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.


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