History: They began in 1958. Since 1974-75, more than 50 percent of the graduating classes have participated (with the exception of 1990-91 during the Gulf War, when participation was 46 percent).
Breadth: Dartmouth offers 48 programs in 21 departments to 23 countries, including Mexico, Argentina, China, Japan, Morocco, South Africa, and countries throughout Europe. New programs are being considered in India and western China.
Faculty: Programs are led by Dartmouth faculty members who have in-depth expertise in the topic and country. "That's probably the most important factor in the success of the program," says Lindsay Whaley, associate dean for international and interdisciplinary studies. "Not many other schools do that."
Academic rigor, quality control: Every class is evaluated as if it were a class on campus. The programs are regularly reviewed by the Committee on Off-Campus Activities, which includes three administrators, six faculty members, and two students.
Students: Going back to the days of John Ledyard, Class of 1776, who canoed down the Connecticut River and traveled to New Zealand, Siberia, and Africa, Dartmouth students have had a reputation for adventure. With the flexibility of the D-Plan-four annual 10-week terms-about 12 percent of students take more than one term abroad. Close to 70 percent of Dartmouth students travel abroad through academic programs as well as service programs offered by the Tucker Foundation and others.
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Last Updated: 11/25/08