About OIA

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’ sixteen 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.

OIA Programs

The Office of International Affairs supports a variety of programs and initiatives to UIC students, faculty, and staff throughout the school year. The list below represents several of these programs.

International Agreements

Fulbright Program

International Partnership Program

Allan Lerner Lecture Series

International Education Week


John Nuveen Center for International Affairs


The John Nuveen Center for International Affairs (JNC) was established at the University of Illinois (UIC) in December 1986 through an endowment from the Nuveen family. From it’s inception the JNC has developed and supported programs and activities designed to increase awareness and understanding of international issues and provide opportunities for the University community and the Chicago community at large to participate in international affairs.

Today the JNC is housed within the Office of International Affairs and continues this focus through programs like the Grace and John Nuveen International Award for students and the John Nuveen International Development Award for faculty. Keeping the vision of the JNC alive, OIA continues to work in coordinating international visitors and delegations and facilitating international linkages on campus. Contact us at oia@uic.edu for more information.

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