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Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am considered an international student?

Students are considered international student applicants if they are non-U.S. citizens and do not have a U.S. Permanent Resident visa

Students who have dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country should apply as a U.S. citizen.

Do I have to be a Christian to apply to Wheaton College?

Wheaton’s mission statement expresses the enduring identity of the College - our reason for existence and our role in society and the church. All the purposes, goals, and activities of the College are guided by this mission.

Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide. This mission expresses our commitment to do all things "For Christ and His Kingdom."

Students must be able to affirm this mission and our community covenant. We also encourage students to review the statement of faith which all Wheaton staff and faculty affirm, in order to understand the Christian heritage which serves as the foundation for our community. If you are not a Christian, Wheaton would not be the best choice of colleges for you as the goal and mission of the school is to prepare students to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.

Does Wheaton College require an English proficiency exam?

Yes, please see the English proficiency requirements for complete information on acceptable tests and scores.

What kind of financial assistance do you offer international students?

The Wheaton College Undergraduate Admissions Office awards one full tuition, room and board international student scholarship each year, for which the competition is extremely competitive. No separate application is required; every international student applying for admission will automatically be considered for this scholarship.  Financial need and academic excellence will be leading factors in the awarding of the scholarship, but consideration is based on a holistic review of the application for admission.

International students may also be eligible to receive academic merit scholarships, regardless of financial need.

What financial documentation does Wheaton College require for international students?

All international applicants are required to submit the online International Financial Verification Form (JotForm) and students must provide corresponding bank and/or income documents which correspond to the funding listed on this form (see below). This form and any corresponding documentation help Wheaton College evaluate your eligibility for the form I-20, in light of the financial resources available to you for your education.

Secure File Transfer

Send us your corresponding financial documentation using this secure file transfer tool.

As an international student, whom should I contact in the Admissions Office if I have questions?

Our International Admissions Counselor is your advocate at Wheaton and a resource for all prospective international students.

Is there a special international student orientation?

Yes, International Student Programs has created a special orientation program, "Passport to Wheaton" for incoming international students. International students are required to attend this short program preceding general orientation.