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International Student Arrival Guidelines

Welcome to Illinois Tech. We are excited to welcome you to our community and can't wait for your arrival!

Virtual Instruction for First Two Weeks of Spring Semester

Illinois Tech will move to virtual instruction for the first two weeks of the spring semester, with a return to full in-person instruction on Monday, January 24. During this period of online instruction, the university will continue to provide normal services to students including those who remain in campus housing.

Booster Requirement

As of January 24 all students, faculty, and staff are required to provide proof of the booster vaccination. If you are a student who is fully vaccinated with Sinovac or another World Health Organization-approved vaccination, and you received the vaccine more than six months ago, you can get the first dose of one of the United States vaccines and then upload that as a booster. 

Also, if you would like to avoid the initial six months booster recommendation, you are encouraged to start a new FDA-approved series immediately, without waiting. Please submit booster documentation here.

Testing Requirement

Before returning to campus, students, faculty, and staff must provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours of a return to campus. Please submit testing documentation here.

Vaccine and Quarantine Information

Illinois Institute of Technology is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for traveling to the United States as a non-U.S. citizen or immigrant.

Prior to boarding your flight, you must show proof of vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel. For exceptions and more information, please visit the CDC website.

We are excited to welcome you to the vibrant city of Chicago and your home away from home on Mies Campus. Thank you for all you do to continue to support the health and safety of your fellow Illinois Tech community members.

Travel Information to Illinois Tech

Pre-Travel Requirements

Before arriving in the United States you must have a valid Form I-20 or DS-2019 and a valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp. Please also complete the following checklist:

  • Fill out the CDC attestation form and bring it with you to the airport
  • Before boarding your flight, show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel

If you are unable to show proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to travel by air to the U.S. unless you meet the criteria for an exception. If you meet the criteria for an exception, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel.

Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date guidelines.

General Travel-Related Information

For students who are living in residence halls and need to quarantine upon arrival, please contact your admissions counselor or enrollment adviser as soon as possible to ensure that a room is available for you.


Post-Travel Requirements

All international students must complete this checklist found on the CDC website:

  • If you are vaccinated, the CDC’s guidelines state that you must obtain a COVID-19 viral test three to five days upon arrival. You are not required to quarantine if you are vaccinated and have a negative test result. 
  • If you are not vaccinated, the CDC’s guidelines state that you self-quarantine for seven full days AND obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test three to five days after arrival.
  • If you test positive, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for 10 days. For students living in campus housing, Illinois Tech will seek to offer on-campus self-quarantine rooms in the residence halls.  


We are following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of approved vaccines for our policies. Please see the entire list on the WHO website.

You will be able to check into your housing at the time you arrive on campus. Please check-in at your assigned residence hall upon arrival.

On January 3–15 we will have members of the community at the Welcome Desk in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center. They will be there from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

As of the date of issuance of these FAQs, people ages 12–17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine in the United States.

As of the date of issuance of these FAQs, if you are fully vaccinated with an United States Food and Drug Administration-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization, you do not need to quarantine. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent website for any updates.

Students can get a PCR viral test at the Student Health and Wellness Center on campus, but they must schedule an appointment in advance by calling the center at 312.567.7550. It will be a test that is sent out to Quest Diagnostics for analysis; thus, it may take a few days for a result to come in. Also, many local grocery stores and pharmacies provide free testing. You can search a list of testing locations on the City of Chicago website.


If you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for seven days. If you are exempt from vaccination, you need to notify the admission office so that it can help you prepare for quarantine.

New incoming international students who have signed a housing contract and are living on campus will be provided with a location to quarantine after contacting the admission office.

If you are living off campus, please plan to quarantine in your off-campus residence.

The City of Chicago has issued a travel advisory that advises unvaccinated travelers from certain states to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine upon arrival. Travelers are encouraged to delay travel until fully vaccinated.


We will be following updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, but in most cases, we will ask that residents quarantine alone.

Meals will be delivered to your room, and accommodations can be made upon request.

Transportation to Mies Campus

There are a number of ways to get to campus from either O’Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport. If you are traveling at night, we recommend using Uber, Lyft, or other car-sharing services.

Learn more about our recommended travel options to Mies Campus on the Illinois Tech website.

Arrival on Mies Campus

If you are living on Mies Campus in a residence hall, you can check in at your assigned residence hall to pick up your keys and HawkCard. Here is a list of our residence halls and their addresses. 

If, after arriving at Mies Campus, you have questions about where to go or need additional assistance, please reach out to Illinois Tech staff at 312.567.5075.

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center Welcome Desk

The Welcome Desk in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) is located at 3201 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616. Members of the community will be present at the Welcome Desk in the MTCC if you have any questions upon your arrival to campus from January 3–15 from 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Late Arrivals

On a case-by-case basis, we will allow late arrivals up until the add/drop date (January 22). You must email the admission office and request a late arrival with an appropriate visa appointment showing your ability to arrive on time.

Trouble Logging Onto the Internet?

Using your Illinois Tech login information, you will be able to connect to the internet easily. Check the instructions based on your device on the Office of Technology Services (OTS) website. If you have issues connecting, please send an email to the OTS Support Desk or leave a message with the Support Desk’s monitored voicemail at 312.567.3375. For Support Desk hours, please visit the OTS website.

Next Steps

Campus Life International Center

All new international students, including transfer students, must virtually check-in with the International Center. This is mandated by the United States government. Due to government regulations, the latest date a student can arrive into the U.S. is January 22, 2022. 

Campus Map

Once you are on campus, you will have to do a number of things with various departments. Learn more about what those things are and what different departments need from you.


We are so excited to welcome you to the United States to pursue your degree at Illinois Tech and build your English skills through our English Language Program! To help prepare you for success, if you are required to take an English language assessment, please make a reservation to take your assessment. If you are unable to make a reservation, please email