International Studies

US-China Cooperation on Higher Education Professional Development (CHEPD) 1+2+1 Dual Degree Transfer Program

In 2012, Western Illinois University (WIU) joined the US-China 1+2+1 Cooperation on Higher Education Professional Development (CHEPD) Transfer Articulation Program (one year in China, plus two years in the United States, plus one year in China). The program is operated under the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE). The program brings a select group of talented international students to Western Illinois University to study. In August 2016, Western Illinois University welcomed their first Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) students.

How 1+2+1 Works

Traditionally, CHEPD students begin their studies in their Chinese universities and apply in the spring of their freshman year to come to the United States. Students spend two to two-and-a-half years at WIU. Students then return to China for one final year at their home university.

Upon the completion of all degree requirements, students receive a bachelor’s degree from each university.

Areas of Study

Students may choose from a variety of areas of study in the CHEPD program at Western Illinois University. Undergraduate majors in agriculture, business (accounting, economics), computer science, engineering technology, geography (geographic information systems), and music (music business, music). Graduate majors include accountancy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering technology leadership, and music.

Youth Exchange Students (YES) Program

YES (Youth Exchange Students) is for non-degree seeking Chinese students to study in the US for one year. Students must meet the regular international student admissions requirements and are required to prove their English proficiency before enrolling in the program. Students who do not meet the WIU English proficiency requirements are eligible to apply to Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute to study before being eligible for academic studies at Western Illinois University.

Western English as a Second Language Institute (WESL)

The mission of WESL Institute is to provide an intensive English program that prepares international students academically, socially, and culturally for success at a United States university. View more about WESL >>>

WESL Institute has provided excellent English language education for students from all over the world for 40 years. WESL is accredited through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). All WESL instructors hold Masters degrees and have received special training in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Students who do not meet language proficiency may enroll in the WESL program to improve their English skills before beginning a degree program. The intensive English classes integrate training in reading, writing, speaking, and listening with academic development in a variety of subject areas.

Upon successful completion of the WESL program, students who meet all other admission requirements are admitted as regular degree-seeking students at WIU. These students are assisted in their transition to the University with special advising and registration sessions.

Application Deadlines 

All applications must be received by the dates below. Applications received after these dates will be processed at time and space permits. Some graduate departments have earlier deadlines. Please contact the graduate program department of your interest to determine deadline dates.

  • FALL (August) semester – May 1
  • SPRING (January) semester – October 1
  • SUMMER (May) session – March 1

WIU’s academic calendar includes two 16-week semesters; Fall semester begins in late August and runs through mid-December; Spring semester begins in mid-January and runs through mid-May; Summer WESL session begins in May and summer semester begins in June through July.


All CHEPD students must have:

  • Strong academic achievements and commitment to the program
  • Adequate financial resources for duration of program

Application Requirements:

International Undergraduate Transfer Students 
International Graduate Students

Note: All application documents must be submitted to the CCIEE Office.

Admissions materials must be submitted to the CCIEE Office in China. The CCIEE office will forward the admission materials to WIU. If you have questions regarding admissions materials, please contact the CCIEE Coordinator.

Questions on WIU admission requirements? Contact the WIU International Admissions Office at
* Students who do not meet English language proficiency must enroll in the WESL program.

Address for Mailing Hard Copy Official Transcrips:

Western Illinois University
International Admissions Office
1 University Circle
Macomb IL 61455 USA


All undergraduate CHEPD students are required to live on campus for their first year at WIU. 

On-campus housing offers international students an opportunity to experience American culture in unique double, single, and suite-style living options.

University Housing & Dining Services provides a supportive environment within the residence halls that encourages academic success and collaborative learning experiences. A Writing Center and Math Tutor Labs are located in residence halls as well as quiet and group study rooms. An International Floor is available in Olson Hall.


Climate in Midwest Illinois encompasses four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring and fall temperatures tend to be moderate, ranging from the 500F to 700F/100 to 210 C. Summers in the Midwest tend to be humid and hot. In winter, daily temperatures range between 300 F and 400 F/-10C to 40C at times and can fall below zero in many parts of the region. The area often has snow. 

What Students Should Bring to the United States

Below is a list of items that students should bring so that the registration process can be completed upon arrival. It is very important that all documents be kept in a safe place so that they are not misplaced during travel to the United States. 

  • Passport (valid for 6 months beyond the duration of your DS-2019)
  • Original Form DS-2019
  • Traveler’s checks and a small amount of U.S. currency
  • Up-to-date, original academic transcripts of your studies (with an official English translation)
  • Current driver’s license or international driver’s license
  • Birth certificate
  • Medical records and Immunization records
  • One-year supply of prescription medications
  • Dental records
  • Extra eye glasses or contact lenses
  • Credit card, if possible
  • Slides, photographs, maps, books, traditional clothing, and other cultural objects that can be used for presentations
  • Smart Phone (international, unlocked) if student plans to make calls from the U.S. (optional)
  • Laptop computer with Skype international calling capabilities (optional)
  • International Student Guide
  • CHEPD Student Handbook

Student Arrival Checklist  

  • Visit WIU’s International Admissions Office to check in. Copies of immigration documents will be needed.
  • Locate the University Housing & Dining Office and sign a housing contract
  • Check in at residence hall and complete electronic check-in procedures
  • Visit Beu Health Center to receive required immunizations and get information about student insurance
  • Open an account at a local bank
  • Learn the location of McDonough District Hospital
  • Learn the location of a local dentist in the event dental care is needed
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss course registration and other questions regarding coursework or WIU’s academic policies


Dr. Jeff Hancks
Executive Director
School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach
Horrabin Hall 6

Ms. Christie Carmack
Assistant Director Marketing and International Relations
Horrabin Hall 6

Ms. Qi Qi
International Relations Coordinator
Horrabin Hall 6

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