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New International Student Orientation

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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 the week of August 16 - 20, 2021. 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 and Arrival Information

View University Quarantine Information >>>

Students who travel internationally will be required to quarantine for 7-10 days upon arrival to campus

PLEASE NOTE:  Free airport pick up is offered only at the Moline/Quad Cities airport. We do not pick up from Chicago airports.

  • Quad Cities airport pick-up dates are August 8 through August 19, 2021.

  • Macomb Amtrak Train pick-up dates are August 2 through August 19, 2021.



Students MUST FIRST complete general orientation before they check in with International Admissions. Once that is completed, students will need to complete the Admissions/Immigration Check In process .

orientation group

All NEW students must complete orientation.

  • Students should complete the virtual orientation beginning August 1.
  • Orientation Schedule will be available August 1.

After completing the general orientation students should complete the Admissions/Immigration Check In process. 

Online Orientation

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!

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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.