Would you like to see Shakespeare’s plays performed in the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London or by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford? Would you like to see the beauties of the Lake District that Wordsworth captured so powerfully in his poetry? Would you like to explore the Yorkshire moors and listen to the wind wuthering through the heather?
Do you wish to roam through the ruins of Tintagel and reflect upon the days of King Arthur? Do you long to see the world that Austen describes so vividly in her novels? Would you like to walk the streets of Charles Dickens' London or visit C.S. Lewis' home and write about the experience? Or would you like to go punting, a favorite pastime in Oxford and Cambridge that allows you to experience the beauties of the university towns as you glide past them on the river.
Wheaton-in-England provides the opportunity for these unique experiences, and we warmly invite you to consider going on the trip during your time at Wheaton.
Wheaton-in-England is designed to allow you to study English literature while being immersed in British culture. It is an eight-week summer program offering eight to ten hours of English credit, and it is led and taught by full-time professors of the Wheaton College English Department.
Although the itinerary varies somewhat from year to year, the schedule includes four elements:
- one to two weeks of classes on Wheaton's campus prior to embarking for England
- several days in London with visits to museums and the theatre
- residence in various cities and towns important to English history and literature such as Canterbury, Oxford, Cambridge, or York
- field trips to various literary and historical sites such as Tintagel, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Tintern Abbey, Stratford, Haworth, or Grasmere.
No matter what your concentration is within the English Major, Wheaton-in-England is a great opportunity to fulfill major requirements in a setting that not only allows for in-depth study of literary works within their cultural context, but also creates a wonderful community as faculty and students explore literature and the sites together. We also welcome non-majors who desire to fulfill their General Education requirement or those who wish to minor in English. Taking eight to ten hours during the summer gives you much more flexibility during the school year, so think about adding Wheaton-in-England to your schedule.
Non-Wheaton students who share Wheaton's Christian commitment are also welcome to participate. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions and the Registrar's office regarding the summer enrollment process and deadlines for non-Wheaton students. Access the online application form.