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.
With some planning, French and Francophone Studies majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the French department sponsor programs in France, Switzerland and Senegal.
The Aix-en-Provence program provides students with an introduction to the language and culture of France. Through home-stays and cultural activities, students will be immersed in a way of life that will challenge them to broaden their perspectives while developing their linguistic and cross-cultural skills.
The Avignon experience is designed for total immersionand is most appropriate for French majors or those with very advanced French language skills. Students take all of their classes in French and agree to speak solely in French throughout the semester. Through their coursework, the homestay, internship options or enrollment at the local French university, students will be immersed in a way of life that will challenge them to broaden their perspectives while developing their linguistic and cross-cultural skills.
Geneva, Switzerland is home to a multitude of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including a variety of UN-affiliated entities and the International Red Cross. As part of the Geneva, Switzerland program, students will focus on issues associated with globaliation as well as the work of international organizations based in the city. Students will be introduced to these issues and organizations through courses and a field-based research project.
Established in 1990 to prepare Senegal's youth for leadership positions in politics, economic development and technological innovation, the Université de Gaston-Berger (UGB) is host to students in the Senegal program. The university provides technical support to grass-roots agricultural and economic development projects in the surrounding community; interested students may volunteer with some of these programs. In addition to offering a rich academic program, UGB provides students a number of clubs and student associations for leisure activities. UGB is located about 10 minutes from the center of Saint-Louis. Public transportation runs between the campus and city.