The process of selecting a study abroad program should start as early as your first year.
It is best to discuss your study abroad interest with your academic advisor and Global Education & Service Learning staff right away. That will give you more time to research the right program that will best complement your academic interests.
In addition, each program has an extended application timeline that you need to follow, so engaging early is important. Students who start focusing on study abroad late in their Hartwick career face many challenges, some of which may be insurmountable.
Short Term vs. Long Term Study Abroad
Short programs usually last less than two months. Some are faculty-led, meaning you travel the entire time with a Hartwick faculty member, for example during the January Term (J Term) or the summer. Other short-term programs may be done independently by travelling solo to an international destination over J Term or during the summer. Depending on your interests, you could register for a program that consists of taking regular classes at an international destinations, combined with excursions and other extracurricular activities designed to complement the goals of the course. Or you may prefer to conduct an internship abroad and earn Hartwick credits.
Long-term study abroad usually lasts one semester or a full academic year. Unlike short-term programs, they are generally not faculty-led. In long-term programs you’ll enjoy a deeper and more immersive experience of a foreign culture. While language proficiency is not required in many of these programs, long-term programs offer excellent opportunities to learn a new language or enhance your proficiency.