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Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your academic career.

In addition to fun and exciting travel, you will learn about other cultures, perhaps obtain proficiency in another language, gain invaluable experience in your field of study, develop confidence and self-sufficiency, and broaden your perspectives on the world and the United States. Study abroad through Hood College will help you to think globally by matching your interests and future goals to our many programs. 

Let the Office of Study Abroad and the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education help you get started today! For more information, contact Dr. Scott Pincikowski, Director of Study Abroad at or the Center for Career Development at


With careful planning, it is possible for students of any major to participate in a study abroad program. Gain a greater understanding of your academic field and the world around you.  

  • Global Languages and Cultures majors have studied in Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and Morocco
  • Social work and sociology majors have studied in England, Spain and Korea
  • Middle Eastern studies majors have studied in Morocco
  • Psychology majors have studied in France, Korea and England
  • Political science and law and society majors have studied in Korea
  • History majors have studied in France
  • Art and Archaeology majors have studied in Italy and Turkey
  • Business and Management majors have studied in Australia and England
  • Communication arts majors have studied in England, Australia and Korea

When to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Office provides students with information and counseling on programs that fit their needs, application processes and scholarship opportunities. The staff also offers pre- and post-departure orientations for living abroad. 

Hood College encourages students pursuing long-term studying abroad to do so during the spring semester of their junior year. All students intending to study abroad should complete the application materials at least one semester in advance of the proposed study. Students can participate in short-term study abroad after their freshman year and throughout academic experience.

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Students preparing for a study abroad experience will want to carefully consider the timing of their trip within their academic program and also how to fund their experience. Alumni and donors to the College have generously created scholarships to provide financial support for students considering semester-long and short-term experiences. To learn more about these opportunities, contact Hood College's Director of Study Abroad, Dr. Scott Pincikowski at (301) 696-3475 or via email at

Use the linked form below to apply for:

  • Shirley Conner Hardinge Center for Global Studies Scholarship ($500 to $1,500)
  • Susan Whaley Study Abroad Scholarship ($500 to $1,500)
  • The Beth Darroch Coggins ’81 & Kristina Coggins Heck '11 Memorial Scholarship Travel Fund (1 scholarship for up to $2,500)
  • Mary Hansbrough Sneckenberger '64 International Travel Award ($1350 for travel for a student studying Spanish)
  • Volpe Scholars Award ($5,000 - $10,000) This award is not exclusively for study abroad experiences. To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit this webpage

For all scholarships, excluding the Volpe Scholar Award, please use the form below.

Study Abroad Scholarship Application

Students who are curious about studying abroad should complete the Study Abroad Programs Interest Sheet and contact Dr. Scott Pincikowski, Director of Study Abroad to discuss their interests. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pincikowski, email

Study Abroad Program Interest Sheet

Students who have confirmed their interests with Dr. Pincikowski and identified a study abroad experience should complete the following forms.

Hood College Study Abroad Short-Term Faculty-Led Trips

Hood College Study Abroad Long-Term Trips 

Petition to Study Abroad

Pre-Departure Checklist 

For more information about these travel opportunities led by Hood College faculty members, contact Dr. Scott Pincikowski, Director of Study Abroad, at (301) 696-3475 or by email at

Barcelona, Spain (Spring 2023)

Led by Dr. Robert Casas and Dr. Michelle Gricus. Trip theme: Migration and Tourism in Barcelona, Spain.

Belize (Spring 2024)

Led by Dr. Jennifer Cooper. Trip theme: Nursing in Belize.

Madagascar (Spring 2024)

Led by Dr. Susan Ensel. Trip theme: Biology and Biodiversity in Madagascar.

Quebec, Canada (Spring Break 2023)

Led by Dr. Lisa Marcus.  

Berlin, Germany (Spring 2023)

Led by Dr. Scott Pincikowski. 

Italy (Spring 2024)

Led by Dr. Marisel Torres-Crespo. Trip theme: Teaching in Italy. 

Paris, France (Spring 2024)

Led by Dr. Elizabeth Atwood. 

Santo Domingo

Study Abroad 2020

Health Care & Nursing in the Dominican Republic Undergraduate Student

Experience the Dominican Republic
from the health care perspective

  • Experiential Learning
  • Health Sciences
Hood Parade of Flags

Hood College Celebrates Inaugural International Education Week

Celebrating Hood Cultural Diversity Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student Military Staff Undergraduate Student

Hood College celebrated its inaugural International Education Week (IEW) during the week of November 18 - 22, 2019.

  • International Students
  • Language & International Studies
  • Student Life
  • Student Engagement

Hood Alumna Enjoys International Internship

Prettany Overman Alumni

Alumna Pretty Overman landed an internship in Germany working for Action Reconciliation Service for Peace.

  • Alumni Relations
  • Community Involvement
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