International Programs

The University of Illinois is home to a large population of international students and visiting scholars, and we  want to help you feel at home! We offer a variety of programs to help international friends explore our community and make new connections. Wesley is a welcoming space to learn and grow, and a perfect place to share your experiences with others.


People from all over – currently China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Ecuador, Columbia, India, and more! – have participated in Wesley programs and events.  There’s a place for you, too, so come and join us as we welcome the world!

ESL Classes

Wesley offers a casual English class for beginning through advanced students every Friday during the semester from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  It’s free and there’s no need to register – just join us in the conference room at Wesley! Each class explores different aspects of American culture, traditions, and people, including food and holidays. We also practice pronunciation and develop our listening and comprehension skills. Wesley’s ESL class is a fun place to learn and a great place to meet new friends!

The ESL class meets in the conference room every Friday from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and is followed by the International Coffeehouse.

Wesley’s ESL Class will resume August 31st for the Fall semester.


International Coffeehouse

International Coffeehouse is a gathering of domestic and international students, visiting scholars, friends, and family members. Everyone is invited to join us as we enjoy coffee, snacks, and conversation as we practice English, play board games, and make new friends.  It’s also a great place to learn about other countries, cultures and traditions. Where else can you go and experience the world sitting around your table?

International Coffeehouse is held every Friday during the academic semester from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Etc. Coffeehouse.  International Coffeehouse resumes for the 2018 Fall semester on Friday, August 31st.

Friday with Friends Lunch

Join us in the coffeehouse for lunch with friends! It’s a great way to celebrate the end of the week and the start of your weekend! Friday with Friends is hosted in the Etc. Coffeehouse from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every week.  Lunches begin August 31st and run throughout the semester.

Other Programs

Wesley offers occasional field trips for international students and visiting scholars, as well as a summer movie series.  We also enjoy a canoe trip on the Sugar Creek river in Turkey Run State Park every Labor Day (follow this link to get more information or to register for the trip). Visit our Chinese Ministry page for more information about Chinese programs at Wesley. Stay tuned for new international programs at Wesley!