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University of Illinois Springfield

Springfield, IL

Springtime on the UIS campus
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  1. Strong programs in regional US History and Lincoln Studies
  2. Opportunities for internships in state government and gov. related businesses
  3. Biological and Environmental Studies opportunities with the Nature Conservancy

About This Campus

UIS is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois. The UIS campus serves 4,000 students in 20 grad and 30 undergrad programs. The academic curriculum emphasizes a strong liberal arts core, an array of professional programs, extensive opportunities in experiential education, and a broad engagement in public affairs issues of the day. The campus offers many small classes, substantial student-faculty interaction, and a rapidly evolving technology enhanced learning environment. Because of its location in the state capital there is a focus on public policy and service learning which support our excellent credit-bearing internship program. The numerous Lincoln sites and state museums/archives also provide unique opportunities for original research in History, Politics, Policy, Literature and Anthropology. Additionally there are two biological field stations including one tied to the Nature Conservancy's wetland reclamation project on the Illinois River at Emiquon.

Location Information

Our campus is located on the south side of Springfield on a 700 acre, open and beautifully landscaped site. It is connected to the city via bus and to the world through our Amtrak station and airport with daily train service to St. Louis and Chicago and flights to Chicago and Dallas. Interstates criss cross at Springfield which historically was on Route 66 which connected Chicago to Los Angeles (we have an annual Rt. 66 festival each fall).

Helpful Information

Exchange students are assigned to an academic advisor in the department of primary interest who will help them register for classes. The NSE coordinator will also help with advising and with adjusting to campus life. All townhouses and apartments have kitchens and students can also opt for one of our meal plans. The Student Union and Brookens Library provide spaces for individual or group study. There are also over 80 student clubs and organizations and recreation center.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Springfield
Population | 140,000
Enrollment | 4,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/10
Spring | 01/17-05/15

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 10%
Black | 12%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 7%
Two or more | 2%
White | 68%
Other | 0%
International | 0%


RegistrationClosed Programs
Medical Laboratory Science.

Honors Courses may require special admissions consideration.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/19/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($340 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $200 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $60 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Some courses have a separate course or lab fee. This fee is not part of the mandatory student fees and will not be waived for Plan B NSE students.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/19/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 20% living on campus
  • Apartment: $4000
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 4
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 4
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 4
Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $1675 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
We have 4 different meal plans. https://www.uis.edu/dining/meal-plans


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 07/19/22

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $800 per semester.


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