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, Political Science majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the Political Science department sponsor programs in Washington, D.C. as well as in Geneva, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Students participating in the Washington, D.C. program have the opportunity, through both coursework and an internship placement, to gain insight into how policy is made in the nation's capital. The courses taught in the program are policy-related and the internships into which students will be placed involve almost daily contact and discussion with governmental decision-makers or others involved in making or influencing government policy. In this way, participants in the program will experience first-hand the intense activity inherent in Washington politics.
Geneva, Switzerland is home to a multitude of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including a variety of UN-affiliated entities and the International Red Cross. The Geneva program focuses on issues associated with globalization 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.
Copenhagen is the capital of a modern, affluent, democratic society with a modern economy. Hobart and William Smith Colleges have affiliated with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) to offer an off-campus program in Copenhagen, the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world and one of the most socially progressive countries in Europe. Students in the Denmark program may choose to live either with a Danish host family, in an international student residence, or in a flat with a Danish roommate, each offering a different cultural immersion experience. A challenging academic environment, coupled with Copenhagen's cosmopolitan appeal, creates an opportunity for a unique off-campus experience.