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International Student Arrival

Welcome to Illinois Tech, we can't wait to welcome you to our community!

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a new statewide indoor mask mandate, as well as a vaccination requirement for all higher education students, faculty, and staff. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status for all indoor shared spaces.

Vaccination Events:

  1. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be coming to campus with Moderna vaccines to be administered on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hermann Hall. You can register here for your first or second dose; however, if this will be your first dose, you will need to schedule your second dose through another provider such as Howard Brown Health. Walk-ins are also welcome.

  2. The Illinois College of Optometry is hosting a vaccine clinic in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday, September 17, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. A single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be available to anyone ages 12 and over. Registration is available at this link. The clinic has capacity for a limited number of walk-ins, and registration is strongly encouraged.

For students under the age of 18, please have your parents and/or guardian complete the following forms and bring it with you to present at your vaccination appointment.

Travel Information to Illinois Tech

Pre-Travel Requirements

Before arriving in the U.S., you must have a valid I-20 or DS-2019 and a valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp. As of January 26, 2021, anyone, including people who have been fully vaccinated, traveling to the U.S. from abroad will be permitted to board an aircraft only if they

  1. have received a negative COVID-19 test result within three calendar days prior to their departure or
  2. can provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the prior three months and clearance for travel by a health care provider or public health official.

Travel to the United States from or through certain countries is currently prohibited due to COVID-19. The list of affected countries can be found on the CDC website.

For students who are living in residence dorms and need to quarantine upon arrival, please complete this form as soon as possible to ensure that a room is available for you.

Post-Travel Requirements

More specific information about these requirements can be found on the CDC website, but in sum, they provide:

  • If you are vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines state that you obtain a viral PCR test three-to-five days upon arrival. You are not required to quarantine if you are vaccinated and have a negative PCR test. 
  • If you are not vaccinated, the CDC’s guidelines state that you self-quarantine for seven full days AND obtain a negative viral PCR test three-to-five days upon arrival. If you cannot obtain a negative viral PCR test, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine for 10 full days. For students living in campus housing, Illinois Tech will seek to offer on-campus self-quarantine rooms in the residence halls.  

General Travel Related Information

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 

Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.

FAQs

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

People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

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, after international travel for fully vaccinated people with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) states: 

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. If your test is positive, isolate yourself for 10 days to protect others from getting infected.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

As these requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the CDC, you should periodically review the relevant CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html.

As of the date of issuance of these FAQs, after international travel information for unvaccinated people:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If your test is positive, isolate yourself for 10 days to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

As these requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the CDC, you should periodically review the relevant CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html.

Students can get a PCR 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 may search here.

Illinois Tech will be hosting a vaccination event for students on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students must register in advance here. When providing your address, please use your local Chicago address. 

Vaccines are generally, readily available in Chicago through a number of facilities. The following website maintained by the City of Chicago can assist in locating vaccine sites: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-finder.html.

New incoming international students who are residing in Illinois Tech residence halls will be quarantined in a residence hall room on campus (if not vaccinated). Upon arrival on campus, please check into your assigned residence hall to be assigned a room. The residence halls are staffed 24 hours a day and a staff member will be available to assist.

If you have any questions regarding the mandatory quarantine for new incoming students residing in residence halls please contact, Thy Nguyen, Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Career Services at tnguyen25@iit.edu.

As of the date of issuance of these FAQs, based on the City of Chicago’s travel order, no quarantine or test required. However, this is subject to change by the City in its discretion’ therefore, students are encouraged to review the City’s travel order at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html.

Adhere to masking rules is required. Currently, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations as well as health facilities.

We have blocked off a number of rooms on campus within McCormick Student Village for you to quarantine.

If you have chosen to live in a residence dorm and need to quarantine, please complete this form prior to arriving. 

 

You will be allowed to leave your rooms or the residence hall under certain circumstances with prior approval from a residence hall staff member during quarantine.

Additional information will be provided soon, but the rooms will have the same provisions as other rooms in the residence halls.

We will be following updated CDC guidelines, but in most cases, we will ask that residents quarantine alone.

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

A number of Welcome Week activities will offer either a live stream or be recorded. More information will be coming soon on what is offered.

Arrival to Campus

We highly recommend utilizing the shared car service Lyft to get from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Illinois Tech's Mies Campus. The estimated cost of a Lyft ride is $25–50 USD. 

Please note that if you plan to use Lyft to travel to campus, prepare the following in advance:

  • Download the Lyft app to your smartphone
  • Add your credit card information before traveling
  • Ensure that you have data service enabled on your smartphone
  • If you are coming to campus prior to move-in, connect with the Office of Residence Life to ensure that your room is ready for your arrival
  • Update your App Tracker to include your flight information

Additional options to arrives to Illinois Tech's Mies Campus from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) are listed below. View our directions to campus to plan your route:

  • Public Transportation: If you are flying into Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, you can reach campus by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA ) .
  • Taxi: If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, please find the taxi stand. Information on taxis at O’Hare can be found here .
  • Go Express: If you are traveling with family and friends and would like to take a shuttle from either O’Hare or Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Mies Campus or Conviser Law Center, you can get more information by clicking here. Prices start at approximately $35 per person.

Upon arrival to campus, please check in virtually with the International Center as soon as possible. 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.

If after arriving to campus you have questions about where to go or need additional assistance, please reach staff at 312-567-5075 or visit the Welcome Desk in McCormick Tribune Campus Center located at 3201 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616.

Trouble Logging Onto the Internet?

Using your Illinois Tech login information, you will be able to connect to the internet easily. Check instructions based on your device here. For 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 click here.

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 September 22, 2021. 

Ventra-UPASS

Students who are registered for full-time academic hours (Grad students - 9 billable academic hours, Undergrad students -12 billable academic hours) will be enrolled for the UPass program. The mandatory fee of $155 for the Fall semester will be billed to your student account. 

Campus Map

Once you arrive on campus, you will need to contact certain departments. Learn more about the different departments, what they do and how to contact them.