European Studies


Norwich, England

Whether it's studying art and architecture in Rome, interning and doing community service in Vietnam, or conducting field research on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of international learning experience before they graduate.

HWS students are strongly encouraged to further explore their academic interests, gain valuable international experience, and learn about different peoples and cultures by participating in an off-campus study program. A wide range of program options are available that would complement and enhance the academic experience of students in the European Studies program.

Aix-en-Provence, France

Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliate relationship with IAU College based in Aix-en-Provence. IAU College offers a variety of academic programs, including a program in the fine arts based at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts. The basic principle of the School is simple: the synthesis of sight (a perception of the world) and insight (a perception of art) can be the precursor to fresh, original painting.

Students paint and draw daily; they work from models, still-life, and landscapes. In addition, visits to museums and regular written and reflective assignments are part of the curriculum. Each student is also required to take one course in French language to enhance the cultural experience and facilitate full participation in the daily life of Provence.

Bath, England

HWS maintains 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 week-long residency at University College, Oxford University, and an extended excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Berlin, Germany (IES)

HWS maintains an affiliation with IES Abroad (the Institute for the International Exchange of Students) to offer two program tracks in Berlin, based at the IES Abroad Berlin Center in collaboration with Humboldt University. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the German Language and Area Studies track or the Metropolitan Studies track, both of which facilitate student integration through homestay accommodations and offer full access to facilities and academic coursework at Humboldt University.

Berlin, Germany (Norwich University Art/Architecture)

The Colleges offer an architectural studies program in Berlin in conjunction with Norwich University in Vermont. Students will have the opportunity to blend classroom and studio experience with field studies in and around Berlin and excursions to other German cities. Courses are given by faculty with wide-ranging academic and professional experience and local architects are often invited as guest lecturers.

Brussels, Belgium

Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with Vesalius College, an English language division of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Vesalius has an enrollment of approximately 300 students from over 50 nations and is part of a larger university community of 10,000 students scattered through the city of Brussels.

Students may take courses in communications, economics, European studies, history, international relations, politics, and sociology. A centerpiece of the program is a credit-bearing, intensive internship with a European organization, arranged for the students by Vesalius College.

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 14,000 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.

Chichester, England

HWS maintains an exchange program with the University of Chichester in England. With a student population of just a few thousand, the university provides a small, highly interactive and close-knit learning community for visiting students.

Begun as a teaching college in the early 1800s, today the University of Chichester is a full-service university offering a wide-range of majors for both undergraduate and graduate students on two different campuses. HWS students will primarily study on the “Bishop Otter” campus. HWS students have the opportunity to study in a full immersion environment, taking classes and living alongside their British and international classmates, engaging with the campus and local community through service learning and student clubs, sport societies, and other associations.

Copenhagen, Denmark

HWS have affiliated with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) to offer an off-campus program in Copenhagen, capital of the oldest kingdom in the world and one of the most socially progressive countries in Europe. At DIS students can take classes (over 100 courses are offered) taught in English by an outstanding group of faculty and can participate in study tours to other European countries (Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, and other parts of Northern Europe and Scandinavia).

Students on this program may choose from among a variety of integrated housing options, 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.

Edinburgh, Scotland

This program is based at Edinburgh Napier University, a modern institution spread over three campuses enrolling 18,000 students. ENU is known for its practical bent, with a focus on curricula and training for 21st-century employment.

HWS students will study alongside local Scottish students and other international students for an integrated learning experience. As do other British universities, ENU provides students with the opportunity for self-directed study and research under the guidance of faculty mentors and instructors. To enhance the cultural experience, study abroad students may join any student society, club, or sport offered by ENU and may also sign up for outings to arts and cultural events in the city through the Student Union.

Freiburg, Germany

The Colleges have an affiliation with IES Abroad (the Institute for the International Exchange of Students) to offer three program tracks in Freiburg, based at the IES Abroad Freiburg Center in collaboration with Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, European Union, or German Language and Area Studies.

All of the tracks provide integration into the local community and culture by accommodating students in a residence with other German and international students and giving them access to facilities, cultural activities, and academic coursework/opportunities at 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.

