International Students

Welcome to Wesleyan! This information is designed specifically for our incoming undergraduate international students, including transfer and exchange international students. For information for graduate international students and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs), please visit Office of Graduate Student Services.

  • Office of International Student Affairs

    The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) provides support and guidance on every aspect of international student life at Wesleyan – immigration, cultural, academic, personal, and financial. This includes advising F-1 students on federal immigration regulations to aid in maintaining lawful status. We are committed to supporting the personal and professional growth of all self-identified international students from orientation to up to three years beyond graduation.

  • International Definitions

    Wesleyan Definitions of International Students

    The community at Wesleyan is inclusive of various definitions of the term “international student” to provide support and programming.

    • Narrow Definition: All citizenships other than the United States (non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). These are students who will need to undergo the visa process to enter the United States.
    • Broad Definition: Narrow plus U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who went to school outside of the United States. Growing up outside of the United States brings another perspective to the international community. The broad definition also includes Third Culture Kid (also known as Global Nomads and/or Cross-cultural kids) - a person who grew up in one or more countries outside their passport country, and having been raised in a foreign culture, created a third culture, a mixture of the two.

    U.S. Government Definitions

    • U.S. Citizen: one who was born in United States territory, or to a parent or parents with U.S. Citizenship at the time of birth; or, status granted through the naturalization process
    • Dual Citizen: a citizen of two countries at the same time
    • Permanent Resident: Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. Also known as "Permanent Resident Alien," "Lawful Permanent Resident," "Resident Alien Permit Holder," and "Green Card Holder."
  • International Student Orientation (ISO)

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

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  • ISO Student Registration Form

    Please fill out the ISO Student Registration Form via your WesPortal by July 15, 2021. If you believe that you should attend the International Student Orientation but have no access to the form, please email
  • Important Resources

    Before you arrive, it is a good idea to explore the following pages:

    OISA's Information for New Students

    OISA's website has a section dedicated to new students, helping you to understand essential information regarding immigration and beyond. Please take some time to become familiar with these pages to help make your journey to Wes and transition to life on campus a smooth one.

    Official Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) Facebook Page

    Make sure to "like" and follow OISA on Facebook to keep up with important information, activities, career events, and other ways you can get more involved at Wes and meet others in the international student community.

    OISA's International Student Orientation page

    For more details on the ISO, please visit our website. There we provide important information about scheduling your journey to the U.S. and help you to understand what to expect once you arrive on campus. You can also read about your Orientation Leaders' experiences and involvements and start to discover ways that you can make the most of your experience at Wes.

  • Immigration Services

    Wesleyan supports international students as well as visiting scholars, who hold a F-1 or J-1 visa by providing immigration services before arrival to campus and during their stay at the university. For F-1 and F-2 questions, please email For J-1 questions, please email Mark Hovey at