Study abroad is a crucial part of our program — essential, indeed, to your education at Wheaton as a whole. Immersion in the language, first-hand experience as a global citizen, a sense of the self as Other, not as the norm in this world — these are just a few benefits of studying abroad.
We strongly encourage German (Studies) majors and minors to go abroad during their junior or even sophomore year, to our very own Regensburg program in the spring. German majors often fulfill up to half of their major while abroad; many students branch out into a number of other disciplines — and discover entirely new interests.
Most returning students agree on two things: first, that they experience greater culture shock returning to the United States and to Wheaton than they did while abroad; second, that their study abroad was the most important, most rewarding, most transformative experience of their undergraduate education.
According to the latest report on education by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Germany was the third favorite host country for foreign students, following the U.S. and the U.K., thus the most popular non-English speaking destination. Also, gehen wir!