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Future Scholars Institutes


The Future Scholars Institutes, hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s College of Education, are programs designed specifically for students from countries around the world. They provide a supportive learning environment that allows students to enhance their English communication skills and learn more about the academic and social aspects of American higher education. This experience is especially beneficial for students interested in applying for admission to top colleges and universities in the United States. Two different Future Scholars Institutes are available: (1) Program for Higher School Students: Intensive Summer University Preparatory Program, (2) Program for University Students: Intensive Summer Graduate School Preparatory Program.

About Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign. Illinois is a member of America’s prestigious Big Ten Conference and is one of the world’s top universities. Illinois has more than 150 undergraduate and  graduate professional programs, including highly ranked programs in engineering, business, computer science, and education.

Future Scholars Institutes include:

  • Academic Curriculum: Students enrolled in the a Future Scholars Institute take two courses:
    (1) A choice of one of the following (3 credit hours): Academic Writing (Advanced-level for undergraduates), Research (Environmental Research for high school students, Social Science Research for undergraduates), and Professional Communication.
    (2) Higher Education in the United States (1 credit hour) introduces American colleges and universities, including the application process and academic procedures.
  • Homestay Families: While in Urbana-Champaign, students stay with local families, allowing them to experience American culture. These families are slected through a rigorous interview process. Homestay families provide accommodation in a single bedroom and also engage students in typical American activities, such as outdoor sports, barbeques and picnics, public festivals, and exploring the local area.
  • Meals: The Institutes includes three meals per day. Homestay families provide breakfast and dinner. Lunch, as well as meals during field trips, is provided in dining halls or restaurants.
  • Field Trips: Students visit the campuses of the University of Chicago and Purdue and Northwestern Universities. They also visit Springfield, Illinois’ state capital, an Amish community, and Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue, Willis Tower and other Chicago attractions. Transportation will be provided.
  • Enrichment Activites: Daily enrichment activities include volleyball, swimming, badminton, table tennis, jogging, and other sports. Students also participate in bowling, mini golf, movie nights and visits to parks.


Program for High School Students: Intensive Summer University Preparatory Program:

Program for University Students: Intensive Summer Graduate School Preparatory Program:

If you would like to learn more about the Futures Scholars Institutes, please contact