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.

Application Process

  • What do I need to apply?
    • 3.2 GPA
    • Junior standing
    • Required courses:
      • CS students should have completed CS233. Completion of CS241 is highly recommended.
      • ECE students: there are no required courses.
    • An updated resume
    • Statement of Interest that explains why you are interested in the Engineering City Scholars program. Limit your submission to approximately 200 words.
  • What majors can apply?
    • Currently, City Scholars is open to students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
  • When is the application due?
    • The application deadline for Fall 2019 is February 15, 2019.
  • Where do I apply?
  • What are the next steps?
    • All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee. After review, selected students are notified if they have been advanced to the next step in the process, which is attending the Networking Event on campus. Following the event, students will interview with companies and submit their preferences. Submitting internship preferences commits you to accepting any offer you receive.
  • How are matches made?
    • To better understand the matching process, we suggest watching this video that describes a process like the one we use.
  • When will I know for sure if I have been matched?
    • The date of match announcement for the Fall 2019 cohort will be announced in February 2019.
  • Are all students who submit internship preferences matched with a company? 
    • A match is not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to rank as many companies as possible in order to maximize their chance of matching.


  • What classes are being offered?
  • 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?
    • The fall 2019 course schedule will be available March 8, 2019.  To get an idea of what has been offered in the past, you may use the course explorer to see what courses were offered Spring 2018.  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.
  • Can I take classes at UIC?
  • 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).
  • Do I pay tuition during my semester as a City Scholar?
    • Yes, you pay tuition just as you would if you were on campus.


  • What companies are participating?
  • 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 the same rate of $25 per hour.
  • Where will my work location be?
    • All City Scholars will work inside “the Loop” or close-by.

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. More details are provided upon acceptance into the program.
    • Participants may also secure housing off-campus or live with family/friends.
  • Can I 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 get around Chicago? 
    • City Scholars are charged for a U-Pass, which provides unlimited rides on CTA trains and buses during the semester.
  • Can I bring a car to Chicago?


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