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International Student Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a semester?

Each semester at Wheaton is divided into two "quads", or half-semesters. Some of your classes will be quad classes; others will continue for the whole semester. Credit hours refer to the number of credit hours awarded for each class. Quad courses receive 2 credit hours, while semester classes receive 4 credit hours. The number of credit hours needed for graduation varies from one program to another, but all international students must carry a full class load each semester, which is 12 credit hours.

What kind of academic expectation is it?

Most examinations at American colleges and universities are written rather than oral, and are administered more frequently than in many other educational systems. In addition to written exams, students may also be required to write research papers. Plagiarism (copying material without attributing the source) and cheating are strictly forbidden and may result in expulsion from the college.

What should I know if I am married and plan to bring my kids with me?

Married students who wish to have their families join them should realize their financial burdens. A married couple who can live inexpensively will require at least $8000 more per year than a single student will. Additional funds are necessary for each accompanying child for a minimum standard of living. Visas are not issued to the family of students unless they have sufficient funds for dependents in addition to the amount required for the single student. Many students find it best to delay bringing their families until they have found housing and settled in the community.