Eligibility

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (2.0 or higher GPA) by the end of the fall semester before 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. 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.
  • Certain programs are open to students from other colleges and universities.

Applications and Deadlines

  • Applications are available under each program description on this page December 1
  • Applications and $500 deposits are due February 7

Deposits can be paid via CashNet when completing the online application or mailed in by check. If paying by check, please do the following:

  • Make check payable to Hampden-Sydney College and add May Term Abroad on the memo line.
  • Mail to:
    Hampden-Sydney Business Office
    Box 127, Hampden-Sydney College
    Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

2018 Programs   

Münster, Germany
Dr. Dirk Johnson  (H-SC) & Dr. Brett Martz (Longwood University)
Full Program Description: German Summer in Münster

  • OPEN TO NON-HSC Students
  • May 22-July 1, 2018
  • 6 Credits 
  • German 201/202 or 2 German upper level courses
  • Cost: $5650.  Cost includes two courses, medical insurance, home-stay, and most meals.  Cost does not included airfare, textbooks, or personal expenditures.  Final cost will include airfare and depend on the number of participants. Estimated price is based on minimum number of 15 students.
  • Application Link: Application will be available online here on December 1.
  • Student Notification:  Students will be notified of their acceptance status via their College/University email by February 22, in most cases.
  • Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 10.

Dublin, Ireland
Drs. Dempster, Isaacs, and Dempster (VCU)
Full Program Description: May Term Abroad in Ireland

  • OPEN TO NON-HSC Students
  • June 7-June 28, 2018
  • 6 Credits 
  • BUSN 285 and either ECON 209 or BUSN 263
  • Cost TBD: Cost covers two courses, medical insurance, dorm housing and some meals. The cost does not include textbooks, some meals, or personal expenditures.  The final program cost will be determined based upon the number of students enrolled and will also include airfare.
  • Application Link: Application will be available online here on December 1.
  • Student Notification: Students will be notified of their acceptance status via their College/University email by February 22, in most cases.
  • Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 10.

Vienna & Budapest
Drs. Frusetta and Glont (University of Dayton)
Full Program Description: May Term Abroad in Central Europe: Wars, Cities and Memory

  • OPEN TO NON-HSC Students
  • May 23-June 12, 2018
  • 6 Credits 
  • HIST 285 and HIST 285
  • Cost $6410: Cost covers two courses, medical insurance, housing and some meals. The cost does not include textbooks, most meals, or personal expenditures.  The final program cost will be determined based upon the number of students enrolled and will also include airfare.
  • Application Link: Application will be available online here on December 1.
  • Student Notification: Students will be notified of their acceptance status via their College/University email by February 22, in most cases.
  • Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 10.

Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Drs. DeJong and Green
Full Program Description: May Term Abroad in Spain

  • May 27-June 27, 2018
  • 6 Credits 
  • SPAN 201 and 202 OR SPAN 3XX/4XX or English language courses offered by the Instituto Franklin
  • Cost $6990: Cost covers two courses, medical insurance, homestay housing and most meals. The cost does not include textbooks or personal expenditures.  The final program cost will be determined based upon the number of students enrolled and will also include airfare.
  • Application Link: Application will be available online here on December 1.
  • Student Notification: Students will be notified of their acceptance status via their College email by February 22, in most cases.
  • Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 10.

El Camino de Santiago, Spain
Drs. Green and DeJong
Full Program Description: May Term Abroad: Walking the El Camino

  • This course is limited to eight students and will require participants to be able to walk at least 14 miles a day in the heat through various terrain
  • June 27 -July 31, 2018
  • 1 Credit
  • INDS 385: Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela
  • Cost $2950: Cost covers one course, medical insurance, selected housing and meals. The cost does not include most housing, meals, textbooks or personal expenditures.  The final program cost will be determined based upon the number of students enrolled.
  • Application Link: Application will be available online here on December 1.
  • Student Notification: Students will be notified of their acceptance status via their College email by February 22, in most cases.
  • Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 10.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 
A signed May Term application form and payment of a $500 deposit constitute an agreement by the student to participate fully in the May Term program and an obligation to pay all program fees. (In particular, the student is responsible for payment of all program fees in the event that he or she later withdraws from the program. The student's financial obligation will be reduced by the amount of the refund, if any, received upon withdrawal from the program.) The Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has the authorization to begin making payments to airlines, hotels, and other service providers on the student's behalf from the date of the deposit.

The deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student who has completed an application is rejected for the program.  Reasons for rejection include, but are not limited to GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, disciplinary record concern, and are at the discretion of the faculty program director and the director of the Global Education and Study Abroad Office.  However, if a student pays the deposit and is not accepted to the program based on failing to complete the application requirements, as determined by the Office of Global Education and Study Abroad director, the $500 is non-refundable.

Students accepted to the program who wish to withdraw must notify the director of the Office of Global Education and Study Abroad as soon as the decision to withdraw is made. Notice of withdrawal must be in writing and signed by the student. In all voluntary withdrawal cases or in the case of students who are removed from the program after acceptance due to violations of the Honor Code/Code of Student Conduct, the $500 non-refundable deposit will be forfeited and the following schedule will be used to determine refund amounts.

  • Withdrawal/removal before March 7: 50% of the remaining program/travel fees will be charged; tuition will be refunded
  • Withdrawal/removal between March 7 and April 7: 75% of the remaining program/travel fees will be charged; tuition will be refunded
  • Withdrawal/removal between April 7 and May 15: 100% of program/travel fees will be charged; tuition will be refunded
  • Withdrawal/removal between May 15 and program conclusion: 100% of program/travel fees will be charged; tuition will not be refunded​

In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program, students must provide a physician's certification that his or her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds Hampden-Sydney is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.