Annual Report

The Illinois International Annual Report provides a “snap shot” of the accomplishments and activities of Illinois International during the 2018-19 academic year. This report also recognizes the generous support of our donors who gave between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Global Excellence

Building networks across boundaries and disciplines.

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New passports were issued to Illinois students thanks to an
Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange-facilitated and CIEE-sponsored event
read more about this event below

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Students, faculty, and staff were covered by International Safety & Security's International Insurance for more than 200,000 travel days in over 85 countries this year

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Business executives, government officials, higher education leaders, and students participated in one of 17 different Global Education & Training programs

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New international students joined an overall population of 10,577 registered students

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International agreements were processed for 11 colleges and 21 departments/units with institutions in 28 countries

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Delegations were hosted by Global Relations, which included 58 individuals from
higher education institutions and governmental agencies from 12 countries

Extraordinary potential

Looking ahead to the next 150 years.


At Illinois, our collaborations have always been not only local or national, but global. Our students and faculty come to us from all over the world, and our research, education, and engagement extends across cultures, disciplines, geographies, and worldviews. For 150 years, we have sought to instill strong global competencies in our students, to conduct cutting edge research with global impact, and to serve our community, region and state. And now, we are excited to begin the next chapter.

"The Next 150," a five-year strategic plan for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was unveiled this year. This new strategic plan aims to harness the expertise, passions, and resources of Illinois to be a world-class university in every dimension of our mission. I invite you to explore the full plan online at https://strategicplan.illinois.edu/.

On behalf of the entire Illinois International team, I want to thank those of you who have supported our activities, programs, and funds over the past year. Whether through in-kind contributions, knowledge-sharing or donations to our scholarships, your dedication has contributed to a more diverse and inclusive global classroom. As we plan and look ahead to another successful year, we are grateful for your ongoing commitment to Illinois International and its programs.

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for International Affairs & Global Strategies
Professor: Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Generous donations from our global community.

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Thanks to the generous gifts from alumni and friends, Illinois International awarded more than $345,000 in study abroad scholarships, international research fellowships, and travel grants in 2018-19.

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Named and memorial scholarship funds allowed Illinois International to award 36 scholarships to Illinois undergraduate and graduate students pursuing educational opportunities outside of the United States.

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Student fees contribute to the Illinois for Illinois Scholarship Fund, which supports undergraduate students pursuing study abroad experiences. The funds supported 65 students studying abroad in 2018-19.


The best news and stories from this past academic year.

167 Passports Sponsored at Passport Caravan

Partnership with CIEE connects students to education abroad.

Global Relations Cultivates Partnerships

New agreements expand Illinois' global footprint and network.

Permanent fund established for Enabled Abroad Scholarship

Supporting study abroad for all students.

ISSSTRAINS continues to grow offerings

ISSSTRAINS program enters second year with new cultural inclusivity trainings.

BRIDGE Seed Fund Outcomes

New connections for Illinois staff with colleagues in the U.K.

GET builds lasting partnerships

KAUST Gifted Student Program returns to Illinois for the second year.

International Safety & Security prepares travelers

Encouraging wellness best practices.

Thank you to our supporters!

Your commitment to international education makes Illinois' global classroom accessible to our students, faculty, and staff.

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Students & Alumni

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Families & Friends

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Faculty & Staff

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