Welcome! Wheaton College is committed to effectively supporting all International F-1 visa, MK, and TCK students so that they thrive as members of our community.
The mission of the International Student Programs Office (ISP) is to meet the unique needs of international F-1 visa, missionary, and third-culture undergraduate students through services and initiatives that develop whole individuals and vibrant communities engaged in and contributing to the mission of Wheaton College. Whether you are re-entering the U.S. educational system and culture, or joining for the first time, the ISP is here to support you! We want all international, MK & TCK students to experience belonging on campus, make the most of the rigorous Wheaton education and engage meaningfully through service and leadership opportunities. The ISP office also offers immigration services and education that support F-1 visa students in maintaining their visa status while studying at Wheaton College.
There are several ways to get involved on campus through the ISP office. You can get involved with our undergraduate student organizations:
- International Apartments
The International Student Programs office for undergraduates and the Graduate Student Care office for graduate students are also the liaison between the international student and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. We are here to assist a student's educational journey in cooperation with the academic and service departments of Wheaton College and seek to assist international students in their adjustment to American culture and campus life.
For more on admitted undergraduate student information, immigration, and student life, please contact:
International Student Programs
Office: Beamer 045
B.A., Wheaton College, 2008
M.A., Wheaton College, 2013
As Director of International Student Programs, Jerry empowers international students (F-1 visa, MKs & TCKs) to flourish by advising student organizations (Axis, Ladder, and MuKappa), advocating for international student needs, mentoring students, and providing leadership for immigration services. Partnering with his office staff and student leaders, Jerry seeks to fulfill a vision of developing students as followers of Christ and global citizens through relationships that foster belonging, active learning experiences, and meaningful engagement with their communities. He considers it a privilege to know God more deeply through his experience, and support of, a vibrant and multicultural community at Wheaton.
Jerry celebrates daily the gift of being husband to Joan (’07), and father to Noah and Luther. He enjoys cooking traditional foods from Ecuador (where his family is from) and Chile (where he lived until high school) and is an avid fan of world futbol. On Sundays, you can find Jerry at Wellspring Alliance Church where he worships in community and teaches Sunday school for K-5th graders.
B.A., Journalism and Spanish
Ed.M., Administration of High Education, University of Illinois, Urbana
Cheryl has worked in International Education for almost 15 years. As the Office Coordinator, she works to keep the office organized and running smoothly but also to be a home away from home for Wheaton students. Her favorite things about the ISP office are when it is full of students hanging out and speaking different languages and the privilege of praying for our students.
Cheryl attends The Chapel in Hinsdale with her family. She and her husband Mark will soon be empty nesters as the last of three children is off to college. That give her more time to walk her Yellow Lab named Baby, watch baseball, cook, and learn Mandarin.
B.A., Wheaton College, 2012
M.A., Wheaton College, 2018
Sarah is currently pursuing an MA in Christian Formation and Ministry with a concentration in Student Development because she is passionate about walking alongside students as they develop throughout their college years. Her favorite parts of working in ISP are helping foster a place of belonging on campus for international, MK, and TCK students and watching student leaders learn to work together as a team.
Sarah was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in a bicultural Mexican-American home. She is a member at Church of the Resurrection where she sings in the Chancel Choir. When not hanging out in the ISP office, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading in a comfy chair, or watching Stranger Things with her roommates.
For information about admissions (application, deadlines, educational and English proficiency requirements), please visit Undergraduate Admissions.