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, physics majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time.  While the Center for Global Educations offers abroad programs on six continents, many physics students find themselves studying abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands; Norwich, England or South Africa. 

Maastricht, Netherlands

This program is based in the beautiful city of Maastricht, located near the borders of Belgium and Germany. Its accessibility, numerous galleries and museums, and lively café culture make it an ideal study abroad site. Affiliated with the University College Maastricht (UCM), this program offers highly qualified HWS students the opportunity to study for one semester alongside Dutch and international classmates in a rigorous, highly interactive learning environment.

Norwich, England

In the Norwich, England program, students have the opportunity to study at the University of East Anglia (UEA), taking classes and living alongside their British and international classmates, for a full cultural immersion experience.

South Africa

As part of the South Africa program, students will reside and attend classes at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), located in the suburban neighborhood of Scottsville, about a 20-minute walk from city center. Students who are interested in service-learning can readily find opportunities to work alongside South African peers to assist local community-based organizations.



At HWS, students have the freedom to study at any of our Global Education destinations.

The featured abroad programs are recommended by the physics department based on content of the curricula.


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