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Study in Chicago

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Why study in Chicago?

Chicago is the most populous city in the state of Illinois in the USA - and the third largest city in the country. It’s known for its fast paced metropolitan lifestyle, a hub for business, and a thriving community for the performing arts.

International students are drawn to Chicago for it’s multicultural community and good connections to the rest of the US and the world. It’s a large city that is easy to get around, containing multiple transport options and even free travel through some of the city’s universities’ u-pass.

Universities in Chicago

Chicago is a center of education with over 20 higher education institutions having a presence in the city. There is a mixture of public and private universities, as well as religiously affiliated options to study at.

Many universities in Chicago have business schools, engineering faculties and liberal arts options that are popular among international students.

What to study in Chicago

The wide range of universities available in Chicago means that international students will find an option for the program they want to study at the level they want to study. Bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees are all available from institutions in the city. MBAs are also on offer from universities' business schools.

The city is the third largest media hub after LA and NYC, so draws students wanting to study or major in a related field. This can open up the opportunity for work experience, or placements as part of your degree.

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How to study in Chicago

To be admitted as an international student at a Chicago university, you’ll need to meet the university’s specific entry requirements. The requirements will differ between programs, universities and degree levels, but you’ll at least need to have completed secondary education to a good standard.

You’ll also need to prove that your English language skills are good enough to study with English as the language of instruction. You can do this by taking a TOEFL iBT test - the most popular method of academic language testing in the US.

You’ll need to arrange for the correct visa before you can study at a university in Chicago. When you’ve been accepted onto a program and accepted your place, you should apply for your US F1 student visa.

Cost to study in Chicago

Studying in a major US city such as Chicago can be expensive. Some programs may cost international students more than $50,000 per year, however this depends on the subject and level of study.

In terms of general living costs Chicago is more expensive than the US average, which is in part down to its popularity. Accommodation off campus can be particularly expensive.

Key facts of Chicago

  • 74/24°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 2.8 million Population
  • 21 Universities
  • USA Country