Center for International Studies

Office of International Student Services

Welcome to the Office of International Student Services! Our goal is to serve and support all international students on campus. We offer a broad range of services and activities designed to orient international students to their new surroundings, get them involved in the campus and community, and make sure they have all the tools and support necessary for a successful academic career here.

This website will introduce you to our friendly and helpful staff, as well as provide you with information on how to get involved with the different activities we offer.

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Upcoming Events:


Cultural Connections - Dating, Love, and Marriage

  • Feb. 9th, 12:30 -1:30 pm, Multicultural Center
  • Come enjoy coffee, tea and cookies while discussing dating, love, and marriage.
  Ceramics - Clay and Creativity
  • February 11th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Heating Plant Annex
  • Come enjoy a free evening making a beauty out of a lump of clay.

Ski Trip

  • February 12th at Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park - Andalusia, IL from 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Cost is $50 per person which includes lift ticket, ski/snowboard rental, optional beginner lesson, lunch, tubing, and free transportation.  Sign up at Campus Rec.

Cultural Connections - Natural Disasters

  • February 23, 12:30 -1:30 pm, Multicultural Center
  • Come enjoy coffee, tea and cookies while discussing natural disasters.

"Soup Stories"

  • March 2nd, noon (12:00), Multicultural Center
  • Come enjoy free soup while listening to students share their personal stories from around the world.

International Bazaar (43rd Annual)

  • March 5, 12 pm - 7 pm, Union Grand Ballroom
  • Come enjoy food and entertainment.

International Women's Day Luncheon

  • March 8, 11:30 am - 1 pm, Multicultural Center
  • More details to come.

Cultural Café - Myanmar

  • March 29, 12:30 pm, Union Heritage Room
  • Come enjoy a free lunch while learning about Myanmar.

World Cup Soccer Tournament

  • April 22-23, Vince Grady Field
  • More details to come.

Conversation Partners is accepting applications now!

  • This program pairs international students with U.S. WIU students for conversational purposes.
  • Conversation Partners are expected to commit to meeting at least once a week for the duration of the semester. This wonderful cross-cultural sharing opportunity gives both U.S. and International students opportunities to learn about and celebrate their differences.
  • It is a great opportunity to help students from around the world learn more about American culture, customs and lifestyle. In addition to the cultural experience, it is a great way to build a resumé! If you are interested in meeting and talking to people from other countries, email CIS-Activities@wiu.edu.

Contact Us:

Dana Vizdal
Assistant Director, International Student Services
309-298-3734
Memorial Hall 347
dm-vizdal@wiu.edu
 
Ruth Kostreva
Office Support Associate, International Student Services
309-298-1150
Memorial Hall 350
ra-kostreva@wiu.edu