Whether it's interning in London, studying in Spain or doing research in Germany, most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of international learning experience before they graduate.
Students are strongly encouraged to further explore the culture, history, art, language, and people of a particular nation by participating in a semester abroad. The vast number of off-campus opportunities apropos of the program include Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, and Switzerland.
Aix is a university town with a large student population and is a major cultural center of the Provence region. In addition, it is a major art and cultural site, with concerts, festivals, museums and a lively café life for students to explore and enjoy. Although it has ancient roots, today Aix is a modern town with a diverse population. Provence, one of the most celebrated regions in France, is renowned for its Mediterranean cuisine, its mild climate and its natural beauty that inspired painters like Cezanne and Van Gogh.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with Advanced Studies in England (ASE). ASE, in association with University College, Oxford, provides opportunities for students to participate in a semester-length program in England. This program is based in the beautiful 18th century city of Bath, where students are integrated into British culture through living in the city, having membership in the University of Bath Student Union, and through volunteer and internship opportunities.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have affiliated with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) to offer an off-campus program in Copenhagen, capital of the oldest kingdom in the world and one of the most socially progressive countries in Europe. At DIS students can take classes (over 130 courses are offered) taught in English by an outstanding group of faculty and can participate in study tours to other European countries (Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, and other parts of Northern Europe and Scandinavia).
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) to provide students with the opportunity to live and study among Irish students at an Irish university.
Geneva, Switzerland is home to a multitude of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including a variety of UN-affiliated entities and the International Red Cross. The Geneva program focuses on issues associated with globalization as well as the work of international organizations based in the city.
The program in London is one of the oldest international programs sponsored by the Colleges. It is offered in collaboration with The Foundation for International Education (FIE), our on-site partner, and is designed to provide students with a variety of academic and cultural experiences in one of the world's leading cities. The centerpiece of this program is an internship with a local business, agency or organization.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges has an affiliation with the University College Maastricht (UCM) in Maastricht. UCM is a small, international undergraduate division within the larger Universiteit Maastricht (UM), which boasts a student population of 12,000. Founded in 2002 as one of the first liberal arts honors programs in the Netherlands, the UCM program offers highly qualified HWS students the opportunity to study for one semester (in English) alongside Dutch and international classmates in a rigorous, highly interactive learning environment.
As part of the Spain program, students will study in Spain's largest city and political center. Participants will enroll in four courses, all of which are taught in Spanish. The curriculum is con-structed to help students strengthen their linguistic skills while studying Spanish literature and culture. While attending classes in Madrid, students will live with a local family to fully immerse themselves in Spain's rich culture.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges has an affiliation with the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England. UEA has a student population of 13,000, with Norwich street approximately 2,000 international students drawn from 100 nations around the world. The university is ranked among Britain's finest academic institutions. HWS students have the opportunity to study at UEA, taking classes and living alongside their British and international classmates, for a full cultural immersion experience.
The interdisciplinary Rome program utilizes the entire city as a classroom or studio. While the program is designed to immerse students fully in the experience of being in Rome, excursions will provide students a wider perspective on the history, culture and daily life of Italy as a whole. Students will live in furnished flats to provide an opportunity to practice Italian language skills and experience Roman daily life. Students are affiliated with the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci (SLdV), one of the leading language and culture schools in Italy.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an exchange program with the University of Tuebingen. Its diverse faculty offer specializations in the fields of Protestant theology, Catholic theology, law, economics and business administration, medicine, philosophy and history, social and behavioral sciences, modern languages, mathematics and physics, chemistry and pharmacy, biology, geosciences and informatics, all of which are taught in German.
At HWS, students have the freedom to study at any of our Global Education destinations.
The featured abroad programs are recommended by the European Studies department based on content of the curricula.
- Aix-en-Provence/Avignon, France
- Bath, England
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Galway, Ireland
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Maastricht, Netherlands
- Madrid, Spain
- Norwich, England
- Rome, Italy
- Tuebingen, Germany