When you study abroad, your education accelerates as you live and learn in another culture—every interaction is an opportunity for intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. You experience a different academic system, the complexity of another culture and language, and you will encounter the world in new ways.
Why Study Abroad?
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a cross-cultural learning experience:
- Increase your understanding of the world and our society
- Gain intercultural skills
- Build fluency in a foreign language
- Gain a new level of confidence
- Learn from a new perspective
- Meet new people in new places
- Enhance future employment opportunities
How Do You Study Abroad?
Step One: Meet with the Director of Study Abroad
Before applying for a study abroad program, meet with Deb Kim, the Director of Study Abroad.
Step Two: Apply for Off-Campus Study Approval
Students must also apply for Off-Campus Study Approval through the Center for Global and Experiential Learning (GEL) and receive course approval from academic advisors or departments. Federal, State and Wheaton Financial Aid may apply to programs approved by GEL, except as noted.
Step Three: Apply for Your Specific Program
Program applications are program specific. Please see the information about your specific program for details.
All programs listed on The Center for Global and Experiential Learning (GEL) website are approved by GEL. GEL makes a special effort to include on its list of approved programs those that meet high academic standards, correspond to the mission of GEL, and represent a wide choice for students in regards to curriculum, language, and location.
GEL will, however, consider the petitions of students who would like to attend a non‐approved program and receive academic credit. Non‐approved programs are a potential option for students who cannot find an academic match for their major on any of the Wheaton‐approved programs. Submitted petitions must demonstrate a compelling academic reason for studying on a non‐approved program. For further information on the petition process, please meet with Deb Kim, the Director of Study Abroad, to discuss the program and petition process.
Our goal is to place you in a challenging academic environment within cross-cultural settings around the world and throughout the United States.
Wheaton College offers summer academic experiences - opportunities to study, travel, and engage with other cultures - lead by Wheaton College faculty to many locations abroad.