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  • Locations: Guanajuato, Mexico; Oaxaca, Mexico; Queretaro, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Eligibility: Minimum Age: All student participants in International Travel Programs must be at least 18 years of age
Program Description:

Wheaton in Mexico
Wheaton in México:
Wheaton in México is a 17-week semester program that combines language study and practice, interdisciplinary courses, cultural immersion, and academic excursions. It provides students a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the diverse cultures, languages and peoples of México. With a population of 129 million, México accounts for 25% of the world’s Spanish speakers and is the country of origin for 64% of the 55 million Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States. Students live with host families in the city of Querétaro and have opportunities to travel to other regions of the country, such as México City, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Puebla, and the ecologically diverse Sierra Gorda. In order to maximize learning, space is limited.

The program is based in Querétaro, a beautiful colonial city in central México, three hours by bus from México City. Founded in 1531, the city’s historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. It is one of México’s most prosperous cities, a site for major international companies, and home to over twenty universities and seven research centers. With a population of over one million people, Querétaro has a vibrant intellectual and artistic community, and excellent medical services. Located at 5,970 feet above sea level, the city has a sunny, semi-arid climate with daily temperatures averaging 66° Fahrenheit from January to May. A city with a rich religious heritage, Querétaro has a strong Catholic and an active Protestant presence.

Living arrangements:
After an in-country orientation, students will live with Mexican families in Querétaro. Host families live within walking distance of the historic city center and the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Students can walk to classes or utilize the efficient public transportation system.

Dates:  January 11 – May 9, 2020

Program costs are equivalent to an on-campus semester at Wheaton and include tuition, room and board, orientation fees, texts, land travel in México, excursions, and a stipend for airfare equivalent to airfare from Chicago. Passport, visa, airport exit fees and other personal expenses are not included. Financial aid is available for the program on the same basis as that of an on-campus semester.

Students earn up to 14 credit hours toward CATC requirements, and all courses count toward a Spanish major or minor. Some courses may fulfill Legacy general education, elective, or major requirements from other academic departments (subject to approval). Courses are primarily taught by local professors on the university campus of the Instituto Tecnológicol de Querétaro (ITQ) and at the Centro Intercultural de Querétaro. All students take a four-hour interdisciplinary course with the Wheaton College professor in residence, focusing on developing intercultural competency, navigating daily life, and exploring Mexican cultures.


Students complete the following Required Courses:

  • Spanish 338 (4 hrs) Intensive Advanced Spanish
  • GEL 321 (4 hrs) Engaging Mexican Cultures (SI)
  • GEL 302 (4 hrs) Exploring Mexican History (HP)queretaro1

Students select 4 - 6 hours from the following Elective Courses*:

  • Spanish 332 (4 hrs) Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • Spanish 337 (4 hrs) Survey of Latin American Literature (GP)
  • Spanish 489 (4 hrs) Topics in Mexican Literature
  • GEL 301 (2 hrs) Survey of Mexican Art (VPAV)
  • Spanish 489 (2 hrs) Topics in Mexican-United States Relations

* Availability of elective courses dependent on enrollment.

Practicums and internships, especially for Education and Pre-health students, may be available. These must be arranged in collaboration with faculty in students’ major department. Requests must be made in writing to the program director by October 25, 2019, to be considered.

Pre-requisite Requirements:

Students must be in good academic and judicial standing and complete Spanish 201 (or equivalent) to participate; students are strongly encouraged to take Spanish 331 or Spanish 332 prior to the program.
All program participants are required to enroll in the Wheaton in México section of GEL 231: Orientation to Study Abroad (2 hrs) offered in the fall semester (B quad) as preparation for the program. This course, when taken with
GEL 232: Study Abroad Re-entry Seminar (2 hrs) fulfills the CATC Global Perspectives (GP) Thematic Core.

For further information: Contact WIM Program Director, Dr. Tim Klingler, at (Wyngarden 305) or the Center for Global and Experiential Learning at; 630-752-7309, Wyngarden, first floor.