CIR Campus Days
Due to ongoing public health concerns, limited access to many campus buildings for visitors, and the University's continued effort to reduce density on campus, most of this year's campus days will be virtual. We will host an in-person component on April 11-12. Please check back for more updates. For information on the University’s response to COVID, please go to goforward.uchicago.edu.
Register for Virtual Campus Days
April 6 - 8
CIR Virtual Campus Days will kick off with two welcome sessions on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 am CDT and 7:00 pm CDT where you can learn more about our program and ask questions of our faculty leadership and senior academic staff.
Between April 6th and April 8th we will host discipline-specific meetings where you can hear from Department leadership about their faculty and current research. We will also host a series of student discussions in partnership with the Office of International Affairs and the Center for Identity and Inclusion (Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Student Disability Services). Finally, we hope that you will join us for a virtual social event where you can chat informally with current students and recent alums about their experience in the program.
Please view our full schedule for recorded sessions. We will upload links as these videos become available. Check back soon!
In addition, please consider registering for one-on-one meetings with our staff and program leadership.
Although class visits are not possible at this time, we encourage you to look over syllabi from current and previous courses.
Current CIR students are the best resource to learn about the CIR experience. We have organized a group of students you can contact directly by email to get answers about life in the program. They are open to sharing their unique perspective as a student with you.
In-person Campus Day
In-person Campus Days will give admitted students an opportunity to visit our campus, meet with faculty and staff, and socialize with current students in our program. Please view our full schedule.
Those who visit in person will be responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations and will be eligible for up to $200 in travel reimbursement. In particular, anyone who lives more than 100 miles from campus can be reimbursed for hotel or airfare expenses with appropriate receipts. Anyone who lives more than 25 miles from campus can be reimbursed for their total round-trip car mileage by providing the dates of travel, the total number of miles covered, their starting point, and their return location. Each prospective student will need to complete a travel voucher form, and submit their receipts for travel (which must show proof of payment on the receipt with the last four digits of credit card number). If you have any questions regarding reimbursement, please reach out to Budget and Programs Administrator Daniel Duhon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-on-1 Virtual Meetings
We encourage you to follow up with anyone on our core teaching staff to schedule individual conversations:
- Paul Staniland, Faculty Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science
- Matthias Staisch, Associate Director and Assistant Senior Instructional Professor - Schedule
- Michael Reese, Associate Senior Instuctional Professor - Schedule
- Burcu Pinar Alakoc, Associate Intructional Professor - Schedule
- Linnea Turco, Assistant Instructional Professor - Schedule
- Manuel Cabal, MA Teaching Fellow in Political Science - Schedule
- Admitted Students Information
- UChicago Library
- Living in Hyde Park
- Housing Guide
- Recreational Facilities
- Dining Guide
Summer Language Training (available pre- and post-matriculation)
Career & Professional Resources
- These resources will be made available to students who matriculate in September. In the interim, any questions should be directed to Shelly Robinson.
- SSD MA Career Services (In-house) - provides in-house advising and workshops, facilitates connections with alumni, and offers exclusive in-house career management tools.
- Institute of Politics - designed to ignite in young people a passion for politics and public service.
- UChicagoGRAD - committed to ensuring that students have the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. They also have an online job portal for students and alumni.
- Webinars for Admitted International Students
- Office of International Affairs (OIA) - dedicated to enhancing a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience.
- English Language Institute - provides rigorous, creative and innovative English language programming for international students.
Student Services & Wellness
- UChicago Student Wellness - provides coordinated and comprehensive medical care, counseling, psychiatry, and health promotion services targeted at building and maintaining overall well-being.
- Athletics - explore UChicago’s Ratner Athletic Center, group fitness classes, intramural sports and sports clubs.
- UChicago Spiritual Life - a destination for all things spiritual and religious at the University of Chicago.
- Student Disability Services - supports the academic, personal and work-related needs of students with disabilities, encouraging their full participation in the life of the University.
- Campus and Student Life
MA Thesis Resources
Identity & Inclusion: BIPOC, First-Gen Students, Undocumented Students, and Sexual and Gender Minorities
- The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture - expanding the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities.
- The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality - committed to teaching, research support, and active engagement at the University, while also reaching out to public areas where gender and sexuality come together with other political, artistic, and intellectual concerns.
- Center for Identity and Inclusion - creates intentionally diverse and inclusive communities, serving as a bridge builder by engaging students and members of the University community of all backgrounds to ensure personal, academic, and professional growth and success.
- Multicultural Student Affairs - dedicated to fostering a campus environment that supports the exploration of varied identities and their intersections, with a focus on racial and ethnic communities. This includes creating opportunities to engage in challenging conversations to advance a more equitable society, and amplifying voices and advocating for and with students from marginalized identity groups.
- LGBTQ Student Life - UChicago’s hub for all LGBTQ student life, serving LGBTQ students, questioning students, and allies in the College and graduate and professional schools in order to create an inclusive and safe community by providing educational opportunities, building community, and serving as a resource for all students.
- FLI Network (First-Gen, Low-Income, Immigrant) - connects students, faculty, administrators, and alumni who identify as first-generation, low-income, or immigrant (regardless of immigration status), and allies with the goal of creating a community of support.
- Resources for Undocumented and DACAmented students
- UChicago Diversity & Inclusion
- University Resource Groups