The Office of International Affairs (OIA) represents UIC abroad as well as in relations with external local partners collaborating on UIC international projects. OIA supports the international efforts of our campus’ fifteen colleges as they engage globally, and is the UIC gateway for international visiting delegations, scholars, fellows, and exchange students.
UIC is heavily engaged throughout the world in collaborations involving education, research, and public service. To these ends UIC maintains international agreements for collaborations, which combine relationships of universities, foundations, government agencies, local business communities, and civil society organizations. OIA coordinates the process of establishing and supporting such agreements on behalf of UIC and the academic units central to each effort. Currently over 100 agreements are active in 45 countries. OIA also provides guidance to academic units seeking to build and broaden such relationships while providing leadership on and support for innovative, multi-disciplinary initiatives. These represent new applications of research and educational expertise to address timely issues, opportunities, and needs through international collaborations.
OIA offers a number of campus-wide programs at UIC intended to enrich the international dimension of university life. These include the UIC Global Affairs Forums, the Distinguished Lectures in International Affairs, the UIC Annual Consular Corps Luncheon, the International Resources Fair for Students, the United States State Department Diplomat in Residence Program at UIC, the Fulbright Program workshops, and the programs of the John Nuveen Center located within OIA, as well as additional university initiatives throughout the year. Such programs respond to the continuous flow of special opportunities for international programming of timely and enduring significance, as befits a public research university, in a major American metropolis, engaged globally as well as locally.