Below are answers to common questions about the City Scholars program. If you have a question you do not see answered below, send us an email.


What do I need to apply? 

Read more about application eligibility → 

Which majors can apply?

Currently, City Scholars is open to undergraduate students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, CS+X and Electrical Engineering.

When is the application due? 

The application deadline for Fall 2024 is February 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Submit your application here →  

Where do I apply? 

Applications are submitted online and are open for the first four weeks of the semester.
Read more about application eligibility → 

What are the next steps? 

Students will be notified after applications are reviewed. Admitted students should attend the networking event on campus and will interview with companies and submit preferences. Submitting internship preferences commits you to accepting any offer you receive.

How are students matched with companies?

This video will describe a matching process very similar to ours. 

When will I know if I have been matched with a company?

Matches for the Fall 2024 cohort will be announced by the end of day on April 24, 2024. 

Are all students who submit internship preferences matched within a company?

A match is not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to rank as many companies as possible in order to maximize their chances of matching.


Which classes are being offered?

Find offered classes → 

How are classes delivered?

There are three ways City Scholars courses are delivered:

  • Fully-online
  • On the Urbana-Champaign campus, with lectures recorded for City Scholars and faculty providing special discussion sections for City Scholars
  • In-person at the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago

Are my engineering classes taught by UIC?

No, all classes are taught by Urbana-Champaign faculty.

Where are the classes located?

If held in person, classes are held at the Discovery Partners Institute (200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60606).

When will I know which classes will be offered?

Once you are accepted into the program, City Scholars staff will work with your department to open the courses that you need from our frequently offered courses

Am I able to take classes at UIC?

You may apply for co-current enrollment for courses taught at UIC, outside of Engineering courses. Enrollment is not guaranteed.

Will I become a UIC student for the semester?

No, you remain a student at Urbana-Champaign, but you will have access to UIC student facilities (i.e., recreation center, health center, libraries).

Do I pay tuition during my semester as a City Scholar?

Yes, you pay tuition as you normally would if you were on campus.


Which companies are participating?

The list of confirmed companies will be posted on our Internship page.

What will my work schedule be like?

You will arrange your work schedule with your employer, based on your course schedule and City Scholars activities.

How much will I be paid?

All City Scholars are paid $25 - 45 per hour.

Where will my work location be?

Most City Scholars will work in the Loop or close-by. Some City Scholars may be offered jobs at suburban locations that are accessible by public transit.

Living in Chicago

Where will I live?

City Scholars are encouraged to live in the block of UIC student housing that is specially reserved for City Scholars. Participants may also secure housing off-campus or live with family/friends.
Read more about housing → 

Am I able to use student services at UIC?

Yes, City Scholars may use UIC libraries, recreation centers, health centers and other student services included in campus fees.

How will I travel around Chicago?

City Scholars are charged for a U-Pass, which provides unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses during the semester. 

Am I able to bring a car to Chicago?

You may apply for a parking pass at UIC through their Parking Services office.