First Year Orientation begins August 21.
Upperclassmen check-in is August 24. Classes begin August 26.

Dear Parents,

Daniella Widdows, Director Global Education & Study Abroad
This month, we want to share with you one of the best opportunities available to your students while they are at Hampden-Sydney College: studying abroad! H-SC encourages students to further their education while living in another country, whether for a semester, full year, or during the summer.  We approve more than 100 programs in over 30 countries, in addition to our own May Term Abroad programs taught by Hampden-Sydney faculty. This year, students have studied in France, England, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Russia, China, Costa Rica, and the United Arab Emirates. More than 40 students will be leaving in a few weeks for May Term Abroad programs in Argentina and Germany. 

To study abroad during the academic year, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and have earned at least 45 credit hours; students usually go abroad their junior year. May Term Abroad students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and may be from any class. Courses taken during an H-SC May Term Abroad program earn H-SC credit and quality points; courses taken during semesters abroad and awarded a grade of C or higher are transferred in for hours (but not quality points).

Semester programs are quite diverse in location, classes available, housing options, and more. One way that they are the same, however, is the price. Students on the endorsed program list are billed H-SC's comprehensive fee (tuition, room and board) and a study abroad fee, with all their financial aid and scholarships applied. There are also many other funding opportunities specifically for study abroad you might find of interest.

We encourage you to look over the various options and discuss with your student which program would best fit his personal and academic goals. Lots of additional information can be found in our Study Abroad Handbook. You may also read about students who are currently abroad on our blog where they share their adventures and pictures!

Daniella Widdows
Global Education & Study Abroad

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Hampden-Sydney College friendsHave a wonderful and safe summer!


Hampden-Sydney College student and parentFreshmen and Transfers Report for matriculation on Friday, August 21.

Freshman Orientation, August 21-September 1, provides first-year students with the opportunity to connect with their classmates and the greater Hampden-Sydney community. Your student will explore the academic program, begin building relationships with his academic advisors, and learn about the resources available to him along his journey.

Upperclassmen check-in is Monday, August 24.

Classes begin Wednesday, August 26.


Hampden-Sydney College peer tutoringAcademic Services provide your students with the assistance they need to achieve their academic goals and to be successful during their academic careers. Encourage your son to visit the Office of Academic Success which provides advising, tutoring, workshops, and counseling services, the Ferguson Center for Public Speaking, the Writing Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology


Hampden-Sydney College family weekendMake your plans now for Family Weekend on October 3-4! 

Fall Break will begin following classes on October 16 and end October 20.

Hampden-Sydney Men in the News:

Linh Nguyen '16 and Samuel Sheffield '17 Bring Supercomputing to H-SC

Alex Abbott '17 Examines Material World and Beyond in Summer Research 

Biology Research Students Stephen Woodall '15 and Travis Goodloe '16 Honored

John Wirges '15 and Aaron Gilani '15 Attend McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference

Two Students to Participate in Teach for America

Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Inductions Into Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Pre-Health Students Selected for Centra Shadowing Program

Students Elected to ODK Honor Society

Adam Witham '16 Talks About Hilary Term at Oxford

Student Program Inspires Brian Collins '15 to Donate Bone Marrow

Stephen Woodall '15 Conducting Cancer Research 

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