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. There are a vast number of off-campus opportunities for comparative literature majors, including the Czech Republic, Ireland, and South Africa.
This program is based at Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, founded in 1348. Charles University has a student population of over 40,000 Czech and European students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The program through HWS is delivered by the "Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies" (UPCES), which is affiliated with Charles University's Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education. UPCES encourages its students to spend the semester in Prague immersing themselves in Czech life and culture.
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. Participants in the program are also encouraged to join one of the many university clubs and organizations in order to directly experience Irish student life and culture. A service-learning project, required of all students and linked to the Director's Seminar, will provide a unique opportunity for students to gain access to the local community.
The HWS South Africa program is offered in affiliation with InterStudy, an organization that has placed U.S. students in South African universities since the end of apartheid. The program is based in Pietermaritzburg on the campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), located in the suburban neighborhood of Scottsville, about a 20-minute walk from the city center. The students will reside and take all classes on UKZN's secure campus. The University of KwaZulu Natal aims to be a university that truly reflects the society in which it is situated, not only in terms of race, class and gender but also in its values, priorities and its response to human needs.