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FPE Abroad | International Study Program

Program Overview

FPE Abroad | International Study Program is an exciting eight-week immersion program uniquely blending the cultural, political, economic and business aspects of cultures around the globe. The program focuses on the interaction of political and economic policy, the effects of globalization on human flourishing, and the economic well-being of countries in the study area. Students take part in numerous site visits and hear lectures from business leaders and diplomats. This program features on-campus and off-campus learning, and as part of the course work, student teams, with faculty guidance, develop research projects designed to be presented at the corporate or policy executive level.

The Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics and Economics (FPE) invites students to join us on our FPE Abroad: Nordic Countries International Study Program 2022. Students will observe how different political and economic approaches impact human flourishing in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. This compact area contains a region where peace and prosperity has been in place since the end of WWII. These countries have some of the highest standards of living, are business friendly, and have some of the most stable democracies with enormous oil and gas reserves. Students will meet with business, political and church leaders during this once in a lifetime study program. Retired U.S. Navy JAG Captain and former United States Attorney for New Mexico David Iglesias is the FPE Director who will be leading the trip along with three Wheaton College faculty instructors.

  • Sponsoring Department: Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics (FPE)
  • Program Leader(s): David Iglesias, J.D., Director of the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics (FPE) 
  • Term: Anticipated Summer 2022
  • Anticipated On-Campus Dates: May 9 - June 4, 2022
  • Anticipated Travel Dates: June 4 - July 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: January 18, 2022
  • Estimated Cost: $6,825(airfare not included)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Eligibility: Wheaton College students with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Highlights: Site visits and lectures with business leaders, church leaders, and diplomats.

Program offering is subject to internal approval, minimum enrollment, and ongoing evaluation of local conditions, including enhanced health and safety reviews in light of COVID-19. 

Course Offerings

FPE Abroad | International Study Program students register for a total of 8 credit hours.

IR 375/ECON 374: Globalization in Nordic Countries (4 credit hours; SI and GP tags)
Instructor: Dr. Timothy Taylor, Assistant Professor of International Relations
What are the causes and consequences of globalization? Why do citizens divide on their support and opposition to globalization? This course will examine the causes of globalization and its effects upon states and citizens. Specifically, we will discuss international trade, migration, economic growth, development, and politics. We will dedicate special interest to the political economy of Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

B/EC 382: Topics in Global Strategy: Nordic Economy (2 credit hours)
Instructors: Dr. Min Dong Paul Lee, Norris A. Aldeen Chair of Business and Associate Professor of Business
Globalization of economy has created unprecedented opportunities for organizations and individuals with a global mindset. Doing business internationally, however, requires unique perspectives and skill sets such as understanding of diverse markets, global logistics, sensitivity for cultural differences and ability to communicate cross-culturally. This course is designed to help students develop a global kingdom mindset that is nimble and considerate as well as the knowledge and skills needed to succeed and have a redeeming effect in the global business environment. With this year’s focus on Nordic economy, we will consider the topics of global strategy in the context of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland (No pre-requisites).

IR 301: Nordic Politics (2 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Alexander, Assistant Professor of Politics
The Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland) consistently rank among the world’s happiest, most democratic, and most developed states. How did these societies come to do so well in so many different areas? What political processes and institutions facilitate these outcomes? This course explores the many mutually-reinforcing dimensions of Nordic political life—from expansive social safety nets to unicameral, proportionally representative legislatures—and considers whether the so-called “Nordic model” has any implications for governance in other parts of the world.

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers tuition, room and board on-campus (three meals per day, Monday through Friday only), airfare and ground transportation within the program, country entrance fees, lodging, most meals, and group admission to historical sites.

Estimated Additional Expenses: Students are responsible weekend meals (Saturday and Sunday) and some evening meals during the first week for the on-campus portion of the program, weekend meals (lunch and dinner) during portions of international travel, international airfare, passport or visa expenses, and all personal expenses.

International airfare $700.00
Extra Meals $320.00

Learn More

If you would like further information on FPE programs or to see past FPE Abroad | International Study Programs, please visit the FPE; for specific questions about the International Study Program, contact Heidi Leffler, FPE Program Coordinator at 630.752.5975.

How to Apply

To apply to be part of the FPE Abroad | International Study Program, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.