Students in a summer research program perform an experiment.

Visiting Students

Visiting and Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Study at Illinois Tech among a diverse student body in one of the world’s greatest cities—Chicago!

Students interested in taking undergraduate or graduate-level courses at Illinois Tech without earning a degree are invited to apply through the Office of Admission.

Undergraduate-Level Courses

Non-degree applicants to undergraduate-level courses will need to submit unofficial transcripts as evidence that you have met prerequisites for the courses that you wish to take. We encourage you to use Transferology, a nationwide, online transfer-planning resource, to identify which courses transfer to your home institution.

Simply register for an account at Transferology to access our transfer guides.


Questions? Call 312.567.3027.

Graduate-Level Courses and Certificates

Illinois Tech requires a four-year bachelor’s degree conferred with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution for admission as a non-degree student.


Questions? Call 312.567.3020 or email

Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research opportunities allow you to work alongside faculty and graduate students on fascinating projects. For some students, conducting research early in their academic career is an important step in determining whether to pursue graduate school or a career in either academia or industry. Research experience can also help students decide whether their specific academic course is right for them. 

Illinois Tech offers four- and eight-week summer research opportunities for credit in engineering, science, and business.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

 Graduate Research Opportunities

Application Deadlines

All domestic and four-week visiting international students should apply by March 29, 2020. International visiting students who wish to take the eight-week session should apply by February 23, 2020. Applications received after these dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis, space permitting.

Questions about the summer research opportunities? Email or call 312.567.3849.

As a visiting student at Illinois Tech, you must be enrolled at another university to take advantage of the four- and eight-week summer research opportunities. All visiting students must apply first.

For step-by-step instructions on how to apply, view the instructions below.

  1. Click on the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of the summer research program you are interested in
  2. The Apply Now button will prompt students to create an account in the IIT Applicant portal (We recommend applicants do not sign up with an email address for,, and
  3. After a student has an account, fill out the application titled
  4. Students may apply to up to three research opportunities by filling out the application three times—most of the information will be saved from one application to the next. The first research opportunity that a student applies to will be considered their first choice
  5. All application materials must be completed in English

If you need assistance with the application process or with registering, email with subject line “Elevate Summer Research Applicant.”

Secure your spot with an Intent to Enroll deposit

Students are admitted on a rolling basis. To secure your spot after you are admitted, submit a $500 non-refundable deposit. Directions will be provided in your acceptance email.

Note: The opportunity that you submit the deposit for is the opportunity you will participate in.

Prepare for your travel

Book an interview with your consulate, and book your flight to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. After acceptance, you will receive additional communication about how to upload this information in your AppTracker.

Four-week Arrival and Departure Dates

  • Thursday, July 9
  • Saturday, August 8

Eight-week Arrival and Departure Dates

  • Thursday, May 21
  • Saturday, July 18


Illinois Tech’s Office of Residence Life will host students that are admitted for research opportunities on campus in Gunsaulus Hall. Once you have been admitted to conduct research at Illinois Tech and have completed the Intent to Enroll form, the housing agreement will be emailed to you. Should you have questions about housing, please contact Residence Life by emailing or by calling 312.567.5075.


Your online student account and official bills can be found through the myIIT portal’s finances tab by following the Manage My Student Account link. Payments for student accounts can be made online or by mail. For security purposes, credit card payments are accepted exclusively through our online payment system. Visiting international students have the opportunity to pay in-person on the day of their orientation; however, we do not accept cash payments. Come prepared with a credit card or wire transfer information.


Illinois Tech will have a required welcoming and information session for all visiting students.

  • Four-week session Orientation: Friday, July 10
  • Eight-week session Orientation: Friday, May 22