2020 Discover@Wheaton Programs run from July 6 – August 1, 2020

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Application Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.  We will continue to accept students until the programs are full at which time you may be added to a waitlist. Visit the Application Requirements page to begin your application.

Application deadline: the priority application deadline is April 1, 2020.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is need-based. Financial aid for domestic students and international students is reviewed and disbursed as students are accepted, so it is to your benefit to complete the application process as soon as possible.

Sample Schedules

Global Leaders Program

Monday through Friday
8–9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Morning class session
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–5 p.m. Afternoon class session
5–6 p.m. Free time and dinner
6–9 p.m. Peer mentor activities and study time

Saturday and Sunday
College tours; group trips to Boston, Providence, Cape Cod; community-building activities; ropes course; museums; etc.

Business and Technology and Immersion Experience

Monday through Thursday
8–9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Morning class session/guest speaker lectures
12–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4 p.m. Afternoon class session / makerspace lab time
5–6 p.m. Free time and dinner
6–9 p.m. Peer mentor activities and study time

8–9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Speaker series
12–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4 p.m. Company visits
5–6 p.m. Free time and dinner
6–9 p.m. Peer mentor activities and study time

Saturday and Sunday
College tours; group trips to Facebook, Google and Amazon; shopping trips; community-building activities; ropes course; museums; etc.

Building Life and Academic Skills for Teens

Monday through Friday
9–10:15 a.m. Morning class session
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Late morning class session
12–1 p.m. Lunch
1–2:15 p.m. Early afternoon class session
2:15–2:30 p.m. Break
2:30–4 p.m. Afternoon class session

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Participants in the GLP and BTIE programs will have the opportunity to live on campus in our brand new Pine Hall, alongside exceptional Wheaton students who will serve as mentors. Each mentor will oversee a small group of students, provide academic support in the classroom and serve as assistants in the dormitories. A residential director will oversee the entire program.

Explore the Wheaton campus using the interactive Campus Map or download and print our Campus Map (pdf).

Transportation to Campus

For the GLP and BTIE programs, a Wheaton staff member will meet you at Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass. We will provide transportation from Logan International Airport to Wheaton College on the day the program begins and will transport you back to Logan Airport on the last day of the program. Transportation times will be communicated as part of the registration process. Alternatively, you may arrange your own transportation to and from campus.

International Students

TOEFL Requirements

There is no TOEFL requirement for international students.  However, you will need to demonstrate a strong command of the English Language in order to successfully participate in these programs. A strong command of the English language assumes that a student can:

  • Participate actively in class discussions and on one-on-one office hours with professors
  • Listen to lectures with little to no need for translation support
  • Read and write in English

Payments can be made online by credit/debit card. We also accept payments through Flywire and International Wire Transfers. If making an international wire transfer, please make wire transfers directly to:

Wells Fargo
18 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06188

ABA: 121000248
Swift Code: WFBIUS6S (for incoming foreign wires)

For credit to the account of:

Wheaton College
Account Number: 2100016967242

When you send your payment to Wells Fargo by Wire Transfer, the following information should be included:

  • Amount of Payment in US Dollars
  • Beneficiary: Wheaton College
  • Account Number: 2100016967242
  • Payment Details: Name and purpose

All charges for the cost of the wire transfer are to be borne by the sender.

Visa Application Guidelines

If you are planning to attend the Global Leaders Program, you will need a B-2 Tourist Visa. If you are planning to attend the Business and Technology Immersion Program, you will need a J-1 exchange visitor visa.

Guidelines to apply for a B-2 Tourist visitor visa
  • Apply at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live at least 2 months prior to your travel.
  • Complete Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
  • Print the confirmation page which you must bring to your interview.
  • Pay the non-refundable visa application fee prior to your interview.
  • Make an appointment for an interview at the nearest U.S Embassy or Consulate.
  • You can learn how to schedule an appointment for an interview, pay the application processing fee, review embassy-specific instructions, and much more by visiting the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website.
  • The wait time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so early application is strongly encouraged.
Guidelines to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa
  • Obtain your DS-2019 from Wheaton College.
  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at least three business days before your visa interview; print a receipt. For more information and to pay online, visit the Student and Exchange Visitor (SEVP) I-901 SEVIS Fee Processing Website.
  • Schedule a visa interview at your local U.S. consulate/embassy. Specific instructions and requirements can be found on the Travel.State.Gov website.
  • Apply for your visa as far in advance as possible. Many consulates/embassies won’t schedule an appointment more than 90 days from the intended date of travel, but some can make earlier arrangements. As a reminder, you will need your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 to schedule an appointment. See Visa wait times here.
  • Bring all required documentation to your visa interview. Confirm with the consulate/embassy what documentation is required.

Below is a general checklist:

  • Passport valid at least six months into the future
  • Original Form DS-2019 from Wheaton College. Wheaton College requires you provide (i) copy of passport biographical information (ii) evidence of sufficient funds to cover program expenses (bank statement or bank letter) in order to mail the form to your home address.
  • Proof of admission to the BTIE program (Admission letter)
  • Completed and signed visa application form(s).
  • Photograph(s) in the prescribed format on pages 61-62 of this sample application (pdf).
  • Receipt of visa fee(s) payment
  • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 fee payment
  • Evidence of funding sufficient to cover your tuition and living expenses during the duration of your program (please confirm exactly what kind of documents are acceptable with the consulate/embassy)
  • Any information that proves that you will return to your home country after finishing your studies in the U.S. This may include proof of property, family, or other ties to your community and country. Note: An entry visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission from the U.S. immigration officer to enter the U.S.; it does not automatically guarantee entry into the U.S.

Please Note: During the visa application process, an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be taken. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer. For information about the required documentation and fees, please visit travel.state.gov.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to contact Isabelle Byusa, Director of Youth Development Programs at byusa_isabelle@wheatoncollege.edu.

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