Useful Information for New ITAs
i-cards (Student IDs)
UIC student IDs (i-cards) are used to access campus services and facilities, such as UIC campus shuttles, libraries, recreation centers, and printing in on-campus computer labs. Sometimes off-campus restaurants, businesses, and tourist destinations even offer student discounts if you show them your i-card.
i-cards can be obtained by visiting the ID Center at either of their on-campus locations. The main ID Center office is located in Room 124 in Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St.). For those on West Campus, the ID Center has a second office located in Room 241 in Student Center West (828 S. Wolcott St.).
U-Pass (CTA Student Pass)
All full-time students at UIC receive a CTA U-Pass, which provides unlimited rides on all CTA trains and buses during the academic term. The U-Pass program is run by the ID Center.
Bus and train trackers, schedules, and route maps for the entire public transit system are available on the CTA website.
UIC Buses and Shuttles
UIC Transportation Services operates several bus and shuttle routes that connect different parts of campus. All of these buses are free for members of the UIC community and require only a valid UIC i-card to board.
Information on the shuttle routes and a free bus tracker are available on the Transportation Services website.
Policies, Programs, and Procedures Affecting Graduate Students
The UIC Graduate College is an excellent resource for information on degree programs and requirements, fellowships and other funding opportunities, professional development programming, and general assistance with issues affecting graduate students. They also offer several courses to improve your writing, research, and teaching skills. For more information, visit their website or consult the GC section of the UIC Graduate Course Catalog.
International Student Services
In addition to organizing the international student orientation, the Office of International Services (OIS) provides information on immigration and valuable resources to help you adjust to life in Chicago.
OIS also sponsors events and programs to help international students explore Chicago and become more involved in the UIC community. For more information on the services and activities they offer, visit the OIS website.
Located on the first floor of Grant Hall, UIC’s Writing Center offers free, individual support and one-on-one assistance with your writing, whether it’s a paper for class, a lab report, a dissertation chapter, or a resume.
You can make an appointment through their website or just drop in during their open hours to consult with a writing tutor.
ACCC (Academic Computing and Communications Center)
ACCC provides central computer support to the UIC campus community. If you need assistance with managing your university email account or NetID, using Blackboard and other instructional technology in your classroom, or UIC WiFi and web services, contact ACCC. They also run several computer labs on campus that include printers and areas to work collaboratively.