Start at ZJU-UIUC in Fall 2020
We want you to make The Grainger College of Engineering your next home. However, we understand there are consulate backlogs caused by COVID-19 closures. If you are a Chinese citizen and worried about visa issues getting in the way of starting your Grainger Engineering experience, we have a viable option for you.
Start Fall Semester at ZJU-UIUC, located in Haining, China. As a first-time UIUC freshman, if you cannot travel to Urbana for the fall semester due to visa or travel restrictions, you have the opportunity to be a UIUC student studying at ZJU-UIUC in Fall 2020. This allows you to begin your Grainger Engineering studies even if you cannot make it to the Urbana campus this fall.
Choose this path with two simple steps
1. Accept your offer to UIUC, if you haven't already.
2. After you've accepted your offer to UIUC, let Erika know of your choice.
You can also reach out to Erika with any questions you may have.
- Why is this beneficial for me?
You would start as a Grainger Engineering student with a residential experience, while progressing toward your degree, even if you can't physically make it to our campus in Urbana, Illinois, United States.
- How soon must I make a decision on attending ZJU-UIUC?
You must notify us of your commitment to attending ZJU-UIUC by your summer registration date so that we can advise you appropriately.
- What courses would I take?
You would enroll in courses normally offered at ZJU-UIUC. In the fall semester these courses are taught in English by a combination of faculty from ZJU-UIUC and UIUC faculty. These are the same courses you would take as a first-year student on the Urbana campus and you will work with your academic advisor at your summer registration appointment to create a course load that matches your academic goals.
- How would I begin building my Grainger Engineering community?
We will provide a summer orientation program for you and your peers starting ZJU-UIUC in Fall 2020. You will also be in a special online section of Engineering 100, which is taught by UIUC staff.
- How long will I be at ZJU-UIUC?
We anticipate this opportunity will last for the Fall 2020 semester and you would start classes on our campus in Urbana for Spring 2021.
- How will tuition be charged?
Tuition fees will be assessed and charged from UIUC, not ZJU. This happens through your UIUC student account. Housing fees will be assessed separately through ZJU in the fall and your housing unit in the spring at UIUC.
- Do I need to complete ZJU graduation requirements?
No. You work toward graduation requirements for UIUC. You are essentially a UIUC student studying abroad during your first semester as a college student.
- Do I still need to apply for I-20?
Yes. You will proceed through the UIUC admission process. I-20s are being sent digitally sent. If you get an I-20 and get visa and but cannot get a flight, we will cancel your I-20 for the fall. You may then need to reapply for I-20 for Spring 2021.
The ZJU-UIUC partnership
The Zhejiang University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (ZJU-UIUC) Institute is a new engineering college on the new Zhejiang University (ZJU) International Campus in Haining, China. The Institute conducts teaching and research in broad program themes of engineering and system sciences; information and data sciences; and energy, environment, and infrastructure sciences.