Wheaton in England

Take a literary pilgrimage through the ancient paths and contemporary motorways of Great Britain.

Program Overview

The Wheaton in England program provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in literary narratives, historical realities, and visual culture as they experience the richness of British culture and its global connections. In the unifying seminar, students read select literary offerings that offer the chance to practice spiritual and academic reflection on how language and place mutually constitute each other. Students will also select from a range of elective courses. Students will not only study the British classics and root them in the imaginative soil of place, but also engage with contemporary British and global literature within the realities of Britain today.
Experience Literary, Historical, and Contemporary Britain:

The trip will involve classic and memorable experiences in Britain: visiting the Tower of London and Poet's Corner, punting down a river in Oxford, experiencing Shakespeare plays at the Globe Theater and Stratford-Upon-Avon, hiking a fell in the Lake District, exploring the pump room and Roman baths at Bath, touring the wartime tunnels at Dover Castle, and hiking the Royal Mile in Edinburgh—as well as exploring castles, worshiping in cathedrals, navigating the London underground, and experiencing many more sites of historical significance.

  • Sponsoring Department: English
  • Program Leaders(s): TBD
  • Term: Summer 2024
  • Program Dates: TBD
  • Estimated Cost: $TBD
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Eligibility: Open to all Wheaton College students, regardless of their major. All students must be in good standing to participate.
  • Highlights: Study English literature and writing (and earn CATC credit) while being immersed in British culture. Led by full-time Wheaton faculty members, this program highlights early 20th-century British literature and history, the long tradition of the religious lyric, multiple connections among writers from the Caribbean, Africa, North America, and Great Britain, and the power of visual metaphor and narrative.

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

Course Offerings

The courses offered meet requirements for the English major and minor. 

All students will take:

  • ENGL 433: Literature and Place (2 credits)
    The course is designed to help students engage fruitfully with English culture of the past and present through place-focused literature. Students read various works associated with the locations visited, participate in discussion groups with questions designed to help engage with key issues for each work, listen to lectures at sites to help draw important connections, and complete a paper that will demonstrate the particular interpretive fruit of their reading in place.

Students choose six to eight additional hours from elective courses to be listed at a later date:

The estimated program cost includes a total of eight credit hours of tuition (ENGL 433 plus 6 credit hours). Students choosing to take 10 credit hours (ENGL 433 plus 8 credit hours) will be charged an additional fee for two credit hours at the standard summer tuition rate for Wheaton College.

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers 8 credit hours of tuition (ENGL 433 plus 6 credit hours), lodging, some meals, ground transportation, group admission to literary and historical sites, and plays at the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Estimated Additional Expenses: Students choosing to take 10 credit hours during the program (ENGL 433 plus 8 credit hours) will be charged an additional fee for two credit hours at the standard summer tuition rate for Wheaton College. Students will be responsible for international airfare, the cost of books, some on-your-own meals, and all personal expenses.

International airfare $TBD
Textbooks $TBD
Extra Meals $TBD
Misc. Personal Expenses (Laundry. cell phone, etc.) $TBD

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to know more about the program, review the English Department's Wheaton in England program details or contact wheaton.in.england@wheaton.edu for further information.

How to Apply

To apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.

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