Health and Safety


Dartmouth College is very focused on the health, safety, and security of students and faculty participating in off-campus programs. As we prepare for the resumption of off-campus program offerings during Academic Year 2021-22, please keep in mind that COVID-19 safety concerns and related risk mitigation efforts will play an important role. Our goal is to offer meaningful off-campus program experiences as soon as we can responsibly do so. 

We are optimistic that we will be able to offer most, if not all, of the programs scheduled for AY'22 beginning with fall 2021 offerings.  Our ability to do so will depend upon several factors which include COVID-19 positivity rates, vaccination programs in the U.S. and at host locations, a lifting of international travel restrictions, and guidance issued by governmental agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State, as well as from other sources such as International SOS, Dartmouth's travel assistance provider. 

Guarini Institute staff and other college personnel are actively monitoring COVID-19 developments in the United States and at each of our program locations. We will be providing periodic updates about our plans for the resumption of programs as well as on the status of individual programs. 

We encourage you, along with your family, to carefully think about the implications of studying in another country, or at an off-campus location in the U.S., not only regarding academic concerns, but also in terms of the emotional, health, and safety demands that will be placed on you. Health and safety precautions should be researched and discussed. Plan ahead, but also, be flexible within a new context and when faced with new challenges.  And rest assured, we are here to help you as you prepare for a term away.

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Dartmouth has partnered with International SOS to provide travel, medical and security assistance for all Dartmouth travelers. The services provided by International SOS range from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale evacuation by private air ambulance. The SOS network of multilingual specialists operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from SOS Alarm Centers around the world. The SOS membership, provided by the College, protects you against a variety of difficulties that could arise while abroad. The coverage is designed to supplement the policies, procedures and support staff, which Dartmouth College already has in place. 

It is important to understand that, although International SOS will offer members of the Dartmouth community travel, medical and security advice and services, as well as on-line access to information which many insurance companies do not offer, International SOS is not health insurance. Dartmouth continues to require all students attending our programs to maintain health insurance coverage that meets the standards set forth by the College's Student Health Service and to make certain that their policies cover them while abroad.

Please be aware that some of ISOS's services carry additional charges. Should you request a service which has an additional charge, ISOS will inform you in advance and will require a credit card number in order to activate the service. If, in the event of an emergency, Dartmouth provides the financial guarantee to ISOS on your behalf, the College will bill you for this charge upon receipt of the actual amount by ISOS. Please know that such charges may not be billed until after you return from the trip abroad.

For additional information, please visit Risk and Internal Controls Services or call them at (603) 646-2441. You may also contact the Guarini Institute at (603) 646-1202.


Students on off-campus programs should be aware that attitudes toward medical conditions, disabilities, and psychological conditions vary by country. These differences may impact the level of treatment and accommodation available abroad. Students should give serious consideration to their health and personal circumstances when applying for a program and should consult with their physicians.

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The Guarini Institute staff are familiar with Dartmouth’s safety and security policies. In addition, they keep a close watch on the situation in our program locations. Their knowledge of locale and experience in supporting Dartmouth students overseas make them an excellent source for advice on behaviors you may want to avoid and situations in which you should be careful. Do not hesitate to call on them for information.

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