Southwest Wales has been an important cornerstone in Welsh history and culture over many centuries and its influence is still great today. As a main tourist area, there's plenty to enjoy. From the bustle of town life to the quiet tranquility of the countryside and breathtaking beauty of its sandy beaches, southwest Wales offers the opportunity for a diverse and varied lifestyle. Welsh is still spoken widely in this region. Located on the River Tywi, Carmarthen is a commercial centre of nearly 20,000 people at the heart of a large and thriving area. A market town, it has a good mix of traditional and modern shopping, leisure facilities and nightlife.
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.
Students who participate in this program can select courses in a variety of academic areas, including but not limited to: community development, computer science, education, psychology, religion, sociology, and studio art. One of the courses students will take will be a credit-bearing internship or service-learning placement. All courses are taught by University of Wales Trinity St. David faculty. As liberal arts colleges, HWS by policy does not award credit for courses in business. For specific information about courses and the program, please consult the website for international students.
Due to the wide range of courses offered, this program can accommodate students from a variety of disciplines. It will be of particular interest to those studying studio art, education, religious studies, sociology and psychology.
This program is open to 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 the University of Wales Trinity St. David. A typical residence provides fully-furnished single rooms with shared kitchens in attractive settings. Most students select self-catered accommodation and prepare meals in their shared kitchens. Students may also choose catered accommodation, which includes two meals per day during the week.
The University of Wales Trinity St. David 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 fee. In addition, for an extra fee, students may opt to participate in guided "outdoor adventure" experiences such as kayaking, orienteering, mountain climbing and the like.
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 the fall semester and $3100 for the 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, visa, and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1000-$1100 from the East Coast, books at $300 and visa at $460. 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: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.