Landau, Germany

HWS maintains an exchange program with the University of Koblenz-Landau in southwestern Germany. The university is comprised of 12,000 students, distributed between the two campuses located in the cities of Koblenz and Landau. This program provides HWS students the opportunity to develop German language skills while taking a variety of other courses in English alongside German students as well as other international students.

Leipzig, Germany

The Colleges maintain an exchange program with the University of Leipzig, founded in 1409 and Germany’s second oldest university. This program provides HWS students the opportunity to develop German language skills while taking courses in English alongside German students as well as other international students.

London, England

The program in London is one of the oldest international programs sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It is offered in collaboration with The Foundation for International Education (FIE), our on-site partner, and is designed to provide students with a variety of academic and cultural experiences in one of the world's leading cities. The centerpiece of this program is an internship with a local business, agency or organization.

Through this experience and related coursework students will gain an understanding of historical London as well as the city’s evolution as a modern, multicultural city.

Maastricht, Netherlands

HWS is affiliated with University College Maastricht (UCM), a small, international undergraduate division within the larger Universiteit Maastricht (UM), which boasts a student population of 15,000. Founded in 2002 as one of the first liberal arts honors programs in the Netherlands, UCM program offers highly qualified HWS students the opportunity to study (in English) alongside Dutch and international classmates in a rigorous, highly interactive learning environment.

Norwich, England

HWS has an affiliation with the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England. UEA has a student population of 14,000, with approximately 2,500 international students drawn from 100 nations around the world. The university is ranked among Britain’s finest academic institutions. HWS students have the opportunity to study at UEA, taking classes and living alongside their British and international classmates, for a full cultural immersion experience.

Prague, Czech Republic

This program is based at Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, founded in 1348. Charles University has a student population of over 40,000 Czech and European students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The program through HWS is delivered by the “Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies” (UPCES), which is affiliated with Charles University’s Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education. Each study abroad student is assigned to a Czech ‘student buddy’ upon arrival to help with social and cultural integration.

Approximately 50-70 study abroad students attend the program each semester from a wide range of U.S. colleges and universities. UPCES encourages its students to spend the semester in Prague really immersing themselves in Czech life and culture and thus recommends that students limit their travel within the wider Europe to the beginning or end of the program.

Rennes, France

The Rennes program, offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges' affiliation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), is based at the Université de Haute Bretagne’s (UHB) division of humanities (Rennes II). The program is taught entirely in French and students are expected to interact with one another, with fellow students, and with their host families in French as well. A cultural orientation begins in Paris and then the program moves to Rennes where all students begin with an intensive language and cultural competency course. Following this course, students choose from a variety of electives ranging from French language, composition, grammar and conversation, to literature, history, cultural studies and the like.

French language courses are delivered by UHB’s Centre International Rennais d’Etude du Français pour Les Estrangers where CIEE students study alongside other non-native French speakers from around the world. Students with more advanced language skills also have the option of enrolling in one UHB class alongside local French students and may choose from any department at Rennes II.

Rome, Italy

The HWS program in Rome, Italy utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore different aspects of Italian culture and society. While the program is designed to immerse students fully in the experience of being in Rome, excursions will provide a wider perspective on the history, culture, and daily life of Italy as a whole. Students will live in furnished flats, providing opportunities to develop their Italian language skills and to experience Roman daily life.

Courses and program-related activities are arranged through our affiliation with the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, one of the leading language schools in Italy, and the Gustolab Institute.

Seville, Spain

The Seville program, offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ affiliation with Academic Programs International (API), is based at the University of Seville. Students will take courses both at the University and the API Center and will reside in homestays arranged by API. A series of excursions and cultural programming will complement the academic program.

Tuebingen, Germany

Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an exchange program with the University of Tuebingen, one of Germany's oldest and most prestigious universities. Its diverse faculty offer specializations in the fields of Protestant theology, Catholic theology, law, economics, business administration, medicine, philosophy, history, social and behavioral sciences, modern languages, mathematics, physics, chemistry, pharmacy, biology, geosciences, and informatics.

While this program is ideal for students with advanced German language skills (who will take all courses in German), the university also offers a significant number of courses in English in a variety of subject areas, providing students the opportunity to develop German language skills while taking other courses in English alongside German and other international students.



At HWS, students may choose from among approximately 50 different semester-long programs when applying to study abroad.

The featured programs are recommended by the European Studies program based on the content of the curricula.


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