The International Student Early Arrival Program is important because it will help you contextualize what you are about to learn and experience at Wheaton College. Over three days, topics such as Cultural Adjustment, Classroom Behavior and Expectations, Student Support Services and Immigration Regulations will be discussed to prepare you to succeed during the time you are here at Wheaton. This is also the chance and opportunity to get to know your future classmates and make friends in an intimate setting prior to everyone arriving on campus.

For reference, see the schedule from our 2023 Early Arrival program held prior to Fall orientation

Some of the highlights were:

  • Hot Topics – new students divided up into smaller groups and learned about then discussed topics such as Race and Ethnicity, LGBTQ+ rights and terminology, Gender, Politics in the US and Immigration.
  • Memory making with Early Arrival Program Assistants – new students participated in conversations with current students while making t-shirts, posters or some other activity that created togetherness.
  • Flash Sessions – these were designed to bring he larger campus to a smaller venue. Topics covered were health services, insurance, taxes and campus life!
  • Evening Events – each night students were able to get together with each other for movies and popcorn, a pajama party, snacks with arts & crafts or a welcome reception with the Davis International House.

To get ready to come to Wheaton, please read through the International Student Handbook. The handbook contains information about

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Some of our new international students posing with the Registrar's office
Some of our new Fall 2018 international students posing with the Registrar’s office
Here is a photo of the class of 2022. They are sitting in a classroom looking at the camera
A group photo of the incoming class of 2022!
A group photo of the International Student Orientation Assistants
The International Student Orientation Assistants for the incoming class of 2022.