President Hanno took a group of Wheaton students to Ghana over winter break on a faculty-led program. They learned about entrepreneurship, worked in Ghanaian high schools, and got to visit Ashesi University. They were able to meet faculty and staff at Ashesi as well as alumni and students, including Aba Wilmot who is studying at Wheaton this semester!
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The Center for Global Education (CGE) serves as a hub of resources for students, faculty and staff who wish to engage with the world. With over 70 study abroad programs in some of the most unique locations around the world (for example, see Wheaton in Bhutan), Wheaton College offers opportunities for all majors and interests. For international students, the CGE is where “Wheaties from the World” can come for that additional bit of support as they adjust to their home away from home.
The CGE offers programming throughout the academic year, including Study Abroad information sessions, the Eye on the World photo contest and the Senior Sash reception. In addition the Center provides support to students and faculty for programming with a global focus.
Whether you spend a semester abroad at one of our partner campuses, participate in a faculty-led program during the winter or summer break, interact with our vibrant international student population, or engage in intellectual discourse on global issues in the classroom, Wheaton students have countless opportunities to develop the skills necessary to take on the challenges of the international milieu we live in today.
STUDENT SAFETY ABROAD
Student safety is of paramount concern to all of us at Wheaton College, and we manage our study abroad programs with that commitment in mind. Given the tragic events worldwide this fall, I would like to share with you some information about Wheaton’s decisions with regard to student experiences abroad and our efforts to assure our students’ well-being.
For the spring semester, Wheaton College will run three faculty-led programs in January 2016, and students are being encouraged to proceed with their plans to study abroad all across the globe in the spring of 2016.
We are aware that the U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert, which urges all U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling abroad. We have discussed ways to exercise caution with the students who will be traveling for study in January and for the spring semester. If the alert escalates to a travel warning, which generally recommends avoiding or delaying travel to a particular region, the college’s policy is to follow U.S. State Department recommendations.
Regardless of current U.S. State Department guidance, we have developed a protocol to respond swiftly to crises and individual emergencies abroad. We maintain a database of pertinent information for each student abroad and a travel tracking system that allows us to contact students quickly when necessary. In addition, we have carefully reviewed all programs to which we send our students; our own programs are carefully designed with particular attention paid to safety and security.
As part of our safety protocol, we actively monitor conditions in the countries and regions in which our students are studying, employing a number of sources including the US Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, experts here and abroad, and our overseas partners.
Many of our partners have
- A highly trained crisis management team, based in the U.S. that receives and monitors safety and security alerts and updates on a daily basis. They consult both private and governmental global security sources and experts.
- On-site staff abroad who maintain close relations with local police and authorities
- Local contingency plans that are clearly communicated to students
- Regular, strong communications with U.S. embassies and consulates
- Thorough training of on-site staff to proactively plan for, and respond to, emergencies and crises abroad.
In addition, our office helps students prepare for their experience abroad before departure by
- Meeting with each student individually prior to departure to discuss concerns and issues, especially those particular to their study abroad plans.
- Ensuring that all students have adequate health insurance that will cover them abroad as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Conducting pre-departure orientation sessions, including health and safety advice
- Making students aware of information online, including health and safety issues
- Encouraging all students who are U.S. citizens to register in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)If you have any questions or concerns we invite you to call Wheaton’s Center for Global Education at (508) 286-4950 or email email@example.com
We have great confidence in our partners and our staff who have carefully and thoughtfully created our global programs with crisis management plans in place. We remain committed to the belief that studying abroad is an essential part of a liberal arts education and that we can only achieve peace through understanding