By the Numbers

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranks high among our international peers. At Illinois International, we measure success by the strength of our units, centers, and programs and their impact on the constituencies they serve.

Global Rankings


Among public institutions for number of international students enrolled at Illinois (12,454) in 2016-17 by Open Doors


Best Value School by Forbes


In the 2018 "Top Public Schools (National University)" category by U.S. News


Among all national institutions for number of students studying abroad (2,018) in 2015-16 by Open Doors


Most prestigious university of 2016 among national and international institutions by Times Higher Education: World University Rankings


Among the top universities in the world according to the Center for World University Rankings


Among national and international institutions in the 2015 Center for World University Rankings


Overall in the world according to the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings

Top Ten Countries by Undergraduate & Graduate Enrollment (AY 17-18)


Illinois International Impact


Unique scholarship opportunities were offered by Illinois International in 2017-18


Study abroad programs in 45 countries are operated by Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange


Inter-institutional agreements around the world managed by Global Relations


Business leaders, scientists, government officials, bank executives, and academics have participated in customized programs with Global Education & Training


International students, faculty, staff, and scholars have access to advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach activities from International Student & Scholar Services


Awarded in study abroad scholarships and international research fellowships in 2017-18

Community Impact


Among the top 10 most culturally dynamic universities by College Magazine


Faculty across departments and disciplines are affiliated with one or more of the international area studies centers


Alumni are currently working abroad in more than 170 countries


Artifacts of global cultures at Spurlock Museum


Volumes in over 150 languages available in the International and Area Studies Library


Contributed by international students to the campus and local economics of Urbana and Champaign, supporting 7,041 jobs


Total research and development expenditures (Cost share and unreimbursed F&A included) in 2016-17, according to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research