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EIU Office of International Students and Scholars

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EIU is home for over 430
international students
from 52 countries!

EIU has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics, personal relationships, and both on-campus and online opportunities. Get an overview of EIU by visiting EIU at a Glance.

EIU is within three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, and within easy driving distance of Champaign-Urbana. Convenient rail service to downtown Chicago and Champaign-Urbana is available through the Amtrak train station in nearby Mattoon.



Why Choose EIU

Strong Academics

US News and World Reports (2015) ranked EIU as the #1 highest public regional university in Illinois and #5 in the Midwest USA! The University's high academic standing is reflected in high rates of student retention and graduation rates, alumni job placement, and satisfaction among alumni and employers.

Personal Attention from Distinguished Faculty

EIU features a small faculty-student ratio of 1:16 and 100% of full professors have attained their PHD. Research collaboration between students and professors is strongly encouraged.

Safe and Friendly

EIU is located in a safe and friendly small town with many opportunities to get involved in the university and local community.

Prestigious Scholarships Available

The Secondary Science Teacher Certification Program at Eastern Illinois University provides students with an opportunity to prepare for a career as a high school science teacher. Our quality teacher education program is nationally accredited and gives the student practical experience in area districts. Successfully completing this course of study and passing the written certification examinations will allow candidates to teach a variety of high school science courses.

Career Opportunities

EIU's career placement rate is 18% higher than the national average!‪



Don't take our word for it

“What attracted me to EIU in the first instance was the warmth and support with which my initial inquiries were treated by the recruiting staff and professors. In my bid to experience the American education, I preferred attending a small college with small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with professors. EIU offered just that and in addition, had strong research-focused program. I easily interact with people and make new friends. Lo and behold, all my expectations about EIU were met when I arrived on campus.”

Owura, Ghana

"Some people back home told me not to attend a university in the US because I could learn the same at a local one for less. Deciding to ignore them was one of the best decisions of my life. As an international student from Cali, Colombia, I had no idea what I would find at Eastern. All I knew was that thanks to the financial aid they offered me, I would be allowed to begin my dream. However, I soon learned there is a beautiful world here that many have yet to discover. Eastern is full of intelligent, talented, supportive and dedicated professors. Thanks to my teachers and friends here, I have grown more than I ever expected."

Stephany, Colombia

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Office of International Students and Scholars

1170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA
+001(217)581-2321
oiss@eiu.edu


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