Whether it's interning in London, studying in Australia 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, SCD minors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. The Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, and there are several programs offered which focus on Sustainable Community Development.

Amman, Jordan

This program is offered in affiliation with the School for International Training (SIT), an organization that has placed U.S. students in rigorous, highly specialized programs throughout the world for decades. HWS students will join other students from colleges throughout the U.S. to share course work, excursions and the study of place.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has devoted itself to environmental conservation and educational achievement. This forward thinking country took formal measures to protect its natural assets in 1955. Today, Costa Rica's National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) covers more than 134 areas - national parks, reserves, and refuges - comprising roughly 27 percent of the national territory. This commitment provides an abundance of natural wonders, biodiversity and wildlife. The relatively small size of the country allows one to explore the beach, jungle and mountains all in one day.


During the program in Quito, Ecuador and Cuzco, Peru participants will be immersed in the dramatic geography and rich history of the Andes, and in the culture of two of Latin America's most intriguing societies. Students will analyze critical historical and contemporary issues through coursework and a series of related excursions. Quito and Cuzco are ideal locations, Andean cities with beautiful settings and excellent access to many of the most magnificent sites in Latin America.

Landau, Germany

Landau, a city of over 40,000, is the main financial and cultural center in the southern Palatinate region in Germany. With its Mediterranean climate, the region is ideally suited for growing grapes and is the second-largest wine producing region in the country. Landau lies just east of the Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Route) and its proximity to the French border is evident in the local cuisine and culture.

Mendoza, Argentina

The Mendoza program focuses on Spanish language development and cultural/historical study of Argentina. Spanish language courses and Argentine history/culture courses are taught through CELE (Centro de EspaƱol como Lengua Extranjera), an institute dedicated to teaching Spanish as a foreign language. CELE is located within the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza's large regional university (38,000 students). HWS students have complete access to University life, including student clubs and organizations.

Queensland, Australia

The Queensland program is based at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia's largest university, and is organized in coordination with The School of Biological Sciences. Integrating field and lecture components, the program focuses on the marine and terrestrial ecology of eastern Australia and includes extended excursions that highlight the variety of ecosystems found in this region.

Russia (Barnaul)

This immense country is undergoing unprecedented economic and political transformations. Geographically, the Russian Federation stretches nearly halfway around the globe, spanning 11 time zones and many different climates. The population includes over 80 ethnic groups. Southwest Siberia, the huge and environmentally diverse region where Barnaul is located, is a small microcosm of the various ethnicities making up the Russian state. The region is also undergoing rapid transition and is now home to a growing middle class, an emerging tourist industry and outdoor adventure.


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

The featured abroad programs are recommended by the Sustainable Community Development faculty based on content of the curricula.


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