University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is ranked as one of the best universities in the US - #14 Public and #52 in US (U.S. News & World Report 2017) - and one of the best universities in the World - #37 THES and #69 QS (2018). Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois, UIUC is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system.

A world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, UIUC it is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and deemed to be one of the 'public Ivy' institutions. With c. 44k students (c.33K at UG level), UIUC comprises of 15 academic Colleges, with exchange opportunities with:

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES - ) (mainly APD subjects)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS - ) (Classics, Economics, English Language & Linguistics, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy, Political Science and Psychology)

Set a beautiful campus - known for its landscape and architecture - UIUC offers some of the best university facilities in the US e.g. one of the largest public university libraries in the world largest, the largest Greek system, c.1000 active Registered Student Organizations and is rated as one of the most "disability friendly" U.S. campuses and has. Sports fans are well catered for with UIUC being in NCAA's Division 1 and part of the Big Ten Conference.

The University owned Willard Airport offers regular flights to Chicago and Dallas, making UIUC well placed to allow you to explore everything that the USA has to offer.

Although places are limited, being part of UIUC's 'Fighting Illini' will present an amazing opportunity for those lucky enough to study there.

UIUC information:

Who can participate?

All Reading disciplines that allow study abroad that are taught at HPU
Entry requirements:

Minimum 60% average

Semester dates:
  • Semester 1: August- December
  • Semester 2: January - May

Reading application deadlines:

01 January 2019 (further details to follow)

Cost of Living: 

See UIUC cost of living page .

Additional Costs:

Visa is required to study in the US

Will need to take out compulsory insurance - either from HPU or alternative (see insurance section in money matters page).

NB - Eligible students might be able to recoup costs through Student Finance

Further Information:

Additional information:

  1. Students must be nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before the UIUC will accept any application.
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a full academic year when their degree has a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority for places than students who choose the term / semester option.
  3. If there are more students who want to study at UIUC than places available then all of the following will be considered in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:
      • Capacity constraints at partner institution
      • Academic performance
      • Personal Statement
      • Spread of subjects
      • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
      • Duration of Study Abroad placement
      • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO


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