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Illinois International News is a collection of globally-focused blogs and stories from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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  • A Partnership to Remember: Understanding BRIDGE

    This is the first story in a series highlighting the partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England that was formally established in 2014. These stories lead up to the 10-year anniversary celebration that will take place in April 2024 in Birmingham. 

  • In the News: ACES signs MOU with Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI)

    The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) hosted a delegation from KFRI on January 22-23. Despite the freezing rain that affected many campus activities, the Office of International Programs facilitated a robust program for the six visitors that included meetings, tours, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ACES Dean Germán Bollero. 

    The MOU will allow KFRI and Illinois researchers led by Professor of Food Chemistry Keith Cadwallader and Professor Yong-Su Jin, both in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN), to apply for funding from the government of South Korea for research projects.

  • ISSS offers tips, advice for Spring 2024 semester

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) created a list of tips for all international students and scholars to help get a head start on their spring 2024 semester. 

    Classes resumed on Jan. 16, and the list below is a reminder of what students should keep in mind when they return to campus. 

  • Year in Review: 9 highlights from 2023

    We want to take this opportunity to showcase nine exceptional things that highlight our commitment to the global strategy and show you just how committed our units have been in 2023. We are proud of the work we have done this year, and we are beyond excited to see what we will accomplish in 2024.

  • Call for Proposals: AY2024-2025 BRIDGE Seed Fund

    The call for proposals for the AY2024-2025 BRIDGE Seed Fund in collaboration with the University of Birmingham is now open.

  • ISSS 2023 Memories: International Education Week

    As 2023 ends, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our favorite times with International Student and Scholar Services. This is the second of three stories highlighting those 2023 ISSS memories. The story features a slideshow of photos from several 2023 International Education Week events. International Education Week took place from Nov. 5-11. 

  • ISSS 2023 Memories: O’Hare shuttle services resumed following a 3-year hiatus

    As 2023 ends, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our favorite times with International Student and Scholar Services that we didn’t get a chance to write about when they happened. This is the first of three stories highlighting those 2023 ISSS memories. 

  • Global Relations announces 393 active agreements in 2022-2023 annual report

    The Global Relations team at Illinois International managed over 390 active institutional agreements in 56 countries this year, amplifying the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) mission to promote global engagement for positive contributions to the community, state, nation, and world.

  • ISSS reports increase in international student enrollment

    Total international student enrollment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign increased again this year, climbing from 11,548 in 2022 to 11,580 as of December 2023.

    International Student and Scholar Services reported the increase in its annual International Statistics Book released in December 2023. 

  • Three UIUC students win 3rd annual Reimagine Our Future Sustainability Competition

    UIUC students Margot O'Malley, Tom George, and Jasper Nord presented a project using coffee grounds to grow nutritious oyster mushrooms. They analyzed environmental challenges related to sending coffee grounds to landfills in terms of emitting greenhouse gases and contaminating groundwater and soil. 

    This team recognized the interrelated problems of food insecurity and human health, and the students piloted the solution and presented plans to expand the scope of their initiative. 

    Their presentation won the $2,000 grand prize.