Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is ISO?

    International Student Orientation is known affectionately by its past participants as ISO. As the name suggests, it is organized to help international students acclimate to a new environment, and often, a new country with a foreign culture. They get a chance to meet, interact and form strong bonds with about 70 other students, before the rest of the incoming students arrive on campus.

  • What kinds of activities are planned? What can I look forward to?

    The program differs from year to year. However, the usual basic elements of ISO are logistical activities like shopping trips (for you to set up your rooms), social times (when you can hang out and get to know your new friends), meeting of faculty and staff, and excellent question & answer sessions with upperclass-students who are interested in your well-being.Whether it is a formal activity or an informal gathering, we ecnourage you to use these opportunities to get to know your fellow classmates, to spend time with them, to form the foundations of deep friendships. These are people you’ll see walking around campus in your next few years! If you come with an open mind and a willingness to meet others, ISO can become one of the fondest memories of your first year.

  • Do I have to pay for ISO?

    There is no cost for attending ISO. ISO is provided to you because Wesleyan is heavily invested in your well-being. The university wants to make sure that  international students are well-served and will be more than ready to actively take part in the New Student Orientation (which occurs after ISO) and in campus life.

  • Who can attend ISO?

    If you're an incoming undergraduate international student with an F-1 visa, a United States citizen living abroad, or a visiting international student, we want you here with us!

  • What day do I have to arrive? Can I come earlier?

    Arrival Day for international students is August 30, 2015.Housing and/or meals are not provided if you arrive prior to this date. If you arrive prior to this date, you will be responsible for your own housing and meals.

  • Will there be anybody on campus?

    Definitely! There will be volunteers at the ISO headquarters waiting for your arrival. They will welcome you and even help you move in to your room!

  • My family is coming with me to Wesleyan. Where can they stay?

    We are delighted that your family is coming. There is an welcome dinner on August 31, 2015, which families are invited to attend. Details are available on the ISO Schedule page. Representatives from the various administration offices will be present to meet and greet your family.About a 5-10 minutes walk away, there is a hotel called Inn at Middletown. It is just down the road from campus, and offers a "Wesleyan parent" rate (not advertised on their website).More options in Connecticut are provided for your reference by Wesleyan University. The list is not a recommendation or an endorsement, but a courtesy information service.

  • What papers do I have to produce at the immigration checkpoint?

    The following information was included in the packet of information mailed to you with your I-20.Upon arrival in the United States, you will also be required to show your I-20, your passport, and your F-1 student visa to the immigration officer at the port-of-entry, therefore do not pack these document in your suitcase or checked luggage because you will need to have access to them at all times. It is also possible that the immigration officer may decide to interview you upon arrival.  Should this happen, remember that the burden of proof will be upon you to demonstrate your intent to return home upon completion of your studies. Most importantly, be aware that the immigration officer may ask you to show your letter of admittance to Wesleyan and proof that you can financially support your studies so be sure to have these documents available. Do not however show these letters and financial documents to the immigration officer unless you are specifically requested to do so.For answers to more immigration-related questions, please view the Immigration resource website or email Janice Watson at

  • I want to transfer my high school credits (A-levels, AP and IB). How do I go about doing that?

    For all academic issues, please go to your class dean for advice. The class dean for the Class of 2018 is Dean Marina Melendez.

    It is possible to get credit for A-level work on a department-by-department basis. You should bring with you official documentation of your scores plus any materials you have that describe the course/exam for which you wish to receive credit. (materials may include any descriptions of the courses that you took in preparation for your A-levels and any description you have of the A-level system in which you took the exams). Award of credit is at the discretion of the specific department.While you may be able to obtain Wesleyan credit for your A-levels, you may not use them to satisfy General Education Expectations or requirements for a major.

    For more information about AP or IB credits, please click here.

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