What is IFY?

Our International Freshman program is uniquely designed to support you as you pursue an undergraduate degree at Illinois Tech, while improving your academic and English language levels.

How it works

  • Improve your English language level

    • Academic writing skills
    • Academic reading skills
    • Presentation and discussion skills
    • Listening and note taking
  • Improve your academic grades and study skills

    • Improve your grade-point average
    • Learn the study skills essential for success in U.S. universities
  • Receive specialist university progression support

    • Expert guidance on which degree to progress to
    • One-to-one support sessions
    • Faculty visits and meetings
  • Progress to a university degree at Illinois Tech


Entry requirements

All admissions entry requirements for International Freshman Year

Fees and Dates


Freshman Year
Direct entry
Annual Fees
Housing & Dining
Health Insurance
Mandatory Fees
Scholarships available
(country based)
Up to $15,000
Up to $5,000
Up to $5,000
English Level
Min 2.25 GPA
Not Required
Min 3.0 GPA

Fees are subject to change

Dates 2023-24

  Spring 2023 Fall 2023 Spring 2024 Fall 2024
Application deadline 1st June TBC TBC
Finance/I-20 deadline 17th July TBC TBC
Move-in 02nd January 12th August 03rd January 12th August
Semester 1 09th January - 06th May 21st August - 09th December 08th January - 04th May 19th August - 07th December
Semester 2 22nd May - 12th August 08th January - 04th May 13th May - 03rd August 13th Jaunaury- 05th May

Example program

On arrival you will be supported in developing a personalized study plan depending on your academic level and desired major.

1st Semester
Total Credits:12
Math Module


Computing Module

Computer programming

Elective Module

Science Module /
Free Elective

Seminar Module


2nd Semester
Total Credits:12
Math Module


Computing Module

Computer Science/
Science Elective / ITP

Elective Module

Science Module /
Free Elective

Undergraduate application
checklist and deadlines

Key IFY Direct Entry Not required for IFY
  1. Complete application form
  2. End of high/secondary school certificate or most recent transcripts if still due to complete
  3. Official copy of English proficiency
  4. Financial affidavit of support
  5. Bank statement (if required)
  6. Copy of passport identity page
  7. Pay deposit amount
  8. Explanation of any gaps in academic record e.g. resume
  9. Immigration check form including copies of any previous visas
  10. For students who are transferring credits, submit course descriptions
  11. Letters of recommendation
  12. Personal statement
  13. SAT or ACT test score/math test

Further information may be required depending on your circumstances