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Foreign Exchange Programs

Dartmouth Engineering students may pursue a variety of study abroad programs.

Program Details

Three students from each exchange university change place with students from Dartmouth.


The program is designed for third-year undergraduate students (juniors) from Dartmouth and for 3rd or 4th year students from exchange universities/colleges.


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


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.

Student Life

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

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.


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 & Housing

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 interested in foreign study should contact:

Holly Wilkinson
Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs