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Foreign Study

Engineering students may pursue a variety of study abroad programs through Dartmouth's Guarini Institute for International Education. Students interested in foreign study should contact Holly Wilkinson, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs (

Engineering Programs in Thailand, Hong Kong, Denmark, and New Zealand

We offer four exchange programs designed especially for engineering majors: Thailand's Chulalongkorn University (or 'Chula'), located in the center of Bangkok, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and New Zealand's largest university, the University of Auckland.

Engineering programs slide presentation (PDF)

Chulalongkorn University Thailand
Chulalongkorn ("Chula") University, Bangkok, Thailand

How it Works

Three students from Chula, three from CUHK and three from DTU exchange places with nine students from Dartmouth. The program is designed for third-year undergraduate students (juniors) from Dartmouth and for 3rd or 4th year students from Chula, CUHK and DTU.


All courses taken by exchange students at each institution are taught in English. Dartmouth students have the opportunity to study Thai, Chinese and Danish while on exchange, but knowledge of these languages is not required for participation in the program.

Finances and Housing

Participating students pay normal tuition to their home institution. Neither institution charges their exchange students for any tuition or application fees, but fees at the host institution may apply for administrative, housing, or student services related fees. Room, board, travel and insurance are the financial responsibility of the exchange student. As an official Dartmouth exchange program, any pre-existing scholarship aid continues during the exchange. Financial aid is available for official exchange programs arranged through the College. Students receive no more scholarship assistance than they would have received for a term at Dartmouth. Any extra costs associated with the program will be covered by additional loan assistance. If a student withdraws early, the withdrawal and refund policies of the student's home institution apply.

Travel arrangements are the responsibility of each exchange student.

The host institution typically assumes responsibility for facilitating housing, generally in an on-campus residential dormitory or in a nearby apartment, but the student is responsible for the housing costs.

Students with a tiger at Chula
Brendan Nagle '14 hangs out with some friends at Chula.

Student Life

Exchange students are given access to the full range of services normally available to foreign students regularly enrolled at the host institution. These include adequate orientation, an appointed qualified academic advisor, and access to library, computer, and recreational facilities.

Orientation sessions both at their home institutions, and upon arrival at the host institution, cover academic expectations, administrative and logistical details, health and safety issues, and cultural awareness.

Admission and Eligibility

These exchange programs are administered through Dartmouth's Guarini Institute for International Education. Applications are from second-year students who wish to participate in their junior year. Senior year participation may be possible, but only with the approval of the Registrar and the Engineering Sciences Department (Chair: Professor Van Citters). Selected students must be Engineering Sciences majors or modified majors by the time they enter the exchange program. Transfer students are not eligible. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of or equivalent to 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be made only with the written consent of the host institution.

Dartmouth students must submit a student exchange application along with recommendations from two Dartmouth faculty members, one of whom must be a Thayer School faculty member.


Applications for the current academic year are due at the Guarini Institute for International Education by February 1.


About Chula

Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand
Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand

Chula is named in honor of King Chulalongkorn who was instrumental in the modernization of Thailand. Chula's 500-acre campus has over 19,000 undergraduate students and nearly 10,000 graduate students. Its "Faculty of Engineering" was founded in 1913 and is the oldest and arguably the most preeminent engineering school in Thailand. In 2004, The Faculty of Engineering established an English-language subsidiary—the International School of Engineering (ISE).


There are currently about 150 students in each undergraduate class at ISE, and five specializations (or majors):

Dartmouth engineering majors at Chula enroll in at least four courses available to students of the Faculty of Engineering, but concentrate on courses offered in ISE. Because Chula's ISE is on a semester system, the courses extend beyond the length of a normal Dartmouth term. Coursework will be completed around the end of April with the remainder of Dartmouth's spring term available for internship or project opportunities.

All undergraduate students at Chula are required to purchase and wear a university uniform. For more on this requirement, see Chula's Office of International Affairs.

Thayer Students in Thailand

Charnice Barbour '12 discusses her experience studying in Thailand.

Hong Kong

On its 137-hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has over 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, of whom 3,000 come from regions outside Hong Kong.

CUHK Hong Kong
CUHK's campus

CUHK established a Faculty of Engineering in 1991. Departments include:

Exchange students typically enroll in four to five 3-unit courses per semester. Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lecture or 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week.

CUHK's Information Sheet 2019-20 (PDF)


Technical University of Denmark was founded in 1829 and is renowned for its business-oriented approach and focus on sustainability. In 2015, US News & World Report ranked DTU #18 in their list of Best Global Universities for Engineering. There are approximately 10,000 students enrolled (including 2,000 international students). The main campus is in Lyngby, Denmark which is 15 km south of Copenhagen.

Denmark Campus
DTU campus

DTU offers 500 courses in English which include courses within these departments:  

New Zealand

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's largest university with over 40,000 students on five campuses, and the country's most internationally recognized university.  Located in the center of New Zealand's largest city, the university consists of eight faculties (Arts, Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Business, Creative Arts and Industry, Medicine) and numerous research institutes and centers offering some 80 degree programs, including a number with a unique New Zealand focus, including Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, Wine Science, Environmental Science; and top-ranked subjects like Archaeology and Education.

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Auckland, NZ
Auckland, New Zealand

Engineering Program in Germany

Thayer School offers an exchange program designed especially for BE students with The Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany.

For More Information

Students interested in foreign study should contact Holly Wilkinson, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs (, or Professor Benoit Cushman-Roisin.