Welcome to Wheaton College! We are excited that you have chosen to call Wheaton home for the next four years. The following is intended to assist you with preparation in moving to Wheaton.
We understand the technicalities, finances, government mandated requirements, and immense preparation prior to an F-1 study abroad experience.
Our goal is to support international students through an array of personalized, one-on-one services ranging from legal, emotional, academic, financial, and cross-cultural guidance.
It is with joyous gratitude that we welcome you to Wheaton to shape your vision, purpose, and gifts in a community that celebrates your unique diversity.
Once you are accepted, Wheaton College will send you a Form I-20 (immigration document). This verifies that you have been accepted into a specific degree program for the expected length of your program, and that you have documented a certain amount of funds available for your education and living expenses.
All international students will then need to apply for an F-1 Student Visa. In order to apply for this visa you will be required to present Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. You must have a passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date for at least six months after your proposed date of entry into the U.S. Graduate international students in the F-1 visa category are required to live within a 75 mile radius of the Wheaton College campus in Wheaton, Illinois.
Here are the documents you should carry on your person:
- Passport with visa
- Evidence of financial resources
- SEVIS receipt
In addition it is recommended that you also carry:
- Welcome letter or evidence of student status
- International Student Programs office contact information
Upon arrival at the port of entry, proceed to the terminal area for arriving passengers for inspection at one of the Department of Homeland Security stations. As you approach the inspection station, have your passport, I-20, and forms that the flight attendant handed you before landing.
By the first week of August, you will receive information about your on-campus mailing address and if you have any further questions after receiving this information, please contact the College Post Office (CPO) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first day that CPO will be accepting packages and letters for the new school year is August 13th. Once you have received this information, you can have mail sent to the address in the following format:
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 U.S.A.
Please do not send baggage to any College office. Once you arrive on campus, you will be able to open a College Post Office box (CPO) and retrieve these items. The College cannot be responsible for the security of any mail forwarded.