Lampeter is a small, historic market town set at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains in the county of Ceredigion. With the River Teifi flowing around the outskirts of the town and a panorama of rugged hills, Lampeter is not your typical university town. The University campus is situated in the middle of town, with all shops and amenities located within an easy walk of the campus. The town of Lampeter offers a variety of unusual, independent shops, together with student-friendly cafes and pubs that provide everything you need on a day-to-day basis.
The town of Lampeter is a center for organic food. A wide selection of organic fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, and other quality foodstuffs are sold in the town and served in local restaurants. Lampeter is also at the forefront of the Transition Town movement in Wales, a community venture that looks for sustainable solutions to the challenges of peak oil and climate change.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer students the chance to study in Wales through its affiliation with University of Wales Trinity St. David. The Lampeter campus has approximately 800 students enrolled, many from southern Wales but also from other regions of Britain, Western Europe and around the world. Lampeter is known for the close-knit relationship between the university community and the local town. HWS students will have the opportunity to live and take classes alongside Welsh and international students. Students who also wish to undertake voluntary service (non-credit bearing) may do so as part of their study abroad experience.
Students who participate in this program can select courses in a variety of academic areas, including but not limited to anthropology, archaeology, classics, creative writing, English, history, philosophy, and religious studies. The standard course load is comprised of 60 course "units" which could be three or four classes in Wales, and for which students will receive 4 HWS credits. All courses are taught by Trinity St. David faculty. For specific information about courses and the program, please consult the Trinity St. David website for international students.
Due to the range of courses offered at Lampeter, this program can accommodate students from a variety of disciplines but will be of particular interest to those studying anthropology, archaeology, classics, creative writing, English, history philosophy and religious studies.
This program is open to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.
Students reside in residence halls administered by Trinity St. David. A typical residence provides fully furnished single rooms with local students. Residences include fully furnished kitchens where students may prepare their own meals, or they may choose to dine out in local cafes and restaurants.
The Lampeter campus program offers HWS students a full package of excursions and cultural expeditions designed to let you experience the unique beauty and heritage of Wales. Some local activities include seal-spotting off the Welsh coast and climbing Llansteffan Castle, while more distant destinations for excursions may include Cardiff, Bath and London. All the excursions offered in the cultural program are included in the basic program fees and will be taken with the students on the Carmarthen campus.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees and a $550 administrative fee. This will cover credit for a four-course semester, airport arrival services, orientation program and excursions. Note that no room or board charge is included. Students will pay room fees of approximately $2500 for fall semester and $3100 for spring semester directly to Trinity St. David and they should bring their board fee to cover meals. While food expenses will vary according to individual tastes, we estimate that about $1,800-$2,200 should be sufficient for students who prepare their own meals. Costs for both room and board will be higher in the spring due to the longer semester. Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books, and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1000-$1100 from the East Coast and books at $300. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of student expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1,500 above and beyond room and board charges. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.
NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.