Semesters Abroad

If you'd like to read about what your fellow students are doing while abroad, visit our Experiences Abroad blog.

General Study Abroad Information

Hampden-Sydney students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and have earned at least 45 credit hours. Students meeting these requirements typically study abroad during their junior year. 

Notre Dame

Students wishing to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year of fall of their senior year must first seek a waiver.

Students applying to study abroad must submit a Permission to Apply form, along with an essay declaring the intent to study abroad describing how the abroad program chosen and the experience will enhance/complement their overall academic program at H-SC. Deadlines are as follows:

  • February 15 for fall and year-long programs
  • September 15 for spring programs.

In all courses, students must receive a grade of C or better in each course to earn H-SC transfer credit. However, these grades will not be computed as part of the GPA. Grades of C- or lower will not transfer. Grades in courses taken by language majors in fulfillment of their major requirement are computed as part of their GPA. Non-language majors will receive credit hours only with no quality points.

Where Can I Study Abroad?

The Millineum Eye Hampden-Sydney College offers a variety of opportunities for students who wish to study abroad for a semester or a full year. H-SC approves over 100 foreign study programs in 30 countries. The courses are varied and allow you to earn credit hours that apply to your graduation requirements. The Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has a variety of catalogs, brochures, and application materials, or you can do your own research on some of the web links provided.

May Term

Each year our own academic departments develop innovative May Term courses abroad. As a student, you can suggest possible options either to your professors or to the Director of Global Education. Your ideas are important and valuable to us. In 2007 students  chose to study Tropical Biology in Costa Rica,  learned about History and Theater while traveling in Japan, and had the opportunity to study Economics and History in France. In years past, students have studied ecology in Scotland, language and culture in Spain, Renaissance history, literature, and theatre in England, and the European Union in Belgium and France.

Applications and other required forms for May Term Abroad will be available on-line in November. Completed forms and a $500 deposit are required by January. For more information and a description of the May Term Abroad options go to May Term Abroad or email

PoseidonH-SC is a member of the consortium of six Virginia colleges offering a select group of students the opportunity of spending the summer studying at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford in England. For more information on the Virginia Program at Oxford contact professor Shirley Kagan at