Study Abroad

study abroad

Hampden-Sydney College values the study abroad experience. Whether you are a freshman just starting your college career, a sophomore getting ready to plan your semester abroad, or a language major completing the required foreign study component for graduation, you can choose from a wide array of programs in over 30 countries. Language majors earn both credit hours and quality points which count toward the overall grade point average, while non-language majors earn credit hours only.

Types of Programs

Students can select language immersion programs, such as those in France, China, Spain and Argentina or language enhancing programs, such as those in Austria, Germany, France and Japan. In a language immersion program, all courses are taught in the foreign language; however, in a language enhancing program, non-language courses are offered in English. Are your goals not related to languages? How about studying art and architecture in Cairo, Paris or London, classical studies in Italy or Greece, economics or political science in Eastern Europe, literature in Ireland, the Aborigine culture or marine sciences in Australia? There are no language requirements for these programs - all classes are taught in English - and students earn credit hours only, no letter grade or quality points.

Opportunities are also available in world-renowned universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin. Students with higher than average GPAs are encouraged to apply to these programs.

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Jonathan Hunolt '08 in Rome

Am I Eligible to Go Abroad? 


Semesters Abroad- Students in full year or semester programs should have earned a minimum of 45 hours with a grade-point average of 2.5 at the time of undertaking foreign  study. Sophomores or seniors wishing to study abroad during the academic year must first seek a waiver. 

H-SC May Term Abroad- Students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of the Fall semester prior to departure.


The Dean of Students reviews the disciplinary records of all study abroad applicants. Students may apply to study abroad while currently under probation, as long as their sanctions will be completed before their program begins. Students with problematic disciplinary histories might not be approved to study abroad, whether they are currently on probation or not.

Additionally, students must be in good disciplinary standing at time of departure. Students placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad will have that approval revoked.  Students will be responsible for all non-refundable fees owed to the study abroad program and Hampden-Sydney College.

Can I Afford to Go Abroad?

Financial aid may be available to qualified students, and in most cases, the cost for one semester abroad (tuition, room and board) is no more expensive than a semester right here on campus. Additional costs, such as plane fare, international insurance, entertainment and travel expenses, laundry and long-distance phone calls vary from program to program.

The Details

The Director of Global Education and Study Abroad will help you during the entire procedure from filling out the application forms, ensuring you complete the course approval process, and helping you with any questions you have along the way. The Director can also assist you with passport and visa forms, foreign currency matters, and pre-departure orientation.

Study Abroad Handbook

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Last updated: 6-1-15