Due to COVID-19, this year’s program will be conducted exclusively online. The program will take place on Thursday, August 20, 2020 and Friday, August 21, 2020 between 9:00am EST and 12:30pm EST to accommodate students who are in distant time zones. Below is a tentative schedule of the program.

Wheaton College is requesting that students arrive at staggered times. Students who are able to come to campus must consult with Residential Life about when they  arrive. For students who will participate on the International Early Arrival Program, it is best to be on campus by Wednesday, August 19.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

9:00am – 9:30am EST  – Welcome Opening Ceremony from President Dennis Hanno, Provost Renee White and Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students Zachary Irish.

9:45am -10:30am EST – Immigration Overview: Understanding your immigration status and how it affects your education.

11:00am – 12:00pm EST – Ask a Student anything: Connect with the Early Arrival Program Assistants to ask them questions about what being at Wheaton is like.

Friday, August 21, 2020

9:00am – 9:25am EST – Learn more about how to manage your with Maggie Becker from Career Services.

9:30am – 9:50 am EST – Taking care of your Mental Health and promoting Self Advocacy with the Counseling Center.

10:00am – 11:00am EST – Academic Excellence Session – Join the the Wheaton faculty and learn about classroom expectations and how to suceed.

11:30am – 12:30pm EST – Hang out with the Early Arrival Program Assistants to learn more about  Student Life.


Please read a little about the program content in previous years.

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.

We have attached an International Student Pre-arrival Handbook (pdf) for your convenience. Please read it thoroughly as it contains information (transportation, logistics, money, banking, phones, etc) you will need prior to your arrival.

Feel free to contact us at globaled@wheatoncollege.edu if you have any questions regarding the handbook.


Useful Links

We have provided some useful links for you below.

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.