International Applicants

We encourage applications from both domestic and international students for the MUP program. Each year, approximately 45% of our entering MUP class are international students. DURP's international programs and support for international students reflect a strong belief that the understanding of international issues and planning practice in other countries should not be the exclusive focus of students seeking to work outside the U.S. or in international development. In addition to benefits which we offer to all of our students, the following are some beliefs which are particularly pertinent to international applicants:

  • Transnational Perspective: The department approaches planning within international contexts as being deeply related to our context in the United States. We believe that all planning students benefit from the opportunity to learn about the increasingly global and interconnected nature of urbanization and planning. Rather than segmenting these themes off into a separate "International Development" concentration, the department's Transnational Planning Stream provides the opportunity to integrate critical thinking and analysis skills focused on planning in global contexts, globalization, and urbanization throughout your planning education.
  • Professional Development: Students have the opportunity to pursue professional development opportunities such as internships or research abroad as part of their degree. The department maintains an International Travel Grant program which provides direct financial support to help defray the costs of internship and research experience abroad.
  • International Student Services: In addition to support from faculty advisers, staff, and fellow students, the university's International Student & Scholar Services also provides international students with a range of support before, during, and after their time at Illinois.
  • STEM Classification: MUP graduates matriculating in 2018 or later who are studying on an F-1 Visa are eligible to apply for the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension during their post-completion OPT period. F-1 visa holders may participate in 12 months of OPT, and may apply for an additional 24 month extension to their OPT period because the MUP degree at UIUC is classified as a STEM degree. More information about the STEM OPT extension can be found through the International Student & Scholar Services or through the U.S. Customs and Immigration Serivce.

Additional questions and inquiries should be directed to:

Professor Andrew Greenlee
Director of MUP Admissions
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
111 Temple Buell Hall, 611 Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
Voice: 217-333-9069
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