Wheaton in Latin America is an eight-week summer program that combines language study and practice, cultural immersion, academic coursework and excursions, and service learning. It provides students with a unique opportunity to live in and learn about the cultures, languages, and peoples of Latin America. Students travel to a selected region in Latin America to explore course themes and the region's diversity.
- Sponsoring Department: Modern and Classical Languages
- Program Leader: Dr. Timothy Klingler, Associate Lecturer of Spanish
- Term: Summer 2019
- Travel Dates: May 23 - July 18, 2019
- Estimated Cost: $5,680.00 (airfare not included)
- Prerequisites: SPAN 331: Spanish Conversation. Students must also complete the required B quad course (SPAN 352) in Spring 2019.
- Eligibility: Participation will be limited to 12 students. Non-Wheaton students are eligible to participate if they have met the language requirement.
- Highlights: Live with a host family and actively participate in community life as you learn about the social, cultural, economic, political, religious, and historical issues of a Central American country and its northern neighbor from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Required Spring 2019 B-quad course
SPAN 352: Orientation to Wheaton in Latin America (2 credits)
The course introduces students to basic categories of cultural difference, elements of intercultural competency, challenges common to cross-cultural sojourns, strategies for language learning, as well as the general contours of the selected Latin American country and its society - basic historical, cultural, political, economic and demographic elements.
Students earn 8 credit hours toward the Spanish major or minor during the program.
Required program courses
Spanish 338: Intensive Advanced Spanish (4 credit hours)
Students develop their linguistic proficiency (speaking, writing, listening, reading) in Spanish as they are immersed in Latin American culture and explore culturally significant themes and authentic texts. The course is taught collaboratively with a local Spanish professor and will include daily assignments and intensive class discussions covering diverse contemporary topics. Students will acquire common phrases and vocabulary and will explore similarities and differences between regional Spanish. Course activities require students to engage with host families, guest speakers, local church members and others they encounter in the community.
Spanish 389: Latin American Culture and Society (4 credit hours) [GP] Global Perspectives
This course highlights cultural, social, religious, economic and political events that have shaped the selected Latin American country and explores salient contemporary topics including export-oriented agriculture, tourism, immigration and national identity, and the church’s role in society. Students explore similarities and differences between Costa Rica and other countries in Central America. The course also aims to develop students’ intercultural competence as they analyze cultural values and practices in Latin America and cultivate attitudes, knowledge, skills, and self-awareness to effectively and appropriately engage others from different cultural and linguistic contexts. Students will be required to interact with members of their host family, church and local community and numerous guest speakers in the selected program location and during academic excursions to other regions of Central or Latin America.
This program fulfills the study abroad requirement for the Spanish major at Wheaton College.
The estimated program fee covers tuition, fees, orientation materials, most texts, transportation to and from the airport in Costa Rica, group land travel in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, excursions, lodging, and all meals. Program fees do not cover the cost of airfare to/from Costa Rica, visa (if needed), airport exit fees, nor any other personal expenses. We recommend a minimum of $500 for personal expenses and souvenirs.
Estimated Additional Expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of airfare to/from Costa Rica, visa (if needed), airport exit fees, nor any other personal expenses. We recommend a minimum of $500 for personal expenses and souvenirs.
If you have questions or would like to know more about the Wheaton in Latin America program, contact Dr. Timothy Klingler, Associate Lecturer of Spanish, 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.