If you are just beginning your search for a university in the United States, the Study in the States document can help you answer basic questions about immigration status, employment, and other education related information.
In addition to the general requirements for admissions, international students must provide additional documents regarding language proficiency and ability to be granted a visa. Requirements include:
All doctoral programs and many master's programs also require official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The institution code for Illinois State University is 1319. Some departments/schools may require supporting documents. Visit the individual program listings under Academics for details about these program requirements.
Please visit our international graduate student section of the Illinois State Admissions Office for details about admission requirements.
International students will find a number of ways to fund their studies at Illinois State. These include
Please visit our Funding page for full details about these options.
Illinois State's Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) coordinates a full range of international activities and services for domestic and international undergraduates, graduates, professors and researchers. International Student and Scholar Services within OISP serves our many hundreds of international students on immigration, educational, social, cultural, and personal matters. They are happy to help you with
Strong spoken and written English skills are important for academic success in the United States. If you need to improve your English as a Second Language skills before beginning a degree program, our English Language Institute (ELI) may be right for you. Courses in the Intensive English Program (IEP) integrate training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening with academic development in a variety of subject areas.
English Language Institute
Illinois State University
Campus Box 6123
Normal, Illinois 61790-6123
Phone: (309) 438-2072
Fax: (309) 438-3031
International House, or I-House, is a collective term for the international student community at Illinois State University as well as the facilities and programs developed for this community by the Office of International Studies and Programs. For over forty years, International House has served its mission to promote international education and cross-cultural understanding on a wide scale throughout the campus, and continues to seek new and innovative ways to engage American and International students in a global dialogue. For more information, please visit the International House website.
Diversity Advocacy, a unit of the Dean of Students Office, works to foster civility and raising cultural awareness in students, faculty and staff. This office is committed to building bridges between groups; developing understanding, appreciation, and respect; as well as celebrating the diversity of the members of the University community. Visit Diversity Advocacy for more information.
Most people arrange their international flight plans so they land in our closest big city of Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has two main international airports, Chicago O'Hare and Midway International Airport. ISU is a 3-hour drive south of these airports. Once you arrive in Chicago, you will need to take a bus or another airplane to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
Learn more about traveling to campus on the International Studies and Programs website.
Illinois State University is in the Midwest region of the nation. We experience all four seasons, from snow and ice in the winter, to heat and humidity in the summer. Learn more about local weather.