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  • Locations: Chicago, IL, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Aerospace, Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

University Info   |   College of Engineering Info   |   International Center


Illinois Institute of Technology is a national, technological, Ph.D.-granting research university, with world-renowned programs in engineering, architecture, the sciences, humanities, psychology, business, law, and design. Founded in 1940 and tracing its roots back to the 1890s with the foundings of Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute, IIT brings a focused, interdisciplinary approach to education, including the Interprofessional Projects Program. With five campuses throughout the Chicagoland area and alumni around the world, IIT pairs the educational and cultural experiences of America's Second City with the small feel of an undergraduate population of just over 2300 and total population of just over 6000.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : Accepted


Fall, Spring, or Academic Year


English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based - 550
  • Computer-based - 213
  • Internet-based - 80

Minimum IELTS score: 6.5

Disciplines Available:

  • Chemical & Environmental Engineering
  • Civil & Architectural Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical, Materials, & Aerospace Engineering
Additional application materials?

When will students receive their acceptance package? 


Semester Dates

  • Fall: late August to mid-December
  • Spring: mid-January to mid-May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

The average full-time academic load during the fall or spring semester is 15-18 credit hours. The minimum registration required for full-time status for those semesters is 12 credit hours.

Grading System

Grade Grade Description Quality Points
A Excellent 4
B Above average 3
C Average 2
D Below average 1
E Fail 0

Academic Transcripts


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Housing Services accepts applications from full-time undergraduate students, including visiting & exchange students. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

All new, transfer, visiting and exchange students must apply for campus housing upon accepting admission to IIT. Housing is limited, so accommodations must be booked well in advance. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.

Please do not assume that sending an application with a deposit or sending a fax or e-mail guarantees a space.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

If you have questions about check-in, room assignment, or housing in general, please contact the Housing Office directly, Email:, Phone: 312-567-5075, Fax: 312-567-5926.


Entry Visa

All inbound exchange students need a visa to enter the United States. After you have been accepted as an exchange student by your home university you should begin filling out the J-1 application form .

Health Insurance & Immunizations

All F-1 and J-1 students will automatically be enrolled in the IIT Student Health Insurance Plan at the time they register for classes. The charge for this coverage will be added to their tuition bill.

F-1 and J-1 students are NOT permitted to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan. You should not purchase any health insurance before you come as it cannot be used at IIT.


When should I arrive?

Be sure to make your flight reservations well in advance and reconfirm your reservations prior to arriving at your home airport. We recommend that you plan your air travel so that you arrive in Chicago between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (Central Standard time). This will allow you to come to IIT between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, common business hours. We recommend that students arrive at least one week before classes begin.

Is airport reception available?

There are a number of transportation options to IIT from the airports.

Is there any bank on campus?

Bring approximately $1500 with you in traveler’s checks or other secure format (not cash) to last at least one week. Be aware that it may take several days before you are able to open a bank account in the U.S. Also make sure you have around $100 cash in small denominations to pay for incidental expenses.

Bank and prepaid credit card information


Yearly Budget

Food/meals - information on dining options and meal plans

Housing - information on housing options and rates

Local transportation - Chicago Transit Authority


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

International Center   |


Located in the heart of America's Midwest, Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States. The city faces Lake Michigan and features 29 miles of beaches and paved trails for biking, jogging, inline skating, and other recreational activities. There are parks, boats, and Navy Pier, a major tourist destination.

You can shop on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's premier retail corridor, or visit the Loop, the city's business and cultural center. An abundance of year-round activities includes professional sporting events, galleries, museums, zoos, the aquarium, the planetarium, and the city's newest showcase, Millennium Park. You can also enjoy excellent theater offerings, many of which debut in Chicago before heading to Broadway.

The impressive Chicago skyline features the work of many major modern architects, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most notable architects of the twentieth century. Mies taught at IIT for 20 years and helped develop a comprehensive Main Campus master plan. The IIT buildings he designed comprise the largest and most important collection of Mies buildings anywhere.

Chicago also hosts a vibrant business community. It is headquarters to the world's busiest commodities and mercantile exchanges; numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing, Motorola, and Abbott Laboratories; and thousands of small entrepreneurial businesses.

If you visit Chicago's neighborhoods, including those close to IIT's Main Campus, you will experience one of the world's most ethnically diverse cities. Since the 1800s, immigrants from across the world have settled here, establishing colorful, vibrant neighborhoods. Among others, you'll find Chinese, Irish, Indian, Italian, Latino, Arab, and Eastern European areas of town, where festivals and parades celebrate the contributions of each group to the city's rich heritage.

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