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EIU Office of International Students and Scholars

Eastern Illinois University, located in the east central Illinois community of Charleston, provides the best undergraduate and graduate education of any public university in the region.

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

“I think there are no big differences with America and China. Before I came to America I thought maybe I will meet lots of culture shock but I didn’t see any. I just keep communicating with friends and my roommates and other people."

Haizhou Li, China

"I am living the life that I knew I wanted but was tentative to reach out for. My lifestyle combines all of the things that I enjoy the most: travel, culture, education, new experiences, sports and relaxation. I feel that I have much more time in Germany to appreciate life and explore my hobbies."

Laura Keating, Study Abroad in Germany

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Office of International Students and Scholars

1170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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