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The British melting pot: a Dartmouth undergraduate's foreign study

Posted 03/08/01

Erin Gooch '01 learned a lot about literature during an English department-sponsored Foreign Study Program (FSP) in Glasgow, Scotland, last term. But she learned even more about the culture.

"I learned as much about the politics of identity as I did about Scottish and English literature," says Gooch. "I rarely saw the Union Jack; it was St. George's Cross; St. Andrew's Cross; the Welsh Dragon; the colors of Ireland. Whatever the United Kingdom may have been, a political alliance, a governmental trope, a hollow phrase, the British Isles are now an amalgamation of peoples from all the lands which England once laid claim to. I saw more interracial couples and people in four months than I have in 21 years in the United States."

Gooch's experience highlights one of the program's greatest strengths.

"The FSPs allow students to be citizens of the campus and of a cosmopolitan, sophisticated world," says Professor of Classics Edward Bradley, "making a Dartmouth College education a more inclusive and universal experience."

Fifty-four percent of Dartmouth undergraduates travel and learn through an FSP. Art history students see much of the world's greatest art on the Florence FSP, while aspiring writers walk the streets of Dublin to understand the Ireland of Joyce, Yeats and other great Irish writers. Participants can study government up close in London, learn about Roman culture from the ruins in Rome and Italy or practice Chinese in Beijing.

The FSP has grown from a slate of 16 programs sending 115 students overseas during the 1969-1970 academic year to the 40 different sites and more than 650 students involved last year. It's an evolving and eclectic array of offerings, supported by 21 departments across campus.

Dartmouth's efforts earned it top ratings in the Institute of International Education report, "Open Doors 2000," which found the College has the highest number of foreign-study participants among doctoral-degree-granting institutions in the United States.

"FSPs distinguish the college from other institutions because of their academic quality and intellectual rigor and because they are staffed by regular members of the Dartmouth faculty," says Bradley, who has been associated with the FSP since 1970, when he led one of the first programs in France. He continues his involvement through the Rome FSP, which he designed in 1971 in conjunction with the Classics Department.

"FSPs are the crown jewels of Dartmouth's undergraduate education," adds Bradley.

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