Congrats on finishing your first semester!
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Celebrate!
 
 
 
 Celebrate
 
Hello Graduate Student,
 
Congratulations on completing your first semester in graduate school at the University of Illinois! We hope that you take a well-deserved break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as a graduate student. Catch up with friends and family, binge-watch your favorite television shows or movies, relax with a good book, or sleep in. You've earned it! As a semester like no other comes to a close, we hope your break is filled with relaxation, joy, and plenty of holiday cheer!
 
 
   
 
 
Campus and Community Spotlight
 
 
 
 Winter in Illinois
 

Enjoy winter break in CU. There are plenty of fun winter and holiday activities to enjoy, both in-person and virtually.

  • Looking for the perfect holiday gift, incredible light displays, or the best sledding spot in the CU area? The Chambanamoms website has tons of articles to help you find fun activities to do with friends and family.
  • The Visit Champaign County website has event calendars and virtual experiences.
  • Check out local libraries! The Urbana Free Library and Champaign Public Library have virtual resources to enjoy whether you are on campus or remote. Join an online class, participate in a virtual reading group, or borrow online resources.

Prepare for winter in Illinois. New to the CU area? Make sure you are ready for the winter months! Winter in Illinois can be unpredictable - some days may be mild while others may have snow and freezing temperatures. The Materials Science & Engineering website has advice for "How to Survive Winter in Illinois." Keep up-to-date with weather forecasts and read safety tips on the University of Illinois Extension Winter Storm Resource Center website.

Not in Illinois? Enjoy some photos of winter on our campus!

 
 
   
 
 
Next Steps
 
 
 

Check Self-Service for your final grades starting on December 23.

There will be limited COVID-19 testing locations with different hours during winter break. Make sure to check the website or the app before heading to a testing location.

Many campus offices will be closed from December 24 through January 3. Some offices and services may also have limited hours before instruction begins. If you need a question answered, we encourage you to visit the office/service website to check their winter break hours.

 

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

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Biweekly job postings for graduate students

 
 
 
 
 
 

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