Illinois State University: Upgrade your future
Your International Student Center
When you attend Illinois State, you can expect a high-quality university experience at an affordable price. With a wide range of academic programs and competitive career opportunities in the state of Illinois, you will thrive at the university and beyond. Pursue international education at Illinois State University.
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Your INTO Center
Illinois State remains a first-choice university, ranked among the Top Public Schools. The university is dedicated to delivering an individualized educational experience with small class sizes and personalized attention.
Life in Bloomington-Normal
As one of the best small college towns in the US, you can expect a great quality of life in Bloomington-Normal. With bike-friendly roads and picturesque countryside, you will have a lot to explore. Our campus is steps away from locally owned shops, restaurants and hotels in the thriving central business district.
You don’t have to look far beyond Bloomington-Normal to find career opportunities and things to do. Your days at Illinois State University will be filled with research opportunities, joining one of the 400+ student organizations and networking at events attended by Fortune 500 companies.
Ready for more? Venture by train to some of the major neighboring cities for a weekend like Chicago or St. Louis and the Central Illinois Regional Airport is located 10 minutes from campus. In just two hours, you can experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Chicago, IL. In 2.5 hours from campus, you can wind up in St. Louis, MO, where the Gateway Arch rises like a beacon and welcomes you to the city. At Illinois State, you are local to industry and central to opportunity.
Dedicated support while you study
We want to make sure you have questions answered, resources provided and comforts given. Starting your international student experience is an exciting time. Let us remove any obstacles you may face so you can focus on collegiate excellence.
Our residence halls are more than just a place to eat and sleep. On-campus housing is an opportunity to meet new friends and study partners. It provides you with the perfect balance of academics, recreation and community. When you live on campus, you have all the resources you need just steps away. Residence Life staff are available 24 hours a day for any questions or concerns you may have.