International Studies

International Student Activities 

Throughout the course of the year, the Office of International Student Services offers a broad range of activities for WIU's international community as well as the entire WIU community. We are always interested in planning and hosting new worthwhile events. If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to contact the International Student Services office at or (309) 298-3734.


American Holidays 

It's important that students experience some of the holidays that are celebrated in the United States.

Some examples include:

  • Independence Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving

Students will receive emails about upcoming American holidays and celebrations.


Cultural Café 

Two to three times each semester, a student or group of students representatives from various countries offer us a glimpse into their country over a weekday lunch hour. Authentic cuisine from the country is served to all those in attendance.

Cultural Cafés are a great opportunity for international students to share information on their home country’s culture and a great chance for the campus community to learn about different countries and cuisines of the world.

Cultural Café presenters are not limited to international students and anyone with expertise on a country or culture is welcome to present. If you would like to be a Cultural Café presenter, please contact

Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 pm: Rwanda - Heritage Room

Monday, April 16, 12:00 pm: Pakistan- Heritage Room


International Bazaar 

Every spring the International Friendship Club hosts the International Bazaar. Students decorate booths showcasing their culture, as well as dance, perform and cook authentic food.

For information, visit the International Bazaar webpage.


International Orientation Volunteer 

New International Student Orientation is held the week before every semester begins. The orientation is a series of events designed to get new international students acclimated to the campus and community.

Volunteers are needed to help new students with the many questions and tasks they have when new to campus. Orientation volunteers provide a great service to the campus and community, as well as they get to participate in the many fun orientation activities.

Volunteering for orientation is a great chance to meet people from all around the world. If you are interested in being a new international student orientation volunteer, please email 


International Coffee Hour

International Coffee Hours will be held monthly and will highlight a country's tea and coffee culture. Come try authentic tea/coffee and sample some traditional snacks.

Held in Horrabin Hall 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Wednesday, March 7 - JAMAICA
  • Wednesday, April 4  - ETHIOPIA
  • Wednesday, May 2 - KOREA   

Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners is a program where international students are paired with U.S. WIU students for conversational purposes. The partners  are expected to commit to meeting at least once a week for the duration of the semester. This wonderful cross-cultural sharing opportunity gives both U.S. and International students opportunities to learn about and celebrate their differences.

It is a great opportunity to help students from around the world learn more about American culture, customs and lifestyle. In addition to the cultural experience, it is a great way to build a resumé! If you are interested in meeting and talking to people from other countries, fill out the application below.

International Student Application

American Student Application


International Education Week

International Education Week is celebrated every November and is an   opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Activities are held during the two weeks which include presentations, movies, cultural sharing, etc. Check out this year's schedule .


  International Neighbors

International Neighbors is for first semester international students who are matched with local families in the area for purposes of cross-cultural exchange.  This program allows students to teach community members more about their country and culture while allowing students to learn more about U.S. culture and gaining meaningful interaction. The families and students will have at least three activities during the semester, but certainly more if they so choose.

The goal is to help new students feel more at home, and help them feel that they are a part of the community.

To become a part of International Neighbors, please contact 


Jani Annual International Home Sports (JAIHO) Sporting Event

Check back for more information on the 2018 event.

Every spring a sporting event is held to join together the WIU and Macomb community.

Each year will focus on a different sport (or group of sports) and participants will have the chance to learn about and play the sport. View more information.


International Friendship Club

Be a part of the International Friendship Club (IFC)! Make new friends, participate in fun activities and help promote cultural awareness across campus. Past activities have included a welcome activity for new international students, carrying flags at the Homecoming Parade, the International Bazaar and more.

For more information, visit International Friendship Club's webpage


Cultural Presentations

Students have the opportunity to present to various groups on a wide range of topics.

Presentations can be given on a certain country/culture, world event, global issue, etc.   If you are interested in presenting, please contact