Things to Know About Studying Abroad at DartmouthI originally thought that only those studying foreign languages could study abroad, but boy was I wrong.
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Any major can do it!
I originally thought that only those studying languages could study abroad, but boy was I wrong. There are two main types of study abroad programs sponsored through Dartmouth — foreign study programs and language study abroad programs. While you can certainly speak and read Spanish in Barcelona or French in Paris, there are also opportunities to study government in London, music in Vienna, and art history in Rome, just to name a few.
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Studying abroad fulfills major and minor credits
One of the most common reasons why students study abroad is because the classes help them graduate! A professor in the department usually travels with the group of students (around 15) and teaches one of the courses. The other two classes are either taught by Dartmouth faculty or the local college faculty. Oftentimes, all three classes fulfill the major or minor, and it can be a great way to knock out several requirements in one term. They can also go towards distributive requirements as well.
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Financial aid carries over
If you are worried that studying abroad may be too expensive, have no fear! The financial aid you receive on a typical Dartmouth term extends when you are abroad. However, study abroad programs are typically a little more expensive given that you will be traveling and exploring a new place, which can include eating the local cuisine, going to museums and shows, and food, history, and culture. Many of the meals may be covered by a host family and some group outings (including excursions elsewhere) are covered by the College.
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Scheduling may be difficult, but not impossible
Even some of my friends who seem to be filling their coursework to the brim with double majors, double minors, modified majors (the whole works) have or plan to study abroad. No matter if you’re pre-med, engineering, humanities, or you don’t know what you want to do, you can still study abroad! The fact that Dartmouth is on a quarter system helps in that you are only abroad for a term, instead of a whole semester.
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The decision is up to you
Although the majority of Dartmouth students do study abroad, everyone understands that it is your choice! For some people, there are classes taught at Dartmouth that they really would rather take, and others who would simply prefer to stay on-campus in Hanover instead of travel somewhere else. The options are open to you if you want to pursue them, but there’s also plenty to do without studying abroad. Regardless, freshmen have until February to think about it, and you can apply your sophomore year as well. Studying abroad is a wonderful luxury that many students decide to take advantage of, and there’s not a term since freshman year when one of my friends wasn't abroad. And in a few months, I will be writing these blog posts from Rome!