Could you use $10 million to study abroad? If the answer is yes, you are in good company- as most can. Unfortunately most of us don’t actually receive $10 million to study abroad, but that wasn’t the case for Dartmouth’s off-campus international education program. Frank J. Guarini, Dartmouth alumnus, former New Jersey congressman and United Nations representative, has committed $10 million toward Dartmouth’s off-campus international education program, according to the Dartmouth News.
Dartmouth stresses the importance of international engagement to all individuals at the institution whether it be through research, study or collaboration, and considers it a tradition for students to take part in the program. They currently offer more than 40 foreign study or language study abroad programs to their students and the opportunity to apply for funding toward their international exchange.
In the late 1950’s Dartmouth established their first study abroad program and for decades has worked to build upon the program and become a leader in international education. When it comes to study abroad participation, over half the undergraduate student population takes part in a study abroad program meaning Dartmouth is currently ranked second compared to other Ivy League schools, and eighth compared to all U.S. doctorate-granting institutions.
After experiencing the international world when serving in the NAVY, Guarini realized the importance of international travel and gaining global perspective. Guarini’s gift will allow Dartmouth to expand their study abroad program to under-represented areas of the world, allowing students insight, both intellectually and culturally, into locations that were not previously available. Guarini also previously endowed the Italian Language Study Abroad program at Darmouth.
Still answering yes to the question “could you use $10 million?” While students might not directly receive a portion of the $10 million, those who attend Dartmouth and experience the world through a study abroad program will receive a share of the gift- even if only through experience.