Harvey Mudd College students may spend a semester or a year studying at a university abroad, or they may choose to participate in the domestic exchange program with Swarthmore College or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. This is most commonly done in the junior year.
The Harvey Mudd College Study abroad program provides students the opportunity to develop an international perspective and broaden their education in ways not possible in Claremont. For this reason, it is recommended that students select courses unique to their site.
Students normally take a course load equivalent five HMC semester courses (15-16 credit hours), whether or not they need the credits to graduate. Except under extraordinary circumstances, overloads will not be approved. Students should discuss course selection with both of their faculty advisors.
Departmental approval is required for all courses to be counted toward their major or humanities/social sciences/arts requirements, and is also a requirement to go abroad. It is highly advised that you retain all syllabi, reading lists, copies of submitted work, including all papers and exams as a record of your academic performance abroad.
Because the College wants all students’ study abroad decisions to be driven by academic, rather than financial factors, students pay a comprehensive fee to HMC that covers the costs of the academic program, reasonable room and board in the host country, and an allowance for round-trip transportation to the program site.
Because students remain enrolled at HMC, those on financial aid normally receive their regular assistance while on a semester or year abroad. Students interested in taking a Leave of Absence (LOA) to study abroad for a semester should note that their courses will not transfer back as HMC credit.
Acceptance to most programs is a two-step process requiring both HMC and the program sponsor or host institution approval. Students should be able to follow university lectures in the language in which they are given, participate in seminar discussions, take notes and understand written material in their field. Generally, four or five semesters of a foreign language at the university level is required.
Students must participate fully in all orientation and evaluation processes offered by HMC and the host institution as well as observe HMC and host institution deadlines for the submission of all required materials.
Credit toward graduation from HMC is granted only to participants in programs of study officially approved by the HMC Study Abroad Committee.
All courses taken while studying abroad are to be taken for a grade unless the course is only offered on a Pass/Fail credit basis. Transfer credit will be awarded only on grades of C or better and some departments require grades of B or better for courses to fulfill major requirements. It is advised that students verify the departmental minimum grade requirements. All grades received will appear on the HMC transcript, but the grades will not be computed into the HMC cumulative GPA.
Grades for the semester prior to departure will be reviewed before final approval is granted for participation in study abroad. Should grades fall below qualifying standards, approval for participation will be withdrawn.
It is the student’s responsibility to consult with her/his academic advisers to affirm the applicability of her/his proposed coursework. Any changes from this plan should be communicated, in writing, to the advisor and the Study Abroad Office. HMC’s acceptance of coursework taken abroad is contingent upon approval by the student’s major department, the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Department and the Registrar. For further information see the Study Abroad site.
All students participating in study abroad are required to carry comprehensive health insurance. In addition, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is required as a supplement to their original insurance policy.
All students accepted for studying abroad affirm their understanding that they must conform to rules and regulations not only of HMC, but also of the program and the country in which they study. Failure to do so may result in the student being immediately discharged from the program and returned home, at their expense, without a refund of program fees.
Students accepted for studying abroad affirm the additional academic and personal risk involved and recognize as well the limited responsibility of the college for such programming. Before final approval for participation is given, each applicant must complete the Waiver, Release and Indemnification Agreement that outlines the limits of the college’s liability.
A list of students approved by the HMC Study Abroad Committee will be forwarded to the HMC Dean of Students, the HMC Registrar, and to Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services of The Claremont Colleges.
Domestic Exchange Program
Students may participate in the Domestic Exchange Program during their sophomore or junior year. The application is processed through HMC and students may choose to attend Swarthmore College or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a semester. Cost for the program is the same as if the student were on-site at HMC; payment is made to HMC and payment plans may continue to be implemented.
Students are able to enroll in the same manner as students at the host college, and transfer credit is awarded on grades of C or better. Some departments require grades of B or better for courses to fulfill major requirements. Information on these programs is available in the Office of Career Services, Joseph B. Platt Campus Center.