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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!

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. For exceptions and more information, visit the CDC website.

We are excited to welcome you to the vibrant city of Chicago and your home away from home on the Illinois Tech Campus.

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:

  • Submit proof of vaccination through Med+Proctor
  • Before boarding your flight, show proof of vaccination
  • 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.

Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date guidelines.

General Travel-Related Information

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended but not required in indoor areas of public transportation hubs, including aircraft and airports, when traveling into, within, or out of the U.S.
  • More information about the airport and immigration process and documentation can be found on the Illinois Tech website
For students who are living in residence halls and need to quarantine upon arrival, contact your admissions counselor or enrollment adviser as soon as possible to ensure that a room is available for you.


Post-Travel Requirements

As required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, all incoming international students, including transfer-in international students, must check in with our International Center during business hours within 24 hours of arriving in the U.S.

  • Check-in will take place in person, in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC), 3201 South State Street, Chicago, starting on Monday, August 15, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Students who arrive after 5 p.m. will be able to check in the next business day.
  • Required documents/information for check-in: Passport with visa stamp; I-20; local U.S. address; local telephone number; and emergency contact information.
  • International student holds will be removed from your account within 24 hours of checking in. The international student hold does NOT prevent a student from registering for classes.
  • Students only need to check in with the International Center staff once.

If you have not done so pre-arrival, you must also submit proof of vaccination through Med+Proctor. If you are exempt from being vaccinated, email the admission office so we can help you prepare for your arrival.

You will need to obtain a COVID-19 test three to five days after your arrival and quarantine for five (5) days. If you are:

  • Living on campus (with a housing contract): We will assign you a location to quarantine
  • Living off campus: You will quarantine in your residence

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, reach out to Illinois Tech staff at 312.567.5075 or visit the Welcome Desk in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center, located at 3201 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616.

Late Arrivals

On a case-by-case basis, we will allow late arrivals up until the add/drop date (September 3). You must request a late arrival with an appropriate visa appointment showing your ability to arrive on time. Select students may request this through your individual App Tracker.

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 website. If you have issues connecting, 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, visit the OTS website.

Next Steps

Campus Life International Center

Members of the community will be present at the Welcome Desk in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center if you have any questions upon your arrival to campus starting on Monday, August 15, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

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, email


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 as they are staffed 24 hours a day.

Starting on Monday, August 15, we will have members of the community at the Welcome Desk in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC), 3201 S. State Street, Chicago. They will be there from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. almost every day.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for five 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 housing department at

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.