International Student Services

Spring 2020 New International Student Orientation 

 

 

New International Student Orientation

The School of Global Education and Outreach is committed to giving its new international students an informative, fun, thorough and valuable orientation experience through the following services:

  • Free pickup from the Quad City Airport (MLI) or Macomb train station orientation group
  • Immigration and academic check-in
  • Opening your WIU email and STARS account (if you haven't done so prior to arrival)
  • Banking, shopping, and restaurant trips
  • Assistance finding and moving in to permanent housing
  • Introductions to WIU students, faculty, staff, and community
  • Learning about the WIU campus and Macomb community

Each student will be charged a non-refundable $75 orientation fee charge if attending the Macomb campus. 

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If you need a ride to campus to attend orientation activities, please arrange this with an Orientation staff member by emailing pickup@wiu.edu

DOWNLOAD SPRING 2020 ORIENTATION SCHEDULE (PDF)

 

ORIENTATION SCHEDULE LISTED BELOW

Orientation days are the only time when staff can help you with shopping, baking trips, and moving. Please make arrangements for all of these activities during the orientation days

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • 8:30 a.m. - WESL Placement Test Required for all who have not met their English language proficiency. Please bring your passport and $100.00 USD (Horrabin room 25).
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Pick-ups for check - in. To be picked up for check - in, please email pickup@wiu.edu .
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Check-in (Lincoln Room, University Union)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Lunch Break
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Bank Trip Leaving from the Lincoln Room in the University Union.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Beu Health Center Trip: Leaving from the Lincoln Room in the University Union. Please know that the Beu Health Center CAN NOT draw blood on Friday, January 10.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Check-in (Lincoln Room, University Union)
Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Pick-ups for check - in: To be picked up for check - in, please email pickup@wiu.edu.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Check-in (Horrabin Hall, Room 1)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Trips to Campus Offices: Leaving from Horrabin Hall, room 1.
    These trips are scheduled for students to receive vaccinations, a student I.D., and other important items that are required at check-in. Please know that the Beu Health Center CAN NOT draw blood on Friday, January 10.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: American Classroom Presentation and Free Lunch This event will be in Horrabin Hall, room 1.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Information Sessions - This presentation is mandatory and will cover information from different places at Western Illinois University. This event will be in Horrabin Hall, room 1.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Shopping Trip - Leaving from Horrabin Hall, room 1.
  • 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Pick - ups for American Culture Night
  • 5:45 p.m.: American Culture Night - This is a free dinner and presentation on American culture. This event will be in Horrabin Hall, room 1.
Friday, January 10, 2020
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Pick-ups for check - in To be picked up for check - in, please email pickup@wiu.edu.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Check-in (Horrabin Hall, Room 1)
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Library Tour
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: WESL Placement Test (Horrabin Hall, Room 25)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Trips to Campus Offices - Leaving from Horrabin Hall, room 1. These trips are scheduled for students to receive vaccinations, a student I.D., and other important items that are required at check-in.
    Please know that the Beu Health Center CAN NOT draw blood on Friday, January 10.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Graduate Student Orientation - This is a mandatory event for graduate students. Go to the Capitol Rooms in the University Union for a tabling fair, an
    information session, and campus tour.

University Union Hours: January 8-12

Food:

Burger King

  • Monday - Saturday:  7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Chick Fil-A

  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

One Stop Rocky Shop

  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday: Closed

University Union Hours: January 8-12

Resources

Union Book Store

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Union Service Center

  • Monday - Saturday:  8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WIU Dining Service Schedule

*If you have a meal plan, it will become active on Thursday, January 9th .

Thursday, January 9th

Thompson Dining Center:

  • Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 10th: 

Corbin-Olson Dining Center:

  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thompson Dining Center:

  • Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11th

Corbin-Olson Dining Center:

  • Brunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thompson Dining Center:

  • Brunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12th

Corbin-Olson Dining Center:

  • Brunch: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thompson Dining Center:

  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Academic Calendar and Important Dates

Spring 2020 Semester
  • January 13, 2020 -- Classes Begin
  • January 20, 2020 -- Dr. Martin Luther King Day -- No Classes/University
    Closed
  • January 21, 2020 -- Classes Resume
  • March 9-13 -- Spring Break -- No Classes
  • March 16 -- Classes Resume
  • May 4-8 -- Final Exam Week
Summer Session, 2020
  • May 11 -- Pre Session Begins
  • May 25 -- Memorial Day -- No Classes/University Closed
  • May 26 -- Classes Resume
  • May 29 -- Pre Session Ends
  • June 1 -- 8 Week, 6 Week, and 1st 4 Week Sessions Begin
  • June 26 -- 1st 4 Week Session Ends
  • June 29 -- 2nd 4 Week Session Begins
  • July 3 -- Independence Day Observed -- No Classes/University Closed
  • July 6 -- Classes Resume
  • July 10 -- 6 Week Session Ends
  • July 24 -- All Sessions End

Important Phone Numbers Emergency - 911

  • Office of Public Safety (OPS - Mowbray Hall - 309-298-1949
  • Macomb Police Department (120 S. McArthur) - 309-833-4505
  • Beu Health Center - 309-298-1888
  • Billing and Receivables (Sherman Hall 106) - 309-298-1831
  • Campus Recreation Center - 309-298-2797
  • School of Graduate Studies (admissions documents) - 309-298-1806
  • Immigration (Sherman Hall 116, Dana Sistko) - 309-298-1806
  • Registrar (Sherman Hall 110) - 309-298-1891
  • Taxi - 309-837-9087 or 309-318-9815
  • University Counseling Center (Memorial Hall 102) - 309-298-2453
  • University Housing and Dining (UHDS - Seal Hall) - 309-298-2461
  • University Union - 309-298-1986
  • uTech (computer problems - Stipes 126) - 309-298-2704

Monday, January 13th
  • All Residence Halls: Normal hours begin

 For questions or concerns, please contact us at:

The School of Global Education and Outreach
Horrabin Hall 6
(309) 298-1929


Check-in

The first orientation activity you need to attend is Check-in. Once you have completed check-in, you do not need to attend any other check-in periods.

Activities

The activities during orientation are designed to help you get the most of your initial time here at WIU. Please plan on attending the activities listed each day.

Transportation

Transportation is available to some of the orientation activities, but not all. If it says "Go to..." that means there is no transportation and you must go to that location on your own.

Housing

Temporary housing may be available at several hotels such as America's Best Value Inn (1414 W. Jackson Street). If you need help moving into your permanent home, please arrange a time with orientation staff.

Meals

Several lunch and dinner trips will be scheduled throughout the week. If you are interested in going, please notify a staff member prior to the meal.

Stay Informed

Check Your WIU Email Daily:

WIU App: Download the WIU app for your phone: WIU Mobile

Facebook Pages:

Email All International Students:

The international Student Listserv is a listserv that includes all of the international students on campus, in addition to
others. You will be automatically be added to the listserv.

To send an email, email: intlstudent-g@wiu.edu.