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Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: These are general frequently asked questions for English Language Services.  Click here for FAQs related to assessments and course requirements for graduates and undergraduates.

What are the program dates?

Please visit our Program Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please apply using this link.

WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?

Please visit our Admissions and Requirements page for detailed information about what is needed to be admitted to the IEP.

How much is the tuition?

Please visit Tuition and Fees to see the current program/course costs.

How many levels are in the IEP?

The IEP has four distinct levels of instruction, from high-beginning to advanced. Each level is one semester in length. For more information about each level, please visit our Level Descriptions.

WHERE WILL I LIVE?

On campus housing is available in the Residence and Greek Life dormitories, but students can choose to live off campus in the third largest city in the United States, Chicago.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY AT ILLINOIS TECH?

Illinois Institute of Technology, ranked #30 in Best Value Schools according to the US News and World Report, offers a wide range of programs and majors to support your academic and professional careers. Students can begin at any point in their academic careers; start with English and continue on to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Why should I study in Chicago?

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and has some of the world's best food, shopping, and museums in addition to its amazing architecture. There are events every weekend, live music and theatre every night, and beautiful parks and gardens. For more information on the thriving city, click here and choose Chicago.

When should I arrive? What if I will arrive late?

You must arrive by the mandatory orientation for the semester you have been admitted to. Please visit Program Calendar for those dates. If you expect to arrive after the orientation date, you must inform our office immediately so that we may advise. In most cases, you will be asked to defer until the next semester.

WHAT IF I HAVE TROUBLE GETTING A VISA OR RECEIVE MY VISA VERY LATE?

If you have any trouble related to immigration and/or your visa, please inform our office immediately so that we may advise. In most cases, if your visa is delayed and you will arrive late, you will be asked to defer until the next semester.

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY TO?

Chicago has two airports: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW). Illinois Institute of Technology is easily accessible from both airports by public transportation. To learn more about the airports, visit www.flychicago.com.

HOW DO I GET TO ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY?

Transportation from the airport to Illinois Tech will NOT be provided; however, public transportation is available from both airports. Upon arriving, you can purchase a Ventra transit card, https://www.ventrachicago.com/, from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

  • From O’Hare, you would take the Blue Line, and then transfer to the Green or Red Line; your exit will be 35th-Bronzeville-IIT or Sox-35th respectively.  
  • From Midway, you would take the Orange Line, and then transfer to the Green or Red Line; your exit will be 35th-Bronzeville-IIT or Sox-35th respectively.

If you prefer you can arrange a shuttle or take a taxi; visit www.flychicago.com for more information about pricing. You can also arrange for an Uber or Lyft driver to pick you up at the airport using their respective apps (available on Android and iPhone).

Why do I need health insurance?

The costs of health care services in the United States can be very expensive. Although a person may be very healthy, sudden medical emergencies do occur. Medical emergencies in the US are the most expensive services. Illinois Institute of Technology takes pride in making sure all of its students are covered for such emergencies in addition to preventive care. Illinois Tech does not waive insurance for international students because healthcare is different in other countries, and the university cannot verify that international healthcare plans are similar or substantial. Travel insurance is not comparable to the university’s healthcare plan and is not accepted as a substitute. For more information about the student health insurance or the Student Health and Wellness Center, please visit http://web.iit.edu/shwc/.

HOW DO I MAKE A COMPLAINT?

For any issues related to customer dissatisfaction with the university, program, staff, faculty, courses, housing, meals, or other services, please use the following form to file a complaint. You will receive confirmation that the form was submitted, and you should hear back from a member of our team within 3 business days. We take every complaint seriously and try to accommodate those we serve within reason according to the law and university and departmental policies.