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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 Program
Theoretical Issues in Outdoor Pursuits; 1 Credit
Led by: University of Wales Trinity St. David with Dean David Mapstone

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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, caving, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, mine exploration, rock climbing and coastering) that provides a means for examining a range of academic themes such as sustainability, conservation, changing landscapes, personal and social development, and the duality of risk versus adventure.
Themes and Focus of the Course:
  • Explore a range of issues including sustainability, conservation, changing landscapes, personal and social development and risk vs. adventure
  • 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

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.”

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Travel Dates:  May 27-June 15, 2020 (approximate)  

HWS Info Session:
September 17, 2019. 7:30pm, Merritt Hall 100
Application Deadline:
Sunday, October 20, 2019 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. Excursions 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 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 US citizen. Non- US citizens should see the CGE about visas as soon as you are accepted into the program.

Wales 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 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.


Course Pre-requisities:
  • All participants will be required to successfully complete a 1/2 credit Readers College with Dean Mapstone in the spring prior to the program. This course will meet weekly and will function as an orientation to the program and will prepare students for the in-country course. Students will need to register for this course.
Qualified first-years, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors may apply. First-years, sophomores and juniors will have priority and seniors will be admitted on a space-available basis.

GPA Requirement: 

Students applying for this program should have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. First-year students and transfer students in their first semester at HWS will typically be waitlisted until fall semester grades can be reviewed. Depending on the number of available spaces in the program, first-years and transfers with strong applications and references may be given a conditional offer based on achieving at least a 2.5 GPA in the fall semester.
Program Fees:
Program fees will be approximately $3,350-$3,550* 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), international health insurance, and all equipment.

Students will need to budget approximately an extra $350 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 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 confirmed participants in the program.

A limited pool of HWS short-term program funding is available to assist students seeking to participate in CGE summer or J-term programs. Those wishing to apply for financial assistance may do so as part of their program application. Funding will be allocated on a need basis and student financial aid and conduct records will be reviewed in making funding decisions. We will let you know whether you have been awarded funding before the deadline by which you are required to put down a deposit to hold your place in the program.

Payment Schedule and Program Timeline:
After applying and being accepted to the program, students will need to make a $500 deposit in person to the Student Accounts Office in Demarest Hall to hold their place in this program. This amount will be credited to your student account and will be applied to the cost of the program.
 Application Deadline  DUE: Oct 20, 2019  11:59pm online
 Decision Date  By Nov 15, 2019  
 Funding Decisions  By Nov 22, 2019  
 Deposit Deadline  DUE: Dec 10, 2019  $500.00
 Program Billing Date  By Mar 1, 2020  Balance charged to student account
 Final Payment  DUE: April 10, 2020  Remaining balance due

*Please note: Students must make the initial non-refundable deposit to Student Accounts in Demarest Hall. Program fees for the remainder (lump sum) of program will be automatically billed to the student accounts separately.

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 is 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 the Center for Global Education at 315-781-3307 or 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.