Classes Offered

As a City Scholars student you will take a full course load of UIUC classes through a combination of in person classes offered in Chicago and online. We recommend City Scholars take between 12-15 credits, because you will also be working an internship 20 hrs each week. International students must adhere to all standards for in-person instruction just as they would for a semester on campus in Urbana Champaign – for these students, a minimum of 9 credits must contain in person instruction. TE 360/401 (Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship) is a required course for all City Scholars, and both classes total 3 credits.

You can take any of the classes offered in Chicago specifically for City Scholars, or any online class at the University of Illinois that you would have regular access to on campus.

FAQ’s about City Scholars Classes

What classes are being offered?

Classes offered in person or specifically for City Scholars will differ slightly each semester of the City Scholars program as they do on campus. See below for classes we have offered in past semesters. We try to offer consistent classes each semester whenever possible to help you plan.

Courses Regularly Offered*:

  • CS 211, 411, 412, 421, 498 (Topics TBD)
  • ECE 310, 313, 365, 391, 408, 411
  • TE 360+401 (Required for all City Scholars)
  • IE 421: High Frequency Trading

*This is not a guarantee that every courses on the list will be offered every semester, but the courses listed above are the most often offered to City Scholars.

The following courses will not be available while participating in the City Scholars program:

  • CS 361, CS 374
  • ECE 329, ECE 445, ECE 374,, ECE 385

How are the classes delivered?

There are three ways City Scholars courses are delivered:

  • fully-online classes
  • classes are taught Urbana-Champaign’s campus, lectures are recorded for City Scholars to view and faculty provide special discussion sections for City Scholars
  • in-person at Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago, specifically for City Scholars

Who teaches the classes?

All classes are taught by Urbana-Champaign faculty.

Where are the classes located?

If the course is delivered in person, classes will be held at Discovery Partners Institute, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606.

When will I know what classes will be offered online?

Determinations on class delivery method are made in the middle to late part of the semester prior to the semester in question.  To get an idea of what has been offered in the past, you may use the course explorer to see what courses were offered in past semesters.  Typically there is a similar course list each year. Also you may contact your department directly to confirm if a course will be available online.  The departments will know prior to the ‘official’ posting if a particular course will be offered or not.

What are the required courses for City Scholars?

City Scholars are required to take TE 360 (1 credit hour) and TE 401 (2 credit hours). The courses both meet at the same time and essentially are taught as one single course.  They are split into two courses for enrollment purposes to allow you to earn 3 total credits for the class.

What if I have already taken the required courses (TE 360+401) on campus?

You can repeat the course and are required to do so as a City Scholar.

What does TE 360+401 count for?

TE 360 (1 credit hour) is a free elective.

For CS students: TE 401 counts toward  2 Advanced Elective credits
For ECE majors: TE 401 counts as 1 tech elective credit and 1 free elective credit.

Can I take classes at UIC?

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

Do I become a UIC student for the semester?

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

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