Dartmouth has long been at the forefront of global education, dating back to the administration of President John Sloan Dickey and his creation of the Great Issues course in 1947 to introduce students to topics of international consequence.
Formal foreign study began at Dartmouth in 1958, when two students enrolled for a year at the University of Madrid, Spain, under the direction of Professor of Romance Languages and Literature Robert Russell. In 1967, John Rassias, the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian, introduced the Language Study Abroad (LSA) program with a session in Bourges, France.
Today, Dartmouth ranks first among Ivy League institutions for study abroad participation, with 55 percent of Dartmouth undergraduates engaging in more than 40 off-campus programs in 29 countries. The D-Plan is well suited for off-campus and international programs, giving students a rich array of choices four terms a year. Individual faculty design and lead the programs onsite, often serving as mentors to their students.
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