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Pursue Your Passions



At Illinois Wesleyan, we believe that you should make the world your classroom. That’s why more than half of our students study abroad during their four years, and why IWU has been ranked among the top baccalaureate institutions by the Institute for International Education for students pursuing this important educational experience.

Boundaries! 300 What are the options? You can take a May Term travel course with classmates and one of our faculty. Participate in our London or

Barcelona programs with Wesleyan students and faculty. Apply to become a visiting student at Oxford University’s Pembroke College or

global options

in over 70 countries, spanning 6 continents

an exchange student in Tokyo, Hong Kong or Morocco. Or choose from over 300 other study abroad options in over 70 different countries.

If stretching your boundaries here in the U.S. is what you want to do, try one of our off-campus programs in New York, Washington, D.C., or Chicago, where you can study American politics, international relations, urban studies, the arts and more at other top national universities.

The opportunities are limitless and the boundaries entirely up to you. |1

May Term A b r oa d

The first day, we walked a couple of blocks from our hotel,   and there was the Coliseum. I know I will never get a chance again to see and learn so much, and with a group of people my age. I’m seeing the world with my friends.”

Ryan Reimer, computer science major May Term in Italy and Austria

May Term is a unique month-long experiential learning option in which students focus on a single course or topic. May Term is designed to stretch traditional boundaries between in-class and out-of-class learning. Students choose from a variety of May Term courses ranging from study abroad and national study options, to unique courses outside the standard curriculum, to research collaborations and internships. May Term abroad can be the perfect alternative for some students — such as student-athletes and those pursuing double majors — who might find it difficult to spend a full semester or year studying abroad. With national and international options that fit your schedule, May Term is an opportunity to broaden your view of the world, experience new cultures and expand your horizons.


 What impacts Asia impacts our lives. When we learn about each other, we expand and challenge our own notions of how we live.”

Tom Lutze, Professor of History

A sampling of recent May Terms abroad: • Emperors and Revolutionaries:

 For me Costa Rica wasn’t just a place,

Chinese History through Travel

• Tropical Ecology: Costa Rica • The Asian Economic Miracle • Tale of Three Cities: Bratislava, Prague,

and Vienna — Cultures at the Crossroads • Writing in Ireland • Transcultural Nursing in Hawaii • Business in the Pacific Rim • Bulgaria: Perform, Create, Explore

Navika Chhabra, biology major May Term in Costa Rica

• Goethe Institute in Bremen: Germany • War and Peace in Japan

but a new way of seeing things and a new way of learning.”

 I saw things I never would have seen, I felt things I never would have felt, and I experienced things I never would have experienced. This trip changed my life.”

Alissa Sherman, nursing major May Term in Mexico |3

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 My eyes opened to a different way of life. 


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One in two Wesleyan

students choose to study abroad for a semester, a year or during May Term.

I didn’t just learn about it—I lived it. This semester encompassed some of the most trying, humbling and

Study abroad programs come in many shapes and sizes; each type of program offers students a wonderful experience, but you might find that you are more comfortable with one type than with another. Center-Based Programs Center-based programs are designed to offer college-level coursework

beautiful moments of my life,

taught by local faculty to U.S. students. Students study at an academic study

and it’s something I’ll take with

center rather than at a host university. Coursework is generally taught in

me forever.”

English, although some programs also offer language and culture programs for students with advanced language proficiency. These programs may be

Katie Utesch, English major

designed by a college or university, but are typically run by an American

Madrid, Spain

institution that specializes in study abroad.

Direct Enrollment Programs Students participating in a direct enrollment program directly enroll in classes at a local university. All courses are taken at this university with local students.

Experiential Programs Experiential programs forego the familiar campus- or center-based model, and instead seek to immerse students in the culture. These programs often have a “base” of study but take students to different programs throughout the country for extended periods. Students in these programs generally take all their courses with a cohort of American students from different universities. |5

Pembroke College has a relationship with 13 selective U.S. colleges and universities: • Illinois Wesleyan University • Barnard College • Brown University • Bryn Mawr College • Columbia University • Cornell University • Duke University • Georgetown University • George Washington University • Haverford College • Tufts University • University of Pennsylvania

1 of 13

• Vassar College

The Pembroke College Program Illinois Wesleyan students have been traveling to Pembroke College at Oxford University since 1997. This prestigious program admits approximately 100 undergraduates a year, 40 of whom are from 13 of America’s top universities. Since the program’s inception, nearly 40 Wesleyan students have shared the Pembroke experience.

