Studying Abroad & Away During the Academic Year (FALL/SPRING)
Before applying to any semester away program, students must first apply with H-SC by completing the Permission to Apply Form.
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. Students wishing to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year or fall of their senior year must first seek a waiver.
The Dean of Students reviews the disciplinary records of all study abroad or away 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. Students placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad or who have not completed all imposed sanctions prior to departure may have that approval revoked.
Students who drop out or are removed from a program will be responsible for all non-refundable fees owed to the study abroad program and Hampden-Sydney College.
Each program will have its own eligibility requirements students must meet.
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.
Where Can I Study Away?
Hampden-Sydney College offers a variety of opportunities for students who wish to study abroad or away for a semester or a full year. H-SC approves over 100 foreign study programs in 30 countries; see the Endorsed Programs list for programs to which approved students are eligible to apply. The courses are varied and allow you to earn credit hours that apply to your graduation requirements. The Office of Global Education & Study Abroad has a variety of catalogs and brochures; you can also do your own research via the weblinks provided on the Endorsed Programs page.
How do I apply?
Please see the FORMS page for the application procedures which are to be completed by the following H-SC application deadlines:
- February 15 for fall/full-year/non-HSC-organized-summer programs
- September 15 for spring programs
Once you have been approved to study abroad by the College, you are eligible to apply to your program of choice. Please note programs will have their own deadlines which you must also meet. For example, to study at Oxford or the London School of Economics, you must apply in January, which means applying first with H-SC before our usual deadline.