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  • Locations: Carmarthen, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-Term Summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
HWS  Short Term Summer Faculty Led Program
Theoretical Issues in Outdoor Pursuits; 1 Credit
Led by: David Mapstone In Partnership With University of Wales

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Outdoor Education: Theoretical Issues in Outdoor Pursuits is a 3-week course that will be a combination of academic theory and hands-on outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, caving, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, mine exploration, rock climbing and mountain biking. While the activities are enjoyable, they are fundamentally a means for examining a range of academic themes such as sustainability, personal and social development and the duality of risk versus adventure.
Themes and Focuses of the Course:
  • Explore a range of issues including sustainability, conservation, changing landscapes, personal and social development and risk vs. adventure
  • Participate in activities like rock climbing, caving, kayaking, surfing, hiking, swimming, coastering and mountain biking
  • Learn hard and soft skills while reflecting on how “experience” connects to learning
  • Appreciate Welsh culture through active participation in those activities that are thought to be quintessentially Welsh
Theory sessions will be used to prepare for the practical activities, to review experiences and to provide the necessary background knowledge essential for the various assessments.
For more information regarding this course, contact Dean Mapstone by emailing

Faculty Director:
MapstoneDavid Mapstone works primarily with first-year and continuing first-year students. He develops strong individual relationships with students as well as coordinating a variety of universal programs in his approach to help students make a successful transition to Hobart College.

“The students (on the 2016 program) were absolutely ecstatic about the overall experience they had, and they were also just as excited about the different opportunities they had to experience the outdoors, to learn about themselves, and to learn about each other.”

Course Pre-requisities:
  • Important note on Application Criteria and Course Credit for Short-term Programs.
  • All accepted students will be required to attend a Readers College in the spring prior to the program, which will meet weekly and will be worth ½ a credit. All accepted students will need to register for this course in January
  • Professor Mapstone will lead the Reader's College course which will function as an orientation to the summer program and prepare students for the in-country course
GPA Requirement:

Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA for courses taken at HWS. Since first-year students will not have any HWS grades yet, successful applicants may be made a “conditional” offer stating that they need to achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in the fall semester.

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Travel Dates:
(5/27*-6/15 2019)
*Group flight may be an overnight on the 26th, with a Wales arrival on the morning of the 27th. 

HWS Info Session:
Tuesday, Sept 11, 2018. 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, October 15, 2018 by 11:59pm (Apply online).
Itinerary Highlights:
  • Guided trek around the ancient and mystical sites of West Wales
  • A week off-grid in the mountains of North Wales at Snowdonia National Park
  • Experiential learning activities: camp, mountain bike, rock climb, hike, canoe, surf
  • Explore the culture and sites of the Capitol City
  • Wetsuits, equipment for climbing, etc. will be provided onsite
Housing and Meals:

Students will stay in residence halls on campus while in Carmarthen. You will have single rooms with your own bathroom and shared kitchens in which to prepare meals. Trips will also be self-catering and students will be able to buy groceries for packed lunches and other meals.

Students tend to prepare meals as a group and buy food at the local grocery store. There are also cafeterias on campus and a variety of restaurants and pubs in town.

Group flights will be arranged by the CGE and accepted students will be notified of the cost and booking info for the flight once it’s available. We recommend all students book the group flight offered through Advantage Travel. There is an option to have this cost billed to your student account.

Passports and Visas:
All students will need a passport valid until at least 6 months after the return date of this program to participate. Visas are not required unless you are not a U.S. citizen. Non U.S. citizens should see Anthony Mandela in the CGE about visas as soon as you are accepted.

Greece does not present a noteworthy health risk. Nonetheless, Hepatitis A and typhoid immunizations are recommended for many travelers. Please check the CDC website to read more about the recommendations. If you choose to get immunizations, you can do this at a local medical clinic near your home - use this link to find travel medicine clinics  - or possibly with your home doctor or you can contact one of the Passport Health offices in Canandaigua, Rochester or Syracuse who provide travel immunizations. Their contact number is: (585) 275-8884.

Fitness and Health Expectations:

While you don’t have to be an athlete to participate in this program, you do need to be reasonably fit and able to walk at least 6 miles comfortably. The program is fairly intense so you’ll need to have stamina to keep up with the activities and the early mornings.

Program Fees:
Program fees will be approximately $3,250-$3,450* for the 3-week program, which will cover tuition, self-catered accommodation on campus, airport transport from London to Wales and back to London, trips and expedition costs (except for meals), mandatory international health insurance, and all equipment. Students will need to budget approximately an extra $325 above and beyond the program costs for meals.

Students will also need to budget for round trip airfare at approximately $850-$1,000 from New York City, and a non-refundable administrative fee of $100 charged for all faculty-led short-term programs. The administrative fee will show up as a separate charge (separate from the program fee) billed to your student account. There are no required books to purchase – all texts will be available online or in the University of Wales campus library.

*Costs are subject to change based on currency fluctuations, changes in costs of services provided and the number of students confirmed on the trip.

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In an effort to assist students in financial hardship wishing to participate in a short-term program, there is a limited pool of HWS funding available. If you are accepted to this program, we will invite you to submit a funding application. Funding will be allocated on a need basis and we will contact the financial aid office to verify your need status. We will let you know whether you have been awarded funding before the deadline by which you are required to put down a deposit for your place on the program.

Payment Schedule and Program Timeline:
 Application Deadline DUE: Oct 15, 2018  11:59pm online
 Decision Date Nov 06, 2018  aid applications available at this time
 Funding/aid Applications  DUE Nov 06 2018 complete as part of essay section of application
 Funding Decisions Made  Nov 19 2018  
 Deposit Deadline DUE: Dec 05 2018  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  Feb 11 2019  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: Mar 30 2019  Remaining balance due

After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 deposit in person to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. This amount will be credited to your student account and will be applied to your program cost.

Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit in person at the Student Accounts office. Program fees for the remainder (lump sum) of program will be automatically billed to the student accounts separately. Installment payment plans may be worked out on a case by case basis with the business office.

Cancellation Policy:

The initial $500 deposit is non-refundable. Students will be responsible for additional expenses beyond the $500 if they withdraw from the program while it’s in progress or 90 days or less before the program begins. Specifically, students will be held accountable for any expenditures made by HWS on their behalf that the CGE is unable to recoup from any untimely withdrawal, such as housing deposits, non-refundable hotel reservations, excursion deposits, etc.

Questions? If you have questions about this program, please contact Anthony Mandela in the Center for Global Education at 315-781-3663 or


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.