Before You Start

Welcome to UIS Global

Soon you will be on the vibrant UIS campus in Springfield, Illinois. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues or delays for international students.
Our dedicated personal advisors make sure all your questions are answered and ensure you have a smooth transition to the university.

Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local personal advisor. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your advisor an email, Skype, WhatsApp, or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you very soon!





Middle East

Middle East

North America

North America

North Asia

North Asia

Russia/Central Asia

Russia/Central Asia

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

South Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

UK and Western Europe

UK and Western Europe


Abbie (North Asia excluding Korea)

+852 8481 0532

WhatsApp: +852 8481 0532

Email Abbie

Ajith (India)


WhatsApp: +91-971-722-2408

Skype: ajitks10

Email Ajith

Alice (Northwest)


WhatsApp: +1-857-315-8730

Wechat: aliceqinus

Email Alice

Annie (South China)


QQ: 1738675071

Email Annie

Bibiane (Korea)


WhatsApp: +82-10-7711-6538

Email Bibiane

Chau (Vietnam)


WhatsApp: +84-908-792-892

Skype: diemchau.dt

Email Chau
Chau Luu

Chau Luu (Vietnam)

+84 962 442 193

WhatsApp: +84 962 442 193

Skype: live:chau.luuquynh

Email Chau Luu

Chris (Southwest)


WhatsApp: +1-508-948-7542

Wechat: chris040594

Email Chris

Doris (South China)


QQ: 2282183545

Email Doris

Ekta (India)


WhatsApp: +91-965-001-0409

Skype: ekta.aneja05

Email Ekta

Hoang (Vietnam)


WhatsApp: +84-937-225-295

Skype: hoangvtb1983

Email Hoang

Jane (West China)


QQ: 713070180

Email Jane

Lisha (North China)


QQ: 18310168200

Email Lisha



WhatsApp: +34-692-46-41-16

Skype: marianna.zubenko

Email Marianna
Ngoc Hoang

Ngoc Hoang (Vietnam)

+84 382 027 922

WhatsApp: +84 382 027 922

Skype: live:bichngoc.ufm

Email Ngoc Hoang

Sakshi (India)


WhatsApp: +91-995-351-0160

Skype: arorasakshi187

Email Sakshi

Samah (Middle East)

+971 58 831 8521

WhatsApp: +971 58 831 8521

Email Samah
Saranya (Excluding Vietnam)

Saranya (Excluding Vietnam)


WhatsApp: +66-96-982-0007

Skype: awesome.saranya

Email Saranya (Excluding Vietnam)

Shayan (Pakistan)


WhatsApp: +92-335-822-0020

Skype: shayanchawla

Email Shayan
Solayide Adenuga

Solayide Adenuga (Africa)


WhatsApp: +234.806.662.9088

Email Solayide Adenuga



WhatsApp: +91-895-004-9050

Skype: sonam.parashar3

Email Sonam

Taha (Pakistan)


WhatsApp: +92-307-333-6878

Skype: tshahid29

Email Taha
Tiffany Chan

Tiffany Chan (North Asia excluding Korea)

+886 903006063

WhatsApp: +852 9222 3579

Email Tiffany Chan



WhatsApp: +91-972-501-2676

Email Unnati

Vicky (North China)


Wechat: vickychen7910

Email Vicky

Viraja (South & West India)

+91 7028090894

WhatsApp: +91 7028090894

Skype: +91 7028090894

Email Viraja
After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:

  • Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  • Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  • Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.


After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the US Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.

  1. Complete your visa application.
  2. Pay your I-901 (SEVIS) fee.
  3. Visit to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.
  4. Notify your personal Enrollment Advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.
  5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:


How to Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa

Visa Interview Preparation for Students

All students are required to secure their own housing before arrival. On and off campus options are available to all students.

Options available here: 

Instructions on how to apply are available here: 

You will need to complete and submit the following form(s) before your arrival:

  • Immunization Requirement: Complete this mandatory health and immunization requirement prior to your arrival and bring it with you to campus.
  • Enter your visa information on iStart. This must be completed in order to register for classes.
Pay in full two weeks before you arrive to avoid enrollment delays.

  • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit UIS Global’s Flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you cannot use a US credit card or US bank account to make your payment.
For student loan information, contact:

There are many things to consider when preparing for university, let alone moving to a new country! To make your transition to the US easier, we’ve put together a list of everyday necessities.

We’ve partnered with campusSIMS to help connect you with mobile phone service. Get your US phone number in your home country and have service that’s ready to use as soon as you land. Click here to get your free SIM card.

campusSIMS helps international students get connected with mobile phone service in the US. Through campusSIMS’ exclusive partner Mint Mobile, students can sign up and get their US phone number while in their home country, and have mobile phone service ready to use as soon as they land.

Students can get low-cost, reliable mobile phone service starting at as low as $15 per month that includes:

  • A free SIM card
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • High speed data
  • Nationwide coverage on the fastest, most advanced network

For more information, visit

Get Student Loans

Mpower Financing and Prodigy Finance, in collaboration with Shorelight, provide flexible student loan plans for international students pursuing degrees at eligible US colleges and universities without the requirements of a cosigner, collateral, or US credit history. They also offer fixed-rate loans up to $100,000 with 1.5% in interest rate discounts.

Easy Flight Bookings and Travel Discounts

StudentUniverse in collaboration with Shorelight, provides exclusive student-only discounts on flights around the world. StudentUniverse has exclusive deals with airlines to get the lowest-possible airfare for international students. If your travel plans change, don’t worry – all purchases have 24-hour risk-free cancellation.

StudentUniverse can be used to book not only your flight to campus, but also provides the best deals for Spring break and other travel. Use it to explore new cities like San Francisco or NYC, or book through them to go hiking in Yosemite National Park, or even when you fly home to visit family.

Career Premium

Career Premium helps international students apply for remote internships and gain real-life work experience to boost their resumes.

  • Certificates and training: Attend online professional bootcamps before your virtual internship starts. Gain hands-on experience once you officially begin by contributing to projects alongside industry experts. If you are interested in certifications, Career Premium now offers unlimited access to training courses that lead to certification in Amazon Web Services, Java, Microsoft Azure, and Python, among many other in-demand skills.
  • Coaching and mentorship: Receive direct guidance from career coaches and industry experts on career exploration, skill training, and professional development.
  • Applying: Work on real-life projects for leading employers and build your portfolio. We work with more than 12,000 multinational companies that have unique projects for you to leverage your new skills, experience, and professional network to land your dream job.

“The tutors are resourceful, and they really helped me while I was applying for internships. I certainly believe I will find a job after graduation.”—Shelley, hired at Tesla

Important Dates

Application Deadline

November 1, 2023

I-20 Transfer Deadline

November 1, 2023

Payment Deadline

December 26, 2023

Move-in Date

January 9, 2024