Center for International Studies

Western's English as a Second Language (WESL)

As the world is becoming smaller, students learn about education and opportunities all around the world. We are happy you visited us on our website. 

Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute is offering a unique experience of a safe and quiet campus, individualized attention, and experienced faculty who are dedicated to student's success in mastering the English language. WIU's WESL Institute  offers you an opportunity to study English in a supportive and caring environment. 

We offer a well-developed, CEA-accredited language program that has been in existence for 30 years. The WESL Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation and is one of only 4 accredited programs in the state of Illinois.  WIU has approximately 430 international students from 52 countries and about 90% of WESL students enroll in academic programs at WIU.

Students who complete the WESL Institute's short-term programs return to their countries with a high degree of English proficiency and a better understanding of the US. 

We hope you begin, or continue, your education and personal development at WESL Institute of WIU. We wish you good luck in your endeavors and look forward to getting to know you!!

 Apply today and begin the journey of a lifetime!!