Welcome to the UIC Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs is based in the Office of Public and Government Affairs at UIC. OIA represents UIC abroad and in relations with local and national partners who collaborate with UIC on international projects.

OIA supports the efforts of our campus’s fifteen colleges as they engage globally. We host international visitors and delegations, visiting scholars and international exchange students.


2017 Boren Awards Application now open

The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now live at www.borenawards.org! The Fall term is right around the corner, but you can already start looking into the application process. The application deadlines are February 9th, 2017 for Undergraduate Scholarships, and January 31st, 2017 for Graduate Fellowships.

For more information about the program and eligibility, visit www.borenawards.org

Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

The Rangel Fellows application is now open and available at www.rangelprogram.org.  Below is a brief description of this outstanding opportunity for young people interested in careers as Foreign Service Officers in the State Department.

The 2017 Charles B. Rangel Fellowship program is now open for applications and is seeking young people interested in making a difference in the world as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.  Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2017;  must have GPAs of at least 3.2; and must be U.S. citizens.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies/consulates, provides mentorship and professional development support, and leads to a career in the State Department Foreign Service.  The application deadline is September 19, 2016, several months earlier than in prior years.

Fellows must use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs at U.S.- based institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. There is a five-year service obligation.

The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at www.rangelprogram.org. The application deadline is September 19, 2016. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.

Rangel Fellowship Flyer 2017


German Bundestag Internship Program 2017

This Internship Program provides the opportunity for American graduates to learn first-hand about German politics by working in the office of a member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag). The program runs from March 1st to July 31st. During this time participants are enrolled as students at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The application deadline is June 30, 2016.

You can find more information about the program at www.bundestag.de/ips


Allan Lerner Lecture Series

On April 7, under the Allan Lerner Lecture Series, UIC hosted the Consul General of South Africa, Ms. Vuyiswa Tulelo. In attendance there were many students and faculty members.  Thank you to Consul General Tulelo and students for the rich exchange.



Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Tips for Navigating the Catalog of Awards

The first step in applying for a Core Fulbright grant is identifying a single award from the Catalog of Awards.  Awards are designed in country, and reflect host countries needs and priorities. In the catalog, you will see numerous ways to search for awards: by region or country, activity of the award, discipline, open to early career, or you can perform a keyword search.

Once you select an award, you’ll have access to a lot of information that will guide your application preparation: contact information for CIES program officer, overview of financial benefits and allowances for each country, grant activity and content of the award, applicable host locations, requirements for invitation letters and language proficiency, the length of grant and starting month (dependent on academic calendar) and so on.

Applicants should take some time, review the expectations and research into the educational systems and the cultural and political context to make sure they are presenting an ideal match between self and project and the host country.  Please visit the Catalog of Awards to explore opportunities, and feel free to reach out to scholars@iie.org with general questions.  Best of luck!


A Look at UIC International Exchange Students

Brenden Paradies, Masters of Urban Planning and Policy Graduate Student, Studied at University College Dublin in Dublin Ireland Fall 2015. Brendan Paradies participated in the UIC Exchange Program Fall 2015, click here to read about his experience in Dublin, Ireland.


The Cliffs of Moher in Galway, in Ireland


A Look at UIC Alumni Participation in the Peace Corps

Since 1961, when the Peace Corps was established,  a total of 344 UIC alumni have served in the program in countries all around the world. In 2013, 17 UICers volunteered with Peace Corps, and in 2014, 27 alumni went to to foreign nations to assist in development efforts.  Within the first two months of 2016, 11 UIC members are already stationed in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guinea, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, and Uganda. The UIC volunteers are all providing services within different fields with two alumni serving in education, two in environmental studies, four in public health, and one in youth development.  We want to thank these honorable members of the UIC community for their service and encourage all students to take a look at this wonderful program upon graduation.

