A Beginner's Guide to Studying Abroad
One of the best parts of studying at Dartmouth is having the opportunity to study abroad. You can do so no matter your field of study, and can participate in programs even if they are not part of your major or minor. Plus, virtually every department offers study abroads so, if you'd like, you can use credits from your off-campus experience to satisfy educational requirements. There are many types of programs, and it can get quite overwhelming if you have many interests. To help, I have put together a quick guide on Dartmouth's study abroad programs:
Language Study Abroads (LSAs)
These programs are offered by Dartmouth's language departments and take place all over the world. The majority of programs require students to take the first two courses in their language of interests—although the higher level programs (known as LSA+) require at least the first three. While abroad, you are immersed in the culture of the country you are visiting, living with host families and speaking only the native language.
Foreign Study Programs (FSPs)
These programs are similar to LSAs. Their purpose is to immerse students in a different culture and learn both in and out of the classroom. FSPs are offered by both language and non-language departments—this means that you could spend one of your Dartmouth terms in countries such as France, Italy, or Spain without taking a language class. Prerequisites vary by program, but can be as low as a single class.
Internships and Fellowships
Some departments offer internships and fellowships that can count as one of your on-terms at Dartmouth. These pair students with jobs both on and off campus, and often include a traditional class or two in addition to the work component. Most are unpaid but offer housing, meal plans, and all of the resources you need to succeed throughout the term.
Another option is to participate in one of Dartmouth's traditional exchange programs. These are done in partnership with dozens of institutions in places like Seoul, San Diego, Milan, and Atlanta. So, there are plenty of options for those interested in some time away from New Hampshire.
This is just a short summary of all Dartmouth has to offer. If you wish to learn more, check out this website for more information!