Types of Credit-Bearing Programs
Language Study Abroad - LSA and LSA+
Dartmouth's Language Study Abroad and Advanced Language Study Abroad 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.
In the terms preceding participation in the program, undergraduate students take two language courses (one for LSA+) unless they are exempt from them as a result of the examinations given during First-Year Orientation Week. The LSA+ is a program designed for students who have satisfied the language requirement and are prepared for a more advanced language study abroad experience.
While abroad, undergraduate students are enrolled in three Dartmouth courses. With Dartmouth faculty and local instructors they study language, culture, and literature, all in the language of the particular country. Studies are supplemented by excursions. Undergraduate students achieving satisfactory academic status in the program's courses fulfill the language requirement and satisfy certain distributive requirements.
Link to LSA & LSA+ Programs
Foreign Study programs in the language departments offer advanced study of the country's language, literature and civilization. In addition to a full academic schedule, the term abroad typically includes group excursions to sites of artistic, historic and/or natural beauty. The 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.
The College also offers a wide array of Foreign and Domestic Study programs that 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. 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.Link to FSP & DSP Programs
Exchange Programs - Exchange
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.
Grades received in courses from exchange terms do not affect the cumulative average at Dartmouth, and will be counted toward the maximum of four (4) transfer credits allowed.
Information regarding procedures for prior approval of transfer credit from exchange programs is available from the Registrar's Office. Those interested in transfer credit should also review the information about 'Off-Campus Activities' that is located in the 'Regulations' section of the O.R.C..
While undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in a Dartmouth-sponsored program, occasionally some students take a leave term, and independently seek out an alternate program. These are not Dartmouth-sponsored programs led by Dartmouth faculty with courses that are a part of the Dartmouth curriculum. Therefore 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. These are referred to as Transfer Terms.
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.
Detailed transfer credit information can be found on the Registrar's Office website.