A Wheaton College junior has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support his plans to study abroad next fall.
Adam Goldberg ’12 has received the Gilman Scholarship and he will use the funds to attend Wheaton’s new study abroad program in Bhutan. The Gilman Scholarship Program, which is run by the Institute of International Education, is intended to better prepare U.S. students for significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Goldberg says the small Himalayan country, which is situated between India and China, is in the midst of extraordinary sociopolitical change that will further his academic interests. He is pursuing studies in an independent major, Conflict and Social Change, that he designed with Wheaton faculty.
“This experience will help solidify what I have learned at Wheaton,” says Goldberg. “It will go a long way toward my understanding of the social dynamics that lead to a stable, peaceful society.”
Wheaton is the only U.S. university or college to host a study abroad program in Bhutan and it is no coincidence: the current king is a former Wheaton student.
In addition to his studies at Royal Thimphu College, Goldberg will work alongside public school teachers and their students to see how the country incorporates new reforms into its educational system. Goldberg explains, “The goal of this program is not merely to observe Bhutanese society, but to participate and become part of it, something that only the rarest of foreigners have ever experienced.”