Social Justice Studies



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, social justice studies 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 social justice.

Bath, England

Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with Advanced Studies in England (ASE). ASE, in association with University College, Oxford, provides opportunities for students to participate in a semester-length program in England. This program is based in the beautiful 18th century city of Bath, where students are integrated into British culture through living in the city, joining selected clubs and societies at the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, and through volunteer and internship opportunities. This program incorporates a weeklong residency at University College, Oxford University, and an extended excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Budapest, Hungary

The Budapest program, offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges' affiliation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), is based at Corvinus University, founded in 1948 and known as Karl Marx University until 1990. Its 10,000 students take courses in general economics, business administration, public administration, and social sciences. The CIEE Study Center is hosted by the Faculty of Business Administration and courses are taken in various faculties throughout the University.

Galway, Ireland

Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) to provide students with the opportunity to live and study among Irish students at an Irish university. Participants in the program are also encouraged to join one of the many university clubs and organizations in order to directly experience Irish student life and culture. A service learning project, required of all students and linked to the Director's Seminar, will provide a unique opportunity for students to gain access to the local community.

Lingnan, Hong Kong

HWS offers an exchange program at Lingnan, a university that seeks to provide its students with a 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.

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 Español 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.

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The HWS South Africa program is offered in affiliation with InterStudy, an organization which has placed U.S. students in South African universities since the end of apartheid. The program is based in Pietermaritzburg on the campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), located in the suburban neighborhood of Scottsville, about a 20-minute walk from the city center. The students will reside and take all classes on UKZN’s secure campus. The University of KwaZulu Natal aims to be a university that truly reflects the society in which it is situated, not only in terms of race, class and gender but also in its values, priorities and its response to human needs. It is an institution where HWS students who are interested in service- learning (in some cases for credit, in others as a co-curricular activity) can readily find opportunities to work alongside South African peers to assist local community-based organizations.

Carmarthen, Wales

Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer students the chance to study in Wales through its affiliation with University of Wales Trinity St. David. Founded in 1848, the university has a student population mostly from southern Wales but also from other regions of Britain, Western Europe and the U.S. The university is known for its commitment to community engagement and this commitment permeates its innovative curriculum. HWS students will have the opportunity to live and take classes alongside Welsh and international classmates. To facilitate engagement with the local community, all students must participate in an academic or extracurricular immersion experience; this may include a credit-bearing internship, a school practicum, or a service-learning project.


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

The featured abroad programs are recommended by the Social Justice Studies department based on content of the curricula.


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