Center for International Studies

Places Students Visit

Part of the WESL Institute Mission is to prepare students socially and culturally for future academic work as well as personal growth. WESL offers its students the opportunity to learn about American culture in the Midwest as it relates to the curriculum.  That is, their participation in and out of class activities reinforces and provides a real-life experience supportive of what they learn in the classroom so they can develop social responsibility. Students typically participate in at least two field trips per semester.  Areas of interest for cultural and social growth include the following cities, where most field trips take place:

Chicago - Walk the Magnificent Mile, visit museums, etc.
Chicago                  museum field trip 2012

               2013 Royal Thai in Chicago 2013 Thai Scholars



St. Louis


St. Louis – visit the arch of St. Louis, riverboat cruise, zoo, Six Flags amusement park, etc 






Peoria -visit headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc. – of special interest for students interested in pursuing careers   in business and/or agriculture, Wildlife Park, etc.



Quad city


 Quad Cities - visit headquarters of John Deere, Inc., Putnam Museum and IMAX theater, etc.





Springfield - visit the old and new State Capitols as well as the Lincoln sites:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Lincoln Home, the Lincoln tomb, and New Salem, where Lincoln spent much of his youth following his family’s move from Kentucky to Illinois.








Annual Macomb Hot Air Balloon Festival (September)