Global and Experiential Learning at Wheaton College

Wheaton Semester Study Abroad Programs

Spring 2016!


Wheaton in México

Led by Wheaton College faculty, Wheaton in México is a 16-week semester program that combines language study and practice, interdisciplinary courses, cultural immersion, and academic excursions. It gives students a unique opportunity to live in and learn about the cultures, languages and peoples of México.


The program is based in Querétaro, a beautiful colonial city in central México with a population of over one million people. Founded in 1531, it is one of México’s most prosperous cities and home to major international companies. With over twenty universities and seven research centers, Querétaro has a vibrant intellectual community, cultural scene and excellent medical services.  Located at 5,970 feet above sea level, the city has a sunny, semi-arid climate with daily temperatures averaging 66° from January to May.  A city with a rich religious heritage, Querétaro has a strong Roman Catholic church and an active Protestant presence.

Living Arrangements
Students live with Mexican host families in or near the historic district of Querétaro - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 - and study on a university campus in the vicinity.  Students can walk to classes or utilize the efficient public transportation system.

Students earn up to 18 credit hours during the program.  All courses count toward a Spanish major or minor, and some courses may fulfill general education, elective, or major requirements from other academic departments.  Courses are primarily taught by local professors on the university campus of the Instituto Tecnológical de Querétaro (ITQ) and at the Centro Intercultural de Querétaro.  All students take a four-hour interdisciplinary course with the Wheaton College professor in residence, focusing on developing intercultural competency, navigating daily life, and exploring Mexican cultures.  This program fulfills the study abroad requirement for the Spanish major at Wheaton College.

Required Courses

  • SPAN 338 (4 hrs) Intensive Advanced Spanish
  • SPAN 489 (4 hrs) Engaging Culture 
  • SPAN 489 (4 hrs) Topics in Mexican History

Elective Courses

  • SPAN 332 (4 hrs) Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 337 (4 hrs) Survey of Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 489 (4 hrs) Topics in Mexican Literature
  • SPAN 489 (2 hrs) Topics in Mexican Art
  • SPAN 489 (2 hrs) Topics in Mexican-United States Relations

Students must complete Spanish 201 or equivalent to participate in the program; students are encouraged to complete Spanish 331 or 332 prior to the program.  

All program participants are required to enroll in G ST 221: Orientation for Wheaton in México (2 hrs.) offered in B quad of the semester prior to departure.

Spring Semester, 2017

Program costs are equivalent to an on-campus semester at Wheaton and cover tuition, room and board, orientation fees, textbooks, land travel in México, excursions, a weekly transportation allowance, and roundtrip airfare (equivalent to roundtrip fare from Chicago.)  This does not cover passport fees and other personal expenses. Financial aid is available for the program on the same basis as that of an on-campus semester.

Faculty Director 
Dr. Tim Klingler, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Timothy Klingler"I am delighted to be serving as the Faculty Director for the Wheaton in Mexico (WIM) program in Spring 2016.  My family and I were privileged to accompany Wheaton's inaugural group last spring.  A Political Science and Spanish double major at Wheaton, I studied in Costa Rica the spring of my sophomore year.  My semester abroad enriched my Wheaton education and transformed my faith and Christian worldview, my personal interests, and my vocational journey.

After graduating from Wheaton, I worked for nine years with non-profit agencies engaged in community development in Central America and social work with immigrants - refugees from around the world and Mexican farm worker families - in Chicago and Central California. Interested in exploring the church's role in social transformation as well as theology and faith in Latin America, I completed a MA in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. During later graduate studies in Spanish and Latin American Literatures, I had the opportunity to research many Mexican writers, including the 17th century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and contemporary authors such as José Emilio Pacheco and Carlos Monsivaís. I am excited to continue learning about Mexican literature and diverse aspects of Mexican Christianity.  While I look forward to growing relationships with friends and academic colleagues in Mexico, I am thrilled to be accompanying Wheaton students as they grow in their faith, in their understanding of who they are, and in their linguistic and intercultural competence as they forge relationships with Mexicans and experience Mexico's rich cultures.

My wife, Leslie, works in editing and graphic design and regularly teaches at Wheaton. Having lived in Latin America and Spain as a student, she looks forward to mentoring students as they navigate cross-cultural living.  My three children - Melía (11), Elena (11), and Lucas (8) - are looking forward to reconnecting with classmates and friends in Querétaro and to "having fun" with Wheaton students."

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