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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Where is the American University of Kuwait (AUK) ?

AUK is located in the State of Kuwait, a country located at the northern end of the Arabian Gulf. Kuwait borders Iraq to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. The American University of Kuwait is located in Salmiya district, Kuwait City. Click here

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What programs are offered for Dartmouth students who want to go to Kuwait?

Dartmouth undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in one of two programs at AUK: 1) a cross-cultural internship program (Fall or Spring term); or 2) a For-Credit exchange program (Fall term only).  AUK students also have the opportunity to participate in both of these at Dartmouth during the Summer term. 

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How much do these programs cost?  

Internships are a funded opportunity, and students currently receive a stipend of $4000 to help offset travel costs (airfare, in-country transportation, meals, etc.). Lodging is also provided with the internship. For the For-Credit exchange, all costs (Dartmouth tuition, airfare lodging, in-country expenses, etc,) are the sole responsibility of the student.  

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When am I eligible to apply?

Dartmouth undergraduates can apply for either the internship or the For-Credit exchange program as early as their first year at Dartmouth, for travel as early as their second year.  It is up to the student to determine the optimal time for participation (generally sophomore or junior year). The application process (for both programs) usually opens in January, with deadlines for application typically in February.  Students should check the relevant websites for the most up to date information on dates and deadlines. Depending on the program, the application process is also different.  Applications for the For-Credit exchange are handled through the Guarini Institute. Internship applications are handled by the Dartmouth-AUK Program Office.

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What is the population of Kuwait?

Kuwait has a population of approximately 4.67 million people, where 1.45 million are Kuwaitis and 3.2 million are expats.  Most reside in the capital, Kuwait City. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken. The majority of Kuwait’s population are Muslim (approximately 86%). The remaining are Christian, Hindu, and others. 

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What should I know about Kuwait before I go?

Having a basic background about culture, customs and restrictions is important.  Helpful links include the State of Kuwait website, the CIA world factbook for Kuwait, the US Embassy and the Kuwait Times, an English language newspaper.

http://www.da.gov.kw/

https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/kuwait/

https://kw.usembassy.gov/

https://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/

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Where will I live in Kuwait? 

Interns are provided with a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment within easy walking distance of the University.  Once accepted into the program, students will receive more information, including photos of the accommodations. Students participating in the For-Credit exchange must find and fund their own lodging, but guidance and assistance from AUK is available.  

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Is there a dress code or any other restrictions that I will have to observe when I am in Kuwait?

Kuwait is a conservative country, so you should aim to dress conservatively out of respect for local customs. Business casual is generally appropriate for students participating in internships or For-Credit exchange.  Shorts and similar attire are appropriate only on athletic playing fields and beaches. Students should also be aware that alcohol is illegal in Kuwait.

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What is the weather like in Kuwait?

It’s hot in Kuwait! Summers are dry, with average temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). Winters are short (December through February), with limited rain and temperatures averaging 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 27 degrees Celsius).

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How will I get around? What kind of transportation is available in Kuwait City?

The best way to get around is by taxi. There are public buses, but they are best used with someone who is familiar with them. More up to date information and advice is available from AUK’s international student office

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Which days are weekends in Kuwait?

Workdays in Kuwait are from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being the weekend.

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What’s the time difference between Kuwait and the United States? What is the time difference between Kuwait and the United States ?

Kuwait is either 7 or 8 hours ahead of Eastern time in the United States, depending on whether it’s during daylight savings or not. The clocks do not change in Kuwait. 

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