Illinois Institute of Technology
University Info | College of Engineering Info | International Center
- Famous alumni include the inventor of the cell phone and a Nobel Prize winner.
- Forbes magazine called Illinois Tech one of “America’s most beautiful college campuses”.
- The Interprofessional Projects Program puts together teams of students from various majors to collaborate on solving real world problems, such as developing a prototype desalination device for the Sahara or building sustainable water distribution systems in Haiti.
- Research opportunities are available to undergraduates at facilities on campus as well as nearby national laboratories.
- The diverse campus is home to students from 100 different countries and all 50 US states and is located 10 minutes away from of the heart of downtown Chicago and one mile away from the beach of Lake Michigan.
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, Illinois Tech brings a focused, interdisciplinary approach to education, including the Interprofessional Projects Program. With five campuses throughout the Chicagoland area and alumni around the world, Illinois Tech pairs the educational and cultural experiences of America's Second City with the small feel of an undergraduate population of 2,800 and total population of just under 8,000.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English Proficiency Requirement
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 80
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.5
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late August to mid-December
- Spring: mid-January to mid-May
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil & Architectural Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Mechanical, Materials, & Aerospace Engineering
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.
Additional Application Materials
Students will be required to submit transcripts and English proficiency test scores in order to complete their application. Once admitted, they will also need to submit a copy of their passport and Financial Affidavit of Support in order to receive a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa.
Students will receive an email notification of their acceptance within two weeks of the receipt of their completed application in the Global E3 portal. Once the student has submitted their passport copy and Financial Affidavit of Support, their official admission letter will come in the mail along with their DS-2019.
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.
Estimated Cost of Living
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Center | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Illinois Tech 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 Illinois Tech'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.