places, friends, and resources at Illinois
well before the busy time of classes begins

Discover early

campus expectations, customs, and keys to success


with University of Illinois people you need to know fellow students, professors, staff who can help you


what the Champaign-Urbana community has to offer


in social and cultural activities on campus 


your English language skills 

listening, speaking, reading, and writing for academic life


Make a Great Transition to Life at Illinois!

Welcome to Transitions 2016!

Transitions will prepare you with English skills, campus knowledge, and social experiences to support your first year on campus. This month-long program includes:

•   20 hours per week of English instruction 

•   Superior English language teachers and trained professional staff

•   Orientation to campus life and culture

•   Social and cultural activities

•   Early registration for fall classes

•   Campus residence halls and some meals

Apply now!

For information regarding Summer 2016, email

Quotes from past Transitions students:


"After attending the Transitions Program I feel more confident about myself. I think I'm prepared to begin my fall semester. Moreover, spending one month earlier on the campus helped me know the campus more! Now I can help other freshman to look for their buildings!" 

-Ellie Hsieh, Taiwan

"I feel so lucky that I chose to attend the Transitions Program. I learned really important things about how to adjust to life in the university. I now better understand how American teachers educate students and the importance of cooperation among peers. Additionally, doing activities like the "scavenger hunt" and listening to lectures on American culture totally shocked me-- I learned so much! Through these activities I deeply fell in love with UIUC. All in all, freshman should choose this program without any hesitation!" 

-Bofan Sun, China 

"During the Transitions Program, I learned a lot about our campus, American history, and American culture. We had excellent trips to Chicaco and to visit Abraham Lincoln's house in Springfield. The volunteering experience at the Food Pantry was unforgettable. The courses gave me knowledge like how to write a good essage, how to start small talk, and how to talk like a native speaker. I loved this program-- it helped me a lot!"

-Zixuan Qian, China