirmation of your waiver eligibility via email.

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

Demonstrate eligibility via an Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA)

Applicants who do not have TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not meet the conditions for a waiver 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 $50 for applicants who participate in an AEPA.

  • To request an AEPA, contact Val Huston, Summer Session Program Coordinator, at vhuston@uchicago.edu, who will guide you through the process of scheduling your AEPA and paying the additional $50 AEPA fee.
  • 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.).

Visa Information

Visa Information

The F-1 student visa is appropriate for individuals who are coming to the United States to study full-time at an American institution. The University’s Office of International Affairs issues forms I-20 for F-1 student visas to eligible students who are admitted for full-time study. Visiting students or high school students registering for two concurrent undergraduate courses or high school students registering for UChicago Immersion, Arts & Sciences Summer in Chicago, RIBS, and Stones and Bones are considered full time. Eligible students must have proof of sufficient funding for tuition, books, supplies and living expenses.

You may not have to obtain a visa eligibility document from the University of Chicago if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Are a full-time student at the University of Chicago and are already in lawful student status
  • Are currently attending a university within the United States in F-1 or J-1 status and plan to return to that institution in the fall. In this case, the full-time registration requirement does not apply.
  • Are in the U.S. in a non-immigrant status other than as F-1 or J-1 student and that status allows you to be a full-time or part-time student.
  • Canadian citizens coming to the U.S. to study full-time should obtain an I-20 Certificate, but are not required to get a visa stamp in their passport.
Process to Obtain a UChicago Sponsored I-20

Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid delays in processing their I-20 documents and obtaining their F-1 student visas. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT MAKE FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE THEY RECEIVE THEIR VISA.

You will be able to request an I-20 Certificate through the Summer Session Office after you:

  • Have been admitted
  • Have paid a deposit
  • Have received a student ID number

After confirming your attendance the Summer Session Office will send a Financial Resources Statement (FRS) and instructions to eligible students. The following documents will need to accompany your FRS for it to be complete and to be able to proceed to the next step in the student visa application process.

  • Submit the following documents via your UChicago account:
    • Clear scans of funding source documents: read here for specific details about acceptable financial documentation.
    • a quality, color scan of your current passport identification page.

Additional important information and instructions related to applying for an F-1 student visa, as well as the mandatory check-in on campus upon arrival, will be sent to students from the Office of International Affairs along with the students' I-20 documents. An overview of the entire process is found here.

Please contact 1.773.702.6033 summerint@uchicago.edu with any additional questions.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

All students who cannot prove that they have adequate health care coverage in the U.S. must enroll in UChicago’s student health insurance plan (U-SHIP). If you wish to enroll in U-SHIP, you should follow the directions provided to admitted students for doing so at least two weeks before your arrival in the U.S. or by June 23, 2017, whichever is earlier; you will receive your insurance card via email, and will be billed for enrolling in the plan by the Bursar’s Office. If do not wish to enroll in U-SHIP because your current health insurance plan provides significant coverage in the United States, you must submit a waiver application verifying that you already have adequate comparable coverage before the June 23, 2017 deadline, or you will be enrolled in U-SHIP and billed accordingly by the Bursar's Office.

Further details and instructions will be provided to accepted students with their acceptance letter. For questions regarding the waiver process, please contact uchicagoadvocates@uhcsr.com, at 1.773.834.4543 option 2, or by fax at 1.773.753.4554.

Scholarships

Scholarships (High School students only)

A limited number of 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; fees, housing and dining, and the cost of books and materials are not covered by scholarships. The maximum award per student is 50% of tuition for one or two courses. Applications for these awards are considered on a rolling basis, so apply early, as funds do run out.

International citizens must provide documentation of their financial status, many do so in the form of verification of annual salary from their employer. Once an international student is awarded a scholarship and is registered for their course, they must read the Financial Services Stipend (Scholarship) webpage for the requirements to process and receive a scholarship. Per this page, international citizen taxes will be withheld from this payment at the rate of 14%. After an international citizen receives their scholarship, they are responsible for filing the appropriate tax form with the U.S. government. General guidelines and links to detailed information is provided by the Office of International Affairs.

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