Religious 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, Religious Studies majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the Religious Studies department sponsor programs in Argentina, India and the Czech Republic. Interested students may also take part in the annual March of Remembrance and Hope trip that travels to Germany and Poland.

Jaipur, India

The semester in India is designed to utilize field settings and important sites to introduce students to India in its varied manifestations - the richness of its history, philosophy, and culture; the diversity of its peoples and languages; the complexity of its economic, social and political processes. The program involves academic work and travel throughout India, starting in Delhi, the national capital, moving on to Mussoorie in the Himalayan foothills for intensive Hindi instruction, then to Jaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan for about half the term and finally to Varanasi (Benares) on the banks of the River Ganges.

Mendoza, Argentina

The Mendoza program focuses on Spanish language development as well as the cultural and historical study of Argentina. All students will take two courses through CELE (Centro de EspaƱol como Lengua Extranjera) and two of three courses offered by the HWS faculty directors. HWS students also have complete access to University life, including student clubs and organizations (e.g., film clubs, dance groups, intramural sports, and physical education).

Prague, Czech Republic

The city of Prague has a rich musical heritage, varied cultural activities and numerous sites of architectural beauty. Escaping the destruction of 20th century bombings, the urban design of Prague remains much as it looked in the 15th century. Upon arrival, each student is assigned to a Czech 'student buddy' to help with social and cultural integration. In addition to exploring the joys of 'tourist' Prague, study abroad students have a unique opportunity to enjoy the social and cultural amenities offered by a modern, dynamic city of approximately 1.2 million.

The March of Remembrance and Hope

The March of Remembrance and Hope exists to teach students about the dangers of religious and ethnic intolerance through the study the Holocaust. During the trip, students visit monuments, memorials and concentration camps throughout Germany and Poland.

For more information, visit the March of Remembrance and Hope web site.



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

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


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