International Student Orientation: Passport To Wheaton

Passport to Wheaton

Passport to Wheaton is a part of orientation that is specifically designed for International F-1 visa/MK/TCK students.  During Passport to Wheaton, you will learn what it is like to be an international student at Wheaton, tips on making a smooth transition to the Chicago area, what services on campus can be a help to you, and you can meet our International Student Leaders as well as other new international students.

Our schedule for the Fall 2024

Wednesday, August 14, 2024

  • International Student (F-1/MK/TCK) Move In:  2:00-5:00 pm
    Various Dorms around Campus
  • Cross Cultural Chill Out:  6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
    Keul Patio, South Entrance, Beamer Student Center
    Join current and new international students for snacks and outdoor games! 

Thursday, August 15, 2024

  • Passport to Wheaton Workshop:  9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
    Coray Gym, Beamer Student Center
    Join the International Student Programs (ISP) team for breakfast and to learn about opportunities and resources available for F-1 Visa/MK/TCK students throughout their time at Wheaton.  Come and get to know other new international students and meet your Ladder Leader!  Parents are invited and we will have an information session for you with time for your questions.  Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.


  • Resource Run: 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    The ISP student leaders will bring groups of students to:
    • tour and shop Corinthian Co-op for free gently used items for your rooms and clothing.
    • take a van to Target - a local store where you can shop for school/room supplies.
    • assist students with setting up a bank account at a local branch near campus.


  • Opening Program for All First Year Students: 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Friday, August 16, 2024

  • Departure for Wilderness Passage Track only: 6:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 17, 2024

  • Departure for Northwoods and Urban Passage Track: 9:30 a.m.

Monday, August 26, 2024

  • Co-op and Shop with the ISP: 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Meet at SAGA circle
    Join ISP student leaders going to the Target Superstore or our Wheaton College Corinthian Co-op if you didn't get a chance at the Resource Run. Reserve a spot here

Tuesday, August 27, 2024

  • Insider's Tour of Downtown Wheaton: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
    Meet in the ISP, Lower Beamer 061

Saturday, September 7th, 2024

  • International (F-1 Visa) Student Orientation Day: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Phelps Room, Beamer Center, lower level
    New F-1 Visa students must attend this mandatory orientation to learn how to maintain their F-1 visa status while studying in the U.S.  The program will include a lunch with international faculty, staff and current F-1 students to support your transition to the campus community.  Please bring your I-20 document, passport and laptop or mobile phone.