Brittany L. Jackson (2008) Assistant Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives and Study Away Coordinator,
136/137 Hinsdale Hall
B.A., Hiram College;
M.A., Hiram College

The opening of the Office of Extra Mural Studies in 1970 established the College’s early commitment to international education. Today Hiram’s study away programs offer students an even greater array of opportunities. Program participants live and learn in cultures that are different from their own. Students learn about life as others live it, whether that is in a country that appears to have a culture very similar to that of the U.S., for example, Great Britain, or one that stems from a different tradition, such as China. The typical program centers on the disciplines of Hiram College faculty, who offer courses in a host country. Since 1970, more than 120 Hiram College faculty members have led over 4,000 students on educational programs to Europe, South and Central America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Students apply to participate in these programs. While it is expected that most students who apply will participate, acceptance is not guaranteed. Criteria for selection are not limited to, but may include, grade-point average, class year, recommendations, and participation in previous programs. For the most part, there is no language requirement for these programs, the principal exceptions being those sponsored by the foreign language department. Students participating in a program in a non-English-speaking country are, of course, encouraged to study the local language.

Students are charged normal fees for tuition depending on the length of the scheduled program. Program costs include travel to and from the program site, housing, in-country transportation, site fees, and at least two meals per day, based on the location, nature, and length of the program. Financial aid is available. Students who elect to study in programs offered by other academic institutions are not permitted the transfer of Hiram College scholarships and grants to the sponsoring institution. **Study Away course fees: Students are responsible for all field trip fees at the time of registration for the trip. Once the trip expenses have been incurred by the College, trip fees related to the incurred expenses will not be refunded, even if a student Withdraws from (or swaps out of) the course.** Please see the Study Away Refund Policy for more information.

The College’s academic calendar, The Hiram Plan, provides students with opportunities for study away each semester and summer.

Students enrolling in study abroad programs offered outside of Hiram College purview must have the courses they intend to take approved by the appropriate department(s) prior to enrolling in the program to ensure accurate credit is awarded.

Twelve-Week Session: During the 12-week session, students complete three courses while spending an extended time abroad. A variety of disciplines and sites are available in the 12-week session. Each of the modern foreign languages offers its majors, as well as other students interested in foreign languages, the opportunity to study in an appropriate country. These programs are offered on a rotating basis. The French and Spanish programs are centered in French and Spanish speaking countries, respectively. Students may be taught by Hiram faculty, live with native-speaking host families, and visit places of literary, historic, and cultural importance.

Summer or Spring Break Session: Overseas programs offered in the summer or during spring break may or may not provide academic credit. For additional information, please contact the study away office.

Three-Week Session: Students may elect to study away during the three-week sessions, which fall in December and May. This is the most common time for students to study away at Hiram College. Participants complete a single course of intensive experience in the host country. Students select courses encompassing a variety of disciplines.

Exchange Programs: Semester-long overseas programs are available to Hiram students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours. Credits earned are transferable. Program offerings include Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, Kanda University in Japan, Bogazici University in Turkey, Istanbul Ayden University in Turkey, IDC Herztliya in Israel, and our longest running exchange John Cabot University in Italy. 

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Hiram students who wish to participate in an overseas independent study must go through a process, beginning with the Study Away Office, in order to qualify for a transfer of credits.