International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation (ISO) is a pre-orientation designed for undergraduate international students to begin exploring the full range of academic and co-curricular opportunities available at Wesleyan.

International Student Orientation Fall 2021 starts on Sunday, August 29 and ends on Tuesday, August 31. All international students by broad definition are expected to attend the ISO. There is no cost to attend the pre-orientation program.  

The ISO Fall 2021 will be held in a hybrid mode. Some events will be held virtually and others will be held in person. Class of 2024 international students who studied remotely in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 are welcome to attend the ISO in Fall 2021. It will be a great opportunity to meet new people, build community, and become more familiar with life on campus at Wesleyan University. You can get to know the team that will be bringing you the Fall 2021 ISO ahead of time by visiting the ISO Orientation Student Staff page. 

International students attending ISO should plan to arrive at Wesleyan on Sunday, August 29, 2021 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time. If you plan to arrive in the United States before August 29, you need to make your own arrangements for hotels and travel. You can find hotels close to Wesleyan on the Wesleyan University Visitor’s Guide

Due to SEVP regulations, F-1 visa holders may not arrive at the U.S. more than 30 days in advance. All ISO participants are expected to submit their flight information even if they plan to arrive before August 29. Submit the flight information through WesPortal by completing the ISO Student Registration Form.

All first-year international students, transfer, and visiting international students are expected to read through the following FAQs.

  • What are the ISO Fall 2021 dates?
    The ISO Fall 2021 runs from August 29, 2021 to August 31, 2021. August 29 is the arrival day. There is no program on that day. Students are expected to participate in the ISO programs and activities on August 30 and 31.
  • Who should participate in the ISO?

    The following populations are highly encouraged to attend the International Student Orientation (ISO):

    • All first-year undergraduate international students
    • All visiting undergraduate international students
    • All Americans living abroad who will be an undergraduate student at Wesleyan 
    • All international transfer students
    • All self-identifying undergraduate international students 
    The purpose of International Student Orientation is to help you settle into a new country as well as a new school.
  • What are the costs of the ISO?

    There is no cost for attending the International Student Orientation (ISO).

    The ISO is free because Wesleyan is invested in your transition and well-being. The university wants to make sure that international students are well-served and will be ready to actively participate in campus life.

  • When should I arrive at Wesleyan for the ISO? Can I arrive before the start date?

    You should plan to arrive on or after August 29. We understand that it may result in students arriving on August 30 or later, and any students arriving after August 29 will receive assistance in covering all of the material that they may have missed during travel.

    If you arrive in the United States before August 29, you need to make your own arrangements for hotels and travel. You can find hotels close to Wesleyan on the Wesleyan University Visitor’s Guide. Due to SEVP regulations, you may not arrive in the U.S. more than 30 days in advance as an F-1 visa holder. 

  • What should I expect on the ISO arrival day?

    You should plan to arrive at Wesleyan between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

    Once you arrive on campus: 

    • Go directly to Usdan University Center at 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06457 to receive your room key, and pick up your WesCard (Wesleyan identification card).
    • If you arrive after 5 p.m., go to the office of Public Safety at 208 High Street, Middletown, CT 06457 to get a key to your room.
    • Once you get settled into your new room, get some rest and be excited to meet your new friends!
  • Are meals covered during ISO? What if I have dietary restrictions?

    Meals are covered starting dinner on Sunday, August 29. Your only expenses during ISO are buying items for your residential hall rooms.

    Please make sure to include any dietary restrictions and conditions in the ISO Student Registration Form and Health Forms (available on WesPortal). The residential meal plan does not provide individualized menus, but any dietary needs are handled case by case. More information on how to seek assistance can be found on Dining at Wesleyan’s Guidance and Assistance page. Also, make sure to check out the Wesleyan University Food Allergy and Celiac Guide