Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

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How do I know if I am 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. A separate international application is required.

Students who hold a “green card” (U.S. Permanent Resident status) may apply using the regular College of Arts and Sciences or Conservatory of Music application (not the International Student application), indicating that they have a Permanent Resident visa.

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

Students from Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau and any other area with a U.S. zip code may apply as a U.S. citizen.

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

Wheaton’s mission statement expresses the stable and 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.

What is Wheaton College's statement of faith?

All Wheaton faculty and staff must affirm Wheaton's statement of faith.

What is the Community Covenant?

All incoming students must agree to participate fully in Wheaton's Community Covenant.   

What are the requirements for applying as an international student?

Please refer to the admissions process for international students for requirements and a checklist.

Is there a special application for international students?

International students are required to complete the online application, which includes specific questions necessary for international applicants. The PDF versions of the applications do not include these questions, so the online application must be used.

I want to apply to the Conservatory of Music. Do I need to fill out a special application?

Please complete the online application for the Conservatory of Music. There are some additional requirements for Conservatory of Music applicants, such as a music teacher recommendation and an audition.

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. This scholarship is only awarded to incoming freshman students and is not available for transfer applicants.  No separate application is required; every international student applying for admission will automatically be considered for this scholarship.  Financial need will be a leading factor in the awarding of the scholarship.

International students may also be eligible to receive our merit scholarships. The Charles Blanchard Award, a $20,000 ($5,000/year) scholarship to students who have a 3.7 unweighted high school GPA and a minimum ACT composite score of 32 or a minimum SAT score of 1400 (Critical Reading and Math sections).   The Arthur Holmes Award is a $10,000 ($2,500/year) scholarship to students who have a 3.6 unweighted GPA and have a minimum ACT score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1330 (Critical Reading and Math sections).  Award notification is given with the acceptance letter. Renewal of this scholarship is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Another international student scholarship is given to students whose parents work as cross-cultural missionaries. "Cross-cultural" is defined as having parents who work as missionaries in a culture other than their host culture. This is awarded through the Financial Aid Office and may total up to $5200 award per year, renewable as long as the parents continue to work cross-culturally.  This scholarship is “open ended;” in other words, more than one may be awarded each year.  Students do not need to apply for this scholarship.  

Aside from these scholarships, financial assistance for international students is unfortunately not directly available through Wheaton.  Therefore, each student is responsible for funding their Wheaton education.  Funds for a full year must be secured before an I-20 allowing entrance into the United States will be issued. Funds for the duration of a student's education must also be documented.

What financial documentation does Wheaton College require for international students?

All international applicants are required to submit the International Student Certification of Finances form. This form helps Wheaton College evaluate the financial resources available to you for your education. Strict United States immigration laws require us to verify the ability of international students to pay all tuition and living expenses for the time they are studying in the US. Financial verification must be made prior to institutional issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019).

Please read the financial information for international students for additional information.

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

Becky Wilson is the Assistant Director of International Recruitment and works with all international students. Please contact her with any questions regarding undergraduate international student admissions and academic programs.

What services does the International Student Services Office of Wheaton College provide?

The International Student Services office is not responsible for questions regarding undergraduate programs or admission. This office serves admitted international students.

Once an undergraduate student has been offered admission to Wheaton College, the International Student Service Office processes visas for international students. For questions about immigration and visas, please contact the Office directly.

In addition, the International Student Services website provides valuable information for admitted students.

Is there a special international student orientation?

Yes, our Student Activities Office has created a special orientation program, "Passport to Wheaton", just for incoming international students. International students are required to attend this program, since important immigration papers will be discussed and filled out during the international student orientation portion of the program.  

Where can I find out information on receiving outside funding for my Wheaton education?

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators (www.nafsa.org), has provided a list of websites with multiple scholarship resources.  Wheaton College does not officially “endorse” any of these websites; however, they may provide useful information on funding:

What kind of social customs and cultural differences should I expect to encounter in the United States?

EduPASS has a list of some American customs and cultural differences.  Although each student’s experience of the United States will vary, you may want to visit this website to become familiar with some of the more important cultural differences:   http://www.edupass.org/culture/

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