Mr. Rok Teasler, the Peace Corps recruiter has office hours in campus.  You can schedule an appointment with him to explore the opportunities.  His e-mail address is Teasley, Rok rteasley@peacecorps.gov


Allan Lerner Foreign Policy Lecture Series with Vincent Floreani

The Office of International Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Political Science hosted the Consul General of France, Mr. Vincent Floreani.  In attendance were about 60 sixty students and faculty.  The Q&A session lasted more than hour and covered a wide spectrum of current issues.   Thank you to Consul General Floreani and the students for the rich exchange.

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Congratulations to the Gilman Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to Elizabeth Molina and Paulina Rico-Juarez on receiving the Gilman Scholarship for the Spring 2016 Semester. Paulina Rico-Juarez will be attending MICEFA University in Paris, France and Elizabeth Molina will be attending Universidad de Autonoma de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.


Celebrating International Education Week and the CCC Scholars

On November 18th, 2015 OIA celebrated International Education Week along with the awardees of the CCC Scholarship. During the program, we honored the Chicago Consular Corps and announced this year’s recipients of the Chicago Consular Corps scholarship. This award embodies the long standing relationship between UIC and the diplomatic community. Consular Generals, UIC faculty, current students, and the DRC were all  in attendance of this year’s international event.

11/18/15 Office of International Affairs International Education Week Celebration

Group photo of the Chicago Consular Corps (CCC) recipients and members of the CCC in attendance.

11/18/15 Office of International Affairs International Education Week Celebration

Karina De Oliveira Lima, CCC recipient and UIC student in the graduate program of Biopharmaceutical Sciences with the Consul General of Brazil, Paulo Cesar Camargo and to the right, Honorary Consul of Barbados, Dr. King.

11/18/15 Office of International Affairs International Education Week CelebrationAfnan Afnan, CCC Recipient and UIC student in the graduate program of Health Information Technology with the Consul of Indonesia and Educational Attaché

of the same consul.


Japan Day at OIA

On 09/18/2015 was Japan day at OIA.  OIA held an Japanese exchange info session open to UIC students.  In attendance were students, UIC faculty, OIA staff, and Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Keiji Shigeoka, Eri Fuwa, Akira Nishikawa visitors from Japan. A lunch followed with presentations from  Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Keiji Shigeoka, and Eri Fuwa.


Japan Day at OIA


OIA held International Resources Fair

The 16th Annual International Resources Fair took place in the UIC Quad on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 11:00-1:00PM. The International Resources Fair was a great opportunity for Chicago and UIC organizations to inform the UIC student body about available international resources and programs. This year there were a diverse array of organizations including: Cultural Services at the French Consulate in Chicago, UIC Diplomat in Residence, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Chicago Area Peace Corps, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Goethe –Institut, UIC International Club, Swedish American Museum, National Hellenic Museum, International Museum of Surgical Science, United Capoeira Association, Japanese Culture Center-Chicago, Italian Cultural Institute, Swedish American Museum, UIC Study Abroad Office, UIC Language and Culture Learning Centers, UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, and the UIC Office of Special Scholarships. The organizations highlighted cultural programs, language programs, global education, internships, and much more. There was a raffle that encouraged students to visit each table in order to answer question found on the raffle form. The fair provided a unique opportunity for students to communicate with cultural and international organizations located in Chicago and at UIC.



 Congratulations Nuveen Awardee!

Krista Schaefer is one of the awardees of the John and Grace Nuveen awards. She spent this past summer conducting a practicum in Kisumu, Kenya at Nyanza Reproductive Health Society.  Her main goals were to understand public health in a global setting, assist in curriculum development, create training evaluation surveys, and conduct data analysis and interpretation. Working with her three SHAPE colleagues and two interns gave her a chance to teach, lead, and manage. Those are valuable skills that she will continue developing after completing her Masters in Public Health. An unexpected job that she took during her practicum in Kisumu was unofficially supervising two university students, during their internship at NRHS.  Krista says that her favorite part of working with them was discussing newspaper articles that she would pre-select articles related to public health and community development.   Living with a Luo family gave her a different perspective on the experiences she was having and the current affairs in Kenya.  Lastly, she cherished greatly that the practicum culminated in a totally new and fuller understanding of what global health is and how it is actually practiced at another nation.  Ms. Schaefer is grateful that the John and Grace Nuveen International Award supported her academic pursuits into global health– a vocation she plans to follow in the future.


