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Arriving/New International Student Orientation

Welcome to Western Illinois University! The Center for Global Studies is planning for the Fall 2021 semester orientation. New international student orientation will be held in a hybrid format with a virtual self-guided presentation from August 1-18, followed by an in-person check-in on August 18, 2021 (please scroll down for more info). All new international students who arrive on campus will be charged a non-refundable $75 orientation fee. The first day of classes is Monday, August 23, 2021. More information will be available later in the year. View the Academic Calendar for details on campus openings.

Pre-Arrival Information

Arriving to Macomb

  • Guide to How to Get to Macomb
  • Free airport and train pick-ups will be available. We DO NOT pick up from Chicago airports. We only do pick-ups from the Quad Cities Airport and Macomb Amtrack Station.
    • Quad Cities Airport Pick Up: August 2-18, 2021
    • Macomb Amtrack/Train Pick Up: August 2-18 2021
  • You MUST sign up to utilize the free pick-up service.


    Fall 2021 Self-Guided Presentations
        • ALL new students must complete the Self-Guided Presentations BEFORE checking in with International Admissions.
        • The presentation will be open and must be completed from August 1-18, 2021.
      • Mandatory Admissions/Immigration Check In
        • You MUST check in with International Admission in the Heritage Room (in the University Union) on August 18 from 9 AM- 12 PM or 1 PM- 4:30 PM.
        • You WILL NOT be able to register for classes until you complete the check in process.
        • Arrival Booklet
    Resource Fair
    • Located in the Heritage Room on August 18 at 9 AM-12 PM and 1 PM-4:30 PM.
    • Complete your check-in process and get familiarized with on campus resources.
    Shopping and Banking Trips
    • We will have scheduled shopping and banking trips throughout the settling process. Continually check your WIU email for updates.

    orientation group

    Important Phone Numbers

    We highly suggest putting these numbers in your phone. 

    • Office of Public Safety (University Police & Parking) -  (OPS) Mowbray Hall - 309-298-1949 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long)
    • For emergencies Dial 9-1-1 
      • Macomb Police Department (120 S. McArthur) - 309-833-4505
      • Beu Health Center - 309-298-1888
      • Billing and Receivables (Sherman Hall 106) - 309-298-1831
      • Campus Recreation Center - 309-298-2797
      • School of Graduate Studies (admissions documents) - 309-298-1806
      • Immigration (Sherman Hall 116, Dana Sistko) - 309-298-1806
      • Registrar (Sherman Hall 110) - 309-298-1891
      • Taxi - 309-837-9087 or 309-318-9815
      • University Counseling Center (Memorial Hall 102) - 309-298-2453
      • University Housing and Dining (UHDS - Seal Hall) - 309-298-2461
      • University Union - 309-298-1986
      • uTech (computer problems - Stipes 126) - 309-298-2704

     For questions or concerns, please contact us at:

    Center for Global Studies
    Horrabin Hall 6
    (309) 298-1920

    Stay Informed!

    Check Your WIU Email Daily:

    Download the official WIU App: Download the WIU app for your phone: WIU Mobile

    Follow us on our official Facebook Pages:

    Connect With Other International Students:

    The international student google group includes all of the international students on campus, in addition to staff, mentors, and former students. All international students are automatically be added to the google group when you begin your studies. We send out important info through that group and we encourage you to check your email daily.