Message from the IPO

Welcome! The University of St. Francis (USF) is private a Catholic Franciscan university located near Chicago that promotes inclusion of all students no matter their country of origin. USF will assist all international students in achieving their educational goals and overcoming the challenges of studying and living in a foreign country. USF’s International Programs Office also provides many services to international students, including assisting in the processing non-immigrant applications for admission and obtaining a F-1 visa to study in the USA.


Welcome from the International Programs Office

The International Programs Office is very pleased to welcome all international students to the University of St. Francis! USF is a small liberal arts school located in a beautiful historic suburban neighborhood about 35 miles southwest of Chicago – just a short train ride away!

University of St. Francis graduates become extraordinary citizens, community members and global leaders. As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing men and women to contribute to the world through service and leadership.

At the University of St. Francis, you will be part of a diverse student body of over 1,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students. The International Programs Office (IPO) offers a wide variety of services to international students including student support, advising, and immigration/visa counseling. The IPO staff is also committed to fostering international understanding on campus and in our community.

Studying in another country offers many advantages to students including a more global perspective and a chance to make international friends and contacts. The University of St. Francis’ small size allows international students to be fully immersed in university culture and receive a personal attention to their academic studies that is not always possible at larger universities.

The International Programs Office is happy to assist you with any questions you may have about application procedures, visa requirements, and student life at the University of St. Francis. We look forward to getting to know you better in the months ahead!

Best wishes and welcome to USF!