Semester in the City by College of Social Innovation and Wheaton College Through our partnership with the College for Social Innovation, Wheaton students have the opportunity to participate in a 15-week semester in Boston, Massachusetts. The students spend 30+ hours a week undertaking an internship with a leading social change organization within the nonprofit business or public sector. The placement sites are typically within social justice, health, education, environment, or other areas dedicated to the public good.

In addition to the practicum placement, all students will take two courses: Social Problems and Social Innovation. Students will earn a total of four Wheaton credits: two for the practicum and one for each of the two courses. Sophomores participating in the program also receive full Sophomore Experience credit as part of the Compass curriculum for participating in the program.

Students are housed in shared apartments in Allston, Massachusetts. Students pay Wheaton tuition and pay the College for Social Innovation directly for housing. Students receiving federal, state and institutional financial aid are eligible to use their funding towards their total educational expenses on this program. Students can speak with a Wheaton SFS counselor to assist them in determining their budget for their semester away.


  • SIC 398 – Practicum in Social Innovation (8 credits)
  • SIC 298 – Social Problems (4 credits)
  • SIC 298 – Social Innovation (4 credits)

Students must complete applications through Wheaton College and CfSI. The Wheaton application is administered through the Center for Global Education: Wheaton Application for SITC. Wheaton’s application deadlines are October 1 and March 1.

For more information on the Wheaton Semester in the City program, please contact Srijana Shrestha.

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