American University of Kuwait

Salmiya, Kuwait

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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Middle Eastern Studies

Informational Sessions

Study Abroad at the American University of Kuwait

Have you ever considered a term abroad in Kuwait? Hear from students who have recently participated on the American University of Kuwait - Dartmouth College exchange program. Applications for 2024-2025 opportunities are open through February 1, 2024. Undergraduates of all majors are welcome to apply. View the factsheet and FAQs HERE.

Zoom Info Session with Student Panel
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 944 5689 1591; Passcode: 308869    

Live Info Session with Student Panel
Thursday, January 18, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: Collis 212



Two Dartmouth undergraduates annually can register for classes at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) in Salmiya, Kuwait. This is Dartmouth's only off-campus, for-credit program in the Arabian Peninsula and so provides a unique opportunity to study in and experience a Muslim-majority country. Co-Director: Professor Theodore C. Levin, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music; Departments: Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages, Music.


Enrollment Information

Every year 2 students are selected for this program. Students first apply through the Guarini Institute by the February 1st application deadline. After February 1st, the Dartmouth-AUK program will review applications and make acceptance decisions. Students will be notified of their acceptance decisions on March 1st.

Successful applicants who are accepted and commit to the program will receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute. Applying for an exchange program involves two steps: if you receive a nomination from the Guarini Institute you will also need to complete the host institution's application, which is administered and reviewed by the host institution. The host institution makes the final acceptance decision. The Guarini Institute will provide further instructions on this second step to students after they are accepted and commit to a program.

For more information about applying for this program, see our webpage on How to Apply & our FAQs under section 2 (How to Apply: Application), or contact the Guarini Institute.




Faculty Director

Image not Found Dale F. Eickelman Research Professor of Anthropology, Exec. Dir./Relationship Coor. Dartmouth-American University of Kuwait Program


Participants on this exchange enroll as full time students and choose from available courses they are qualified for at AUK. Students normally enroll in three or four courses per semester. Students can transfer back courses to count toward their Dartmouth diploma.

Click here for the course catalog

Click here for transfer credit information


Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

**NOTE:  If you are accepted to this exchange, you must be prepared to complete and submit all documents requested by AUK before June 1.


Going to Kuwait to study? Read these first:  www.auk.edu.kw

For additional information, consult  www.dartmouth.edu/aukproject.

Because AUK is not a residential university AUK assists Dartmouth students to locate suitable housing near its campus. This housing can range from furnished apartments or flats to hotel rooms within easy walking distance from campus. Apartments and flats are self-serviced, meaning that students prepare their own meals, though students can also make use of the many cafes and cafeterias on and near AUK's campus.

Students have high-speed internet access on campus; access at private accommodations is variable. In certain circumstances, students may have the opportunity to share accommodations with other Dartmouth students. Housing costs are roughly equal to Hanover costs and sometimes lower.


Tuition and Fees

Dartmouth students pay tuition and service fees to Dartmouth; room and board fees as well as transportation to and from the program site are the responsibility of the student.  Because the exchange is an official program sponsored by the College, Dartmouth students do not need to pay the transfer term fee that the College charges to students who study on outside programs during leave terms.


Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term.

All costs, including airfare and spending money, are considered when determining the cost of an off-campus program. Any costs in excess of a typical term in Hanover are met with additional Dartmouth Scholarship Funds.  If you have a work expectation for the term, this will be replaced by scholarship funding.

Students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, in many cases, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition. For help sorting out who pays what and how, contacting the Financial Aid office is often advisable.

 Financing your program | Financial Aid | Scholarships | Budgeting & Costs


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