Do you wish to roam through the ruins of Tintagel and reflect upon the days of King Arthur? Do you long to see the world that Austen describes so vividly in her novels? Would you like to walk the streets of Charles Dickens' London or visit C.S. Lewis' home and write about the experience? Or you may want to go punting, a favorite Oxford pastime, and glide gently past Oxford's famous Botanic Gardens, through Christ Church College Meadows, where Lewis Carroll taught in the mid-19th century when he wrote the famous Alice Through the Looking Glass (1871) and Alice in Wonderland (1865).
Wheaton-in-England provides the opportunity for these unique experiences, and we warmly invite you to consider going on the trip during your time at Wheaton.
Wheaton-in-England is designed to allow you to study English literature while being immersed in British culture. It is an eight-week summer program offering eight to ten hours of English credit, and it is led and taught by full-time professors of the Wheaton College English Department. In addition to taking English courses, the program also offers students the opportunity to hear lectures from distinguished British scholars.
Although the itinerary varies somewhat from year to year, the schedule includes three elements:
- one to two weeks of classes on Wheaton's campus prior to embarking for England
- seven to ten days in London
- and three to four weeks at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford
The group also goes on numerous one-day field trips to various literary sites and on an extended northern excursion, which includes Wordsworth's Lake District. The itinerary includes a southern excursion as well, although the group may substitute it with a visit to Ireland, Scotland, or Wales.
No matter what your concentration is within the English Major, Wheaton-in-England is a great opportunity to fulfill major requirements in a setting that not only allows for in-depth study of literary works within their cultural context, but also creates a wonderful community as faculty and students explore literature and the sites together. We also welcome non-majors who desire to fulfill their General Education requirement or those who wish to minor in English. Taking eight to ten hours during the summer gives you much more flexibility during the school year, so think about adding Wheaton-in-England to your schedule.
Non-Wheaton students who share Wheaton's Christian commitment are also welcome to participate. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions and the Registrar's office regarding the summer enrollment process and deadlines for non-Wheaton students.