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As an international student, you will feel right at home as you contribute your perspective to the varying viewpoints that make up the Harris community. Harris Public Policy's network of students, faculty, alumni, and staff are passionate about doing good—for Harris and the world. Our students come from more than 15 countries on 5 continents.
In addition to the information below, detailed information about visa requirements, funding options, alternative loans, student employment, and student life are available in the Admissions section of our website.
The University is able to sponsor full-time students in F-1 or J-1 status (when eligible). The Office of International Affairs (OIA) offers detailed information about these topics for admitted students, and the OIA staff can answer most questions related to immigration issues, visa requirements and travel restrictions.
Many of Harris' international students are sponsored by a third party organization.
Students sponsored by a third party organization outside of Harris can process the payments via direct billing from the University. In order to be invoiced, the sponsors should complete a Third Party Contract with the University. The contract should be accompanied by your award letter for processing of your payments. The UChicago Bursar's Office has more information as well as the appropriate form. You can also contact Harris financial aid advisor Milvia Rodriguez.
While you must be a US citizen/national or a permanent resident to be considered for Federal Financial Aid, a wide variety of funding sources may still be available to you, depending upon your area of study, home country, and other factors. These include Alternative Loans and Student Employment.
You will find numerous living options, a rich campus life, and and a university committed to welcoming international students. The Harris Office of Student Affairs as well as OIA will be your resources to the numerous services that respond to the unique needs of international students.
Recently signed U.S. Presidential Executive Orders affecting immigration have caused concern among international students, scholars, their families, and their faculty and departments in the University. The University has a repository for relevant communication from the University as well as news items of interest in this context.
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) meets monthly, except for December, throughout the academic year and advises the UChicago Office of International Affairs on international student needs and concerns, participates in the development of new initiatives, interacts with the wider University community to raise the visibility of international students, and develops international student leadership.
Students are encouraged to reach-out to members of the ISAB to share information regarding your experience, make suggestions regarding the kinds of support you would find helpful.
ISAB also publishes a International Students Insider's Guide and provides funding for initiatives and projects that benefit the international student community.
Harris student organizations are another outlet to make connections. There are numerous organizations focused on various international policy issues as well as the needs of our international students.
Learn about Harris Student Organizations
Many of UChicago international students come with their families. The university provides resources including visa support, activities, career services an international partners and spouses group.
When it comes time, the Harris Career Development Office will assist with your search for employment within the US and internationally and help you meet challenges associated with securing employment authorization, assimilating to cultural differences, and overcoming language hurdles.