The global education office (GEO) at Hampshire encourages students to integrate global experiences into their academic program in ways that expand their understanding of other cultures, perspectives, and educational environments; promote ethical citizenship and community engagement; and inspire positive change.
At Hampshire, we believe that education should be personalized, integrative, and active. Therefore, the options for students to study abroad/away are designed around these same objectives. Students, in consultation with their academic advisors, can choose from a wide range of educational possibilities all over the world or design their own programs. Students can also fulfill divisional requirements through study abroad, such as the Community Engaged Learning (CEL-2) or Multiple Cultural Perspectives requirements during Division II, or the Advanced Educational Activity requirement during Division III.
Semester or Academic Year Options:
During Division II and the 1st semester of Division III students are eligible to study off-campus for a semester or academic year, provided that they are in good academic and disciplinary standing. Detailed information on eligibility requirements and policies is available under the Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Course section of the Hampshire College Handbook.
Hampshire Exchange (Hampshire-sponsored programs)
These semester or year-long programs have either been designed by Hampshire faculty or were created through an affiliation with an academic institution that complements Hampshire’s academic program in some way. They offer a variety of opportunities for language study, community engagement, coursework at an international institution, independent research projects, internships, and more! To participate, students apply through the global education office and pay Hampshire College tuition for that semester; room, board, and other fees vary by program.
Semester Field Study (Non-Hampshire-sponsored)
All other off-campus semester programs and opportunities fall into the Field Study category. Students work with their faculty committees to devise a program (international or domestic) most applicable to the student's concentration. This may mean enrollment in an overseas university or with a study abroad program provider. It might also take the form of a self-designed semester of field research or internship. To participate, students apply through the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) and pay a field study fee equivalent to one-third of a Hampshire semester's tuition plus the costs of the program. All other fees are paid directly to the program provider or host institution.
Winter and Summer Options:
Hampshire Short-Term Field Courses (January/Winter and May/Summer)
These intensive international or domestic courses are designed by Hampshire faculty around a particular area of study, and are a great way to enhance one's academic program or explore a new area of interest. Most programs are open to Hampshire and non-Hampshire students who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. To participate, students apply though the global education office and pay a program fee.
Many students opt to do internships, language learning, study programs, or other learning activities abroad during January/winter or during the summer. How these independent learning experiences might be incorporated into a student's Division II or Division III portfolio may be negotiated with the student's faculty committee. For more information on the process of documenting outside learning experiences, please refer to the central records website.