The College encourages students to study abroad during the junior year. Some sophomores study abroad because of a compelling program or personal reasons, and in rare instances the College permits seniors to study abroad in the fall semester. When considering study abroad, first contact your advisor and the Study Abroad Programs director.
Language students planning to study abroad should first consult with the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department faculty to discuss the study abroad program in depth and the requirements for the program of choice.
Nonlanguage students should consult with the director of Study abroad programs before determining a course of study abroad.
All students intending overseas study should complete the application materials at least one semester in advance of the proposed study.
Choosing a Program:
Studying abroad can be a life changing decision, and much of what you gain on your trip has to do with choosing a program that best fits you.
- What are your academic goals for studying abroad?
- How does studying abroad fit into your future goals?
- Where would you like to study abroad?
- What is the language of the country? If classes are taught in a language other than English, do you have sufficient proficiency?
- What types of housing are offered? Will you be living with other international students, host country students or a host family?
- What support services does the program offer?
- What is the current political situation in the country?
- Do you want a yearlong program? Semester? Summer?
Steps to apply to a program
- Meet with your professors, advisor, and the chair of your department.
- Ask them about the program. Are the courses offered adequate? Will they transfer back to Hood? Do they have any advice about studying abroad? Can they recommend a program?
- Meet with the Study Abroad director to go through the programs eligibility.
- Apply to the program. Application procedures and requirements differ depending on the program. You should always give yourself PLENTY of time to complete the application. Nearly all applications need letters of recommendation, transcripts, financial aid information, and a multitude of signatures. You should begin as soon as possible. There is no such thing as planning too early- but you can plan too late!
- Meet with financial aid
There is no general guideline about financial aid. Financial information is given on an individual basis. The amount of money a student received depends on their major, the desired place of study, and which program the student studies through. Students should contact Susan Erb (email@example.com) in financial aid so she can go through their specific situation with them. Some programs offer scholarship opportunities. There are also other 3rd party scholarships available that may fit your background and area of study.
- Meet with the registrar. There are forms the will need to be filled out and signed by the appropriate parties before a student can study abroad. They are:
- Petition to study abroad
- Change of status
- Quality point or credit option (foreign language majors only)
You can’t study abroad without a passport. Most countries will also require that you have at least 6 months leeway available on your passport, so make sure it is up to date! You can apply for a passport at the post office.
- Visas- Check with the program provider, and double check with the country’s embassy website to see the requirements for obtaining a visa. Every country has different time constraints, applications, requirements, etc.
Hood College encourages all students to study abroad- regardless of their perspective majors. Hood has formal associations with several established overseas programs and the study abroad office will work with students to choose a program that best fits their needs. Hood students can study virtually anywhere!
Sweet Briar JYF- (http://www.sbc.edu/jyf ) The Sweet Briar Junior Year in France is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate program in Paris. With program centers in Paris and Nice, students are able to choose from an extensive variety of regular university courses in the sciences, math, business, arts and humanities. All courses are taught in French by university professors.
University of Munich, Germany- (http://www.jym.wayne.edu/about_jym.html) The Junior Year in Munich is America's oldest intercollegiate study abroad program in Germany, and is officially affiliated with Germany's top-ranked university: Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU Munich).
Dickenson College study in France- (http://www.dickinson.edu/academics/global-campus/content/Dickinson-in-France/) Dickinson study in France is located in Toulouse. While Dickinson's Toulouse program is language intensive and designed for students with an advanced level of French, participants have the chance to study a tremendous variety of subjects at the program's five partner institutions.
Bahrom International Program, Seoul South Korea- (http://www.swu.ac.kr/english/info/06_bip.html) A month long summer session, students take classes in English with Korean students to learn about Korean culture, language and society.
CIEE- (http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/) CIEE’s mission is "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." With over 130 programs in 40 countries, CIEE has a wide variety of subjects and experiences available. Most Hood students study at the CIEE Seville, Spain center, but we have also sent students to CIEE programs in Australia and other countries.
CAPA-( http://www.capa.org/) CAPA offers programs in 5 major cities around the world. Classes are taught in English with emphasis on combining theme-based learning with cultural events connecting the classroom to the local environment.
Other places to find information on Programs:
- Study Abroad Checklist- A step-by-step guide for students interested in studying abroad
- US State department- foreign study abroad/travel abroad/ passport regulations
- STEP program: (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
“The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.” Hood College recommends that all travelers studying abroad enroll in STEP.