International Student Orientation (ISO)

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.

Fall 2022 ISO starts on Sunday, August 28 and ends on Tuesday, August 30. All international students by broad definition are expected to attend ISO. There is no cost to attend ISO.  

Fall 2022 ISO will be held in person on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet new people and make connections with peers; settle in to your living space and get situated with essentials like a bank account and cell phone; and become more familiar with campus life and the various offices and resources that will support you during your studies at Wes. You can get to know the student team that will be leading Fall 2022 ISO ahead of time by visiting the ISO Student Staff page (soon to be updated with our Fall 2022 ISOLs). 

International students attending ISO should plan to arrive at Wesleyan on Sunday, August 28, 2022 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). If you plan to arrive in the United States before August 28, 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/J-1 visa holders may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date listed on page 1 of their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019). All ISO participants are expected to submit their flight information even if they plan to arrive before August 28. Submit your 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 Fall 2022 ISO dates?
    Fall 2022 ISO runs from August 28 through August 30. August 28 is arrival day for undergraduate international students. There is no program on that day. Students are expected to participate in the ISO programs and activities on August 29 and 30.
  • Where may I access the Fall 2022 ISO schedule?
    We are still in the process of finalizing the Fall 2022 ISO schedule. If you have any questions about the ISO progam, please send an email to iso@wesleyan.edu.
  • Who should participate in ISO?

    The following populations are highly encouraged to attend 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 ISO is to help you get settled into your new home at Wes and get you connected with peers, offices, and resources so you have a successful tranistion to studying at the University and living in Middletown.
  • What are the costs to attend ISO?

    There is no cost for attending ISO.

    ISO is free because Wesleyan is invested in your transition and well-being. OISA and the University are committed to serving you from the beginning of your time as an International Cardinal, and want to support you so you can have a successful start to your first semester and actively participate in campus life.

  • How do I register for ISO?
    Once you have access, visit WesPortal and complete the ISO Student Registration Form.
  • When should I arrive at Wesleyan for ISO? May I arrive before the start date?

    You should plan to arrive on or after Sunday, August 28. If you are unable to arrive by this date or will miss ISO, please send an email to iso@wesleyan.edu in advance and inform OISA of your anticipated arrival date.  

    If you arrive in the United States before August 28, you must 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/J-1 visa holders may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date listed on page 1 of their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20/DS-2019). 

  • What should I expect on ISO arrival day?

    You should plan to arrive at Wesleyan between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, August 28, 2022.

    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 located at 208 High Street, Middletown, CT 06457 to get your room key.
    • Once you get settled into your room on campus, rest up for ISO and the chance to meet new people and make your first friends at Wes!
  • Are meals free during ISO? What if I have dietary restrictions?

    During ISO, meals are free starting with dinner on Sunday, August 28. Your only expenses during ISO are buying items for your residential hall room. 

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

  • If I have additional questions, who should I contact?
    • Questions regarding immigration, such as your F-1 visa status, I-20, I-94 record, entry to the U.S., OISA Check-in, etc.: oisa@wesleyan.edu 
    • Questions about ISO (including travel arrangements, arrival date and accommodations): iso@wesleyan.edu
    • Questions about COVID-19 vaccines and requirements: healthforms@wesleyan.edu