The Keio Exchange Program Illinois Wesleyan is one of just 20 U.S. institutions with an exchange agreement with Japan’s Keio University. Located in Tokyo, Keio is a major research university with an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduates.

The Morocco Exchange Program Illinois Wesleyan recently established a student exchange program with Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Founded in 1995 by King Hassan II, it is the first and only English-language university in Morocco. The program affords IWU students a special opportunity to live and study in Morocco at an Americanstyle university while earning general education and disciplinespecific credit.

The Lingnan Exchange Program Lingnan University is unique in being the only liberal arts institution in Hong Kong. Located in Tuen Mun in Hong Kong’s New Territories, the university offers close access to both a welldeveloped city with malls and restaurants and to the sandy beaches 6|

of Hong Kong’s Gold Coast.

 I was able to see all the theories, issues and amazing things I’ve heard in class put into action — and so much more I couldn’t have imagined!”

Angela Rumsey, anthropology and international studies major Kampala, Uganda



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Through Illinois Wesleyan’s wide-ranging affiliations, you can choose from over 300 study abroad options offered by universities and organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. These semester, full-year and summer study programs give students in every discipline an opportunity to enhance their undergraduate study and personal development through learning with students from across the globe.

 It helped me realize what my values are and what I feel is important in my life. It helped me grow as a person and understand more about who I am.”

Catie Whelan, international studies major St. Petersburg, Russia |7

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New York, Washington, D.C., a n d C h icag o Pro g r a m s

Illinois Wesleyan also provides opportunities to study off-campus in three of the nation’s most important cities —  New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Each program is offered in cooperation with a university. United Nations Semester —  offered during a student’s junior year at Drew University. Two days each week are spent at the United Nations in New York City studying the operation of U.N. agencies and working on a research topic.

Washington Semester — offered

during a student’s junior year at

American University. Students pursue a program in American politics, justice, foreign policy, international business and trade, peace and conflict resolution, international environment and development, journalism, museum studies and the arts, or economic policy.

Chicago Programs — students

study urban development and policies,

visual and performing arts, or the business environment for a semester. The Chicago Programs offer three tracks of concentration — Urban Studies, the Chicago Arts and Chicago Business. Programs are sponsored by the Associated 8|

Colleges of the Midwest.

 I learned so many things about myself, gained self-confidence, met amazing people who will be my friends for life, learned about how others view America, learned my own views of America and the world in general. .... Everything was great!”

Amy Burns, educational studies major Newcastle, Australia

Academics 2,050 undergraduates from 32 states and 20 countries 17 average class size 15 average lab size 11 to 1 student-faculty ratio 476 unique courses, only 9 with 40 or more students 184 faculty 93% faculty with Ph.D. or equivalent 0 graduate teaching assistants 50 majors and pre-professional programs 5 professional programs — music, art, theatre, nursing and business 96% retention rate 54th nationally in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance best value rankings

Illinois Wesleyan Study Abroad 1 in 2 Wesleyan students choose to study abroad for a semester, a year or during May Term 300 global options in 70 countries, spanning 6 continents 5 different global study abroad programs — May Term, University programs, the Pembroke program, exchange programs and affiliated programs across the globe 1 of only 13 top U.S. universities to send students to Oxford University’s Pembroke College as visiting students

by the numbers

3 exchange programs, with universities in Tokyo, Morocco and Hong Kong 3 national off-campus options —  Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago

Graduates 19,000 alumni in 50 states and 52 countries 92% of graduates do so in four years 90% job or graduate school placement rate over the last three years 90%+ medical school acceptance rate

40 Pembroke College scholars, since 1997

Contact IWU If you have further questions or want to arrange a visit, please contact:

Accreditation Illinois Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Equal Opportunity Illinois Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin in its admissions policies, educational programs and activities, or employment policies. Illinois Wesleyan expressly recognizes the requirements of Title IX legislation and complaints should be reported to the University’s Title IX coordinator, who is the Executive Assistant to the President (Susan Bassi, Holmes Hall 204, 309-556-3151). If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services or special arrangements for an event, please contact the University at 1-800-332-2498 so we may discuss your accommodation needs.

Tony Bankston Dean of Admissions Illinois Wesleyan University 1211 Park Street Bloomington, Illinois 61701 e-mail:

Stacey Shimizu Director, International Office Illinois Wesleyan University 104 University Street Bloomington, Illinois 61701 e-mail:

309-556-3031 800-332-2498 (in the U.S.A. only) fax: 309-556-3820

Lynda Duke Associate Dean of Curriculum May Term Office, Stevenson Hall Illinois Wesleyan University 203 Beecher Street Bloomington, Illinois 61701

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