Distance Learning

School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach

School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach

Western Illinois University, through the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, proudly offers a vast array of learning opportunities: from the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) degree program, formerly known as Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree, to a variety of study abroad programs for students and faculty, to professional development in the form of certificate training, conferences, workshops and sponsored-credit courses to summer youth programs.

School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach Staff

The School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, at Western Illinois University, provides educational opportunities to diverse groups on and off campus. We extend opportunities to educationally under-served areas and provide programs and courses at locations throughout western Illinois using innovative technology. In other words, we come to YOU.

We offer online and face-to-face courses. Face-to face courses are conveniently offered off-campus during evenings and weekends. Our online courses are particularly well suited for adult students with other responsibilities and for traditional students interested in pursuing an affordable and challenging undergraduate degree program.

Our Mission

The School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach will advance the mission of Western Illinois University and have a profound impact on our changing and diverse world through the use of technology in the instructional process, commitment to public service and outreach, acknowledgment that learning is a life-long pursuit, and provision of  high quality programs impacting the lives of youth and adults.

Our Vision

The Western Illinois University School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach will provide high quality, life-long, and enriching learning opportunities.

Your Areas of Interest
Bachelor of Arts In General Studies
Bachelor of Arts In General Studies
Western Illinois University’s Bachelor of Arts in General Studies is a fully online degree. It’s a flexible degree perfect for adult students who may have work or home schedules that are uncertain.
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Non-Credit Programs-Professional Development
Non-Credit Programs
Non-Credit Programs offers an array of courses, conferences, workshops and other programs for professional development and continuing education.
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Non-Credit Programs-Summer Youth Programs
Summer Youth Programs
For over 30 years, Non-Credit Programs has provided innovative academic programs in art, mathematics, film, and a variety of other special topic areas for youth in an on-campus residential setting during the summer.
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Center for International Studies
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The Center for International Studies will provide for the growth of internationalization of the Western Illinois University community, with responsibility for coordinating and facilitating the development of the diverse international programs and activities of the University. The Center will be responsive to the needs of various dimensions of campus and community internationalization.
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