Quad Cities Campus

International Initiatives

The Quad Cities Initiatives Office works in cooperation with university departments to offer professional development for international organizations or universities interested in training in the United States. Instruction takes place on campus in lecture as well as hands-on formats and includes learning activities and study trips to relevant places of interest. Most programs are offered in 2-4 week formats, but can be tailored to suit the needs of the international organization.

In addition to instruction and learning activities, participants engage in cultural activities, weekend trips in the region, and other events of interest. Housing and meals as well as transportation to and from the airport are provided as part of our international programs.

International organizations interested in offering an international program should contact the Quad Cities Initiatives Office to determine the type of academic/professional training required, learning activities, and cultural activities for their program. To find out more about the courses we offer, sightseeing options, and cost, please contact Helena Lira at H-Lira@wiu.edu.

International Initiatives
International Initiatives

Extracurricular Options:

  • Chicago Sightseeing Trip
    • Art Institute
    • Navy Pier
    • Millennium Park
    • Shoping on the Magnificent Mile, etc.
  • Professional and/or Semi-Professional Baseball Games
  • Musem Visits
  • Art Instruction
  • Team Building Activities
  • Home Visits

Recent International Programs

International Language & Business Centre (ILBC)
Educational Leadership Institute
April 12-May 6, 2016

Approximately twenty teachers from the International Language and Business Centre (ILBC) Schools from the country of Myanmar participated in leadership and methodology training through Western Illinois University. Training included morning and afternoon instruction by professors and department chairs in the College of Education and Human Services as well as visits to various types of schools. The program included team-building activities, museum visits, a trip to Chicago, overnight accommodations and meals.

Shanghai Customs College
Law Enforcement & Justice Administration Institute
July 7-29, 2016

This program was offered in conjunction with the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA). Thirty college students from Shanghai Customs College studied American Politics, border Issues, customs, and the American criminal justice system. Faculty from LEJA, political science, and the College of Business and Technology provided instruction. The program included a visit to the Illinois capitol of Springfield, and a trip to Chicago. Travel from the airport to and from Chicago as well as housing and meals are included in the program.

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