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.
Most Hobart and William Smith students will participate in some kind of international learning experience before they graduate. CGE programs are developed carefully and intentionally, to integrate with and complement the HWS curriculum, and to foster personal growth and cross-cultural understanding. Advance planning is essential to ensuring that students in all majors and minors can study abroad and still graduate on time.
Geoscience students experience off-campus study in a variety of settings and formats—from weekend field trips that examine geological sites in the Northeast to multi-week and full semester programs in distant US or foreign locations. Geoscience faculty lead the GEO 299 Geoscience Field Studies course, which is relatively easy to incorporate into a geoscience major program as it counts directly toward major requirements. However, with some careful planning, geoscience majors can also participate in other programs and still graduate on time.
The programs listed on this page are recommended for students in Geoscience, but do note that the list is not comprehensive. Other locations may offer relevant coursework depending on a student’s individual academic needs and interests. Students may take courses abroad to earn credit toward majors and minors, as well as to address academic goals. However, it is critical that students review the list of courses (and descriptions) available in programs of interest with their academic adviser, department chair, and with staff of the Center for Global Education before applying.
GEO 299 Geoscience Field Studies
GEO 299 is a two to three week long field course that takes place outside of the normal semester in locations of special interest for geoscience study. Students completing the course receive a single course credit. Recent iterations of this course have examined severe weather across the Central Plains, hydrogeology in the Pacific Northwest, geology of The Bahamas, and climate and geology of the Big Island of Hawaii. This course is typically offered each summer and every other January. The course focus within geoscience is based on the expertise of the faculty leading the program.