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Dartmouth offers an exemplary international education that prepares students for a lifetime of global engagement. The College's faculty and students are engaged in research that brings them to every continent, and nearly two-thirds of Dartmouth students spend at least a term of their Dartmouth career overseas. On campus and beyond, the international opportunities at Dartmouth are unparalleled.
For her independent study, one student conducted interviews about residents’ health in Chongkar, a village in lower Mustang, Nepal. (photo by Tshewang Norbu Lama)
Dartmouth students have been looking at the wider world since the College's founding in 1769, when undergraduates studied geography using globes so rare that at the time they were considered endowed gifts. In 1958, Dartmouth became one of the first institutions to give academic credit for study abroad, and today it is a leader in off-campus programming. The Dickey Center for International Understanding was established in 1982 to further foster Dartmouth's global reach. In 2010, Dartmouth helped found the Matariki Network, a global network of seven universities.
Former President Jim Yong Kim, is a co-founder of Partners in Health and a former director of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization. In his Inauguration Address he urged students to "aspire to change the world." (View the slideshow shown during Inauguration below.) President Kim and Dartmouth students responded to the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti with the Dartmouth Haiti Response, which became a model for other institutions. In May 2010, President Kim announced The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, a new academic center and master's degree program devoted to the study of the national and international delivery of health care.
The phrase written for the alma mater in 1894 about Dartmouth alumni rings true today: "Round the girdled earth they roam." Dartmouth graduates go on to serve the United States and other countries in such cross-cultural roles as ambassadors, senators, Peace Corps volunteers, or leaders of nongovernment organizations and global corporations. See a list of alumni who served in President Barack Obama's administration, such as Stephen Bosworth '61, special representative for North Korea policy, and Jose Fernandez '77, assistant secretary of state for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs.
Last Updated: 1/23/13