Whether it is interning with an organization in Vietnam, studying Spanish and living with a host family in Spain, or conducting fieldwork on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, your HWS experience can take you across the globe.
With some planning, environmental 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 environmental studies program recommend programs in New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador, South Africa, Denmark, and Germany. Learn more about Study Abroad opportunities.
The Queensland program integrates field and lecture components and focuses on the marine and terrestrial ecology of eastern Australia. The program includes extended excursions that highlight the variety of ecosystems found in the region. The final portion of the program consists of a multi-site expedition in New Zealand where students explore the unique geological features of the North and South Islands.
During the program in Quito, Ecuador and Cuzco, Peru students will be immersed in the dramatic geography and rich history of the Andes, and in the culture of two of Latin America’s most intriguing societies. Students in the program will analyze critical economic and environmental issues through coursework and a series of related excursions.
The HWS South Africa program is hosted by Rhodes University, an institution with a world-wide reputation for academic excellence and rigor. RU is distinctive among South African Universities for its small size (7,000 students) which enables close mentorship and collaboration between students and faculty. In addition, Rhodes’ “residential college” structure is unique and promotes a strong feeling of community. The university has a long-standing commitment to community engagement and students will have the opportunity to elect structured service-learning classes for academic credit to foster an understanding of the wider community and the challenges facing the people of the Eastern Cape.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 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 the program may choose to live either with a Danish host family, in an international student residence, a Folk High School or in a flat with a Danish roommate (as arranged by DIS), 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.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain 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-Universitat 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 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.