General Information

Below is general information for ALL graduate students in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics. It applies to all students no matter their program, whether or not they receive a teaching assistantship, and whether they are an international or domestic student.

This page contains information on important dates, setting up your university accounts, registering for classes, paying your tuition and fees, medical records requirements, health insurance, housing, and public transit. Please scroll down and read ALL the information on this page!

Important Dates for Graduate Students

University Orientation

Please note: There are two orientations for new students.

  1. Departmental Orientation (only for new students who will be TAs)
  2. University Orientation (ALL new students)

Academic Calendar

Check the University Academic Calendar for information about University holidays; registration, add/drop, and withdraw deadlines; and other important dates.

Semester Start/End Dates

Semester beginning and end dates can be found on the Academic Calendar or on the Registrar’s website. It is important that you know when each semester begins and ends!

University Accounts

NetID (online services)

A UIC network ID, or NetID, is a public identifier used to identify yourself for your ACCC accounts and services. A NetID is also needed to access UIC and University of Illinois online and Web services, including UIC Human Resources online systems, students’ portal accounts, and to establish an Enterprise ID for accessing UI Enterprise Applications. Your UIC NetID is part of your UIC email address ( and is used to login to, UIC-Wireless, ACCC email accounts, and the ACCC Unix servers, among other things. Your NetID is not a password. It is not an account, itself, but you need one to open an account.

Visit the ACCC website for information on how to activate your NetID.

Obtaining an i-Card

The i-Card is the official identification card of the University for students, staff and faculty. It is important to obtain the i-Card and carry it with you at all times. The i-Card is needed to enter certain labs and buildings, for access to certain student-related events and services, and to check material out of the library. Once you have registered, you should obtain your i-Card as soon as possible. You will need to bring a print-out of your registration and either a driver’s license, state ID card, or passport to the i-Card Office.

Complete information, including locations, is available from the i-Card Office.

Registration and Tuition

Registering for courses online

Sometime after you receive your official admission letter from the Office of Admissions and Records you will receive, usually via email, instructions on when and how to register. Registration, including changes to any existing registration, begins a number of months before the term and continues through the first official ten days of the term (first official five days for summer session). Up until this date you can add or drop courses freely and without penalty. During the registration period, all registration activity is carried out by the student using Student Self-Service, which may be accessed from UIC Web For Students. If you receive an error message that you do not understand, consult the Registration Help Line at (312) 996-8600.

Paying your tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. The tuition and fee schedule at UIC is fairly elaborate so it is important to understand what your charges will be, as well as your payment obligations. As soon as a new student registers for a class they receive an electronic bill. Payment is to be done online. If you need to work out a payment plan, please contact them directly.

Medical Requirements and Insurance

Medical Immunization Requirement

Illinois state law requires proof of certain immunizations for students living in on-campus housing. The policy and contact information are available at the Office of Medical Immunization Records. It is important that you read this information carefully as registration for future terms is not allowed if you are not in compliance at that time.

Student Health Insurance

The University of Illinois requires all students be covered by major medical health insurance therefore, provides students with the CampusCare Program Student Health Benefit Program. CampusCare currently qualifies for minimal essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act as a self-funded health benefit program. CampusCare is not a licensed insurance company. The CampusCare fee is automatically assessed along with other tuition and fees to the student account (E-Bill) once the student registers for courses. There is no enrollment form to complete.

Students with comparable health insurance coverage, for example through a legal guardian or an employer, can waive out of the program by submitting the online Waiver Form before the Enrollment Period Deadline Date.

Housing and Transportation


There are many housing options in the city. Here are some suggestions on places to look:

U-Pass (Public Transit)

The UIC campus is very easily accessed by public transit. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has multiple bus lines and the Blue Line train that serve East Campus (where all LCSL offices and classes are located).

All full-time graduate students (9 credit hours) receive a U-Pass that provides unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains during the semester. There is a fee for the pass. Participation in the U-Pass program is not optional if you meet the eligibility requirements. More information on the U-Pass and information on U-Pass distribution can be found on the ID Center website.