International Programs

The University of Illinois is home to a large population of international students and visiting scholars, and we here at Wesley want to help them feel at home. To that end, we offer a range of programs that help international visitors explore and make connections. Wesley is a welcoming space to learn and grow, and a perfect place to share great experiences with others.

map with pushpins showing where visitors come from

A map in Etc. shows where some of our visitors come from.

People from all over the world (including China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Jordan, Argentina, and more) have participated in Wesley programming.

ESL Classes

Wesley offers a casual English class for beginning through advanced students. There’s no fee or registration. Each week we explore unique aspects of American culture, including food and holidays. We also talk about grammar and learn difficult words and phrases. Wesley’s ESL class is a fun place to learn and a great place to meet new friends.

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

Some upcoming discussions in ESL class include:

July 27th Board Games We’ll enjoy a variety of games for our last summer class session.

August 31st ESL Class will resume for fall sessions.

International Coffeehouse

International Coffeehouse is a gathering of domestic and international students, visiting scholars, friends, and family members. Sharing drinks, snacks, and conversation, participants learn about one another and practice their conversational English. It is a great place to make new friends and learn about the world. Where else can you go and have the world sitting around your table?

International Coffeehouse is held every Friday from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in Etc. Coffeehouse. We will celebrate the end of our summer session with a picnic on August 3rd, followed by a break; and then the Coffeehouse will resume 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 Etc. Coffeehouse from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunches begin August 31st and run throughout the semester.

Other Programs

Wesley has offered field trips for international students and visiting scholars, as well as Summer movie series and more. Visit our Chinese Ministry page for more information about Chinese programs at Wesley. Stay tuned for new international programs at Wesley!