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AAE: Ethiopia

Program Overview

Wheaton's Authority, Action, Ethics: Ethiopia (AAEE) program is a deep analysis of the fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics), which are always implicit in any case of leadership around the world, including 'ministry' leadership and service learning. The task is to make the implicit explicit. The program's approach is:

  • Descriptive (i.e., How do authority, action and ethics actually work out in reality?)
  • Interpretive (i.e., Why do these factors of authority, action and ethics matter?)
  • Constructive (i.e., What ought to be the normative ways authority, action and ethics is expressed in our living?)
  • Pragmatic (i.e., What strategies of action will achieve desired goals?)

The program begins in the fall with the formation of a small group of selected students. In the spring semester, students take CE 330: Studies in Intercultural Education I. A program trip to Ethiopia in May (CE 340: Studies in Intercultural Education II) offers contextualized experiences for the theory explored in the classroom. The program concludes with student presentations of learning at the beginning of the following fall semester.

  • Sponsoring Department(s): Student Engagement
  • Program Leader(s): Dr. Steve Ivester
  • Term: Summer
  • Travel Dates: TBD
  • Estimated Cost:  TBD
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Eligibility: Open to Wheaton students only; a limited number of students will be accepted
  • Highlights: A full year of connected study for a select small group of students to deeply analyze the fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics) in leadership around the world.

Course Offering

All students will take:

CE 351: Studies in Intercultural Education I (2 credit hours)
This spring semester course provides an introduction to Ethiopia and the underlying themes of the narratives that shape individuals and cultures, the practices found within the outworking of those narratives (be they religious, political, ethnic, economic, cultural, sociological, anthropological, theological, etc.) and supportive challenge in the exploration of how we evaluate global situations and experiences. These themes are further developed as students explore major differences between cultural systems while building attitudes and skills necessary for effective intercultural ministry.

CE 352:  Studies in Intercultural Education II (2 credit hours)
Program trip to Ethiopia which offers contextualized experiences for the theory explored in CE 351 during the spring semester. 

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers tuition, airfare to the program, airfare within the program, lodging, most meals, ground transportation, visa processing fee, and group admission to Lalibella Church tours.  Students will be responsible for the cost of books, some meals, and personal expenses.

Learn More

If you would like further information or have questions about AAE: Ethiopia, please contact Dr. Steve Ivester, Dean of Student Engagement.

How to Apply

Students are required to complete an application and interview to be considered for acceptance into the AAE: Ethopia cohort. Applications are due by 5 pm; all applications must be emailed to the student leader or a hard copy may be submitted at the SAO desk. Applicants will be notified of a decision on their application after fall break.

Program Event Date Location
Informational Meeting TBD Fireside Lounge in Lower Beamer
Applications Available TBD

AAEE Application
Copies also available in CPO and at the Informational Meeting

Applications Due TBD Email to student leader
Application Decision After Fall Break  
First Team Meeting To be determined Location will be provided to applicants selected

To apply for off-campus study approval once you have been accepted into the AAE: Ethiopia program, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.