Have a great Summer!

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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