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We live in an increasingly interdependent world. Economic problems that challenge the European Union affect investors on Wall Street and consumers on Main Street; political tensions in the Middle East affect farmers in Iowa; and cultural trends emerging in the Pacific Rim influence the music and film industries across the US. With the quickening pace of historically significant events, as evidenced by the past few years in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim, we recognize that we can no longer be satisfied with an existence that is isolated from and unconcerned with events that occur in the world around us.
Well over half of all Hobart and William Smith students engage in some kind of off-campus/international learning experience before they graduate. Whether the experience is volunteering with a service organization in South Africa, interning with a business in London, or living with a family in the south of France, students at the Colleges understand the value of “breaking away” to discover something about themselves and others that cannot be as easily discovered in Upstate New York.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges encourage students to look for an off-campus experience that is appropriate to their personal and academic interests. The Colleges sponsor a variety of programs in different academic disciplines at different sites, both abroad and within the United States.
Because the Hobart and William Smith curriculum seeks to prepare students to live as global citizens, the academic program in many departments has been structured to facilitate off-campus study.
In recent years, the Colleges have offered off-campus programs on six continents, including such locations as: Amman, Jordan; Auckland, New Zealand; Seville, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Galway, Ireland; Quito, Ecuador and Cuzco, Peru; London, England; Hanoi, Vietnam; Queensland, Australia; Washington, D.C.; Copenhagen, Denmark; Beijing and Nanjing, China; and São Paulo, Brazil. A number of these programs are led by Hobart and William Smith faculty, representing various disciplines, who design courses utilizing the sites and resources of the host countries. A list of Colleges-sponsored off-campus programs is provided at the end of this section.
The Colleges are part of two consortia, one for North India and another broader ranging link with Union College. The North India group includes Hamilton College and St. Lawrence University; the Union College link includes several coenrollment arrangements and jointly administered opportunities in various locations.
There are other opportunities for Hobart and William Smith students to gain international experience and awareness. With special permission, students in recent years have also studied in various locations through independent arrangements with foreign universities, other U.S. university programs, or special institutes.
All off-campus study requires the appropriate dean’s office disciplinary clearance. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for all programs, although some affiliate programs maintain a higher GPA requirement. Prior approval of courses to be counted toward the major at Hobart and William Smith must be obtained from the appropriate department chairs. Detailed information is available from the Center for Global Education. HWS course credit and program grades are awarded for all semester abroad programs which we administer. HWS off-campus programs generally conform to the current calendar, although some full immersion programs run on the host institution’s calendar. The Colleges assist with travel arrangements and students reside in prearranged housing.
On return to campus, participants are expected to live in college housing unless written exemption is granted by the appropriate dean.
Students planning to study abroad should be aware that travel often involves increased risks and inconveniences. These include different standards of accommodations, sustenance, medical care, and—in cases of foreign travel— different systems of law and justice. The Colleges do not carry insurance protecting individual students against liability for personal acts. In the unlikely event that students traveling abroad encounter legal difficulties, there can be no assurance that they will receive the same treatment afforded them in this country. Therefore, each student planning to study off- campus should be prepared to accept the risks of travel.
Expenses for the semester generally include tuition, fees, and room and board at the same rate as on campus, although in some cases students will pay for housing and/or meals directly depending upon individual program arrangements. In addition, there is a $550 administrative fee charged to all students studying off-campus. Airfare and personal expenses vary from site to site and are the responsibility of the participant.
Hobart and William Smith financial aid applies to HWS programs only. Students not currently receiving aid, but who can demonstrate need in meeting additional costs involved in off-campus study, may also apply for support. Students should consult the Financial Aid office to determine how their financial aid package fits with the total cost of off-campus study.
Applicants are selected to participate in the programs based on a review of academic and disciplinary records, academic “fit,” seniority, and the strength of personal statements indicating how participation in a program will help in meeting academic and personal goals. Students must note carefully any prerequisites, especially foreign language requirements, for programs of interest; these requirements are identified in program literature and at informational meetings, and students may be advised to take a particular course in order to qualify. Special consideration is given to those students who have demonstrated particular interest and background in the disciplines offered. Center for Global Education staff, faculty, and representatives from the dean’s offices collaborate in the selection process.
