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.

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 Athens, Paris or London, classical studies in Italy or Greece, economics or political science in Eastern Europe, literature in Ireland, or marine sciences in Australia? There are no language requirements for many programs where all classes are taught in English.

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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All Programs
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.  

Semester(s) Abroad Programs
Students with a 2.5 or higher GPA and a minimum of 45 hours are eligible to apply to H-SC to attend an endorsed semester program.  Those who wish to study abroad during their sophomore or senior year must request a waiver as part of their application.  Each program will have its own eligibility requirements students must meet.  

May Term Abroad Programs
Students with a 2.0 or higher GPA at the end of the fall semester before departure are eligible to apply.  

VA Program at Oxford
Students with a 2.0 or higher GPA are encouraged to apply.  

Non-H-SC Summer Programs
Each program will have its own eligibility requirements students must meet.

Freshmen
Summer (May Term Abroad, VA Program at Oxford, non-H-SC summer programs)

Sophomores
Spring Semester (if waiver request approved); Summer (May Term Abroad, VA Program at Oxford, non-H-SC summer programs)   

Juniors
Fall Semester and/or Spring Semester; Summer (May Term Abroad, VA Program at Oxford, non-H-SC summer programs)   

Seniors
Fall Semester (if waiver request approved); Summer (May Term Abroad, VA Program at Oxford, non-H-SC summer programs)

Semester(s) Abroad Programs
Hampden-Sydney endorses more than 150 programs in over 30 countries, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

H-SC May Term Abroad Programs
Various programs are organized by our own faculty each year.  Language programs in Germany and Spain/Latin America are normally offered every year.  

VA Program at Oxford (VPO): England  

Non-H-SC Affiliated Summer Programs: All over the world

H-SC May Term Abroad courses and VPO courses are entered directly onto your academic transcript.

Students must receive a C or better in order to earn H-SC transfer credit for courses taken on an endorsed semester program or any non-H-SC affiliated summer program. Students must complete the Course Approval Form and submit it to the Office of Global Education and Study Abroad before departure.

Students on endorsed semester abroad programs pay H-SC's comprehensive fee and a study abroad fee; all financial aid and scholarships are applied.  International travel insurance is required and may be billed separately to your H-SC account.  Students are advised to consult with the Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices.

Costs for summer programs (H-SC May Term Abroad, VPO, and non-HSC affiliated programs) vary by location, duration, number of classes taken and are in addition to fees paid during the academic year.  

Scholarships for study abroad are also available.

Fall or Full Year Semester Programs: February 15

Spring Semester Programs: September 15  

May Term Abroad Programs:  February 7 (applications available online December 1)  

VA Program in Oxford: February 15 (applications available online January 15)  

Non-HSC Summer Programs: Students do not need to apply to H-SC to attend these programs.

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.

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