Annual Report

The Illinois International Annual Report provides a “snap shot” of the accomplishments and activities of Illinois International during the 2020-21 academic year. This report also recognizes the generous support of our donors who gave between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Global Impact

By the numbers.

Countries were represented by the university's international student population
during the 2020-2021 academic year

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International students participated in the Academic Bridge program during Fall 2020

Projects have received BRIDGE Seed Funding according to the 2020-2021 BRIDGE Seed Fund Evaluation

Students participated in the 2020-2021 KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP)
Foundation Year hosted by Global Education and Training

Moving forward

Taking action together.

A message from Vice Provost Mabokela


As we reflect on the last year, I continue to be moved by the extraordinary strength and commitment of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and its global community. Together, we have weathered what at times felt like an impossible challenge--to continue our excellence in research, education, and engagement during a global pandemic. However, we have arrived here today thanks to the dedication of our community, and our commitment to transformative learning experiences.

On behalf of the entire Illinois International team, I want to thank our partners, collaborators, and donors for their tremendous support this year. As we begin a new academic year filled with hope and excitement, we remain committed to fostering more diverse and inclusive global classrooms that invite dialogue across cultures, disciplines, geographies, and worldviews. I am grateful for your ongoing commitment to Illinois International and its programs. Thank you.

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


Generous donations from our global community.

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Thanks to the generous gifts from alumni and friends, Illinois International will be able to award more than $400,000 in study abroad scholarships, international research fellowships, and travel grants in as mobility opportunities resume.

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Named and memorial scholarship funds will allow Illinois International to award 20+ scholarships to Illinois undergraduate and graduate students pursuing educational opportunities inside and outside of the United States.

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Student fees contribute to the Illinois for Illinois Scholarship Fund, which supported undergraduate students pursuing virtual global experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.


A highlight reel of our favorite stories from the past year.

2020 International Achievement Award Recipients

Study abroad stories: Identity Reflection in Ghana

2018-2019 Bridge Seed Fund Outcomes

Indonesia’s Equity Advocate

Illinois ranks No. 1 destination for international students among public institutions

Nine Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grants

Thank you to our supporters!

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Students & Alumni

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Families & Friends

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Faculty & Staff

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