Inter-College Cooperation and Cross-Registration (ACTC)
Hamline University participates in a consortium of five Twin Cities private liberal arts colleges (Hamline, Macalester, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas in Saint Paul, and Augsburg in Minneapolis) called the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC). The association has grown increasingly prominent in recent years. The purpose of the consortium is to employ the strengths of each college to the best advantage of all. The educational opportunities available to Hamline students are substantially increased as a result of these cooperative efforts. Such programs as those in East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies have been facilitated as a result of the cooperative arrangement. Cross-registration without additional cost to the student is available, provided the coursework is relevant to a Hamline degree. There is regular bus service between the five campuses. During each year 1,500 to 2,500 students from the five colleges cross-register. For more information see the Academic Standards and Policies section or contact Student Administrative Services (Law/Grad 113). Information is also available at www.hamline.edu/actc
International Study Programs (including Hamline in York)
Hamline encourages students to pursue study abroad, a popular and transformative experience that helps students become “compassionate citizens of the world.” Interested students should make an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor one year before they intent to study abroad. They will receive information regarding Hamline’s approval deadlines, the various options for study abroad, and how to proceed in choosing which option is best for them.
Students interested in a longer and more immersive experience should consider semester long off-campus abroad options. Hamline offers its own program, Hamline in York, in partnership with the University of York. Other programs that Hamline students may participate in include the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) that enables students to study in over 42 countries on a direct enrollment basis. Other bilateral exchanges include University of Trier in Germany, Gaston Berger in Senegal, Akita International University in Japan, United International College in China, and the Catholic University in Valapariso, Chile. Students whose needs cannot be met through an exchange program should meet with the study abroad advisor to discuss other programs where Hamline is a member or has an affiliation. These would include such organizations as the Higher Education Conortium for Urban Affairs, Inc. (HECUA), the Council on International Education (CIEE), and AustraLearn. Many other programs, from other universities and international organizations, would also be considered appropriate choices and can be discussed with the study abroad advisor.
Students interested in semester long off-campus abroad options must realize that these are very competitive opportunities. Those eligible to apply for Hamline approval must have at least a 3.0 GPA, plan to study in their major or minor field, and demonstrate how the study abroad program will enhance their academic goals. The application process begins in the International Programs Center and should be completed by the end of the fall term one year before the expected experience overseas.
Upon approval of the application, each student will be authorized to study for one semester abroad. Exceptions may be made if a student participates in any of the exchange programs or demonstrates a special need for taking a full academic year abroad. Students can take their study abroad semester at any time during their studies at Hamline except for their first year or the last semester of their senior year. (Under special circumstances a student may petition.) However, study abroad is strongly encouraged for a student’s junior year.
Hamline also offers shorter study abroad options during the winter term, in January, and after commencement, in May. These courses are led by Hamline faculty and are designed to serve the largest possible number of students from diverse academic backgrounds. Courses proposed in the past have included Law and Justice in Australia, Germany in the 21st Century, Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica; The Ancient and Modern Maya of Yucatan (in Mexico); and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Hamline is also a member institution of the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE) and therefore provides students the opportunity to choose from 25-30 January term courses taught worldwide through this organization. Hamline also offers extended May term courses that have the same structure as Winter term, but run from the end of May until mid-June.
The last option to mention is the possibility of studying abroad over the summer. Again, there are many different programs that may be used, including any Hamline faculty-led spring/summer term(s) that may be available. Talk with staff at the International Programs Center for more details.
For all of the approved study abroad options mentioned above, credit can transfer back to the Hamline academic record. Students may also be able to use their financial aid to help finance their programs.
The emphasis on individual and international studies is supplemented by other programs planned to increase educational opportunities for Hamline students. This is in keeping with the university desire to provide flexibility and variety within its educational objectives. Initial contact for these programs should be made with the off-campus programs/study abroad office.
Metro Urban Studies Term. Students participate in an urban studies program that enables them to use Hamline’s metropolitan environment as a social laboratory for study and experience, through a 20-college Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). Students may participate in the consortium-sponsored Metro Urban Studies Term.
City Arts (HECUA). Through the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, students participate in a semester-long study program, which includes an internship placement. The internship provides hands-on experience in the arts at projects or agencies addressing social issues.
Washington Semester. In cooperation with the American University in Washington, DC, Hamline chooses two students of high standing each year to spend a semester in residence in Washington taking courses and working on a project under the direction of the faculty of the American University.