Exploring Off-Campus Programs
What is an Off-Campus Program?
Off-campus programs are designed to complement a student's undergraduate coursework while also giving them a new context in which to study. The hallmark of Dartmouth off-campus programs is that we have carefully chosen and faculty have thoughtfully created programs that not only complement on-campus academics but also seamlessly match the unique characteristics of the D Plan.
The Value of Studying Away
Studying away can be a life-changing experience for many students, opening their eyes to different ways of life and promoting understanding and tolerance. Research shows that students who study away have better grades, more confidence, and are more likely to graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study away.
Despite these studies study away participation across the country still remains at less than 10% among undergraduates. Therefore, it is a wonderful opportunity for your student to distinguish themselves and develop critical skills that will make them more competitive in the job market.
LSA and LSA+
Dartmouth's Language Study Abroad (LSA) and Advanced Language Study Abroad (LSA+) programs have been developed in response to the College's commitment of understanding, and communicating with, people of other cultures. To this end, Dartmouth maintains programs in a number of countries. Undergraduate students live with local families on most LSA and LSA+ programs. Life with local families gives students a personal context through which they gain access to the culture as a whole. Studying the language, literature and civilization gives them an intellectual grasp of historical and contemporary cultural patterns.
FSP and DSP
Foreign Study Programs (FSP) principal objective is an in-depth experience of the life and culture of the country through the substantive courses as well as through social interactions with the local people. Like their language-based counterparts, these programs offer undergraduate students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth as well as to gain new perspectives on our society. FSP's in the language departments offer advanced study of the country's language, literature and civilization and are designed for students that have equivalent or advanced language skills as compared to an LSA program.
A wide array of Foreign and Domestic Study Programs (DSP) are conducted primarily in the English language. These programs are designed to take advantage of resources unique to the host country or off campus location in the United States.
Dartmouth has exchange programs with other educational institutions, both in the United States and in other countries. Undergraduate students participating on exchange programs are directly enrolled at the partner institution, enabling them to have a university experience very similar to that of a student of the host institution.
While undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in a Dartmouth-sponsored program, occasionally some students independently seek out an alternate program. Transfer terms are not Dartmouth-sponsored programs led by Dartmouth faculty with courses that are a part of the Dartmouth curriculum, and they are not Dartmouth-sponsored exchange programs. Students who pursue a transfer term take a leave term for the duration they are away. Undergraduate students who elect to pursue this option and wish to receive transfer credit are required to provide an academic rationale for such study that meets certain standards established by the Committee on Instruction. This process is not managed by the Guarini Institute, instead students work independently to apply and participate on a transfer term.
Students may transfer up to a total of four (4) credits to Dartmouth throughout their academic career. A transfer term fee is assessed for the term, regardless of the number of courses transferred. Dartmouth financial aid is not available for transfer terms. Undergraduate students may check with a financial aid counselor regarding their situation in the event they may be eligible for loans. Undergraduate students may be asked to provide a copy of approved forms to the Financial Aid Office.
More information on transfer terms can be found on the Registrar's website.