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 Welcome Amb. ROBERT NEUS!

Office of International Affairs  is pleased to announce the new Diplomat in Residence is on campus.



 Farewell Brazil Interns!

We have said good-bye to the Summer 2015 ninety-four BSMP interns.

Prof. Uslenghi, Tarcia Moraes, Sabrina Mendes, Daniane Pereira.

In this photo we capture one of the interns team: Prof. Uslenghi, Tarcia Moraes, Sabrina Mendes, Daniane Pereira.


Congratulations to BSMP students!

Congratulations to the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) students who have completed their academic year at UIC.



Exchange Program Summer 2015 “Know Europe” Program

Our students left France to pursue their European study tour. They spent one study week in Normandy at our campus EM Normandy Caen.






Congratulations to Professor ROSS ARENA!

CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR ROSS ARENA, Department Head of Physical Therapy and Interim Department Head of Kinesiology. Prof. Arena was awarded with the Personality of the Year Award, which was conferred by his colleagues of the Sao Paulo State Society of Cardiology (SOCESO) at the XXI Symposium of Physical Therapy and XXXVI Congree of SOCESP.


Congratulations to ASRAT DEMISE ASMAMAW!

Who was awarded with a full scholarship that supports his exchange program at ETH, Zurich during the academic year 2015-2016. Congratulations to him and his mentor, Professor Cecilia E. Gerber.  Mr.  Asmamaw is the recipient of the prestigious Heyning-Roelli Foundation that supports exchanges with Swiss institutions.


Congratulations to the John Nuveen International Development Fund Awardees

  for Spring/Summer 2015 


Academic Unit Awardees

List of the academic unit awardees and the title of proposed activity

Colleen McQuillen

School of Literarture, Cultural Studies & Linguistics – In/Between Conference om Border Crossings

Marcia Edison

Center for Global Health – Annual World Health Day Celebration

Thomas Lipsmeyer

Physics Department – Energy Initiative/A Global Classroom

Veronica Arreola

Center for Research on Women & Gender – Women’s Work in a Man’s World

Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar

Applied Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy – Launching of Therapists without Borders

Faculty Awardees

List of the faculty awardees and the title of proposed activity

Andrew Dykens

Center for Global Health- Local, Regional and National Partnership meetings to establish a Global Health Research Network

Lewis L. Hsu

Pediatrics Hematology-Oncology- Center for the 2nd Century of Sickle Cell 

Stacey Chamberlain

Center for Global Health- Expansion of Emergency Care Training Program in Uganda 

Ursula Perez- Salas

Physics Department- Cholesterol Exchange and Flip-Flop on supported Lipid Bilayers

Student Awardees

List of the student awardees and purpose of award

Carolyn Cronin

College of Dentistry- External Dental Rotation in Guatemala 

Krista R. Schaefer

School of Public Health- Kenya Practicum through the School of Public Health

Samantha C. Hare

College of Business- Doing Business in Brazil Study Abroad Program

Scott Czarnik

College of Dentistry– External Dental Rotation in Guatemala 


Congratulations to Professor Craig Foster on being selected as a

Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Foster has been selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant to India. He will be traveling to India with his proposal.

A brief abstract of his proposal:

Earthen buildings are an old technology experiencing renewed interest,
both in developing and developed countries, for economic and environmental
reasons. This proposal focuses on creating material models that can be
used to examine mechanical behavior, predict safe use, and improve
performance. Central to the research are the interaction of the
constituent particles and the addition of natural fibers for ductility.
The mathematical models will be validated and improved by experiments at
the host institution, building a collaboration between experimentalists
and modelers. A seminar series on modeling for earthen materials will aid
those conducting research at the host institution.

Images of Proposal