Information for International Applicants

The Department of History welcomes international students, who do much to enliven and enrich the intellectual community at UIUC. Prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 10 months prior to their intended semester of entry due to federal and state processing of the paperwork for your F- or J-visa.

International students should immediately consult the website of the Graduate College, which provides up-to-date information regarding transcripts, language proficiency, visas, and health requirements for international applicants. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides additional resources for prospective and current students.

International applicants should note that additional expenses are normally due prior to the first disbursement of financial aid. These costs can include start-up costs (first and last months’ rent, utilities, and groceries) and university fees. We recommend all students be prepared for additional out of pocket expenses, as the first paycheck usually does not arrive until mid to late September. Students should consider these expenses when figuring the costs of admission.


An International Student Caucus has been formed to promote international diversity in the Department of History. It offers assistance and guidance to first-year international graduate students. It is also an opportunity for networking, event-planning, and collaboration with HSGA through which international students can get more involved in the department and on campus. Meetings will be held regularly and focus on the interests and concerns of international students in the department. Contacts, 2017-18: Anca Mandru ( and Jun Huang (



To demonstrate English language proficiency, international applicants need to submit the scores of one of the following standardized tests:

  • 102 or above on the TOEFL iBT Test

  • 600 or above on the TOEFL paper-based test

  • 253 on the TOEFL computer-based test

  • 6.5 or higher on the IELTS academic test

Test scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.

The departmental minimum test scores are higher than the university minimum. Still, few applicants admitted with TOEFL iBT scores below 109 (or equivalent) have succeeded in our program, and we seldom admit such applicants. American graduate education in History puts a high premium on the command of spoken, as well as written, English. Moreover, in this department the chief means of support for graduate students is the teaching assistantship, and our university and state regulations require spoken English exams (TSE) with a passing score of 50 (or equivalent) for all international applicants for such assistantships.


International applicants must send their original transcripts to the department in a sealed envelope, but the student may send it to our office in a packet with other materials. English and native language transcripts and certificates of degree are required. Students who receive their degree after the application deadline must provide their transcripts to the department and the Graduate College as early as possible in their first semester. For applicants from China: In addition to the transcript, a separate certificate of degree is required, regardless of whether the degree earned is shown on the transcript.

These materials are to be sent to:

Graduate Secretary

309 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St.

Urbana, IL 61801

For more details see "Information for International Students" in the Current Students section.