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Freshmen and transfer students report August 19. All others report August 22.

Dear Parents,Daniella Widdows

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 Austria, Spain, England, Australia and New Zealand. More than 50 students will be leaving in a few weeks for May Term Abroad programs in Ireland, Germany and Spain and several more will attend the Virginia Program in Oxford later in the summer.

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 (freshman, sophomore, etc). 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 may find of interest.  

We encourage you to look over the various options and discuss with your students which program would best fit their personal and academic goals. You can also read about students who are currently abroad on our blog where they share their adventures and pictures!  

Daniella Widdows, Director

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Commencement at Hampden-Sydney College

New students arrive on campus August 19. Orientation for freshman and transfer students, August 19 - August 30, will connect your son with his classmates and the greater Hampden-Sydney community and provide him with information about how to succeed in college.

All other students report back to campus on August 22. Welcome back to The Hill!

Classes begin August 24. Ensure that your son is off to a great start by encouraging him to visit the Office of Academic Success and take advantage of all that it has to offer. 


Hampden-Sydney student and his parentsFamily Weekend begins September 9! Make your plans now for a weekend you will not forget.

Homecoming is the weekend of October 7.

Hampden-Sydney Men in the News:

Ten Students Inducted into Sigma Xi

12 Students Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Ten Students Inducted into ODK

Students Attend Model OAS

James Lau '17 Named Goldwater Scholar

H-SC Places 1st in Statewide Collegiate Ethics Bowl

Jake Edmonds '18 Shares His Beyond The Hill Experience in La Lechosa, Dominican Republic

Travis Goodloe '16 Awarded 1st in ASM Poster Competition

Taylor Meinhardt '16 Presents at Society for Cell Biology

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