Most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of international learning experience before they graduate. With some planning, Political Science majors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, political science majors frequently choose to study in Morocco, Jordan, India, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Belgium or Germany.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with Vesalius College, an English language division of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. A centerpiece of the program is a credit-bearing, intensive internship with a European organization, arranged for the students by Vesalius College.
The Students will focus on selected subject areas of contemporary Chinese society and culture in addition to developing Mandarin Chinese communication skills. The program offers an integrated curriculum that links the language classes to a Chinese studies course taught in English (Contemporary Chinese Studies) that includes excursions to sites of interest in and around Nanjing.
Lingnan, Hong Kong
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an exchange program with Lingnan University in Hong Kong, an institution that seeks to provide its students with a quality education distinguished by the best liberal arts traditions from both East and West. It adopts a whole-person approach to education, teaching students to think, judge, care and act responsibly in the constantly changing circumstances of life in Hong Kong, the region, and the world.
HWS students will join other students from colleges throughout the U.S. to share coursework, excursions, and the study of place. A unique feature of the program is that all students will design and carry out, in consultation with School for International Training (SIT), and HWS faculty, a four-week long independent field study project in a broad range of academic areas that connect to one of the two program tracks: Multiculturalism and Human Rights or Migration and Transnational Identity.
Makhanda, South Africa
Hobart and William Smith Colleges maintain an affiliation with Rhodes University in Makhanda, an institution with a world-wide reputation for academic excellence and rigor. 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.
The HWS program in Hanoi enables students to explore an ancient Asian civilization which is undergoing a dramatic process of transition and modernization. Students will begin intensive Vietnamese language instruction through VLS (Vietnamese Language Studies) in Ho Chi Minh City upon their arrival in Vietnam, continuing under the direction of faculty from VLS in Hanoi. An internship or independent study project is required.