All students (first years – seniors) are encouraged to consider participating on a short-term international experience with a Wheaton faculty member. Faculty-led program offerings vary from year-to-year, and generally take place over the January or summer break. Most programs are worth 1 Wheaton credit.

Faculty-led Program Student Eligibility

  • 2.0 minimum GPA.
  • Class standing (First year – Senior), depending on the faculty director.
  • Good academic and social standing at Wheaton College as defined in the Wheaton College Catalog.
  • Prerequisite courses may be required depending on the faculty member and/or the course designation.
  • Completion of an online Wheaton Faculty-led Program application.

Admission to the program is determined by faculty director and the Center for Global Education.


Wheaton Faculty-Led Short-Term Programs in January and summer are an additional cost to participants. Program costs vary according to destination, duration, and included costs. Program fees will be applied to the Wheaton College student bill during regular billing cycles.

Students participating in faculty-led programs in January and summer may be eligible for need-based financial aid, after review of budgets and availability by Student Financial Services. Certain students may be eligible to use merit stipends to fund this experience. If you have an unused merit stipend, please contact Career Services for more details on your particular situation.

You may also apply for a Filmmaker in Residence position on some Faculty-led Programs. For more information and to see if this option is available, reach out to Global Ed.

Faculty-Led Programs: 2019-2020 Academic Year

January 2020
Summer 2020

Faculty-Led Programs: 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Ghana: Innovation and Social Change in Emerging Economies (January)
  • Costa Rica & Belize: Tropical Field Biology (January)
  • Tanzania: Education and Development (Summer)
  • Ecuador: From the Andes to the Amazon: Intersections of Culture, Food Systems and Biological Diversity (Summer)
  • Puerto Rico: Disaster and Reconstruction: A Field Course in Post-Hurricane Maria Reconstruction and Gender in Puerto Rico (Summer)

Faculty-Led Programs: 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Ghana: Innovation and Social Change in Emerging Economies (January)
  • South Africa: Witnessing Contemporary African Society (January)
  • Trinidad: Innovative Music Traditions of Trinidad (January)
  • Iceland: Geology of Iceland (Summer)
  • Ireland: The Arts in Ireland (Summer)
  • New York City: German and Austrian Modernism and New York City (Summer)
  • Tanzania: Education and Development (Summer)