HWS Gap Year Program

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At the heart of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' mission is "community service." With that in mind, the Office of Admissions is always willing to discuss a "gap" semester or year with admitted students. A deferral will be considered for pre-approved domestic or international service projects.

Each year, up to ten "gap year" students will be considered for reimbursement for the cost of services conducted by The Center for Interim Programs. Interim is a well known organization specializing in the recommendation and monitoring of "gap year" organizations.

To help identify other service organizations, please note a list of organizations that students have utilized in the past. This is not a recommended list, but one that might help in the selection process.

International Programs:

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Cross-Cultural Solutions
Global Citizen Year
Global Routes
Map The Gap International
Thinking Beyond Borders
Where There Be Dragons

Domestic Programs:

City Year
Global Volunteers

Environmental Programs:

Earthwatch Institute
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
School for Field Studies
Student Conservation Association
Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming (WWOOF)


Please contact the Office of Admissions, (315) 781-3622, (800) 852-2256, if you have any questions.



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