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Study Abroad Programs

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At Hood, we understand the importance of preparing students to think critically and to situate their understanding of the world within a global context. Study abroad allows students in every discipline the opportunity to expand their understanding of the world and enhance classroom learning with firsthand international experiences. How will you "think globally?"

Who can study abroad? Anyone! While the majority of Hood students who study abroad are part of the foreign languages and literatures department, students can study abroad in approved programs in virtually every part of the world.

Foreign languages and literatures students:

The foreign languages and literatures department requires students to spend a semester studying abroad (unless they reside for two years in one of the language residence houses). The department works closely with many well-established and respected exchange programs for students who wish to study abroad. These exchange programs are with some of the top universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Nonlanguage majors:

Hood students are encouraged to study abroad regardless of their perspective majors. Studying abroad allows students a greater understanding of their academic field and the world around them. Recent approved programs and counties in which Hood students have participated include Australia, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the Semester at Sea program.


The French program currently has two study abroad programs in three cities: Nice, Paris and Toulouse, France. Students have participated in programs through Dickinson College, Paris IV Sorbonne University, Sweet Briar College, Université Denis Diderot-Paris and Université de Toulouse le Mirail.

German students have studied in Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg, Mainz and Munich, Germany through Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Universität Heidelberg, Universität Mainz and Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

In Latin America, students study in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Universidad de Belgrano; in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with Espíritu Santo University; in Lima, Perú, with the Pontificia Universidad Católica; in Santiago, Dominican Republic, with the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra; and with Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile.

Students studying Spanish have many opportunities to study in Spain with programs through the University of Alicante, University of Barcelona and the University of Seville.

Students have also studied in Seoul, Korea through The Bahrom International Program, Seoul Women's University and Sookmyung Women's University; and in Ireland through a program co-sponsored by Hood College and Frostburg State University through the University Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

The newest exchange program organized by the department is with the American University in Cairo, the leading institute for Arabic and Middle Eastern studies in the Middle East.

For more information on these and other programs, please contact the Study Abroad Programs Office.

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