International Studies

Information for Parents 家长信息

Welcome to the Western Illinois University community in Macomb, Illinois! Your daughter or son is about to begin a life-changing experience. At Western Illinois University (WIU), we recognize this is a time of great excitement and anticipation for not only students but also for parents. It is only natural that parents may find it difficult to send their son or daughter away to school, but sending a student to school in a foreign country is often even more difficult. Parents play a big role – even from a distance – in offering support during their student’s university career.

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International Admissions

The International Admissions office assists students during the application and admissions process including help with information on the documents students need for applying and while they are in the United States. Applying is easy and can be accessed online or can be printed and mailed to the International Admissions office. A $30 USD application fee is required before materials are reviewed. Parents should keep an electronic copy and paper copies of the student’s passport and other important documents.

Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials at least 6 months prior to attending WIU to allow sufficient time to review application materials.
我们希望学生至少提前 6 个月提交申请材料,以便招生办公室有充足的时间审核文件。

All international students are required to check in with the International Admissions Office when they arrive on campus for the first time.

It is most helpful if students prepare for their interview appointment. There are many tips for having a successful visa interview. View VISA interview Tips >>> ] The United States (U.S.) Government provides helpful and important information for F-1 and J-1 international students studying in the U.S.

International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services ishere for you! Our goal is to help you with any issues or questions you may have during your time here at WIU. We offer a wide range of services and activities designed to help you adjust to your new surroundings, get involved in campus and community activities, and ensure you have a successful academic career at WIU. Contact us at


International Student Orientation

The International Student Services office is committed to providing new international students an informative, fun, thorough and valuable mandatory orientation experience. During orientation, students check in with the Immigration Officer and International Admissions staff, learn about the WIU campus and Macomb community, have the opportunity to open a bank account, go shopping, visit restaurants, open their WIU email account, receive assistance finding and moving in to permanent housing, and meet other WIU students, faculty, and staff.

Before students arrive, they are encouraged to read the comprehensive International Student Guide . The guide offers useful tips including helpful pre-arrival information.

Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute

For over 40 years the WESL Institute has provided excellent English language education for students from all over the world. Established in 1977 WESL is accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).
超过四十年历史的 西伊大英语作为第二语言学院(WESL)为来自世界各地的学生提供了高质量的英语语言教育。成立于1977年的WESL学院已获得英语语言课程认证委员会(CEA)认证。

The English language requirement for admission into the University is a TOEFL score of 73/533 or IELTS 6.0. Students who do not meet the English language proficiency may come to WIU and take the WESL Placement Test to determine at which level they should be placed. Upon successful completion of the WESL program, students will have met the English language requirement at WIU and can pursue a degree program on the condition that they meet the university and department criteria for admission.

Courses are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters (16 weeks each) and the Summer semester (10 weeks) at three levels: Foundation (Basic); Intermediate; and University Preparation (advanced). 

All instructors hold master’s degrees and have received special training in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). 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. Besides providing services to students seeking a degree at WIU, WESL also serves individuals who want to improve their English skills for professional and/or personal development.

Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

The Study Abroad and Outreach office provides students with countless opportunities to take their studies around the globe. Opportunities to study in over 60 countries are open to students, regardless of their major or minor course of study. Students immerse themselves in the cultural and social activities of the country and gain international experience. Whether participants choose to stay a week, three months, or an entire semester, the benefits are amazing and not only do the students learn about other cultures, but they are able to teach people about their culture.

Through the efforts of the Outreach unit, community residents and professionals from here and around the world can benefit from the expertise of WIU faculty and staff. Individuals do not need to be a regular student at Western Illinois University to benefit from our academic programs. The Outreach initiatives benefit people from all ages, professionals from different disciplines and from different nations. Those initiatives are organized and tailored after the needs and expectations of the community. Areas of the Outreach unit include Adult Learning, Educational Training, Professional Development and Youth Enrichment Programs.

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