New-Student Scholarship

ALL new, non-government sponsored students enrolled in the WESL program receive a $1000 scholarship for the academic year. This scholarship can be used towards tuition only and is applied directly to the student's account, $500 in the Fall and $500 in the spring.

There is NO application to fill out. This scholarship will be automatically given to the students who are not government sponsored. 

This scholarship is for those students that are new to WIU and WESL for first-time enrollment.

A Message from WESL Director, Mr. David Bell

Dave Bell

Hello. My name is David Bell and I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and our program. I am the Director of Western’s English Language Institute (WESL) at Western Illinois University. After having trained at the School for International Training and having taught English in the United States, Morocco, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Marshall Islands, I have settled in beautiful Macomb, Illinois.

Here at Western Illinois University, you can study and experience the charm of living in small town America, and be only a 4-hour train ride away from America’s third largest city, Chicago.

I would like to invite you to review this web site to learn about our language program. The WESL program is one of only four accredited programs in the State of Illinois. What also makes us special is that we care about our students’ future success in an American university. We do our very best to prepare our students academically, culturally, and socially for student life.

WESL is a small program which allows us to give special, individual attention to each of our students. We welcome students from all over the world as well as transfer students who are studying within the U.S. The WESL faculty is experienced, friendly, and helpful. We work hard to make sure that you reach your goals and enjoy learning English here at Western Illinois University.


David Bell

Director, WESL Institute