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.
Students are strongly encouraged to further explore the culture, history, art, language, and people of a particular nation by participating in a semester abroad. There are several off-campus opportunities for all students, including Australia, England, Ireland, and Wales.
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.
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.
In 2005, Hobart and William Smith Colleges launched an affiliation with the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England. UEA has a student population of 13,000, with approximately 2,000 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.
HWS offers an exchange program at Curtin University of Technology, a large research university of 40,000 students, ranked among the best in Australia. With over 9,700 international students studying at Curtin University, you will experience a unique international and cross-cultural learning environment, sharing the campus with students from more than 105 countries. Perth is ideally situated for those who want to experience the unique opportunities of Western Australia, from hiking or horse riding in the Karri and Marri forests, diving at Ningaloo Reef and Rottnest Island, surfing at Margaret River, or joining Curtin Volunteers! in one of their programs serving a remote Aboriginal community.