The University of Chicago Language Center uses Zoom as its primary tool for online meetings. Zoom allows users from multiple endpoints to meet via a URL or Meeting ID, rather than exchanging user names. Users do not need to create an account, though free accounts are available through the Zoom website.

Joining a meeting

  1. Click the link provided by UChicago staff. (The first time you click this link, you will be prompted to install the Zoom application onto your machine. After Zoom has been installed, this link should take you directly to the “meeting room.”)
  2. Once you are in the meeting, click “Join Audio Conference by Computer.”
  3. After the meeting has ended, click “Leave Meeting” in the bottom right corner of the Zoom window.

Just like in any online meeting, a hard-wired ethernet connection will yield the best results, but a decent wi-fi connection should suffice.

For general questions or problems with Zoom, please visit the Zoom support page. For problems specific to UChicago Language Center meetings, please email

Here’s a quick walkthrough on joining a meeting from the Zoom team.