When you join Harris Public Policy, you join network of students, faculty, alumni, and staff that’s passionate about doing good—for Harris and the world. Harris has students from more than 15 countries comprising 5 continents. 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.
As an international student, you will need to be in an immigration status that allows you to enroll at Harris legally. 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. The Institute of International Education typically maintains lists of region-specific funding sources. OIA also has a list of some major sources of funding for international students.
Prodigy Finance offers loans to international graduate students from 150 different nationalities (US citizens and permanent residents ineligible). They are accepting applications from Harris students. Students may be eligible to borrow up to 80 percent of cost of attendance, depending on each individual application. The interest rate is highly competitive: 5.5–8.5% over the three-month US LIBOR base rate. The loan term is 10 years. To begin an application, please visit www.prodigyfinance.com.
As an international student, your visa will allow you to be hired for part time jobs on campus. The Harris Career Development Office maintains postings for on- and off-campus employment, as does the University's Office of Career Advising and Placement Services. The College at the University of Chicago often has a need for experienced tutors in areas such as mathematics, economics, chemistry and other courses. These are salaried positions and carry no tuition remission. In addition, the University's Student Housing Office has resident assistant positions in the undergraduate dormitories available each year. These positions offer room and board.
Hyde Park is a diverse and eclectic community. UChicago students come from more than 100 countries to engage with people, programs, and opportunities. 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.