Most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of off-campus/international learning experience before they graduate. Whether the experience is interning with a business in London or studying Spanish and living with a family in the Dominican Republic, students at the Colleges understand the value of "breaking away" to discover something about themselves and others that cannot be as easily discovered in upstate New York.
The Colleges provide opportunities for study abroad by sponsoring a variety of programs in different academic disciplines at different sites, both abroad and within the United States. Admission to these programs is competitive.
Because our curriculum seeks to prepare students for world
citizenship, it has been structured to encourage off-campus study.
The opportunity to study in a different location or to experience
different cultures and societies serves to sensitize students to
major world issues and encourages them to reflect upon their own
In recent years, the Colleges have offered off-campus programs on six continents, including such locations as: Auckland, New Zealand; Dakar, Senegal; Galway, Ireland; London, England; Hanoi, Vietnam; Madrid, Spain; Queensland, Australia; Quito, Ecuador; Rome, Italy and Washington, D.C. Hobart and William Smith professors, representing various disciplines, design courses utilizing the sites and resources of the host countries. The Colleges are also part of three consortia, involved with several affiliate programs, and have established a number of direct enrollment exchanges at partner universities around the world.
Students should consult the Center for Global Education program handbook, the CGE website, and the Colleges' Catalogue, for specific program details, such as accommodations, eligibility, approximate cost, and group excursions.
Applications for programs are available in the Center for Global
Education. Students are selected on the basis of an application essay
in which they demonstrate sound academic purpose for participation in
the program for which they are applying, the care with which their
application is completed, and their academic and conduct records.
Once selected, students must maintain their good academic and social
standing through the semester prior to their program.
Center for Global Education
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3307
Fax: (315) 781-3023