Western Illinois University

About Western Illinois University – Your Connection to the World! Western Illinois University (WIU) is a residential campus located in friendly and safe Macomb, Illinois, the heart of the Midwest.

About Western Illinois University – Your Connection to the World!

Western Illinois University (WIU) is a peaceful residential campus located in friendly and safe Macomb, Illinois, the heart of the Midwest. WIU also has a non-residential, metropolitan campus located in the Quad Cities/Moline, Illinois. Established in 1899, Western Illinois University is accredited through the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.

With close to 10,000 students, including over 500 international students, Western Illinois University provides a rich cultural experience for the campus community. WIU’s Center for International Studies staff offers outstanding student support before and after arrival. A weeklong orientation for all international students is held in a welcoming atmosphere where students have the opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff.

International Student Services

The office of International Student Services (ISS) continues its support throughout the year with a variety of activities and programs to help students adjust to living and studying in the United States.

Services include free airport pickup, International Neighbors program, International Coffee Hour, Cultural Café’s, Conversation Partners, and International Student Ambassadors. Events for holidays are offered including carving Halloween pumpkins, a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, Easter egg decorating and many others.

WIU offers other services such as free tutoring, free bus service, housing information, scholarship information, free computer labs, and a recreation center.

Macomb has twice daily train service for students who want to visit one of the most exciting cultural centers in the U.S. – Chicago!

Programs of Study

Western Illinois is ranked a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review, recognized as a top tier  “Best Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report, and is listed among the best of 650 institutions in the United States by Forbes. WIU has over 66 bachelor’s and more than 38 master’s degree programs, pre-professional programs, two doctoral degrees, and certificate programs to choose from. WIU also offers an Honors Program and many study abroad opportunities including faculty-led and exchange options.

Many of our programs are accredited (AASCB and ABET). Some of our signature programs include:

  • Accountancy
  • Biology
  • Computer Science    
  • Engineering  
  • Engineering Technology                 
  • Math
  • Physics           
  • Sports Broadcasting

Western Illinois University offers continual admission for applications, meaning that students can apply at any time; however it is recommended students apply at least six months before the semester they intend to begin their courses.

Western Illinois University is also a member of the Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) 1+2+1 program.

English as a Second Language at Western Illinois University

For more than 40 years the CEA-accredited Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute has served international students and the Western Illinois University community by offering comprehensive English language education and services. Students improve their language skills and cultural understanding in the program.

Small class size and interactive instruction provide students the opportunity to receive individualized attention and enhance their learning. Students attend class for 20 hours each week and focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. Three levels of ESL courses, foundation (basic), intermediate, and university preparation (advanced) prepares students to be successful with the skills and confidence necessary for them to meet their educational and professional goals.

Western Illinois University Aliases for search purposes:

WIU; Purple Pride; Western; Leatherneck; Leatherneck country; Western commitment; QC campus; Cost guarantee; signature programs; core values; Macomb; Illinois; English language program; English as a Second Language.







$10,000 — $15,000 Semester

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+ , IELTS: Band 6+

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