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.
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.
Students will complete the following required courses :
- SPAN 338 (4 hrs) Intensive Advanced Spanish (required)
- SPAN 489 (4 hrs) Topics in Engaging Mexican Culture (required)
- SPAN 489 (4 hrs) Topics in Mexican History (required)
Students can complete 4 - 6 hours from the following courses (availability of non-required courses dependent on enrollment):
- 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 the equivalent to participate; students are strongly encouraged to take Spanish 331 and Spanish 332 prior to the program.
All program participants are required to enroll in SPAN 439: 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.
Dr. Adam Wood, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
"I grew up in Wheaton, but was intrigued by what I saw of Mexico while visiting relatives there as a high-school junior, and spent my senior year living with Mexican families and working for evangelical churches in and around Mexico D.F. I learned to love the people and culture dearly, and it was with some reluctance that I returned to Wheaton for college, where I majored in philosophy and ancient languages. After a year living in the Chicago southside neighborhoods of La Villita and Pilsen (during which I ruled out a career in law), I pursued graduate studies in medieval philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. During that time I met and married my wife Caris, who was in New York as a Teach for America corps member. Oddly, we had overlapped at Wheaton for three years, but never met - the Lord works in mysterious ways! We were both excited when I was offered the possibility of returning to Wheaton again to take up a post teaching in the philosophy department. Caris now works as an Occupational Therapist at a skilled nursing facility. We live in West Chicago with our son Gus and newborn daughter Cate. Being back in Wheaton as a professor has been a blessing, but I am especially excited about the chance to get reacquainted with Mexico with students in the WiM program."