Asian student sitting on the quad.

International Students

Illinois State is a destination for students and scholars from around the world.

Quick Facts

  • 20,784 students

    18,330 undergraduate
    2,454 graduate

  • 67 countries

    Students from all over the world, including India, China, Brazil, and Germany.

  • Top 100 Public University

    Illinois State is one of the Top 100 national public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

  • Close to Everything

    Our hometown, Normal, is in Central Illinois, less than 300 kilometers from big cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

How to Apply

Illinois State University is an American university with global reach, attracting students and faculty from all over the world. You can choose from 165+ undergraduate majors, 95 master's degree sequences, and 10 doctoral programs, while receiving assistance from our transition experts in the Office of International Studies and Programs.

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English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Illinois State University provides a special non-degree intensive program in English as a Second Language. ELI, which addresses communicative and academic needs, benefits international students who wish to increase their English proficiency for college-level work.

Apply to English Language Institute

Training Opportunities

The Office of International Studies and Programs offers several academic, management, and language training programs to meet the needs of groups seeking additional training or experience. These programs can be customized to fit specific academic criteria and learning objectives, or to coincide with larger educational initiatives.

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Financial Assistance and Costs

International students are generally not eligible for the same kinds of financial aid as American students. However, there are some scholarships and other assistance available.

Campus Life

Even if you can't travel to the U.S. to visit before applying, you can still see our beautiful, historic campus.

Housing and Dining

Students at Watterson

Living On-Campus

On-campus housing is a great way to get a feel for the American student experience. Many international students who live on campus choose to live in International House, or "I-House," a Themed Living-Learning Community inside Manchester Hall.

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Off-Campus Housing Database

Graduate students and junior and senior undergraduate students may choose to live off-campus.

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Meal Plans

Students living on campus must purchase a meal plan. Students living in off-campus housing may also choose to purchase a meal plan.


Illinois State's comprehensive internationalization effort includes expansion of internationally-oriented courses, campuswide programs, student organizations, student services, civic engagement opportunities, and other activities at Illinois State and affiliated locations.


Get connected to Admissions counselors and our Office of International Studies and Programs team.