Spotlight on Study Abroad

February 1, 2017  |  Majors  |  No Comments

Ethan Chase, SpainAt Hood College, we prepare students not only to excel in their desired career paths, but also to become positive forces for change in their communities and across the globe. In addition to requiring all students to take a “Global Perspectives” course to increase their understanding of other nations and cultures, Hood also provides students with the opportunity to study abroad.

The study abroad program at Hood gives students the chance to expand their understanding of the world we live in in a way that aligns with their goals for the future. Students can spend a week, month, semester or even a full year in the country of their choice, and Hood faculty members and staff work with students to help them find programs that fit their academic needs and schedules while also fulfilling their desire to learn more about a specific country. Additionally, faculty members have led cohorts of Hood students on trips over the summer months to participate in intensive hands-on and research-based projects, including assisting on archeological excavations in Italy and Turkey, gaining social work field experience in Ireland and conducting research at the Bibliothequé Nationale de France.

Over the past few years, Hood students have studied abroad in dozens of countries spread over six continents. A few of the more popular destinations include Spain, Germany, Ireland, France, Italy, Argentina, England, Cyprus, Turkey, Russia, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Morocco, Israel and South Korea. While students are welcome to create their own study abroad experience and travel individually, Hood also has partnerships with a number of larger programs, allowing Hood students to travel and take classes with a group of students from other colleges and universities in the United States.

This year, a sophomore at Hood has embarked on “Semester at Sea,” a 105-day voyage where students sleep, eat and learn on a ship that sails around the world. This “floating campus” is visiting 11 countries on four continents over the next few months, and students are able to take field classes, day-long experiential learning opportunities in the countries that they travel to.

For more information about Hood’s study abroad programs, please visit

First-Year Programs

November 1, 2016  |  Majors  |  No Comments

FYR1Transitioning from senior year of high school to freshman year of college is a big step for every student. At Hood College, we have created a network of programs, including the First-Year Read and First-Year Seminars, to help ease that transition for our students and ensure success and positive growth throughout their college careers.

During the summer following their graduation from high school, each first-year student is given an iPad, which is included in the cost of tuition and is theirs to keep upon graduation from Hood. Prior to the start of fall orientation, all first-year students download and read a common book, selected by members of the Hood community, and during orientation, they meet in small, faculty- and staff-led groups to discuss the themes and important ideas within the book and get to know each other. Several special events are scheduled that relate to each year’s book, including movies, lectures and panel discussions, and are held throughout the fall semester, culminating in a visit from the author. On the day of the visit, students are able to meet with the author and attend a public lecture and book signing.

This year’s selection was Positive, a memoir in which author Paige Rawl depicted her experiences with stereotypes and bullying after revealing to a friend in middle school that she had been born with HIV. The book allowed a great opportunity for incoming freshmen to reflect on their own experiences with bullying and prejudice and think about how to put their best foot forward in their new community. Paige Rawl visited campus on Oct. 19.

In addition to the First-Year Read, Hood College has developed an interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar program to help new students hone their research, critical thinking and writing skills. Each seminar is capped at 15 students, allowing professors to really get to know the each student and serve as their mentors during their first semester. The seminars are required core courses for students in the fall of their freshman year, and each one is an in-depth exploration of a specific topic. For more information and to view this year’s list of topics, please visit the First-Year Seminar section of Hood’s website.