How to Apply

Applications to the Guarini Institute's off-campus programs are open to all Dartmouth undergraduates who anticipate being in good academic standing and plan to complete the necessary prerequisite course(s) at the time of participation. Applicants must also have completed the First-Year Seminar Requirement. Acceptance to an off-campus program is based on application materials, and, in some cases, interviews and/or recommendations. Due to enrollment limits, applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one program. Please be aware, not all applicants are guaranteed acceptance. Applications for off-campus programs open on October 1st and close on February 1st.


Before You Apply

Before you consider applying to a program, consider the following checklist to help you through the process.

Find a Program & Review Details

Use the Guarini Institute's program keyword and filters search feature to find and select a program page. Each program has a web page with general program information, as well as academic and financial information.


Meet with Dartmouth Resources

  1. The Office of Financial Aid. Talk with FA about how they can help during an off-campus program.
  2. Your Undergraduate Dean. Seek advising to find out how an off-campus program fits into your academic goals. Consider a flexible study plan that takes into account when you can fulfill prerequisites, when you will be required to be on-campus, and when you will be required to take leave terms.
  3. Peers and/or Student Alumni Mentors.
  4. The Guarini Institute Staff. Reach out to a Guarini Staff Member with your questions.
  5. The Program Department Contact. Check the program page for the department's contact details.


Request Faculty to be Recommenders

If a recommendation is required (only for select few programs and indicated in the application), ask well before the application deadline

Applying to an off-campus program






When you are ready to apply for a program, click the "APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM" button in the left column of a program's page. You will be redirected to the Guarini Institute's application software which may require you to login with your NetID. Once you are in the application software, select an available term and click 'Apply'.


Program Application Page


Terra Dotta Applicant Home Sidebar

In the Guarini Institute's application software, you can access your applications by going to your Applicant Home via the left-hand sidebar.


Terra Dotta Application Home Program Title

Once in your Applicant Home, you will see a list of the program(s) you have chosen to apply to, along with an indicator of your progress on the application(s). Clicking on a program will take you to its Program Application Page. 


Terra Dotta Program Application Page


In the Program Application Page, you will find the materials that must be completed before the application deadline such as questionnaires, signature documents, and recommendations if applicable.  Each program has a corresponding Program Application Page.


Additional Application Materials

Application Questionnaires

Application Questionnaires consist of multiple question types including short answers, essays, multiple-choice, and file uploads.

Here is an example of questions you may find on the application.


Signature Documents

Signature Documents require a legal signature. Typically, these are consent forms. The Guarini Institute's application software is set up to accept digital signatures of applicants over 18 years of age, which are considered legal signatures. Applicants who are under 18 years of age may require an accompanying signature from their parent/guardian to complete their Signature Documents.


Material Submissions

Material Submissions are primarily submitted via your student portal however select documents may require you to print and deliver them to the Guarini Institute or emailed to  


Recommendations (Where applicable)

A limited number of programs require a recommendation. 

Faculty-Led Program Recommendations

Currently, the following FSPs require one recommendation:

  • English and Creative Writing FSP London
  • Philosophy FSP Edinburgh
  • Religion FSP Edinburgh

Exchange Program Recommendations

Currently, the following exchange program requires one recommendation to be submitted to the Guarini Institute in order for the application to be considered complete:

  • Keble College/ Oxford University exchange

Exchange partners who require recommendations as part of their application process include:

  • Chulalongkorn University
  • The Federation of German-American Clubs
  • Hebrew University
  • Keio University
  • University College of London
  • Waseda University

More information about recommendations can be found in the "Pre-" and "Post-Decision Phase Instructions" in the program application. Students accepted to these exchange programs will be responsible for providing the exchange partner with any materials they require in order to be eligible for admission by their deadlines.

Recommendation Request Process

Prior to requesting an online recommendation, undergraduate students must contact each potential recommender directly to ask if they are willing to serve as recommenders. After receiving approval from the faculty member(s), students will need to identify their recommenders in the application system. Each recommender will then receive an e-mail message requesting that a recommendation be completed on the student's behalf along with information about how to complete the recommendation online.  Recommendations cannot come from anyone with a "student" status.


Complete Application



Terra Dotta Application Checkmarks

When all of the application elements are checked off, your application is considered complete.


Application Deadline

The Application Deadline is the final day on which students can submit an application to a program. Once the application deadline has passed, all applications will be locked. Applicants will only be allowed to view the application and will receive a message indicating that the deadline has passed and their application is under review.  If an applicant has not completed all requirements, the application will be tagged incomplete and will not be considered.



In some cases, an application reviewer may request an interview with a student in order to make a determination. Interviews are either conducted on campus or via web conference. All interviews are scheduled and completed prior to the decision date.


Decision Date

The decision date is when applicants will be permitted to learn if they have been accepted, waitlisted, or not accepted. On the decision date, all applicants will be notified via email that their application status changed and to access the application site for decision results. Decision dates are normally about a month after the application deadline.


What is my status?

PendingMost new applications automatically begin in the 'Pending' status. Applications remain in the pending status until an admin changes the status and the decision date is reached.

Not Accepted: A status of 'Not Accepted' means that the application was not accepted. The applicant is notified of the decision once the decision date is reached.

Waitlisted: Applicants will receive an email if they are waitlisted for a program. No action is necessary to remain on a program's Waitlist.

There is no financial commitment to remain on the waitlist, though, it is expected that all waitlisted applicants be ready to go abroad. Only students on the waitlist who have completed all of the participation requirements will be accepted into the program as soon as space becomes available, even on very short notice. Please understand that it is impossible for the Guarini Institute to predict whether a waitlisted applicant will be accepted into a program. Waitlist rankings are often not available. Applicants may remain on the waitlist for as long as they wish.

Accepted: Applicants will receive an email if they are accepted for a program. Accepted applicants should login to the Guarini Institute Application System to confirm their accepted status. After confirming their accepted status, applicants must choose whether or not to commit to the program by the commitment deadline stated in the email.

Commited: When applicants are accepted to a program, they are provided with a panel at the top of their application page asking them to indicate if they wish to participate in the program or decline their participation in the program. If applicants choose to commit to the program, their application status will be changed from 'Accepted' to 'Committed'. If they choose to decline their acceptance, their application status is automatically changed to 'Withdrawn'.

Applicants are no longer able to withdraw themselves from a program once they click on the 'Commit' button after acceptance. 

If an accepted applicant does not commit to the program by the commitment deadline, their status will be changed to "Withdrawn"  and the spot will be offered to a student on the waitlist, if there is one available.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all prerequisites and participation requirements are completed before they go overseas.  If the applicant does not complete all prerequisites and participation requirements, their committed status will be withdrawn.