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, philosophy majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the philosophy department sponsor programs in the Netherlands, Wales, and Hong Kong.
In 2005, HWS launched 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.
Beginning in Fall 2011, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will expand its relationship with University of Wales Trinity St. David to its Lampeter campus in Wales. Founded in 1822, the University has approximately 800 students enrolled at the Lampeter campus, many from southern Wales but also from other regions of Britain, Western Europe and around the world. Trinity St David is known for the close-knit relationship between the university community and the local town. HWS students will have the opportunity to live and take classes alongside Welsh and international students. Students who also wish to undertake voluntary service (non-credit bearing) may do so as part of their study abroad experience.
HWS offers an exchange program at Lingnan, a university that seeks to provide its students with quality education distinguished by the best liberal arts traditions from both East and West. It adopts a whole-person approach to education, teaching students to think, judge, care and act responsibly in the constantly changing circumstances of life in Hong Kong, the region and the world. The university is officially "bilingual" with the majority of classes offered in English to both its international and Chinese students. The Lingnan student body comprises approximately 4,500 students—half undergraduates and half master's students. International students have many clubs and activities from which to choose and they can enjoy the amenities offered by Hong Kong, a dynamic city where English is widely spoken.