Application forms may be obtained at informational meetings or from the Center for Global Education in Trinity Hall. Announcement of students invited to participate and status of alternates is normally made a few weeks after the application deadlines. These deadlines are early October for programs to be offered during the fall term of the following academic year and early March for programs to be offered during the spring term of the following academic year. A nonrefundable deposit of $350 is due after acceptance to secure a place in the program, which is credited toward the semester abroad tuition payment.
Selected students are required to attend a series of orientation meetings and make other preparations as outlined for each program. For some programs there may be a required preparatory course in the semester prior to the semester off-campus.
Orientation meetings, scheduled soon after admission decisions have been announced, cover such matters as travel arrangements, roommate selection, course registration, and other academic, cultural, and administrative issues.
Further information about these programs, as well as additional study abroad and student exchange opportunities, is available from the Center for Global Education or by consulting the HWS website. Students should consult the CGE Programs Passport for specific program details such as program dates, course offerings, accommodations, eligibility, approximate cost, and group excursions.
Following is a list of some of the off-campus study programs available to HWS students:
* = Program led by faculty member(s) from HWS or partner institutions. Academic content/focus may vary depending upon faculty expertise.
French language and culture, art history, humanities and social sciences (Every Semester)
Aix-en-Provence, France (Marchutz School)
Studio Art (Every Semester)
Middle Eastern studies, social sciences, and peace studies (Every Spring)
Auckland, New Zealand*
Education, school internships (Fall, Odd Year)
Other subjects, depending on faculty director (Fall, Even Year)
Russian area studies, culture and society (Every Semester)
Humanities, social sciences, internships (Every Semester)
Middle East studies, Israeli culture and society (Currently Suspended)
Beijing or Nanjing, China
Chinese language, literature, and culture, Asian studies (Every Semester)
Architectural studies, German area studies, urban studies, social sciences (Every Semester)
German area studies, international relations, biology, history, computer science (Every Semester)
International relations, media and society, political science, peace studies, internships (Every Fall)
Art history, economics, history, anthropology, political science, internships (Every Semester)
Humanities, social sciences, pre-architecture, biology, pre-health, psychology, education (Every Semester)
Africana studies, French language, Francophone studies, social sciences (Spring, Odd Year)
Performing arts, computer science, political science, sociology, physics (Every Semester)
Irish studies, humanities, social sciences (Every Fall)
Grahamstown, South Africa
All disciplines, service learning (Every Spring)
Asian studies, sociology, Vietnamese language, internships (Every Fall)
Japanese language and culture (Every Fall)
Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, philosophy, media studies, political science, psychology, sociology (Every Semester)
Religious studies, social sciences, Hindi language (Every Fall)
German area studies, environmental studies, American studies (Every Semester)
American studies, German area studies, physics (Every Semester)
Humanities and social sciences, internships (Every Spring)
Humanities and social sciences, philosophy, mathematics, sciences (Every Semester)
Latin American studies, humanities, social sciences (Fall, Even Year)
All disciplines (Every Semester)
All disciplines (Every Semester)
Prague, Czech Republic
Humanities and social sciences (Every Semester)
Biology, environmental studies, field studies, Australian culture (Every Fall)
Quito, Ecuador/Cuzco, Peru*
Economics, environmental studies, Spanish language, Latin American studies (Spring, Even Year)
French language immersion (Every Semester)
Studio art and art history, architectural studies, Italian language and culture (Every Spring)
Other subjects, depending on faculty director (Every Fall)
San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica
Spanish language, Latin American studies (Every Spring)
São Paulo, Brazil*
Latin American studies, Portuguese, gender studies, media and society (Fall, Odd Year)
All disciplines (Every Semester)
Spanish language, culture, and society (Fall, Odd Year)
Chinese language, culture and society, Asian studies (Every Semester)
Tokyo, Japan (Tanaka Memorial Fund)
Two-week program in Japanese culture (Every June)
German language and literature, other disciplines (Every Semester)
Political science, economics, public policy (Spring, Odd Year)