Illinois State University


A campus at the center of it all

Illinois State University is located in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, which has been ranked in the Top 10 College Towns in the US by the American Institute for Economic Research. International students at Illinois State can enjoy the friendly and welcoming culture of the Midwest while also being in one of the hottest job markets in the US. The state of Illinois is ranked fourth in the nation for the most Fortune 500 company headquarters. The campus’ close proximity to Chicago offers students access to one of the largest cities in the US as well as many professional opportunities.

A university centered in teaching

As Illinois’ first public university, Illinois State has gained a reputation for excellence over the years. The university is ranked in the Top 100 Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report for its academics, affordability and high-quality research. You can choose to study in 165 undergraduate majors, 94 master’s degrees or 10 doctoral programs. The faculty focuses on integrating traditional methods with emerging innovative ideas to bring you the best possible education. When you attend Illinois State, you will have the opportunity to participate in meaningful research, civic engagement, artistic expression and gain experience in your field both inside and outside the classroom.

Illinois State serves as an alma mater to many notable alumni including:

  • Donald McHenry: A 1957 Illinois State alumni who went on to serve as ambassador and US representative to the United Nations. He was also a member of President Carter’s cabinet.
  • John Malkovich: An acclaimed actor, director, and producer.
  • Michelle Williams: A Grammy-award winning singer in the pop group Destiny’s Child.

INTO Illinois State: your new home!

With more than 67 countries represented on campus, the INTO Illinois State center feels like a second home to international students from each corner of the world. The center is a learning community where you can find the support you need to succeed. At the INTO Illinois State center, you will meet dedicated staff ready to assist you in anything you may need including housing, visa questions, and academic support. They also organize social events so you can meet new friends.

INTO Illinois State creates a welcoming atmosphere that provides you with the resources needed to integrate into the university and US culture. You can find the center located right on the Illinois State campus, so you will never be too far from your support system. You will meet there dedicated staff ready to assist you with housing, student wellness, and airport transfers. They will help you with planning trips, activities and anything else you may need throughout your student journey.

The Learning Center

At the INTO Illinois State Learning Center, you will find academic support to help you succeed in your courses. They know the best way to learn another language is to practice it with someone else. There, you can work with Pathway Peer tutors that will help you improve your English reading, writing and speaking skills. You can also check out books to help you get your assignments done.

Support every step of the way

When you join INTO Illinois State you become a part of a supportive community made up of our staff and other international students. From the minute you land in Bloomington-Normal, the student services team will take care of you from the airport to your new home. It is easy to feel lost in a new school, let alone a new country, but they will be there to make sure you can always find your way throughout your studies. A member of the student services team will always be available to you 24 hours a day. Whether you have a housing, academic or personal issue, don’t be afraid to reach out. They will be there for you.



INTO Illinois State University

North University Street,100
61761 Normal, Illinois, USA